Originally Posted by paxton25
1. For those of you with kids how many credits are you able to take per semester? Do you find it stressful to balance parenting and going to school?
2. I have heard it can be really competitive and hard to get into nursing programs. Why is that if there is a nursing shortage? Was it hard for you to get into a program?
3. I got good grades in high school and was good at everything except for Math. I have a lot of anxiety associated with it and I don't want it to hold me back. For a nursing degree how many math classes do you have to take?
1) I have always gone full time, around 12-15 credit hours a semester and have done just fine (A's and B's). I don't really find it stressfull overall except around exam times (because I cram...lol). When I was doing my pre-req's I did them both online and in the evenings when my dh was home to watch the kids. That worked out very well for me.
2) Like the above poster said, the nursing shortage affects ALL nurses including those who teach....there isn't enough nursing instructors at all, I know my school struggles to find instructors.
It wasn't hard for me to get accepted because I kept my gpa high, excellent references, etc. It really depends on the school, how they make their selections, how many spots, etc.
I went and talked to my adviser for the nursing department and asked her exactly what I needed to do to get in, she told me, I did it, and got in the first time around. Sooo many people never go to their adviser to find out important information! Make sure you do that NOW.
3) For math I took college algebra and statistics. I too, had a fear of math and started at the bottom with pre-algebra and worked my way up and did very well making A's in both College Algebra and Psych Stat's! In the nursing program the math is not hard....it is just dosage calculations and it just takes time to learn the conversions and just practice. I still wouldn't say I'm good at math and a calculator is my friend
Going through college algebra and statistics really built up my confidence. Sometimes it's good to face your fears.
I love nursing school and have been able to do it quite well (all A's and a couple B's) even while homeschooling my 2 girls and working part time. I love that their are so many opportunities in nursing!