Yep, the fact that the license can be used anywhere is yet another reason why I want to get an RN or BSN. I think I am on the verge of going crazy with all the thoughts that are racing through my mind- how to do it, where to do it, how to deal with the turbulence this will create with my family, and - oh yeah - still having to take that little thing called the bar exam. I realized last night that I needed to make a plan in order to stop freaking out.
THE PLAN: I'm going to take the NY/NJ bar exam in July (I've been learning NY law for 3 years, might as well take it...and it will be the saving grace with my family) and then move to Florida shortly afterwards. I am in a lease until Sept.15, but I need to take Anatomy I and II, so if I want to be able to apply to Florida schools for the BSN the following year then I'll need to start Anatomy I this fall. I will take it at Manatee County College (so I'll have to move to Fla by mid August, as classes will be starting up then). I am going to apply to as many of the Florida BSN programs as possible. UF, Central Fla, South Fla, North Fla, Florida Atlantic and Florida International all look reasonable! I just hope I can get in to one of them. My undergrad GPA was a 2.8 at Rutgers, but I took some classes at community college and got B/B+ in all of them, and I'll have the pre-reqs from Manatee too (and I'll be working hard to get As in them!). So, I'm hoping they will average ALL of my course work and not just look at the Rutgers GPA. I guess it'd be smart to call and ask about it...hey, at the very least I can do the ASN at manatee county, it'll take longer and will be a lower degree, but if nursing is what I really see myself doing, then I have to go for it.
I'd love to hear how things work out for you, so keep me posted. I am thinking of making a file for each school and listing their pre-reqs, and I will take the GRE as well. I'll try to cover as much ground as I can with pre-req's. I may even be able to take some online. Then I'll apply to all of the BSN programs whose req's I have met. Man, I never knew it was such a process!! It's like you said - you really have to bank on one school letting you in, otherwise you have to take more pre-req's and wait a semester, if not a whole year, before you can apply again. I wish there was some data on applications vs acceptance rate, but I haven't found that info for Fla schools. Have you?