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  1. lynnep

    Healthcare law & nursing

    That's a very true quote! I wish I had heard it sooner. I should have mentioned in my original post that I majored in biology in college. I wanted to practice health law or possibly do advocacy work. I think the reason I was ultimately dissatisfied with the legal atmosphere was because I didn't genuinely feel like I could make a difference. With teaching or nursing I'd be directly working with my students or patients. That's the big difference :-)
  2. lynnep

    Healthcare law & nursing

    I just wanted to offer an additional piece of advice - don't go to law school unless you can get into a top 25 school. We're talking 164+ on the LSAT. I made the mistake of taking the LSAT on a "dry run" and scored a 157, and I went to the only school I applied to. It happened to be a third tier law school (there are 4 tiers for law schools). I spent over $200K when all was said in done (tuition 43K per year, and NYC rent for three years, plus other living costs, books, supplies, etc.). In the end, I cannot find a job to save my life! I recently interviewed to be a sales associate at a local shoe store....and frankly, I don't have a single friend from law school who has a job either. The only saving grace for attending a lower ranked law school is if you finish in the top 5-10%. Everyone thinks that all attorneys are rich, but that is absolutely not the case. There are thousands of poor solo practitioners out there. Others work like dogs in law firm basements doing crap document review. Since I dislike either of those options, I'm now looking into yet more schooling! Still, I'd have to say I'm in good spirits, because I found myself bored with legal studies....so this is just a good chance for me to start over. I'm interested in either becoming a teacher or a nurse.
  3. Lori - I was trying to send you a private message, but I can't figure out how to do so. I'm new to the site, hmph. When I click on your info page there is no "send message" link. Oh well - I am a Rutgers grad (bioogy) and am wondering if there is any sort of employment help with the nursing program? As an undergrad there wasn't much help - just a general board with jobs posted, but no one that you could really talk to in person. I'm hesitant to spend more money to go back to school only to find out I can't find a job (I would be doing the ABSN program). Do you have any info on how many people have job offers upon graduation? Is that the norm? Or not so much? (from what you've heard?) I was surprised to see that only 7 students were doing the ABSN program, I can't believe there aren't more. Any indication of how hard it is to be accepted? I had a 2.8 GPA, but I was a biochem major and took classes like physics, genetics, biochemistry, organic chem, parasitology, etc. so I'm wondering if they'd be lenient as I had very hard courses.
  4. LOL the rule against perps. UGH.
  5. lynnep

    Georgetown V. NYU accelerated 2nd BSN

    Did you apply for the Georgetown scholarship? They are offering 80% scholarship if you agree to work for the non-profit hospital they have partnered with for 3 years. In that case, I'd snap it up in a second. Otherwise, I'm guessing they are both equally great programs...might come down to where you want to live for the next 15 months. I live in NYC (east village) and pay $1725 for a 375 sq. foot apartment. You'll get more space per dollar in D.C., but that's not to say it isn't expensive in DC too. It's just more expensive here, and that may be something to think about. That said, I believe nurses get paid quite a bit more in NYC. I'm looking into accelerated BSN programs, but I've already spent like $300K on a law school degree, so I can't do NYU with its 56K price tag. But, I've done programs at NYU for law school and can tell you that NYU is really something, and it's in a wonderful neighborhood. I'm doing bar review at NYU this summer :-)
  6. I think I'm going to look for a job in pharmaceutical sales, if I can get someone to give me a chance. I can try to make that biology degree work for me, and then I'll throw in the whole "law school enabled me to become a persuasive and articulate person" spiel (if/when they ask why a law degree is useful for the job). Additionally, I did an internship at a biotech law firm, so I'll talk up the pharmaceutical connection (not sure how, but I'll work on that later!). I'm a-okay with no temp work for attorneys in Florida. I temped after college and hated it. I can't tell you how many times people would say "Temp? Can you come here?" or "Hey so and so, do you have those documents ready? Okay great, I'll send my temp down." God forbid they learn my name.
  7. Oh god, temping indefinitely? no no no no no. I would consider being a temp paralegal or temp attorney just while taking nursing courses at night. I plan to move to the Bradenton/Sarasota area of Florida, not sure what types of jobs are most accessible there. I've looked online but can't find much. I'd like to be a surgical nurse, but I guess everyone wants to do that. I'd also be interested in maternity and neonatal units. Well, we shall see!
  8. nice links, thanks. Some of the info certainly rings clearly, though quite honestly I couldn't be talked out of law school 3 years ago. Stubborn me!
  9. Oh good! I know some programs look at the last 60 credits rather than the whole cum. My last 60 must have been better than the first, b/c I brought my GPA up towards the end. It's hard to remember the grades, or even the classes I took, since I now have 3 years of law school in my mind, hmph. I took microbio as an undergrad, so at least that one is out of the way. I'm going to take AP1/lab and developmental psych this fall, then AP2 and some other pre-req that can be applied to either the ASN at county college or a BSN somewhere else, I'll have to see what else is popular in the Florida schools. I found an AP class that is offered in fall from 7:30-8:50am, I guess it's so that you can get to work on time. Man, I can't believe I'm going to pursue yet another degree.
  10. lynnep

    1st interview for new grad

    Aw I know what you mean. One time in an interview I was asked what other jobs I had been applying to, and I said "um, this is the first one." (In truth, I had applied to 50 or more jobs). I thought he wanted to hear me say that I really wanted to work for him and no one else, so I said that I only applied to his job posting and no one else's. He replied, "hm, okay well I'm really looking for someone who has been interviewing for positions like mine for a while, it shows commitment to the field. Thanks for coming in though." UGH. It was probably a good thing, because he was SUCH a jerk. I know what you mean about being in the job mill again. I'm 26 and most of my friends have been working at full time jobs for 4 years now. They are flourishing in their fields, and I have decided that I am going back for yet another degree (it'll be my third - first is a B.S. and second is a law degree that I am finishing up this May). Although I'm still in my 20's, I am under enormous familial pressure to get a job and forget about a nursing degree. I brought it up a few times now, and tonight my mom said "I don't think you want to get a nursing degree, but I guess you don't want my opinion." (Note the wording: she tells me that I don't want the degree, what she means is that SHE doesn't want me to get the degree.) Anyway, I just hope I can get hired after nursing school. People won't know what to make of my resume! I'll keep you in my thoughts. Were her questions fair all in all?
  11. 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?
  12. Ooh! Another wonderful response! I, too, feel that I should have done nursing a long time ago. But, I didn't realize until recently that I was passionate about it. (Nor did I know of healthcare admin and risk/loss management as a future interest of mine). This is all very much to my mother's dismay; she knew what she wanted to do ever since she was 8 years old. Anyway, I have to do what makes me happy, right? I think I would really enjoy being a nurse! Later, I can use my law degree to transition to management (I hope). I found out that SUNY Downstate has a 15 month program and costs roughly $8,000 - not bad. But, they require a ton of pre-req's. My B.S. is in Biology, so I do have quite a few science and math courses under my belt. Still, I'd need to take quite a few classes to meet SUNY's guidelines. Looks like all nursing schools require anatomy/physiology I and II. Unfortunately, I didn't happen to take them as a bio major, so it'll take a year to do those classes. At the very least, I could probably work full time and take classes at a community school part time. However....what if you don't get into a certain nursing program, and you've gone out of your way to take the pre-req's? The pre-req's can vary widely from one school to another (some require child psychology, anthropology, literature, etc). Florida --> Interesting that you mentioned Florida. My plan is to take the NY/NJ bar (possibly doing Fla later on in February) and move to Florida. I have a home in Bradenton that I own as a tenant in common (you probably know the terminology). I'm wondering, if Florida requires the typical 12 month residency...would I be a resident so long as I have been part owner (and thus, part taxpayer) for a year? Despite not actually living there? hmmm. If so, it'd be totally worth it for me to do the program and rent an apartment near UF for the year!!
  13. Thanks so much for the reply. I am currently in NYC, but quite honestly I can't get out of here fast enough. I have loved living here, but the cost of living is extraordinary (I pay $1725 for a 375 sq ft studio). As for the RN degree, I have always thought of being a nurse. I majored in biology in undergrad, so I probably have at least half the pre-reqs fulfilled that any nursing program requires. I never took anatomy/physiology though, I notice most programs require two semesters of it, and then the RN itself takes 2 years, correct? I am also looking for the most cost effective way to do this, and it looks like community school is the way to go. Do you have an opinion on that? (community college vs. university). I am thinking I will just get the RN, and possibly an MSN later on, but that's a long ways off. I looked into doing a BSN accelerated program, but they seem incredibly expensive. As far as pay is concerned, is there a big difference between pay rates of RNs and pay rates of BSNs?? Sorry for the loaded questions!
  14. Just curious what happened after you posted? I notice no one responded before. I am graduating with a JD in 6 weeks and am thinking about getting an RN degree and doing nursing for a few years, then trying to transition into administration and risk management. I'm wondering if RNs are in demand? I keep hearing that nurses are in demand, but then I looked at these boards and noticed a lot of people with RN degrees said they can't get hired without experience. hmph.??
  15. What about doing some type of volunteer internship in health policy or health law, depending on what's available in your area. I am hoping to get into hospital administration and risk management. The problem is that I don't have an RN or LPN and never worked in a healthcare setting. I have a B.S. in biology and am graduating from law school on May 15th (in 6 weeks, zomg!!) . Wow, I have never used "zomg" before, but I think it's appropriate now. I feel like I am doing it a little bit backwards, but I am interested in getting an RN and being a nurse for a few years. Then, once I have some experience I could move into a role higher up, but I really don't know how likely a scenario that is. You could volunteer at a hospital a couple hours a week (at my local hospital you can volunteer for as few as 4 hours per week), whereas a law related volunteer internship will probably require at least 10-12 hours per week (otherwise they'll think it's not worth training you). I notice this post is a few months old now, so I'm wondering what you ended up doing in the meantime?