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    Thanks for the reply! I appreciate it.
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    Hey all, I am currently in my second year of nursing school. I have the opportunity to accelerate - my school offers both a BSN and an ABSN; I may be given the opportunity to skip ahead and join the ABSN students even though I don't already have a degree (I can skip ahead because I have quite a handful of transfer credits). All of my preqs are finished and should I choose to accelerate I would already have pharmacology and another required nursing course under my belt. I would only have next fall, next spring and next summer and then I'd graduate (as opposed to graduating in spring of 2013 - ten months later). I had difficulty with chemistry and didn't quite make the grade cut-off (I took the course elsewhere and transfered it in). That means if I get a grade lower than a C or C+, I'm out of the program. Other than that, I've done exceptionally well this semester (so far, GPA 3.7 and a GPA in the lower 3's for the last few semesters). I know the program is intense but I think I want to do it. What have been your experience? Is it doable given my previous chemistry troubles? I would be taking about 16-18 credits for three semesters - this will be the most I've ever taken and I'm concerned I may get in over my head. However, I've done consistently well so far and the idea of graduating so much earlier is very appealing. Please provide your insights and experiences. I still have a while to decide and want to make sure I make a good decision. Thanks,
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    Emory's MSN Program

    I agree and disagree. As a student at a fairly prestigious school (at least the best of the few in my area), you may find more and better opportunities in your career. That being said, do your research and enroll in the school you feel is best for you. I chose my school not based on price or how quickly I can squeak out of there with a degree but by asking myself the question how will this school help me achieve my future goals in terms of career and education. Cost is a huge factor but should not be the only factor to consider. All that being said an employer is going to prefer a good nurse with a less prestigious degree than a terrible nurse with a very prestigious degree but this is obviously common sense. Good luck!
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    Best way to explain why I did AAS instead of bridge to BSN?

    Honesty is the best policy.
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    Nobody is hiring anymore. Am I making a BIG mistake starting NS now?

    I've read a lot about places not hiring but I've never seen it. I'm sure the employment situation isn't as good as everyone hopes but every single hospital in my area is still hiring nurses - yes, new grads as well - and go above and beyond to try to recruit students from my school. 98% of the most recent graduating class from my university had job offers at graduation. Nine medical centers, including the Mayo Clinic, will be at a career fair sponsored by my school in a few weeks (and the Mayo Clinic is pretty far from us). I guess this must be an exceptional area for nursing (outside of Chicago) if job prospects aren't as good elsewhere. Nursing is still an exceptional career, nurses will always be in demand and nurses are being hired all the time. That's the truth.
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    Offered a New Grad Job but was told on hold.......

    What a sticky situation. I've got my fingers crossed for you. Just an FYI - I work in an HR department and in most instances the department that has the opening does the hiring and interviewing, not HR, so it isn't fair to blame HR for this mistake. I'm almost certain you are looking at nursing recruiters or department managers at the job fair, so I would place the blame with them. After all, they would be the ones to interview the internal candidates and choose who to offer the job to. I would keep this in mind if you ever run into the HR department again because they will certainly remember rude applicants - THAT may affect your ability to get a job in the future. Best of luck!
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    New Grad RN as an RN supervisor?

    You are mad she got the job you wanted... yet you never applied or made your desire for this position known. Who are you really mad at? I'd say if one is qualified for the job they should go for it. I'm guessing you didn't interview this new supervisor so you probably don't know about her credentials, degree/s, and experience so in my opinion it would be hard to say whether or not she is qualified for the job. For everyone at your facilities sake, let's hope she is.
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    Honest thoughts on Job Market

    I'm still a student but the 2010 graduating class from my school had nearly 100% job placement (I don't know the percentage whether it be 95% or 99%, etc.). Also, three major hospitals in our area have probably 70-100 listings for RNs that I can find online. Whether they are actively hiring I'm not sure but from several people I've spoken with, the nursing shortage is alive and well. Unfortunately this hiring situation seems to be highly localized.
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    New RN w/$99k debt - Pay Off Plan

    While $99,000 does seem like a huge amount of money for a degree, it sounds possible. The school I attend charges about $36,000 per year and if you don't get any or much financial aid, you would owe nearly $144,000 after four years. (Thankfully my tuition bill isn't nearly as much.) But yeah, it seems possible.