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    Getting a C in Nursing

    So I am wondering does a getting a C "bone" you in regards to summer externships? From what I have found so far most places want/strongly require nothing lower than a "B" in nursing classes. Does one have a realistic shot at getting an externship with C's, is it even worth applying?
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    Do you aspirate before giving an IM deltoid injection?

    watching IM shots in the hospital whilst in clinical- I have never seen aspiration, yet when we do labs at school we have to aspirate. Thus for the school I will aspirate but in practice I wont, espically since people have linked that it is no longer legally required. I assume the schools are still doing it the old way and will eventually move to no aspiration
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    So many nursing majors in my class!

    Job market is very tough and whilst nursing is not as "guaranteed" as it use to be it is still a very solid degree to graduate with . I.e... The unemployed nursing grad is still better off than the unemployed liberal arts grad. The popularity of nursing, accoutning, finance etc... Is not random, people know that these majors offer some of the best shots at employment post graduation . Hence how the majority of students in anatomy and phys 1 are either pre nursing or nursing majors.
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    What do I do? CC -> University

    You can apply as many times as you want to the program, agsin rutgers only admits for the fall semster . As for how competitive tis hard to say , I know people who did not have most of the lower level nursing courses done but still got in, at the same time I know people who had many of the lower level nursing classes done but did not get in. However I do believe rutgers factors in more than just gpa and lower level nursing classes so if you have any volunteering, excellent essay etc... That may help. You can take the lower level nursing courses even though you are not a nursing major, however you will have to gain permission from the nursing department to do so. As for declaring a major prior to nursing that really is up to you . I know people who transferred in who where undeclared, other science majors and heck even some liberal arts majors transferred into the nursing program. However if you have a back up major in case you don't get into nursing , then you should major in that. As for the nursing courses as long as you get a permission number it doesn't matter what you are studying, ie the bio major has the same chance of getting into the lower level nursing classes as the history major
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    What do I do? CC -> University

    Yes rutgers allows you to apply to their nursing program once you complete 24 credits, those credits can be in anything though I highly recommend taking the low level nursing courses, hip, cultural dimensions, biochemistry, stats, research in nursing etc....once you have 24 credits you can apply, rutgers admits once a year and you would have to have your app in by June 1, acceptance or rejection would come in late June. If you don't get in you can certainly try again, I know many students who transferred from bio, chemistry usually some sort of science major to nursing. As for the accelrated just be sure you have all the prerqs done by the time you apply to the accelrated - no in progress nonsense, rutgers wants the classes done.
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    What do I do? CC -> University

    I took both anatomy and phys at Essex county college and they transferee over fine at rutgers newark. I have no clue about online courses, but cc classes should transfer with no issue. In anycase I would call up or visit the undergrad advisors and ask, ask if they will accept the online credits, ask if they will accept cc etc.... As for classes, bang out the prereqs ASAP, anatomy and phys, microbio, stats etc...
  7. I got into a bsn program with a "B" gpa of 3.3 so it can be done. Of course everyone wants the A but a B won't kill you. At the same time I think I wrote a killer essay and I did have some outside experience in addition to the 3.3 , but who knows maybe I just lucked out. Plainly you just have to keep applying, the worst they can do is say no.
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    How many men in your cohort?

    8 lol just 8
  9. It says no exp required but up against someone with exp, 99% of the time it will go to the experienced. Now you do have the know someone who works there advantage which is huge , that might just put you over for the job. Apply, worst that happens is they say no. Now at the hospitals where I am at , er techs are either emts with 1-2 years of experience or graduates from a pct class or something. There are some places that will take a fresh emt and hire them as an er tech but sadly not where I live
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    I would not feel ashamed, don't let the haters/negativity get to you. Whether it is BSN or ADN, getting into either program is quite a challenge. The days of ADN being guaranteed for admission because it is a community college are over. The only concern would be the hiring trends as to whether X would still hire ADNs or if you do have a ADN would you be forced to go back for a BSN. In any case there are numerous colleges that have RN-BSN so its not really a big issue.
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    Disadvantaged not being a CNA/PCT?

    No doubt cna/pct will have an immediate advantage. But to say "well if you don't have prior cna/pct experience you better quit nursing school" is wrong. You will be brought up to speed, they will teach you. Unless your program requires you to have cna/pct prior to applying nursing school , you will be okay, the school is going to teach you from the ground up anyway. I am not belittling anyone with cna/pct experience but to those without- you are not at such a severe disadvantage that its time to change careers .
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    Accelerated Programs Vs 4 year programs

    Finish prereqs and apply for both, I assume both need the prereqs anyway. What runsalot said is more or less true. Accelrated is 15 months or a it more and for 2nd degree bachelor - traditional it is usually 2-3 years as your credits from your first degree paired with the prereqs already done will more or less allow you to skip the 1 st year. No doubt acclearted is faster, but if you plan our classes accordingly, take classes during the summer etc.. The traditional bsn program will be LESS than 4 years .
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    Honestly, what do you think?

    Take both at the same time, they will overlap at some point
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    How many people are in your nursing class?

    Clincal groups are about 8-10 students per group. Actual class is plaintive larger. Just counting those in my cohort I believe we are 40-60, that is not counting the many pre-nurisng students
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    The "I will never get there" feeling

    Good that all the prereqs are done-that is one less thing to worry about. I would recommend that if you do not get in and if you can afford the time and money- look into being a CNA, PCT or some sort of hospital work. Not only will you be making money but it will boost your application to nursing when you try again in the future. Most schools admit only once a year, if you don't get in you want to stay as busy as possible.