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  1. Hi!

    I saw your posts about your husband getting orders to Lakenheath. I wanted to reach out to you because I'm in the same boat, almost- my husband is going to Lakenheath, though not military, DOD civilian. He is going this week and I plan to join him early 2021 after I graduate nursing school.


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    New grad military spouse RN moving to UK

    @Hilary Bates thanks for updating! It sucks you couldn't get an RN job I will be joining my spouse (DOD civillian working for USAF at Lakenheath) after graduating from nursing school in a year and a half. We did discuss me working somewhere for 6 months to a year and going through a new grad RN program- so it's still on the table, but it would mean another big chunk of time apart, living (and paying rent) in two separate places... Unlike like @Carol_NeuroRN I won't have any experience (other than CNA), but I know I will already have a work visa! Right now, it looks like an applicant might not need the 12 month experience requirement- it seems they've made a bunch of changes to try to make it easier. Maybe it's reflecting on the impact of Brexit? But things will change, and change again- this site also says in early 2020 they're changing the competency exam (scroll to the bottom): https://www.nmc.org.uk/registration/joining-the-register/register-nurse-midwife/trained-outside-the-eueea/reviewing-our-overseas-registration-process/future-changes/
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    American Nurses in U.K

    So I get that healthcare isn't exactly free, since you get it taken out of your paycheck- but you can't go medically bankrupt, like you can in America? I live in the US and part of my paycheck goes into my employer-provided healthcare, but then I have to pay at point-of-service until I hit a deductible, THEN it will start covering most (a percentage) of my services. With the NHS, a bigger portion of my paycheck would go to the healthcare, but I don't have to pay per service and I don't have to meet a deductible? It seems like that'd be easier to plan for, financially.
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    US RN moving to London UK

    I am following this thread closely because I will be moving to the UK from the US in about a year and a half! But I'll be coming as a new grad My spouse was offered a US government job in Suffolk and they'll be moving there this week. I had already gotten into nursing school... so I'm finishing my schooling here. I didn't want to put off my degree even more (I already had, for a few years) and figured I could get better work with an RN-BSN than my CNA certificate. thanks @kaitfinder for your super thorough response and timeline. Hope you keep us updated @jenna_m with your progress.
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    Jobs that will pay for schooling

    I'm in a similar boat with a biology degree and looking into acc BSN. There are some hospital programs like those mentioned above that are extended to CNAs and other techs, not only RNs. Look at hospitals in your area. There are a few (FEW) military programs that will pay your degree and then you are commissioned as an officer with them afterwards. The military may or may not be a good fit for you and these programs are VERY competitive to get into. Like a previous poster said, what employer wants to take the risk of you not passing, dropping out, or even just not passing the first time around and having to retake? edited to add: looked at a few of your other posts and it looks like you're already in the Navy? so maybe my post wasn't helpful to you- but good luck!
  6. I'm looking at acc BSNs also. My top choice right now is UNLV, but I'm looking at a few other schools also (mostly back east/mid atlantic or southern area, where i'm from). It seems to depend slightly on the program. It sucks that you have a low GPA, but you can't change that now. Some programs are only looking at the courses they want- so it doesn't matter if overall you have a low GPA, if you have high courses in the classes they are actually looking at (for example, I have a C in Organic Chem, but UNLV School of Nursing only looks at Chem 108 or its equivalent) whether or not they're from your previous college. Other schools will weigh your science GPA more than your overall GPA. I got a C in my first pre req (my whole group failed. It was pretty much the worst group) and I'll be retaking some courses just to get my GPA up. Yes, it's a lot of money, I'm adding to my previous debt, and it's a lot of time (I'm still an "out of state" student, and I work two jobs, but neither add up to a career). But ultimately that seems like what I'll need to do to achieve my goal. My plan is to take the pre reqs I can't get in without, and I've been taking them part-time to save money. Then, as I'm closer to being ready to apply, to take the rest full time (I have about a year left of pre req schooling with this plan). If I don't get in the first time, then I'll consider retaking classes I already have in order to improve my GPA.
  7. I did my undergrad in Biology, was a bit directionless for a while, tried an MPH, hated the program and the school, and here I am taking my pre-reqs to even get competitive for an ABSN. A lot of my courses either won't transfer or aren't competitive enough (eg I got a C+ or a B-, but I need a B, or I got all the way up to Organic Chem but I got a C and they want Basic Chem 108 but a better grade than a C). If I were you I would definitely see if Nursing is what you want to do by either looking into CNA or even just volunteering at a hospital or hospice and talking to the the nurses there. I am limited in what I can get for financial aid since this is my second degree, and I regret not taking certain classes while in my first undergrad (I loved my school). However, every time I've spoken with a competent adviser, they're not really surprised to hear I'm doing a second degree nor do they think the biology degree was a waste of time. It doesn't score me any points on paper for the school I'm trying to get into, but I've been advised to make sure I can highlight how much I've learned in various subjects, how well rounded my education has been, and how I can apply that to my career when I have to do entrance interviews.
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    UNLV Courses not transfering

    Hey thehalfpast, have you figured this one out yet? I'm guessing you did as this was posted in August but wanted to check! My A&P courses from my 1st undergrad college weren't as thorough (comparative anatomy vs human anatomy, no cadaver) but the adviser said to get her the syllabi for those courses and she can see if they'll be accepted. I think if you can prove it you should be fine. Last year I had an adviser who was telling people all the wrong things, apparently, and let me take Nurs299 even though I hadn't taken Bio 223 and 224 yet. Whoops. (I got a C anyways and have to retake it). I got the feeling that the adviser I talked to was new and kind of cleaning up the messes her predecessors had left, and I got both her, the Biology department, and Enrollment on the phone and had to work out why one person had said one thing while someone else said another. Basically UNLV pre-nursing seems to be a bit confused; if you hear one thing from one adviser, check with another adviser.

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