Starting Accelerated Nursing program soon, how to prepare??


Hello! I'm beginning an ABSN program in May and although I'm excited, have no idea how to prepare mysellf. The only adjustment I've made so far is to pick up a part-time job in addition to my full-time to save up some money. (I plan on resigning from both jobs when the program starts.) What should I be reviewing as far as coursework tho? Or terminology? Any help would be appreciated guys! =)


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Specializes in pediatrics, public health.

One word of advice - if you're planning to apply for student loans, don't quit both jobs until you've applied for and have been given the loans. I found out the hard way that it's much harder to get a loan and the interest rate is higher if you're unemployed. You don't need a whole lot of income, I think they're looking for at least $15000 per year. If you're in a 12 month program, try to get loans in place for the whole 12 months. THEN quit your jobs.

Other than that, I'd say, don't bother to review. Relax and enjoy your 4 months of freedom. Visit friends and family, take a vacation if you can. You won't have much time to do this after your program starts, so do it now!

Good luck!


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Specializes in pediatrics, public health.

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Has 2 years experience.

I would just suggest reviewing some anatomy if its been a little while since you took the course - or even if you did and there are some things you could some refreshing. And then if you are not familiar with medical terminology (since you specifically said that) I would start looking at some of that. Good luck!!

NP Sam

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Specializes in Peds OR as RN, Peds ENT as NP.

The best thing you can do to prepare is not prepare. RELAX and don't study. If you need to prepare for anything I would tell you to prepare financially. Also familiarize yourself with your school's financial aid policy. In my last semester I was dropped from all my classes despite having more than enough financial aid because you can only have financial aid up to 180 credit hours. Save yourself from that scare. Congrats on being accepted. My program was 16 months and it was over before I knew it. I can say that now that I'm done;)


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I am about to start mine in May! I am so nervous! I have heard that you shouldn't work while taking accelerated nursing classes, so I am looking for a temp job until then. Good Luck!


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thanks so much for the advice guys!!

noahsmama - your advice definitely helped big time, i was approved for a loan easily because i'm still employed. the only part that sucks is they didn't give me my exact loan requested amount. (i was trying to get a little extra to help with rent/utilities) but i'll survive. :-)