You love working the health care field. You’re passionate about what you do, you’re always looking for more responsibility and more ways to help people, so you want to branch out with nursing career… you’re just not sure how to do it.
Don’t worry! You’re not the first health care professional with nursing aspirations.
Why You Will Make a Great RN
People in the health care field come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are attracted to a career that revolves around helping people. Some come from military medic backgrounds and see it as another way to serve. Regardless, those in the health care field are there for people during scary, life-changing events. Lives saved and lives lost are part of the job, and it takes a special kind of strength to be able to handle the stress of patient care.
If you’re considering a nursing career path, here are five tips to help you advance your health care career with an Accelerated BSN (ABSN) program.
1. Start with an ABSN Admissions Advisor
Every applicant has a different story. Your story is going to be different from the next, so start your nursing school journey smart and call an ABSN Admissions Advisor. She’ll listen to your story, help you make a plan that’s right for you, and make getting into nursing school much simpler.
Our Admissions Advisors are there for you every step of the way, from that first contact to your first day of nursing school. They help our applicants with everything from reviewing transcripts and helping you find the best way to take your prerequisites, to old-fashioned advice and encouragement. Admissions Advisors are expert listeners, so talk to them.
2. Prereqs are a GOOD thing. (Really!)
You’ve been in the health care field for years, so why do you have to take prerequisite courses to get into an ABSN program? The answer is simple: You need them. The information you learn in these courses is part of your education and prepares you to be successful in nursing school.
Plus, if you’re looking for a GPA boost, prereqs can help. Even if your GPA is “good,” it’s important to make sure it’s the best it can be so that you can be the best ABSN candidate possible. Acing prereqs can help your GPA.
Note: Prerequisite courses can be taken online in a matter of weeks, not months. Be sure to talk to your Admissions Advisor about your best options.
3. If you need to relocate, there’s help.
Finding the right ABSN program might mean relocating. While simply thinking “I have to move!” might immediately conjure negative images of hectic box packing and endless calls to apartment complexes, don’t give up. At Roseman, ABSN students get a little help with relocating.
No, we don’t come to your house and pack up your shoes. But we can connect you with a national apartment complex organization to help you quickly find a place to live. Apartment management even offers a 16-month lease to ABSN students. (Not only that, your lease carries over if you move to another city where one of their complexes is located.)
Also, you can save money – and make some friends! – by finding a fellow ABSN-student roommate. Talk to your Admissions Advisor about opportunities to save on housing costs with a roommate.
4. Your ABSN may only take 2 years!
The whole “accelerated” part of the ABSN is the best part. You get to truncate the drawn-out, traditional four-year BSN process by using hybrid learning for an intensive, focused education that could take only two years.
While this depends on your current education credentials, prerequisites, and when you decide to start, it’s actually possible. But if you can’t quite make it through in two years, you’ll likely take less than three. The best part? When you graduate, you have a degree that automatically qualifies you for real, tangible jobs that are actually attainable. Many of our students find employment at our partner hospital and have an RN job as soon as they are licensed.
5. Roseman takes NCLEX-prep seriously – and so should you.
Graduating from nursing school doesn’t automatically make you a licensed nurse. The NCSBN (National Council of State Boards of Nursing) requires that you pass the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) before you can apply for a nursing license.
Roseman knows that the knowledge tested on this exam is crucial, and a reflection of what kind of nurse one will be. Our program’s curriculum fully prepares you to take the NCLEX, but it’s always best to get even more support in the form of an NCLEX textbook and test-preparation courses.
Bonus tip #6: Get started now! Your nursing career path is waiting. Contact an Admissions Advisor now.
Check out this timeline and see how you can become a nurse in less than two years.