Transferring nursing schools after 1st year, how difficult to do?


Hello all!

So I am currently enrolled in a nursing program in New Jersey as a sophomore for this upcoming fall. However, I had a lot of struggles my 1st year of nursing school. Yes I managed to end up with a 3.63 gpa and was involved with many clubs, however, I was not in a good state mentally at school. The program is less than 40 people, so I had to deal with some harassment within friendships, competitiveness, and just the overall cutthroat environment. I can go on and on but that's not why I'm writing this. How difficult would it be to transfer nursing programs? If so, what schools should I look into transferring? I want to transfer to a program that is larger, and preferably still in New Jersey.

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Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

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Chances are that you will not be able to transfer any of the nursing courses you have taken and will have to start over again. The BON sets the topics that must be covered but schools can arrange their curriculum as they please. No two schools arrange their curriculum identically; therefore, a new school cannot assure that you have covered the same information as a transfer student.

Part of being an adult is learning how to deal with conflict. The way to deal with it is not to run from conflict. You will come across miserable people everywhere- your current school, another school should you choose to transfer, your first job, your next job... etc. Best to develop strategies now. Remember, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." You cannot change how people act, but you can change how you respond.