Any ACTUAL Second Degree BSN/RN's? - page 4

I realize that a majority of people out there probably entered the profession the normal way... .. But I'd like some suggestions from anyone who has been through the nursing as a second career... Read More

  1. by   carolinapooh
    Quote from buddhak0n

    Why on earth would someone at a Community college try to tell someone that basic chem or other courses would be Nontransferrable? ( That part gave me a chuckle.. I'd still do better on any generalized Advanced Chem course than a large majority of people <g>)...
    Because generally a class called "Basic Chemistry" or "Basic Chemistry for the Health Professions" or something similarly titled is being offered either as a remedial course or a bare-bones, introductory overview for folks who have either never had a chem course or who haven't had one in eons, and it will NOT transfer to a BSN - whereas a "General Chemistry" course (usually numbered in either the 100s or 200s, depending on both the school and the material taught) WILL usually transfer to a BSN.

    (Often a "basic" course has a course number less than 100. Not always, but it's common. Courses targeted for the health professions are usually very superficial. I know you didn't specifically mention such courses, but I see a lot of questions about those sorts of courses on this board.)

    That's why they would tell you a "basic chem" course will not transfer. Because it won't.

    "Gen Chem" and "Basic Chem" do not mean the same thing in academia, and if you take a "Gen Chem" course, the receiving university/college/school has a pretty good idea of the content you covered - whereas they have no clue in a "basic chem" (or a health-professions driven) course.

    To laymen it seems like semantics; to professors and administrators it is a specific designation of content.

    With two and a half years of Chem, covering one year of general, a semester of analytical, and a solid year of organic (which I actually really enjoyed) on my transcripts, I have chem coming out of my ears with oodles of hours to spare. I had delusions of pharmacy school - and was fine until I hit Physics, which completely mystified me (coupled with time as a tech, which convinced me that even with the allure of $80K+ a year, I'd go nuts doing it).

    Oh, and my year of general was at a community college, while the analytical and the organic were at major universities here in the RTP area. If I hadn't had a "gen chem" course, they would not have permitted me to take the higher level courses.

    I'm a second degree ABSN here in RTP, to answer your original question, who left a very successful career in clinical research to pursue a nursing degree. I'm in debt (again) and don't regret one dime of it. I am learning more in clinical and in the classroom than I will ever use, and at the same time, I know I'm not learning nearly enough to be completely self-assured at graduation. It's a balance and a process, one that all student nurses go through. It's not about your level of education or where you're pursuing your degree; it's about wanting to do it and understanding the purpose of what you're doing. Grades and book smarts aren't everything in nursing (just like they're not everything anywhere else in this world) - no one is going to care that you scored an A+ in patho if you can't hang an IV piggyback appropriately; or that you can explain the pharmacology of the most intricately metabolized drug you can imagine while using perfect technical terminology and jargon, but you can't even tell the patient what it does in terms he or she understands.

    It's about people and skills, not just grades, not just academia - because not one patient is going to ask you how many times you made the Dean's List. They could care LESS. But they WILL question you if you're obviously giving what can only be described as haphazard, crappy, downright DANGEROUS care, or if it's obvious to Joe Citizen on the street that you have no idea what you're doing and couldn't nurse your way out of a paper bag.

    And learning how to do that takes classwork AND clinical work.
    Last edit by carolinapooh on Apr 30, '07
  2. by   scholar
    If you really want to be a RN just humble yourself and take the d***classes. Life is not fair......
  3. by   decartes
    If I were making $200K+/yr, I wouldn't consider anything else but retirement.