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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Accepted

Some of you know I've been taking pre-requisites for nursing school for the past year and a half, along with obtaining my CNA license and completely switching careers. It's been hard but rewarding and not a minute have I regretted the decision of switching fields. That's not to say I regret going into the first career, it just had it's season and was time to move on.


I started back in July of 2012 on the pre-requisites for various schools as we were not sure where we would be living. I was scared at first so I started with one accelerated summer class and put my everything into that class. It was the class to test the waters and see how I would do going back to school. Truth be told; I did better with that class than any other time in my academic history. I blame it on growing up a little, being so focused on wanting to be a nurse, realizing this is what I truly wanted and wasn't about to settle for the easy road.

These are the classes I had already completed before my first career that counted towards nursing (though I'd argue every class I've ever taken can somehow make me a better nurse and/or individual);

  • English 1 or Composition 1
  • English 2 or Composition 2 
  • Art 
  • Sociology 
  • General Psychology 
  • Abnormal Psychology 
  • College Chemistry 1
  • College Chemistry 2
  • AP Statistics 


Classes that I have completed since switching to Nursing in order of completion;
  • Human Nutrition
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • Developmental Psychology 
  • Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • College Algebra
  • Medical Terminology
  • Chemistry (2nd class for a refresher since I took my last college chemistry in high school)
  • Microbiology 
  • College Math



I chose to take two extra classes this past fall semester; World Religions and College Math to obtain my Associates of Arts degree though I didn't need it for the nursing application. After graduating with a AA degree in December and finishing all the pre-requisites I still had work to do for the nursing applications. 

The next step was the TEAS V Nursing Entrance Exam as it's required for many nursing schools and all the ones I was applying to. It includes sections on: Reading, Math, Science and English. All of which are supposed to be learned in the pre-requisites and simply be review. It's no surprise I got 99% in Science and Math as that's mainly what I've been taking the past few years. However English and Reading were in the 20's and 40's %. Needless to say I studied and retook the exam which did help but English grammar still is not my strong suit.



Finally by February 1 I sent all five applications out to the perspective schools and waited... Until a few weeks ago when I got a call while walking the dog in the park and did a three foot jump and started crying as she told me I'd been admitted to a dual partnership RN-BSN program of which the campus is about five minutes from our new home. In which I audibly said upon hanging up the phone "Thank you Lord" and realized I could not of done this without him and the support of my husband. Andrew has supported me and kept me on track many times along this path.


On May 1, I will attend Nursing school orientation to learn how humbling it will be everything works!