2nd BSN in nursing

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    Apr 10, 2011 8:47 AM GMT
    I'm considering enrolling in an accelerated nursing program that takes one year to complete but I've been told these programs leave many students unprepared for the workforce. The requirements are you already have a bs/ba and you have completed a list of classes to included chem, bio and pysch. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience in one of these programs.
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    Apr 10, 2011 1:38 PM GMT
    I have a friend that is doing something similar. She has a BFA and then enrolled in the nursing program. She got her LPN, and the program requires her to work for a full year as an LPN. Then go back to complete 12 cr. hrs. for RN.

    Remember that most your experience will only come by working in the actual field. I'm seriously considering specializing in intraoperative audiology. However, there is no program in the country to prepare you for this. It is simply years of experience in actually doing it.

    My sister has her master's in nursing. Before she spent about seven years as OB/GYN nurse, and now she's an admin at the hospital. Like she says, "I'm still a nurse, but I don't see a single patient. I crunch numbers and tell the hospital what to buy."
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    Apr 10, 2011 9:00 PM GMT
    im finishing up my msn after getting my bs in nueroscience. If the program isn't a for profit school like kaplan or some other retarded school that makes you pay 100k plus, go for it. stay away from for profit schools since they are looked down on by grad schools, their credits wont transfer and they are in the business of making money not really for your education.

    do you research, really look into what past students have to say about their program. keep in mind that you dont get any financial help from the government if you already have a bachelors.
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    Apr 10, 2011 9:09 PM GMT
    I'm in an accelerated BSN program right now (2 years). Aside from the drama of my female classmates (30 girls, 5 guys inclusive), it's not too bad. Clinical experience started with our first semester and now we have even more clinical days this semester. The workload is manageable, but I suppose that depends on one's individual work ethic.

    From what I've heard, however, accelerated BSN programs that are 12 months are the ones that leave the students under-prepared because everything is extremely rushed. The 18-24 month programs seem more legit.
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    Apr 11, 2011 6:22 PM GMT
    Thank you some much everybody for all the great info. The program I was going to consider was a 12 month course but im leaning more to at least 18 months. Six more months couldnt hurt.
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    Apr 11, 2011 6:26 PM GMT
    And if you can, do contingent work as a Patient Support Assistant aka Tech aka PCA, etc. on a hospital floor. You learn a ton that way, and if the Nursing Manager likes what you've done, you're pretty much a shoe-in for a job once you pass your NCLEX (usually, but not a guarantee).