Hi, I'm new to this forum, so I apologize if I am posting in the wrong place/way.
As summarized by the title, this is my situation:
- I graduated March 2018 with a B.S. in Biology
- I recently decided to pursue nursing
- I have little idea what my best options are, and am confused as a result.
I have read many old posts from people in similar situations as me (got a B.S. degree, trying to switch to nursing, etc.), but they have not been very helpful because they were either outdated or the information was confusing.
A bit about me:
- Given my situation, what is the quickest and least expensive path for me to become a nurse? (When I say "nurse," I am referring to a hospital RN, not a CNA, LVN, or LPN.)
My short-term priority is to be able to get a nursing job, so that I can pay off debts.
I hear "accelerated BSN" a lot, but the time+money problem is complicated by #2.
- I am intrigued by the idea of also becoming a nurse anesthetist (CRNA?) further down the road (further = if the way the education system works requires me to do other stuff first), since I assume I need significant RN experience first to be eligible for that track.
However, I found "direct entry MSN programs" that seem to be a shortcut way for people to skip the "BSN" altogether and just become a "CRNA" without needing to work as an "RN" first? I don't fully understand the path, whether it has any catches, or whether it can get me to where I want faster/cheaper.
- What do nursing programs want to see in their applicants? Lots of community service/volunteering? Leadership history? Unique experiences?
* The program sites I've been reading focus mostly on the pre-req courses, but I don't want to be lured into thinking that's all they look for, unless it really is that straightforward.
- Graduated 1 quarter early in March 2018. In the middle of applying to entry-level hospital jobs, but am getting desperate because I am not qualified for anything, not even for office receptionist/basic customer service jobs. They all want certificates, which I don't have.
- Degree is B.S. Biology(summa cum laude)
Finished all the course series for physics, biology, chemistry, etc. + labs. The only thing I think I am missing is a specific human anatomy class, unless an admissions office can audit my transcript/degree report and tell me whether I already have an equivalent.
- 2 years of lab research
- 1 acknowledgement in a paper
- 4 years of hospital volunteering (1 year as a regular volunteer + 3 years as an intern on the leadership board)
- miscellaneous leadership roles in student organizations
I have no idea where I stand, or whether any of the extracurricular stuff I did in college matters/translates well into a nursing track.
If you read everything up to here, thank you so much :') I would be very appreciative of any advice.