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  1. verene

    CNA to RN

    I don't know that it makes the process of becoming an RN any quicker to become a CNA first (as many states allow one to sit the CNA certification exam after the first term or two of nursing school), however it can be a beneficial way to get one's foot in the healthcare door, make some money, and learn some of the very basic skills associated with nursing care. A few programs are starting to require that prospective students have completed CNA certification at time of admission or offer extra admissions points for having certification (though this is certainly not universal), so becoming one may be beneficial to gaining admission. Personally, as someone who wasn't 100% certain I wanted to become an RN, I found becoming a CNA a good stepping stone, and valuable informatively on a personal level to my decision making.
  2. I had a couple of W scores on my transcript - but not in coursework that was relevant to nursing school, and my overall gpa was still high so the programs I applied to did not even question me about them. I think some of it comes down to what courses the W's were in, total number of W courses, how the school figures W's into your gpa (some ignore them, and some calculate W's as 0.0 scores), and what your overall application looks like (e.g. more likely to forgive a few W scores for a student who has otherwise done well academically with good test scores, than for one who remained a middling or below-average student). I think in your case it may also be appropriate to write a letter (assuming school allows it) explaining that you had to withdraw fully from a term due to significant life stressors, and that (as is apparent from the rest of your grades), once those stressors were addressed you were able to preform well in college.
  3. verene

    Pre Nursing looking for ABSN program - low gpa

    Unfortunately you will likely struggle in finding an ABSN program that will accept you with a GPA that low. I don't say this to be mean, but to be realistic. Most ABSN programs require a minimum 3.0 GPA to be considered, and the actual acceptance GPA may be higher, much higher (average incoming gpa in my cohort was a 3.85). This is due to the fact that ABSN programs are accelerated and rigorous and want to see that you already have strong study skills and a history of academic success - as even those with previous success can find grades dropping in nursing school. Your best bet is probably 1) retaking any courses that are pre-reqs for which your received a low grade and 2) applying to ADN or BSN programs that only look at pre-req grades and test score (many of the community college ADN programs only care about pre-req grades and TEAS/HESI scores, and don't care about previous degree gpa).
  4. The BON came and spoke to our cohort at one point about a variety of topics and included some information on risk of substance use and the programs available in the state for healthcare providers and BON process should one end up voluntarily or involuntarily in substance use treatment.
  5. verene

    Vaccination for clinical

    Being up-to-date on vaccines is a requirement of nursing schools because it is a requirement of healthcare centers/hospitals/clinical sites. Some hospitals/clinical sites allow you to opt out of flu shots if you wear a mask for the whole flu season, there are not usually exceptions to other vaccines. When it comes vaccines you will have to either accept them for nursing school (and employment) or realize that perhaps working in health care is not compatible with your personal beliefs.
  6. verene

    Telling an employer you have to go PT from FT

    You can ask to go part-time or PRN but there is no guarantee your employer will allow you to do so, particularly if they know you will soon be moving away. It's better for your employer to know sooner rather than later, however being so new they may just let you go if you can no longer meet their requirments as an employee (Guessing you are still in probation period?). And what is the time-frame requirement for resigning? Assuming you can afford it, it may make sense to just resign to give yourself the time/space you need for travel and life changes.
  7. Being unable able to have needs met in the community - frequently exacerbated by stopping medications and/or restarting substance use.
  8. verene

    New grad job offers....what do I choose?

    Go with the unit you think will be supportive and a good practice environment. Having support goes a long way as a new grad.
  9. verene

    Any other INFJ Nurses?

    I am. I do need to maintain work-life balance, and do my best when I can take one full day a week off from any particular commitments and just do whatever I feel like when I wake up that day (which is sometimes being social and running errands, sometimes indulging in a hobby or going for a hike, and sometimes napping on the couch with a cat) that will help me recharge. I actually do a lot better in nursing than I did when I had an office job.
  10. verene

    Volunteer Experience for Pre Nursing Student

    We appreciate it so much! Sometimes all a patient really needs is someone to just sit with them and unfortunately we staff rarely have time to just sit down with some one for a while.
  11. verene

    Imposter syndrome?

    Completely normal, and perhaps even more so in an ABSN program as many students used to have expertise in something else. You are only a few weeks into this thing, give it time for everything to come together - you should not expect to be an expert yet. As someone who went through an ABSN program it does all come together eventually and I left school feeling comfortable that I could be a competent new-grad RN.
  12. verene

    Pre-Requisite Nursing Course with LAB?

    It's not really my area, but most of the RN case managers I know have BSN + RN work experience. Pretty sure BSN + your years of social work experience would make you an attractive hire for many RN-case manager positions. The case-management forum may have more information: https://allnurses.com/case-management-c57/
  13. I think the interview process is a good one. My school implemented the process a few years before I applied. They found they were admitting smart cohorts who could do the academic work, but sometimes there were personality issues with in cohorts or individuals who looked amazing on paper but who really should never be allowed near patients getting in and it was causing a lot of trouble. By doing interviews they get to look at a broader picture of who student are and working on admitting not just individuals, but thinking through the personality mesh of whole cohorts. Since that change the cohorts have become a lot tighter, more supportive of each other in the program, and fewer complaints from clinicals sites and faculty about student behavior. As for interviewing with social anxiety - it's good practice (it would be terrible to go through nursing school on grades alone and the not be hired due to fears around interviewing) - and being anxious in an interview doesn't preclude being admitted. I'm naturally a bit anxious before interviews and had received some really bad news right before walking into my nursing school interview - I didn't manage to relax at all during the interview. After being admitted and well-into the program one of the interviewing faculty gave me feedback that she was happy to see me so relaxed and confident in clinical given my nerves in the interview. It had been very obvious to faculty that I was anxious, but they liked my answers and questions during the interview, and the rest of my application, and were reasonably confident that it was "just interview nerves." It was actually interviewing the school that shifted my choice to this program over another when I was admitted, because I'd had an opportunity to meet faculty and ask questions. A different school had been my top choice but on interviewing there I had a horrible experience with the interviewing faculty and decided that even if I was admitted I'd probably be unhappy in their program if that was how faculty treated interviewing candidates. So the benefits of the interview go both ways.
  14. verene

    Pre-Requisite Nursing Course with LAB?

    Chris: 1) There is no one specific "Pre-req course" of study. This is why it is important to know which program or programs you want to apply to, as each may have slightly different pre-req course requirements. I would suggest googling "community college" and your city name to find community colleges local to you. 2) It is possible to get an RN/MSN-NP at the same time as direct entry programs for non-nurses exist. There are not a lot of these programs and this option may or may not be the best fit for your circumstances. (Is there a program near you? Time? Money? etc.). By and large these programs are highly competitive and very expensive. However, if NP is your goal there are many pathways to that end, including starting at a community college and getting an ADN; getting a BSN as a post-bacc student through a traditional BSN program (will typically take 2 years as post-bacc student), or via an ABSN program and then bridging from any of these programs to a MSN-NP program (with or with out work experience along the way). I would suggest doing some serious research into schools in your area (or areas your would be willing to move to) and finding out which options of study works best for you - including geographic location, ability to work/not work, cost, length of time, flexibility (in case you have outside obligations like children or caring for older relative), and your own ability to learn in academic settings. (Joint RN/MSN and ABSN programs are extremely intense information wise - if you don't have super solid study skills, confidence in with science coursework, and the ability to learn very quickly - including from self-study - a slower pace may be better for you). Of note, most Acute-Care NP programs want at least a couple of years of work experience as an RN - so it may be to your benefit to work on getting your RN first (via whatever option makes sense), working for a few years and then applying. 3) I am not familiar with either community colleges or nursing programs in Tennessee. I believe Vanderbilt *does* have a direct-entry MSN-NP program, however I am sure there are other nursing programs in your state. I'd suggest googling "Tennessee Board of Nursing" and using their website to find nursing schools accredited in Tennessee. Once you have a list of schools in your area go to each school website and look at their admissions information - including cost, length of study, and admissions criteria - this last piece will help determine what classes you need to take from the community college to satisfy pre-req requirements.
  15. verene

    How to go about finding a preceptorship?

    Typically a senior preceptorship is your last clinical rotation and as such is set up by the school; not something you are responsible for arranging. If you have ideas for a specific placement or interest area talk to your clinical placement coordinator (or whatever the equivalent is) at your program.