Intro, Nursing and Acronyms???

  1. Hey guys, this is such an awesome place! I was searching for a place to start my research on nursing, and I can't believe I found this place in one shot!

    I'm trying to figure out a career path for one of my best friends. He just dropped out of a 4 year college after 3 semesters. He never really found what he wanted to do with his life, had no motivation, and eventually flunked out... Well in the last few months, he's been spending time helping out nurses at a local hospital and seems to love the job. He's really considering being one now and we're both trying to find out how to go about it.

    His GPA is really low (below 1.5), and he doesn't have any science courses completed yet. I was wondering if anyone can share what his options are to become a nurse.

    I tried to search through the forums, but there are just too many acronyms (ADN, BDN, NCLEX, RDNA, etc.etc.etc.etc.), and I'm just getting completely lost... Are there many different types/levels of nursing? What are the prerequisites for the programs? And how competitive are each of the programs?

    I am sorry for posting such a long question... I'm a dental student and this is a completely different world than mine!! Thanks in advance for any help you guys can give us!

    Po4Life = Poor for life
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  3. by   S.N. Visit
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    Hey guys, this is such an awesome place! I was searching for a place to start my research on nursing, and I can't believe I found this place in one shot!

    I'm trying to figure out a career path for one of my best friends. He just dropped out of a 4 year college after 3 semesters. He never really found what he wanted to do with his life, had no motivation, and eventually flunked out... Well in the last few months, he's been spending time helping out nurses at a local hospital and seems to love the job. He's really considering being one now and we're both trying to find out how to go about it.

    His GPA is really low (below 1.5), and he doesn't have any science courses completed yet. I was wondering if anyone can share what his options are to become a nurse.

    I tried to search through the forums, but there are just too many acronyms (ADN, BDN, NCLEX, RDNA, etc.etc.etc.etc.), and I'm just getting completely lost... Are there many different types/levels of nursing? What are the prerequisites for the programs? And how competitive are each of the programs?

    I am sorry for posting such a long question... I'm a dental student and this is a completely different world than mine!! Thanks in advance for any help you guys can give us!

    Po4Life = Poor for life

    With such a low GPA, he has a very slim chance of getting accepted into a nursing program. ( Most programs are very competitive and have waiting list. If he does decide he wants to go into nursing, he better get that GPA up as close to a 4.0 as he can get, then apply. Thousands of qualified students are being turned away from nursing schools across the nation) He would probably be able to work as a nurse aide/tech in the mean time, after he completes the requirements for it.

    To learn all the different levels of nursing & abbreviations look through the sticky threads. I'll list just a couple of basics for you to start.

    LPN/LVN is a licensed practical nurse that goes to college for 12-18 months or recieves their education through a diploma program through a hospital.
    When they finish school they take the NCLEX-PN (National licensure exam)
    They do mostly direct patient care/ bed-side nursing, and work under the direction of an R.N

    R.N = Registered Nurse, they can get their education with an ADN (associates degree in nursing)through a 2-yr community college; a BSN (bachelors of science in nursing) through 4 yr university, or diploma from a hospital program, all take the same NCLEX-RN.

    NPRN=Nurse practitioner registered nurse
    Last edit by S.N. Visit on Jan 18, '05
  4. by   po4life
    Thanks for such a quick response! Hrm, I understand that his GPA is probably too low now (it's honestly too low to go into almost any major), and that was pretty much the response we expected... However he still wants to give it his best shot, no matter how long/hard it takes :angryfire . What, in your opinion, would be the easiest (credentials-wise) type of program to get into? Would it be the diploma programs? or the BSN?

    Thank you so much for your inputs!

    Po4Life = Poor for life
  5. by   S.N. Visit
    Quote from po4life
    Thanks for such a quick response! Hrm, I understand that his GPA is probably too low now (it's honestly too low to go into almost any major), and that was pretty much the response we expected... However he still wants to give it his best shot, no matter how long/hard it takes :angryfire . What, in your opinion, would be the easiest (credentials-wise) type of program to get into? Would it be the diploma programs? or the BSN?

    Thank you so much for your inputs!

    Po4Life = Poor for life

    :imbar I don't know! To get a better understanding I'd look up the potential schools web-site , most will list their requirements.

    Good luck
  6. by   po4life
    There should really be an acronym dictionary for all health fields... Anyway, thank you so much for your help! We'll definitely keep doing more research, and come back when we have some real solid questions.

    Thanks again!

    Po4Life = Poor For Life
  7. by   mishayla96
    Hello. I am new to this board but I just saw a post called "Does anyone wait that long" and they had (me too...lol) replied to exactly what it takes in their areas to get into the nursing programs and about how long of a wait. Tell your friend I am rooting for him. I am sure we all are. It will be a long road, but if nursing is what he eventually wants to do then his efforts will be well worth it
  8. by   KRVRN
    If he starts taking hte required science courses and gets A's, it will help raise his GPA. That's one place to start.
  9. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Has it been over 10 years? If it has, he can have a fresh start.

    Other than that, he'll just have to retake his classes, and be serious this time! (I know that feeling!)
  10. by   wannabemw
    Has your friend considered becoming a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant)? To become a CNA it doesn't take as much time. Often times one can get training for a low cost or free if they work for some place like nursing home or treatment center. Also, check the Community College, they usually have a one or two semester certificate program. The pre-wreaks r usually minimal. (It varies from state to state). I know the Las Vegas has a CNA program that takes 1 sem. Hospitals sometimes have training for what was fondly called in AZ (our last assignment) as a PCT= Patient Care Technician (this is the same as a CNA). UMC offered free training in exchange for 6 m of employment. Once your friend decides if he REALLY likes nursing, then he can go on to get further education if he wants!

    I still hash over doing CNA, but know I can do a BSN program now that I discovered Adderall for my newly diagnosed Adult ADD (yeah, my GPA used to be poor too!)
    What a terrific friend u r!
    Let us know what he decides!
    Toodles,
    MJ
    I wish him luck! Guys make Great Nurses!
  11. by   po4life
    Thanks guys! It's really getting tough on him, and I really want to support him as much as I can... I'll definitely talk to him some more and try to figure out what his options are.

    Good thing is, he hasn't taken any of the prereqs yet... Which means he can ace them if he really tries hard. He is very smart, just that things never go his way when he doesn't have a focus. I'm sure he can do it now that he knows what his goals are.

    I was wondering, do you think his chances are high if he aces all his prereqs, even though his overall gpa would still be low? Thanks!

    Po4Life = Poor For Life
  12. by   Abersmom
    My GPA wasn't that low, but i did get a "C" in Intro to Psych & in Intro to Sociology...so I took them over and got A's. Maybe he can take one or two courses a semester instead of the typical 4-5, he may see his grades come way up! In my case, I have my Bachelor's, but was not the serious student 10 years ago. Now that i PAY for my courses myself, it's amazing the A's I've been getting Seriously, though...when I was 18-22, I was not interested in being a student..I wanted to party.

    Tell your friend not to give up. What he needs to do is look up/contact the different schools he's intersted in (he should start at Community Colleges, since his transferrable grades are so low...Community Colleges have to accept you to take pre-req's!). Tell him to take 2 classes a semester to see how it goes. It's super competitive, and he needs to get at least a 3.5!

    What a great friend you are to provide such support!!!

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