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  1. Can we address this line of thinking -"We must demolish diploma factories"? The hubris and the arrogance abounds. If we can take anything away from 2020 it is this, the traditional brick and mortar school needs rethought. It no longer serves a purpose, and is not what the future holds in terms of efficiency and sustainability. The original post below this one fails to recognize the actual problem our society faces, that being "traditional universities". These institutions no longer exist to produce a beneficial product, if this was the case we would not have thousands of people demanding loan forgiveness; if the product is sound, why would it need subsidized? The real problem is simply this, universities are now centers to push one-sided ideologies, redistribute wealth through preferenced funding, and ultimately prop up a bankrupt government through 7% interest rate loans. Why do you think programs that could once be finished in 1.5 years, paid for by hospital systems/practices/clinics, now take upwards of 3.5 years, with tuition costs that have went beyond the moon; it makes no sense, even more so when you account for the much discussed provider shortage. These dudes are lining their pockets fraudulently, and it is at the cost of students and subsequently patients. Imagine if banks were doing what FASFA and the universities have been doing for the last 3 decades. People would be in the streets rioting. "Fraudulent business practices" would be the term of the day. Unfortunately, these institutions get a hard pass, mainly due to people like the OP below that feel there is a certain prestige associated with given schools. I live in Western PA, I went to a 3.5 year program that cost me roughly 27k, I would be hard pressed to go to a "respected school" that would cost someone like me +$90k. I passed my boards the same as the OP did, I and I am told, that I do a pretty good job. Ultimately, knowledge is being decentralized at a rapid pace, we would do well to recognize this and stay with the times. I can buy lectures, given by Harvard historians, for $10 on Amazon, hours of content! If Harvard is your thing, why can't we make all these lectures available and free for all? Share the wealth so to say? In the coming future, there will likely no longer be a monopoly on knowledge, as such the current cost of tuition should no longer be defended, and we should leave arrogance of "prestigious institutions" at the door.
  2. How do you guys justify the cost for a program like Yale, Penn or Columbia? Like why would you pick one of those over a smaller, wayyyy cheaper school? Just wondering your thoughts!
  3. Dear Nurse Beth, Would it be a waste of time to go to a non accredited nursing program? Or does it not make much of a difference. My plan is to get my ADN at a non accredited school because the school is not far and then get my BSN at an accredited school online. Bad idea? I’m almost done with my pre reqs. Dear Almost Done, It's not necessarily a bad idea, it all depends. I would be more concerned about a non-accredited for-profit nursing program than a non-accredited not-for-profit nursing program. I would avoid the prior. Many for-profits are costly and sketchy, and lack of accreditation is a red flag. On the other hand, some community colleges have excellent reputations and programs, but do not have the funds to hire the required number of doctorally prepared faculty required for accreditation. Look at the whole picture- find out their NCLEX pass rate, for one. Next find out if their classes/credits are transferable to the BSN accredited school. Sometimes community colleges and universities have an articulation agreement to facilitate student transfer. Lastly, make sure you can get a job in your area with an ADN. So find out these key things, and you should be good to go. Congrats on getting your pre-reqs done! Best wishes, Nurse Beth
  4. CollegeStudent

    Prerequisites For Nursing Program

    Hi, I am a pre-nursing sophomore student at CSUB and I was thinking of applying to their program this year for Fall 2021. However, I'm not sure if I have a high chance of getting accepted to any nursing programs due to not having any work or volunteer experience. I've been trying to look for any volunteer work, but I live in a small town in California, so there hasn't been any luck in trying to find one especially now that we're in a pandemic. The minimum GPA at CSUB nursing program is a 3.20 for the prerequisite. My prereqs grades are: Anatomy : B- Physiology: currently taking now (fall 2020) Microbiology: will take Spring 2021 Chemistry: A Statistics: B- Communications: A English: B (took in hs dual enrollment) Philosophy: B (took in hs dual enrollment)
  5. Kseb89

    Accelerated nursing program

    I’m trying to get into an accelerated nursing program. I received my bachelors in psychology and have received all As for the last 3 semesters. However, I only have a college GPA of 3.47. Is there any hope for getting into an accelerated nursing program?
  6. https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/higher-ED-gamma/why-it’s-so-difficult-get-nursing-programs Interesting article that proposes other health field majors. What do you think?
  7. Dear Soon to be Applicant to Nursing School, So here you are on allnurses, looking for the best option for you. After all, you're a kind and caring person. You're good looking, and gosh darn it, people like you. You want this. You're committed to it. How committed to it are you? Let's look at this, point by point. You want.... CheapYou can't afford this. For whatever reason, you can't get much in aid or loans, and you don't make much money. So you're looking for cheap. Here's the deal - everyone wants cheap, and that means more competition. Also, cheap may decrease value. Does the cheapest option have a decent reputation? Or does the cheapest option terrify HR departments everywhere? Unless Dr. Kervorkian is getting out anytime soon (hmmm.... Maybe he is already out? Anyone know?) cheaper may be a terrible idea. Research. Don't just sign the dotted line. Fast!You can't walk away from life for years. You have responsibilities. You also can't fathom spending years in school. Dude. Step back for a second. Let's say you've had an embarrassing accident involving a skyscraper, a rusty nail and a poorly placed eyelid. You go to the ER and you get the dynamic duo!!!!! The MD and RN both landed the fastest programs they could find just to get licensed and come care for YOU!!!! Wonder twin powers! ACTIVATE!!!!! Wait ...Do you want a nurse who did a 3-4 year educational process in 10 months? Would you want a doc who crammed 8 years of school into 2, and 4 years of residency into 10 months? Maybe it feels okay to get your educational as quickly as possible, but would you want to be cared for by the nurse who picked the fastest program possible? (The answer to that is "no". You do not want that nurse or that doctor. I took the longest possible option for my degree and I won't even start to admit how much (little???) I was actually able to remember from it two weeks after graduation. Faster means less time to actually lean LIFE SAVING INFORMATION.) Low GPA!!!Look, I'll be the first to say you probably don't need an amazing grade in world history to be a good nurse. It's nice to be smart, knowledgeable, and all that fun stuff, but not all of it is vital. But....... A lot of it is, in ways you haven't figured out yet. Additionally, programs use your GPA as a prediction of how you will commit yourself and subsequently perform at their program. Their accreditation actually is weighed in part by their students' successes. Maybe you don't test well, maybe you never applied yourself because you didn't know what you wanted to do when you grew up. (God knows I didn't.) Even if the truth is that you don't need straight As to be successful in nursing school, those who have them will be accepted first. You HAVE to accept that. You'll find programs that will have a cohort whose average is lower than 3.5 sometimes, but to look for it and expect to find it is not necessarily realistic. Another thing to consider with this, though, is, again, reputation of your school. Is your school known for accepting low GPAs? You might not be very valued as an applicant with that school's name on your degree. Go retake those classes. Get better grades. If you are a person who genuinely struggles with school, take advantage of campus resources. But even before that, go talk to nurses. Talk to nurses who will be honest with you, and bring your thick skin. The sad truth is that some people, no matter how badly they want it, aren't meant for nursing. The good news is there are other avenues in healthcare that don't require the same education or skill set. Research! Online!!!!!!Okay, really? No, REALLY?! How are you going to learn patient care without caring for patients? Look, even after a nursing program, you're going to be awful at doing everything, but at least you've had basic instruction, face to face, on actual PEOPLE. Nursing school, at the LPN or RN level, cannot be done online. Stop looking. I offer my support as you get started on this journey. There may be times when my answers aren't sweet and loving. Nursing school will teach you that direct and clear communication (as off-putting as it may be) is required sometimes. I will, however, promise to be honest. I promise to be thorough. I promise I will try to always be patient. I will take responsibility when I misjudge or misspeak. And I will always expect the same of you. Congratulations on embarking on this tumultuous journey, and remember to always keep your expectations realistic.
  8. Students pursuing a nursing degree are passionate about making a difference in the lives of others. There are also other appealing “pros” drawing an increasing number of applicants to nursing programs. Due to the ongoing nursing shortage, students have access to scholarships and other financial resources to help pay for nursing school. In addition, new nurses are able to enter the workforce quickly and enjoy job security. Today, the ever-growing need for nurses is met with high student interest. However, acceptance into nursing school is a really competitive process and it starts with the application process. Why is it So Competitive? According to the AACN’s report on 2018-2019 Enrollment and Graduation in Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs in Nursing, 75,029 qualified applicants were turned away from undergraduate and graduate programs in 2018. The reason for limiting the number of students entering nursing programs include insufficient resources in the number of faculty, available clinical sites, classroom space and preceptors. Students with great grades and experience in healthcare are being denied entry into programs. Fortunately, there are “do’s and don’ts” you can follow to strengthen your applicant and earn your seat in nursing school Before the Application Process Requirements for nursing school entry varies by school and programs, however, the following criteria is typical: Acceptable high school GPA or equivalent GED score OR Good grades from completed post-secondary education CNA and LPN programs may not have a minimum GPA Many associate’s programs require a minimum 2.5 Bachelor’s and graduate degrees often require 3.0 or higher Your GPA may need to be greater with advanced degrees and more prestigious programs. Other tips include: Be sure to verify what prerequisites are required and make sure you have those completed before you apply. Research multiple schools and find programs that are the right fit for you. Consider these factors: Your favored learning environment Is the commute reasonable Is tuition affordable or financial aid available How are clinical hours scheduled (does the student or faculty arrange?) Apply to multiple schools to increase your chances of acceptance and provide options if multiple applications accepted. Complete volunteer hours and/or get experience in a healthcare related job. Nursing Programs Have “Hard Stop” Applicant Deadlines Be sure to start your application early and don’t miss the deadline. Now, you may be thinking, “surely they will send reminders to interested students” or “I just can’t believe my application would be denied for a missing document”. But, this is a harsh reality of nursing programs and it is easy to understand why. As a nursing student, you will be responsible for details that affect human life and safety. A complete and timely application is your first opportunity to demonstrate you are ready for these responsibilities. Be sure to have at least 2 other people to proofread your application for grammatical errors and to check for completion before you submit. Avoid These Common Application Mistakes Not preparing for the entrance exam Many nursing programs require applicants to take and pass a standardized entrance exam, such as the Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). These tests will assess your math, science and reading abilities. Students make mistakes in preparing for this important exam when they don’t: Research what test (if any) specific to your program is required Give themselves enough time to study and further develop weaker academic areas. Invest in a test specific booklet or practice tests to help you prepare Get enough rest and eating a good breakfast before the exam Not preparing for the application interview First Impressions Matter Most schools have an interview process for applicants and to make a good first impression, you need to nail it. To make make your best impression, do this: Dress professionally and appropriately (I.e. business casual wear). Arrive on time Extend a solid handshake (good posture and direct eye contact) Leave non-essential personal items behind, remembering less is good Actual In-Person Interview The interview is the time to be yourself and let your personality shine through. It is also an opportunity to let the interviewer know the skills you have and why you would make a great nurse. Questions asked will focus on personal and professional goals, objectives and motivations for applying to the program. For example: Why do you want to be a nurse? How much time are you able to devote to studying and clinical hours? Describe a situation you felt challenged? Can you discuss some hot nursing topics? Check out this article for potential interview questions you can practice answering with a friend or family member. Be sure to research the school and program and have a few thoughtful questions ready to show you’re serious about nursing school. And finally, take a deep breathe and be yourself. If You Want to be a Nurse, Don’t Give Up Remember, you can always reapply. Take an honest look at your application for areas you could improve. Do you need volunteer hours or does you GPA need to come up? It may take a few tries or a bit more time to strengthen weak academic areas, but a degree in nursing is worth it. Do you have advice for a future nursing school applicant? Any words of encouragement? Additional Resources: Avoid These Common Nursing School Application Mistakes Common Mistakes on Nursing School Applications
  9. inthepipeline

    How to Find an LPN to RN Program

    You have made the sacrifice, put in the effort, and become an LPN. You have been working hard to master your craft. Now, you have decided that it is time to take the next step and become an RN. You certainly don't want to repeat what you've learned in LPN and therefore have decided an LPN to RN program would be best. But where to start? The first question to ask yourself is what are my options? Some states have LPN to BSN programs, some do not. Most states have LPN to ADN programs, but are they right for you? Where are these programs anyway? How do you determine if they are "legit?" The best place to start, no matter what state you are in, is with the Board of Nursing's website for that state. Here you can find out which programs are on probation, which are closing down, and which are actually approved by your state's Board of Nursing. Usually, this is located in some sort of "Education" section, though it varies from state to state. Each state should have a list of approved programs and once you have this list in hand you go to work. States will not always list the LPN to ADN or LPN to BSN programs. Therefore, you will need to check out each school of nursing on the list. This mostly involves looking on their website and/or calling the school itself. If you are interested in LPN to ADN then look at all the schools on the list that offer an ADN and see if they offer a bridge program. This is tedious, but worth it. If you want to do LPN to BSN, then look at all the schools on the list that offer a BSN and see if they have a bridge program. Next, you want to make a list of schools for you to look further into. You'll want to look at how long each LPN to RN program is and if there are any additional steps you would have to take to have time shaved off. Some schools are only a year long, allowing you to enter the second year of the ADN program simply for having the LPN license (unencumbered, in good standing), possibly a standardized test (NACE, TEAS, etc.), and pre-requisites. Others will want you to take a clinical skills test and/or a standardized test and the score on those will determine how much time is shaved off (or if you can enter the program at all). Other schools will want you to take a course that reviews the content of the first year and if you pass it can go into the second year (usually 1 or 2 credits). There are even more combinations of test scores, pre-requisites, having an LPN license, doing a bridge course, and doing a skills test than I can mention here. Suffice it to say requirements can vary from school to school. While going through the list see what requirements you are willing to do and not willing to do. You may be willing to study for a standardized test, but not want to take more than one of them. You may be willing to perform a clinical skills test or not. The decision is personal and depends on what hoops you're willing to jump through. Once that list is narrowed down look at pre-requisite classes. See if previous coursework will apply. At one school you may have to take a math class, while at another school you may be able to test out of it completely with a placement test. Some schools honor high school classes if within a certain number of years. Some schools offer pre-requisites online, in the evening, on weekends, in hybrid online format or all of the above. You may have to take the pre-requisites at another school and transfer them in. See if they will be accepted or not. It's a juggling act, but the rewards are well worth it. Now you have narrowed your list down to a much smaller number than when you started. You may want to apply to multiple schools. Some schools do competitive admissions and you have to apply and compete each year. Some schools have a waitlist and don't care about your GPA as long as it meets the minimum and you have met all the requirements. Some schools will look at every college course you have ever taken while others will look only at your GPA from their institution. Another important factor is to find out when they hold classes and clinicals. Some programs are only Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Others are during the weekday, but nights. Still, others are during the weekday, but days. There are also combinations of all of these. Some schools come out and say their schedule, but more likely than not a school can only give a rough estimate. For example, one school I applied to was only Friday, Saturday, and Sundays. They confirmed this in their information session. Friday was always 3-10for clinical, Saturday was always classes, and Sundays times varied for clinical. Another school I applied to give an "example schedule" of Friday, Saturday, Sunday, but this turned out to not be the best example. After e-mailing the director I found out that clinical could happen at any time and that you submit a choice of weekends, weeknights, or weekdays. That classes were always one day during the week (Thursdays for this year). There are a couple more programs that had other combinations. Some varied each semester of the program. I know this can seem overwhelming as there are a lot of moving pieces, but remember why you want to become an RN. Also, it is important to be thorough, ask lots of questions, and double check every answer you get either from the website or from someone at the school. The steps I have listed do not have to go in that exact order and some can be done simultaneously. I'll cover other relevant topics in upcoming articles.
  10. The licensed practical nurse (LPN), also referred to as a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) in the American states of Texas and California, is a highly valuable healthcare member of staff who has acquired basic nursing education, received training as a generalist nurse, and obtained occupational licensure to render routine care to medically stable patient populations with predictable outcomes. LPNs have been part of the US healthcare system for generations. Be cognizant that the LPN's scope of practice is completely subject to the state board of nursing in which professional practice occurs. This means that some state boards of nursing (BONs) enable LPNs to practice within the sphere of extremely broad scopes of practice, while other state BONs employ very restrictive scopes of practice that place considerable limits on the skills that LPNs are authorized to perform. A person who is interested in training to become a licensed practical nurse may opt for one of two stimulating academic paths. Associate's degree programs and diploma/certificate programs are the two main ways in which an individual shall gain entry into the practical nursing profession in the US. While the most frequent pathway into the practical nursing occupation is successful completion of an approved diploma/certificate practical nursing program, this option was discussed in great detail in a previous piece of writing. Expressly, this piece is going to shed more light on the associate of applied science degree in practical nursing, also known in California and Texas as the associate of applied science degree in vocational nursing. The less common educational route to a practical nursing career is satisfactory completion of a state-approved program that results in conferral of the associate of applied science (AAS) degree in practical nursing. In fact, many members of the public and a small number of nursing professionals are unaware that some LPNs possess associate's degrees. These associate's degree programs are usually offered at community colleges, regional state universities, vocational schools and technical colleges. AAS degree programs in practical nursing tend to be more prevalent in certain geographic regions such as the Midwest, Intermountain West, and West Coast. The associate of applied science degree in practical nursing delivers a well-rounded education with a slightly wider breadth than the diploma/certificate program. Prior to being granted the legal title of 'LPN,' graduates of associate's degree programs must achieve a passing result on the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN), the national exam that leads to professional licensure as a practical nurse. Practical nursing students who are enrolled in associate's degree programs attend classes at the different types of schools recorded in a preceding paragraph. In addition to a high school diploma or GED, successful completion of specific prerequisite courses is typically necessary for admission into an associate's degree practical nursing program. Moreover, the admissions process can be competitive if the practical nursing program receives more applications than available seats. Most practical nursing programs instruct students in the following focus areas Nursing Fundamentals Medical-Surgical Nursing (Child / Adult) Clinical Practicum / Hands-On Nursing Skills Geriatric Nursing Psychiatric / Mental Health Nursing Maternal / Postpartum / Obstetric Nursing Pediatric Nursing Medical Terminology Pharmacology All students in practical nursing associate's degree programs are required to amass several hundred hours worth of hands-on skills training, also known as clinical practicum. Practical nursing clinical rotations take place in various healthcare settings such as acute care hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, doctors' offices, group homes, and extended care facilities. Clinical practicum time is deliberately designed to provide students with valuable experiences through patient encounters and hands-on procedural skills such as vital sign checks, medication administration, wound care, injections, urinary catheter insertions and oxygen therapy. The vast majority of associate's degree programs are approximately two years in length. Click on the link below to view the layout and curriculum of the associate of applied science (AAS) degree in practical nursing at North Seattle College: Associate of Applied Science in Nursing at North Seattle College
  11. tnbutterfly - Mary

    Student Survey: School Profiles

    In the fall of 2017 over a 5-week period of time, allnurses members and readers who are future, current, or past students were invited to participate in a 10-minute online survey about important factors to consider when selecting a nursing school. Participants answered 29 questions about their age, school, current educational standing, scholarship availability, school facilities, faculty, tuition, factors they consider most important when selecting a school, etc. In the first survey results article, we shared some of the responses to the question Why Did You Choose Nursing? The second article focused on the participants.... Why do you want from nursing school? - demographic profiles, trends, and how variables can affect one's priorities when selecting a nursing school. In this third article, we will look the school profiles: location, tuitions costs, scholarship opportunities, student experiences... These may indicate what schools think students are searching for in a nursing school. You will be able to use the interactive images below to customize your search. Although 43% of the participants are not currently enrolled in a nursing program, they can still offer important input about their nursing school experience. 18.2% of participants are currently enrolled in an ADN/ASN/AAS program, closely followed by 14.6% enrolled in a BSN program. In our 2017 Salary Survey which provided data from more than 18,000 nurses, we found the distribution of current nurses was 39.31% BSN and 37.39% ADN, ASN. Still very close. 57.77% of the participants attend on-campus classes with 26.20% attending online and 16% hybrid classes. This is not surprising since the majority of enrolled participants are undergrads. When filters are changed to grad students only, 67% of those participants attend online classes, which shows the value of online classes. Does the type of degree program, age, or educational standing affect one's view of their personal college/university experience? You can see the wide range of tuition costs. Do you see any relation between tuition and school location? Change the filters and post below if you find any trending information. More Student Survey Articles... Why Did You Choose Nursing? Student Survey: Demographics Student Survey: What Students Really Want