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Stessed out in KY! Can anyone relate?

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Hello everyone. I'm a pre-nursing student. Currently I have a 4.0 GPA, for 2 semesters....(27 hours) never thought I'd pull that off. I'm a married 29 year old mom of 4 boys and am really stressed about this whole nursing school thing. I just feel I need to vent. Please bare with me.

This fall I will be taking A&P I and my humanities class. After that I will only have A&P II & Med Micro left (Spring 06) . Hopefully I will get in the Fall 2006 class. This is where I stress out. I keep wondering what I will do if I don't get in. MY CC accepts about 50 per year (only have a fall class). There aren't any Universities nearby to attend. I have tried not to stress about it but others stressing about it has made me start to worry. :uhoh3: I have thought about applying at another school that is about 25 miles away for the spring 06 class. I have to take the ACT next Sat. because I have never taken it (required) and I'm worried I won't do well considering i've been out of HS since 1993!!! I know they go on a points system but I don't know what that really means, can anyone help me figure this point system out? Did your school have this and what is it based on???

Thank you.

From a stressed out mom....Christy

I went back to school 30 years out of high school. First rejection at the CC level and I got into the universities BSN program. I travel 2 hours each way, 4-5 days a week, work nights and the payoff is just 2 years down the road now.

Wow, that's awesome. I'd love to be able to drive that far for this, but my husband's schedule would conflict with it. I just wish someone could give us some insight whether you have a shot or not atleast. BUT I guess it's also nice to not know and find out that you were accepted. It probably makes the news that much more sweet.

I went back to school 30 years out of high school. First rejection at the CC level and I got into the universities BSN program. I travel 2 hours each way, 4-5 days a week, work nights and the payoff is just 2 years down the road now.

dettwiller5

Specializes in new mother/baby nurse.

I'm stressing out with ou! I only applied to one school because they have a part time evening program. I have three children. I have one more prereq to take in the fall and I am hoping to be accepted for spring 2006. I am waiting for the letter as we speak. I worry about what to do also if I dont get in. This will be a second career for me. I was a middle school health teacher and decided not to renew my contract next year to pursue nursing. It just isnt feasible for me to go to school during the day. One of my children will still be under school age when I begin the program (knock on wood) and I want to stay at home with her during the day. I just took a job waitressing on the weekends to make a little extra money. So, my point is- I'm riht there with ya!

Kim

lucky4timesover

Has 9 years experience.

I just wanted to say that you can do this. Your GPA is great. I can't imagine having four boys, I have three and most days I feel like there are at least 6 of them lol. Hubbies can be worth their weight in gold for their support even if it is only emotional. Best of luck to you and I bet you are on here next summer updating us on how happy you are that you are starting the program in the fall! Oh, BTW, don't worry too much about the ACT. With your college GPA I bet you do just fine with it:) .

Sunny

Hi Everyone and thanks for your words of encouragement. And I also want to give a big hand to all of those moms who have 3 jobs...taking care of their kids, working outside the home and going to school. I only have the kids and school and that is quite enough so I applaud any woman who can do that!!! I hope you all are right and that things go smoothly. I just get stressed and I'm not even in nursing school yet. :uhoh21: I'm going to have to put my youngest in day care when I start and I'm not looking forward to it. :o I just can't imagine dropping him off somewhere where he doesn't know anyone...and leaving, but that's the sacrifices you make to ensure their future right? You're right about the support of your spouse. My husband is so supportive and I couldn't do this without his help.

Thanks you guys, I feel better knwing I'm not alone!!!

student4ever

Specializes in ER.

SoulShine75, I'm nervous too - my CC is the same, with admission only in fall, and I'm looking at Fall '06 as well - we'll have to stick together with A&P, I'm taking I in the fall and II in the spring. Good for you on the 4.0! I wouldn't worry too much about the ACT either, esp. if you're already this far on the pre-requisites. I lucked out on a lot of pre-req's partly because of my previous Associate of Arts Degree (which a lot of my Gen Ed classes for that transferred and filled the requirements for nursing), and partly because of my SAT scores from 5 years ago - God, can it have really been that long ago??? My school tells me that they look the hardest at GPA, how many pre-req's you've finished before application, and NET scores. SO, I got a NET study guide and I'm really working hard on it to try and get as high scores as possible so I can get in for Fall '06. I'm screwed if I don't get in, because my CC has approx 150 applicants per year for 50 spots, and 15 of those spots are reserved for LPN to RN students. YIKES!!! Not to mention, I'm double screwed, because THEY DON'T HAVE A WAIT LIST!! Well, they do, but if you're not in that semester b/c someone decided not to come, the waitlist doesn't transfer to the next year! You have to reapply and be one of the 150 again! It sucks, but it's so competetive around here - not nearly enough nursing educators for how many students want to become nurses. I know I could get into the BSN program at the local private college, but I really can't afford it, and I don't want to be in there with all those snobs - did the whole private school thing through highschool and my first Associate's Degree. NOT a FAN!!! Anyways, good luck on your ACT - try and stay focused and don't get too stressed or it will cause you to forget the things you know. Stay calm, be confident! WE WILL GET IN FOR FALL '06!!!! :balloons:

Soulshine, way to go on your success so far. I am very similar, I graduated in 92, 4.0 for pre-reqs, married, father, and I work full time. It is hard but, if your CC is on a points system and you have a 4.0 GPA I don't think you should worry too much. As a rule of thumb the 4.0 students get in. At my CC I was told by several people that they or someone they new had a 4.0 and couldn't get in (terrible, false rumors). I thought to myself: If they don't take the straight A students who do they take?" In my class there are a lot of us with 4.0s, but there are more without. Check with your CC's nursing department and ask them what the points are based on, if grades only how can you not get in. My CC's point system is half grades and half Nursing Aptitude Test score (with limited bonus points for experience in the healthcare field). Good Luck.

Your school sounds exactly like mine student4ever! I decided I'm going to apply to my local school and to one that is about a 35 min drive, not bad really. Hopefully I'll get into one. I think my main stress is wondering if I'll get in, then what if I decide I don't like it or that it isn't right for me. :uhoh21: I've done a lot of soul searching to make sure I'm doing this for all the right reasons. I can honestly say that I feel in my heart I'd love nursing, but there is still a small shred of practical doubt. Will I be ok working holidays? 12 hour shifts probably at night? Etc... But when I begin to think that way I also think of all the opportunities nursing provides and I'm reassured. I mean of you aren't comfortable in one unit hopefully you can change until you find your niche (at a reasonable time of course). Also, I'd love to do travel nursing when my children are all grown and moved out of the house. Good luck to you all and we should definately talk about A&P this fall....I hear it's a killer! AHH!

SoulShine75, I'm nervous too - my CC is the same, with admission only in fall, and I'm looking at Fall '06 as well - we'll have to stick together with A&P, I'm taking I in the fall and II in the spring. Good for you on the 4.0! I wouldn't worry too much about the ACT either, esp. if you're already this far on the pre-requisites. I lucked out on a lot of pre-req's partly because of my previous Associate of Arts Degree (which a lot of my Gen Ed classes for that transferred and filled the requirements for nursing), and partly because of my SAT scores from 5 years ago - God, can it have really been that long ago??? My school tells me that they look the hardest at GPA, how many pre-req's you've finished before application, and NET scores. SO, I got a NET study guide and I'm really working hard on it to try and get as high scores as possible so I can get in for Fall '06. I'm screwed if I don't get in, because my CC has approx 150 applicants per year for 50 spots, and 15 of those spots are reserved for LPN to RN students. YIKES!!! Not to mention, I'm double screwed, because THEY DON'T HAVE A WAIT LIST!! Well, they do, but if you're not in that semester b/c someone decided not to come, the waitlist doesn't transfer to the next year! You have to reapply and be one of the 150 again! It sucks, but it's so competetive around here - not nearly enough nursing educators for how many students want to become nurses. I know I could get into the BSN program at the local private college, but I really can't afford it, and I don't want to be in there with all those snobs - did the whole private school thing through highschool and my first Associate's Degree. NOT a FAN!!! Anyways, good luck on your ACT - try and stay focused and don't get too stressed or it will cause you to forget the things you know. Stay calm, be confident! WE WILL GET IN FOR FALL '06!!!! :balloons:
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