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    Raising GPA

    I would go the CC route if you have already taken all of their pre-reqs. I took pre-reqs at a university and applied to the local BSN program and was rejected purely because my GPA (3.1) was too low (everyone else had a 3.7 and above that was accepted). At least in my city, it's easier to get into the ARN program than it is the BSN. After I get my associate's I plan to do my BSN online for a year and hopefully go on to specialize and get a doctorates, god willing.
  2. I plan to do an RN-BSN program online for a year, but even though the classes are all online it is through a brick and mortar medical school in my city. Do you still get to attend the graduation ceremony with the accelerated BSN nursing students?
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    MUSC ABSN Fall of 2015

    @carusomk: I have a 3.1 GPA and over 100 hours of volunteer and work experience. I don't have a degree of any sort. They told me I scored perfectly on every part of the application but that my GPA just wasn't high enough compared to the competition. If you don't have at least a 3.5 I recommend saving the $100 application fee and applying to other programs. I'm starting Trident in the fall and I'll try to do my RN to BSN online at MUSC, USC or Francis Marion. That's a cheaper route for me to go anyway.
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    MUSC ABSN Fall of 2015

    I'm also looking into Trident if I don't get accepted into MUSC. As of yesterday I have officially applied to MUSC, so fingers crossed I get good news in March or April
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    MUSC ABSN Fall of 2015

    I need one more reference, too! Ahh. The professor I was going to use left my school at some point and is teaching somewhere else. I'm instate.
  6. I was just diagnosed as Bipolar type 2 back in June. It started getting worse the last two years of college to where I wasn't able to attend classes or take care of myself. Everything made so much sense after my diagnoses. I got on the right type of medicine and it has made all the difference and I'm doing a lot better in school again. I sometimes worry about the future and progression of my disorder, but I think we have to take things one day at a time as they come. I think it's definitely possible for you to succeed if you make some changes. Get in with a good counselor, try medication, make sure you're eating well, sleeping well, and exercising and you'll have lots of improvement. I wouldn't worry about the GED too much. If you start off at a uni or tech school taking pre-req classes they shouldn't ask you too much about it as long as you show that you can do the work and do well in it. So, make sure you do really well in those pre-reqs.
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    Should I do a resume or CV?

    I'm applying to a program and it gives the option of doing a resume or CV. Since there is no interview and my GPA isn't the best, I was thinking of doing a CV so I could bring focus to my volunteer and work experience. However, I also don't have a lot of that so it wouldn't fill up a traditional CV. What should I do?
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    MUSC ABSN Fall of 2015

    I know this is still a little early, but I wanted to go ahead and make the thread so all prospective students could prepare. My credentials aren't nearly as good as a lot of people who have applied, but I felt like it was worth a shot since MUSC is my last chance at a BSN before I just do the ADN and bridge to BSN later on. I should have right at a 3.1 at the time of my application. Made a C in Anatomy, a B+ in Physiology, and a B- in Chemistry. Microbiology will be in progress next semester, and I made pretty much As in every other non-science pre-req. I'm hoping that my volunteer and work experience will buffer my low GPA and grades :)
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    Help! Best route to get a BSN

    I'm going to tell you all the things that I wish someone would have told me when I was where you are now. When I was in highschool, I too didn't have much help from the guidance department. No one told me anything, and I was a first generation student, so my parents weren't able to help me much. I applied to two universities and got accepted to both. I chose the liberal arts college because I didn't like the area the other school was in. I started freshman year as pre-med. At the time, it didn't matter where I went to school because you could do pre-med anywhere. But second semester of sophomore year I decided to do nursing instead....and my school didn't have a nursing program. I met with an advisor and found out that I could stay at my college and take pre-reqs for nursing and then apply to BSN programs. So I did. And here I am as a senior with a 3.0 stuck at my college unable to take the last pre-req that I need. I am now having to transfer to the other school I applied to in high school just to take the class that I need and to save money because I also found out my student loans are capping off in two years. I'm stuck in a hard position because my grades and gpa are not nearly competitive enough for BSN programs. My suggestion to you. Either start off at a community college with a nursing program, take the pre-reqs and get your associates degree. Or, go to university for a year for the college experience, take the prereqs, and then switch to the associates program. You do the associates program for two years and you can easily bridge to the BSN program in a year. You can even take BSN classes online now. If I had it to do over again I would have transferred to an associates program right when I found out I wanted to do nursing. I'm heavily in student loan debt, my grades aren't as good as they could have been because I went with a hard major, and the waiting lists for ADN programs are a year long in my area. I'm a senior in college and won't even be able to start the ADN program until the spring of 2016 if I don't get accepted into a BSN program. Don't make the same mistakes that I did. There is more than one way to get a nursing degree and just because you do an associates program doesn't mean you have to stop there. In hindsight, it would have been the cheaper and faster way to do it.
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    I am so frustrated and anxious how do I study physio?

    First off, breathe. If you allow yourself to get anxious you're going to psych yourself out and continue to do poorly. I think you have some good study habits, but maybe they're not working for you. Have you gone to the professor and asked what you could do to better master the material? Frankly we all have classes and moments like this. I made an A on my first orgo test and an F on the second after I had studied, got a tutor, gone to office hours etc. One bad test isn't the end of the world. You still have time to redeem your grade as long as you don't let anxiety determine your grade. There is such a thing as over studying and if you go into a test thinking you will fail it, you probably will. Give yourself some credit and relax. Certain classes come easier to others. You'll just have to work harder. But even if you do come out with a bad grade it's not the end of the world. There is more than one way to become a nurse, and even if a program doesn't accept you there is one out there that will. Never give up if it's your dream. Not everyone is good at tests. All we can do is try our best and don't ever let one bad grade determine your intelligence or self worth.
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    A&P 1 Fall 2013

    I currently have a C- in my anatomy course. At my school you take anatomy in one semester and physiology the next semester. My professor only gives two tests the entire semester (no quizzes) and a cumulative final. It's such a disservice to students. I'm most likely going to have to retake it.
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    How to handle the stress?

    Girl, I feel ya. I'm working on pre-reqs, work part time, volunteer, and just joined a sorority. It's quite a haul. I had to drop down to 12 hours midway through the semester because two classes I was taking was taking too much time away from anatomy. I think you're taking too many classes at once. After this semester, take no more than 15. Imo, 12 is plenty for anyone doing something like nursing, but it does put you behind. You'll be in school longer, but slow and steady wins the race imo.
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    Venting (can the nursing field be fun?)

    I'm guessing that at the facility where you work the nurses pretty much pick up the CNA things (assisting with showering, etc) since you said they don't have CNAs and that they stuck you with janitorial things. I know hospitals definitely use CNAs, but getting on with a hospital is very difficult. I applied uncertified (which wasn't a problem, they were willing to get me certified) but the interview process was a nightmare, and it was my first time applying so I was very unprepared for it. Highly, highly competitive. Not to mention that CNAs are becoming a thing of the past in a sense that there are way too many of them out there fighting for the few jobs available. It's becoming one of those things that one of the nurses could easily pick up. Frankly, I wouldn't have even wasted time or money to get the certification because you can just about wipe your bottom on it these days. What I mean by that is that many nursing schools don't care about your certifications unless you're using them, and as I've already said about that, good luck doing so. I am uncertified and I am doing the same thing a CNA can do for a private family. I take care of their 101 year old mother under the supervision of other employees (CNAs, hospice Rns, etc) who come and go during the week to check on her. I will have the experience without having wasted time and money on certification (I just couldn't do it with having to work, take classes, etc). Now, that is what I recommend you do if you're not liking your current job. Make friends with some nurses ("who you know" is everything these days). See if they could recommend you to any patients who need sitters and caregivers. Contact hospice. They hire a lot of CNAs also. Now, to your question about fun. Is nursing, or any healthcare profession fun. Well, I guess that really depends on how you define fun. I don't think wiping someone else's bottom and getting bodily fluids on my clothes fun, but I thoroughly enjoy what I do. I like caring for people, I like the science behind nursing and medicine. I feel fulfilled in my career path. Exciting, well, hmm. You have trauma surgeons for example, the ER. If you want exciting, you can go down into the ER, which every other department calls the "Jungle." I guarantee you'll never have a dull moment down there. I volunteered in that department twice and loved it. In the end, I don't really know what you expect to get out of this, but I will say that you get out what you put in. Now, if you think this is something you won't like (you should just have a gut feeling about it) then maybe it's not for you. An example? My boyfriend is an econ major, and he is perfectly happy sitting at a desk and staring at a computer all day. Now, I know that would absolutely bore me to tears. I need to be up moving about, interacting with people, keeping busy. I'm lazy, but I'm not sedentary. I think more hands on experience outside of housekeeping will give you a good idea. And if you can't get an idea with your certificate, volunteer instead and shadow some health professionals. Hope this helps
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    Piercings and Nursing

    I used to have surface piercings on my hips. Surface piercings and dermals are highly temperamental. I took mine out after a year because they kept getting ripped and caught on things. I wouldn't recommend them, especially on such a high mobile and impact area such as the wrists.
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    Please, don't be "that" aide.

    I've worked as a caregiver (not certified) for a private family for nearly a year now. One of my coworkers has been a caregiver for our patient for about 6 years now, and she is certified. When I first started, she would leave me notes and tell me that I wasn't doing things correctly. After a while she laid off a bit but would still do it every so often. Finally, about 2 months ago, I confronted her and told her that I had been employed for nearly a year and that I knew how to do my job. We have had no problems since. But basically what I'm trying to say is that everyone has their system of doing things, and you have to learn to work together. You're new, so this older CNA was probably letting you know how things worked. But she also sounds bossy. Best thing to do is just keep your nose clean, and do your job, and if she's every out of line about something, confront her.
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    In a bit of a pickle.... needing some advice

    First, thank you for taking the time to reply to my long post. Secondly, I want to make sure I understand what you're saying about this part. So, if I understand correctly, you're saying that if I go ahead and get a Bachelor's of Arts in Bio from CofC, then I will no longer be able to get financial aid for my BSN at MUSC? Because if that's the case, then I definitely do not need to pursue this Bachelors of Arts since I completely rely on financial aid (I have grants, scholarships, and loans currently). If I got the BA in anything from my college, I would never use it. I want a BSN. I want to be a nurse. That's the degree that I want to use. But so many people have been scaring me and telling me that many programs are accepting those who already have Bachelors degrees because it gives you a step up. I don't know how true this is but it's making me feel like I'm dancing in place trying to decide which direction to run in. I think maybe my best bet at this point will be to try to just take my pre-reqs and some other classes to boost my GPA. I don't want to swamp myself with classes to try to cram a separate bachelors degree into the mix and risk doing poorly in my nursing pre-reqs. I also have been trying to find some other nursing programs but I don't have anyone to help me with it. I can't really afford out of state tuition, so I'm trying to stay in SC. I know that USC Columbia has an upper and lower division for nursing, but I heard that you have to spend a year at the lower division and apply to the upper, and risk not getting accepted. I didn't want to waste a year retaking classes and risk not getting accepted. I would have nothing to show for it. My other option that I looked into was going to Trident Technical College to get an associates RN if MUSC doesn't accept me, but I've been in school long enough to almost have a bachelors degree, so I would hate to have to spend another two years there and come out with only an associates degree and have to do a BSN online. I also want to eventually go to CRNA school, so Idk how they would look at me going this route. maybe not to fondly? I'm not sure. I'm the first person in my family who has gone to a four year university, let alone nursing school, so no one in my family can help me with what to do.