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  1. ahleigh12

    How was your journey to nursing school?

    I get where you are coming from. I originally was going for pharmacy in LIU Brooklyn, it was incredibly pricey for something that I found out I didn't want to do my whole life (I'm more of a hands on, instant gratification person). I ended up going to City Tech & then Queens College & was unfortunately screwed by the entire CUNY system with my transfer credits and such. I ended up taking a break all together and tried to figure out what I really wanted to do. I decided on nursing and went for an ADN in a small private school in which the course work was fast paced, challenging, and full of information. I finished my ADN on time and right afterwards took my NCLEX and enrolled in a BSN program online. In total, it will have taken me 2.5 years to get my BSN. I'm currently working as an RN with my ADN, but I must admit it is very hard to find a job aside from home care or nursing home. If this is where you want to practice, then starting out with an ADN is fine. I've tried these settings and found that they were not for me. I definitely see myself as a floor nurse. I'm more have about 4 months left until I get my BSN, but getting a hospital in a job, I've found is either luck or based on who you know. One of my coworkers has a BSN and still cannot find a hospital position after 1 year of working at our job, another took 2 years before getting picked up by a hospital. A few classmates of mine got picked up by hospitals within 4 months because they knew management. So you really have to weigh your options here.
  2. If you want to become an RN, it think you should go ahead & directly do that. I've been told in school that LPNs are being phased out so RN is the next step. You can get your ADN and still be an RN, then you can do your BSN. If you already have a Bachelor's Degree, I think its better to do an accelerated BSN program that will add onto your current degree. Some schools vary between 1-2 years. If you don't have a Bachelor's degree, you can do an ADN at any smaller private school because they are a bit more easier to get into since they are quite expensive, but keep in mind that you will and should consider continuing for a BSN right afterwards. I have my ADN and I'm nearly done with my BSN and the job hunt has been quite hard as most employers are looking for a BSN, especially if you are looking for a hospital position. You can work as an RN with your ADN & BSN. Private ADN nursing schools are usually 2 years and you can complete your BSN online within a year or so depending on the school you select. If I'm not mistaken SPSON either lost or is not accredited so it is supposed to be more challenging to continue for a BSN. I believe City Tech has a nursing program along with BMCC if I'm not mistaken. Have you considered CUNYs?
  3. ahleigh12

    Pass NCLEX, Now What?

    When I took my NCLEX in July, it took just about 2 weeks for me to receive my license and registration. I paid the few extra dollars to get my unofficial results within the 48 hour times frame. I took just about 2 weeks before I saw my name on the NYS licensing board, but I suppose it depends on the time of year and how backed up there are. I don't recall receiving any paper work that included my results.