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Posted about 5 years ago
I was wondering if there are any nurses that can answer some of my questions.
My questions are
1) What are typically the prereqs to get into nursing school please don't say it depends on you schol i just want to get a general idea of waht you had to take.
2) What kind of grades do you have to get in your prereqs to get into nursing school, i heard that its really really hard to get in, do you think someone can get in with a 3.5-3.6 GPA?
3) Do you have to be SUPER smart at math? Honostly i SUCK bad at math, should i consider a different career? I know there is some math involved, what types of math are these that are invilved?
4) Whats the defferent between getting your RN with and asso. compaired to a bach? whats the salary difference? whats the differece overall??
5)I excell in sciences ( I havent taken any Chem or Physicis yet, i am currently a Junior in HS) so is this caree good for me if you like science alot?
6) I plan on relocation to southerncalifornia ; whats the starting salary there? Do you think i'd be able to live comfortably in SoCal as an RN?
I appriciate everyones help, if you have anyother info please post it!
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| Posted about 5 years ago
Ok, so I still an RN student, but I am definitly not the same person that I was only 2 years ago. I have gained much insight into nursing and I have grown and matured while in my program. I graduate in May 09 so maybe I can offer some insight-
1) Unfortunately, the prerequisites do vary per school, but in general, on top of your GE you will most likely need Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Algerbra (at least), and nutrition for ADN programs. For BSN you will also likely need organic chemistry and statistics. While the pre-reqs vary per school, don' panic- you will be able to look at the requirements for the different programs you are interested in and you'll often notice they are close to being the same- at least in CA.
2) Again, I can tell you of what is required in CA- most of the ADN programs here are lottery-based- they pick a number and you hope its yours! The minimum GPA is 3.0 in sciences. However, for the academically based programs, such as the one I am in, you will often need at least a 3.0-3.5. You will also need to take some sort of entry exam- in CA, its the TEAS- test of essential academic skills. Most programs require some sort of entry-level test... English comprehension and grammar, mathematics, physical and biological science and Critical thinking and Extrapolation of Concepts. Most BSN programs require an interview, letters of recommendation to the program, and a personal essay.
3) Yes, there is math involved in nursing- but really, its really simple. Not simple like 4th grade simple, but easy to follow a formula. In my program they teach Dimensional Analysis- I LOVE IT! I wish I would have been exposed to it earlier in my academics- especially in Chemistry. When you get into a program, if they don't teach dimensional analysis- learn it on your own and you'll never have a problem. BTW- I have never been good at math- don't worry too much!
4) I know that there are definitly different opinions out there as to what is better, more lucrative, more valuable etc, but here is my opinion- whether you go thru the ADN or BSN, it doesn't matter- you take the same state boards exam for your license. An ADN will get your foot into the door of clinical/floor nursing- and even ADNs have good opportunities for advancement. However, if you are definitly more interested in adminstrative or Management, you'll want your BSN. Pay wise, on the floor, there is not a huge difference in pay. Its about what you want- I place much value in education and I myself will pursue my masters/NP someday, but for me, in my life circumstances ADN was the way to go. If you plan on going directly to a university (even for your GE) I would pursue a Bachelors degree.
5) Nursing is a good career choice if it is your heart- if you feel a calling. If you decide to do nursing just because you like science you'll probably be disappointed. Nursing is more about people then it is anything else. Yes you need to have a firm foundation in the sciences- the science is what is behind your nursing judgement and decisions. However, it is also SO MUCH about people. As a nurse you will see people at their worst- humanity at its worst. I would recommend to you that after HS you go and get your CNA- certified nurses assistant. Its usually a very fast program and not a bad way to pay your way thru school. It will expose you to the hospital environment and to the patients. You will care for very sick, scared, and sometimes, not so nice people. People who are vulnerable and not able to do for themselves. And it will at least give you an idea if caring for people, in that type of way is really for you. And if its not- that's ok too. Not everyone can be a nurse ( and still love it at the end of the day).
6) Nurses make good money- they do. Especially in places like CA- but please understand that if your heart is not in it you will not be happy and you will not last. It simply may not be worth it.
I know that this has been a long response, but I hope that what I've said will help you. I commend you for being future-minded and for seeking answers about your possible future career. Good luck with everything! (And hopefully, you'll get even more responses and more perspectives!)