No healthcare experience? You can DO it! - page 2

The first question I had when I visited these boards, and a question I've seen posted since, is: I want to go into nursing, but I have no prior healthcare experience. I have worked for (insert... Read More

  1. by   scoobysnax

    -Just out of curiousity where did you apply?
  2. by   Elizabeth Hanes
    Quote from scoobysnax

    -Just out of curiousity where did you apply?
    Thanks, Scoob!

    Because my husband and I are established in our community, I only had two choices of schools to apply to. One was a community college with a two-year waiting list and multiple requirements that I didn't meet (they essentially want you to be a CNA before you apply to their NS), and the other is the university. That's where I applied: the University of New Mexico.

    When I applied, they still accepted applications under an "accelerated" BSN program, but they've since changed the program for both the accelerated and the 4-year program to where everyone now take the same curriculum over 16 months (I believe).

    And let me not be disingenuous at all about my lack of healthcare experience. I had previously (over the course of 20+ years) cared for seriously ill family members, and when I began taking my pre-reqs in Jan 2006, I started volunteering on the board of a health-related association. The same month I submitted my application, I finally began volunteering in an actual medical setting at a local hospital. That was the extent of my "healthcare" experience when I was accepted to the nursing program. All of my work experience was in office administration.

    Best of luck to all of you, and thanks for all the well-wishes!
    Last edit by Elizabeth Hanes on Nov 21, '06 : Reason: Clarity.
  3. by   scoobysnax
    Thanks for the reply!

    Congrats again and have a nice Thanksgiving.