Second career for me, too. Have a BA in English Lit and was a school teacher. LOVED teaching. Great job if it is the 2nd income in the family. Not a great job if it is the only income! Also went for the associate's because of the time/$ issue, but will be going after my bachelor's soon.
I was 40 when I went to nursing school. I was neither the oldest nor the youngest in the class. There were a lot of women like me who needed to be able to support themselves and their kids on their own.
I am an ADN RN. I graduated last May. It took 6 months to find a job working in a cardiologist's office. I learned to start IVs in school, but we never did venipuncture. I do both in the office. I am lucky, the veins talk to me and I can usually get even the hardest sticks...there is always one to keep you humble!
The theory that if you can start an IV you can do venipuncture sounds ok, but in reality the hand coordination required to swap tubes while holding the needle steady on a squirmy patient takes a lot of practice. I probably started 6 IVs during nursing school, hardly enough to get comfortable with it, but enough so I had the basic skill. Venipuncture was definitely a learned on the job skill.
This is the first year my school has had assessment not running concurrent with med/surg 1. I would have liked the clinical time to practice the skills, but we did okay without it. We just practiced on each other.
1st Semester-Fundamentals at LTC
2nd Semester-OB and Psych (one day of each)
3rd Semester- Med/Surg 1 (2 days)
4th Semester- Med/Surg 2 (2 days)
They told us they switched the timing for OB/Psych and Med/Surg because the NCLEX focuses much more on Med/Surg than the specialties and they want it to be fresher in our minds when we take the NCLEX. I think I would have preferred to have Med/Surg first. I did not feel like I had enough of a foundation when I went into OB clinicals.
This is typical of community colleges because their admission standards are very low. At a traditional college, they already know you are able to handle the work in an intro class or you would not have been admitted. At community, they give everyone a basic skills test (usually math and English)to see if they are ready for intro classes. I even had to take the test and I already had a BA and was halfway to my masters in education when I decided to change careers! If you do not meet the minimum standard, you take remedial classes. It is designed to help students succeed. If you are concerned about the test, brush up on whatever your weakest skills are before you take it and you won't have to worry about taking remedials. Good luck!
While I am sure there are times when there are extenuating circumstances; like the young lady from my area who had a positive result for barbituates from her migraine medication. She provided a prescription and was exhonorated. This is not one of those times.
Showing up for a physical intoxicated?! No way. No second chances. There are too many qualified, sober people waiting in line for a spot in nursing school.
I graduated summa cum laude with my BA. I NEVER studied. I read the assigned material, took notes in class, did my projects and papers, but never "studied."
At NS, I study my behind off! Flash cards and study groups and practice questions....
So, is NS hard?...um, yes. However, nobody was going to die if I missed something crucial with my BA. It is supposed to be difficult and intense and I am loving every minute of it!
I was a teacher for seven years. Loved the kids, hated the administration, and definitely could not make a decent living at it. I put myself through two years at university working as a CNA in a nursing home so when I realized I no longer loved teaching, I knew what I wanted to do. My RN program starts Monday and I cannot wait!
Our instructors told us that the biggest part of our uniform budget should be spent on shoes. Makes sense because we spend a lot of time on our feet. I tried so many ridiculously expensive nursing shoes, but I ended up buying $60 Nurse Mates. They are the best, most comfortable shoes I have ever owned. Everybody's feet are different so I suggest you try on all the styles and see what fits you best.
I chose ADN over BSN, cashed in my 401k from my years teaching, and work part time. I couldn't get grants or loans at community college because I already have a B.A. At least it is a two year program and I will not be racking up any more student loans.
Someone asked about the difference between ADN and BSN. I found this info on the University of Washington website. Hope it helps.
Earning either a BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) or an ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) will qualify you to take the NCLEX, the national examination to become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN). Although graduates of both programs are licensed for the same realm of practice, some employers may prefer BSN graduates and will state in their hiring policies that a BSN is required for a position as an RN. A BSN degree is required to work as a public health nurse and makes one eligible to go on for Master of Nursing advanced clinical training to become, for instance, a nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, or a clinical nurse specialist.
Congrats to all of us!!
I got my letter in time to register for A&P over the summer. Now all I do is study, but that is okay because it is already half over and then the REAL nursing classes start. I can hardly wait for that:yeah:. I have not gotten a "list" yet, but know that it is coming soon and includes many of the same things everyone is talking about.