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Program Overview

The Second Degree BSN track is a 15 month, accelerated-program available only to applicants with a previous bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field of study. Prior to entry, students must complete approximately 59 semester credit hours of prerequisite courses in the humanities and biological, physical and behavioral sciences to provide a foundation for growth in the nursing major if not completed in their first degree. Prerequisite coursework may be completed at any regionally accredited college or university.

The five-semester Traditional BSN degree track is delivered on the Bryan-College Station campus while the four-semester Accelerated Second Degree BSN degree track is delivered on the Round Rock Campus. Both degree tracks have fall and spring admissions. Admission to the Texas A&M School of Nursing is highly competitive. Applicants may only apply and be considered for one program and/or campus location each application cycle. Students may not apply to both campus locations.

The program utilizes traditional, face-to-face instruction as well as simulation activities, clinical experiences, team teaching and video conferencing of lectures. Students are admitted to a specific campus location and must attend all classes, simulation labs and clinical experiences at that location throughout the duration of the program. Due to strict regulations from the Texas Board of Nursing which govern clinical rotations, the School of Nursing does not allow students to transfer from one campus to another.

Upon completion of course requirements, graduates of the bachelor's program are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to earn their RN license. The School of Nursing will guide students through the Texas RN licensure process during their last semester in the BSN program.

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The Traditional BSN, Second Degree BSN and MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner degree programs at Texas A&M University School of Nursing lead to a professional license or certification that is required for employment. Professional licensure/certification requirements vary from state to state, which may affect a student’s ability to apply for a professional license/certification upon the completion of the program. The U.S. Department of Education regulation, 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), requires an institution to disclose whether the program will fulfill educational requirements for licensure or certification for each state. Texas A&M University School of Nursing has made the following determination regarding our curriculum:

ProgramMeetsState or U.S. Territory RequirementsDoes not meetA determination has not been made
Bachelor of Science in NursingTX, AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY, District of Columbia (DC), Virgin Islands (VI),American Samoa (AS), Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Guam (GU)Puerto Rico (PR), Marshall Islands (MH), Federated States of Micronesia (FM), Palau (PW)
Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse PractitionerTX, AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY, District of Columbia (DC), Puerto Rico (PR), Virgin Islands (VI), American Samoa (AS), Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Guam (GU)Marshall Islands (MH), Federated States of Micronesia (FM), Palau (PW)
We recommend students contact the appropriate state licensing agency in their state or the state where they intend to work to seek the most up-to-date information about state licensure/certification requirements before beginning the program.Additional licensing board information is available here.

Second Degree BSN Curriculum

The following plan of study is for students entering in fall terms. Other points of entry will follow a similar plan.

Course Number
Course TitleCredit Hours
Semester 1Fall 1 Term
17 sch

NURS 305

Dimensions and Informatics3
NURS 306Foundations of Nursing Practice Theory3
NURS 307Foundations of Nursing Practice Clinical5
NURS 312Introduction to Pathophysiology3
NURS 316Pharmacology Principles3
Semester 2Spring 1 Term16 sch
NURS 315Nursing and the Aged3
NURS 320Adult Nursing I6
NURS 411Evidence-Based Practice3
NURS 412Care of Mental Health Clients4
Semester 3Summer 1 10-Week13 sch
NURS 420Adult Nursing II6
NURS 421Care of Community Health Clients5
NURS 424Professional Issues2
Semester 4Fall 2 Term15 sch
NURS 323Nursing Care of Women, Families & Newborns4

NURS 413

Nursing Care of Children

4
NURS 430Transition to Professional Nursing Practice5
NURS 434Case Studies in Patient Safety & Quality2
Total61

*Only eligible for part-time financial aid (if receiving state and/or institutional aid)

sch = semester credit hours

Graduation in December

The following plan of study is for students entering in spring terms. Other points of entry will follow a similar plan.

Course Number
Course TitleCredit Hours
Semester 1Spring 1 Term
17 sch
NURS 305Dimensions and Informatics3
NURS 306Foundations of Nursing Practice Theory3
NURS 307Foundations of Nursing Practice Clinical5
NURS 312Introduction to Pathophysiology3
NURS 316Pharmacology Principles3
Semester 2Summer 1 - 10 week Term13 sch
NURS 315Nursing and the Aged3
NURS 320Adult Nursing I6
NURS 412Care of Mental Health Clients4
Semester 3Fall 1 Term
16 sch
NURS 411Evidence-Based Practice3
NURS 420Adult Nursing II6
NURS 421Care of Community Health Clients5
NURS 424Professional Issues2
Semester 4Spring 2 Term
15 sch
NURS 323Nursing Care of Women, Families & Newborns4
NURS 413Nursing Care of Children4
NURS 430Transition to Professional Nursing Practice5
NURS 434Case Studies in Patient Safety & Quality2
Total61

*Only eligible for part-time financial aid

sch = semester credit hours

Graduation in May

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Cost of Attendance

For cost of attendance including estimated cost of tuition & fees, books & supplies, housing, etc., please visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website.

Application Deadlines

The Second Degree BSN track is a 15-month, accelerated program available only to applicants with a previous bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field of study. This degree track option is offered at our Round Rock location.

Students are admitted twice per year, in both the spring and fall terms. All prerequisite coursework must be successfully completed by the first day of class. The program utilizes traditional, face-to-face instruction as well as simulation activities, clinical experiences, team teaching and video conferencing of lectures. Pre-licensure students (Traditional and Second Degree BSN) are admitted to a specific campus location and must attend all classes, simulation lab and clinical experiences at that location throughout the duration of the program. Due to strict regulations from the Texas Board of Nursing which govern clinical rotations, the School of Nursing (with rare exception) does not allow students to transfer from one campus to another.

Step 1: NursingCAS Application

All Applicants

Entry TermSpringFall
NursingCAS OpensJune 1November 1
NursingCAS & HESI A2 DeadlineAugust 1January 15
First Class DayJanuaryAugust
Mandatory Orientation DayJanuaryJuly
NursingCAS is required of all applicants. Current Texas A&M University students who will be earning a bachelor's degree prior to the start date are required to submit both a Nursing CAS and Apply Texas external transfer application.

Step 2: ApplyTexas Application

External Transfer Applicants Only

Entry TermSpringFall
Transfer Application OpensAugust 1January 1
Transfer Application DeadlineOctober 15March 1
First Class DayJanuaryAugust
Mandatory Orientation DayJanuaryJuly

Apply Texas application dates vary for international applicants. See the for further details.An Apply Texas application is required for all Second Degree BSN applicants. Current Texas A&M University students who will earn a bachelor's degree prior to the start date should also follow this process. Applicants should submit only one NursingCAS application per admission cycle.

Prerequisite Coursework

Courses may be in progress during the application cycle, however, all courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" by the first class day. Please see below for a list of required courses. All courses are subject to approval by the School of Nursing when the student applies for admission.

In addition to the required prerequisites listed below, students receiving a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M must satisfy the coursework requirements of the Texas A&M University Core Curriculum.

By the application deadline, applicants must have completed a minimum of 40 prerequisite course credit hours of the 59 hours required. Of those 40, twelve (12) credit hours must be from the following Nursing Science courses: Lifespan Psychology (3), Nutrition (3), Texas A&M Core Math (3 or 4), Chemistry (4), Anatomy & Physiology (8), and Microbiology (4).

Students may repeat prerequisite courses, however,grades earned from both the first and a second attempt will be used to determine the final GPA. Any additional attempts will not be considered. If a grade of "C" is not earned within 2 attempts, the student will not be eligible for admission.

Nursing Science courses are in italics.

SubjectCourse NameTexas Common Course NumberSemester Credit HoursTAMU Course
CommunicationsComposition, Technical Writing, Public SpeakingAny two courses from core list6See TAMU Core Curriculum
History 1US History I or TX HistoryHIST 1301 or 23013HIST 105 or 226
History 1US History II or TX HistoryHIST 1302 or 23013HIST 106 or 226
GovernmentFederal GovernmentGOVT 23053POLS 206
GovernmentTX GovernmentGOVT 23063POLS 207
Social and Behavioral ScienceGeneral PsychologyPSYC 23013PSYC 107
Creative ArtsArt, Dance, Music, Drama, or TheaterAny acceptable course from core list3See TAMU Core Curriculum
Humanities 2Intro to Ethics or Intro to PhilosophyPHIL 2306 or 13013PHIL 111 or 251
Science
Introductory BiologyBIOL 1406 or 14134BIOL 111 or 107
Psychology*Developmental Lifespan PsychologyPSYC 23143PSYC 225
Statistics**StatisticsMATH 13423STAT 201
Math3See footnote below3See TAMU Core Curriculum
NutritionNutritionBIOL 13223NFSC 202, 203, or 222
ScienceAnatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 24014BIOL 319 or VIBS 305
ScienceAnatomy & Physiology II
BIOL 24024BIOL 320 or VTPP 423
ScienceGeneral/Introductory Chemistry I with labCHEM 1405/1105 or 14114CHEM 101 and 111 (CHEM 119 effective fall 2019)
Science
MicrobiologyBIOL 2420 or 24214BIOL 206, 351, or VTPB 405

*PSYC 307 is acceptable if completed prior tospring 2022

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**Statistics requirement effective for students entering fall 2020 term

1 Two history courses are required, one of which may be dedicated to Texas history.

2 Second Degree and RN-to-BSN applicants may meet requirement by taking any humanities course that meets Texas A&M core.

3 Students applying from other Texas public institutions may take up to three hours of math which meet that institution's core curriculum requirements.Out-of-state or private university applicants must have three hours of math from the Texas A&MCore Curriculum.

Proficiency in a foreign language is required to graduate from Texas A&M. This requirement can be met by having completed two years of the same foreign language in high school, by completing two semesters of the same foreign language at the university level or by demonstrating proficiency in a foreign language by examination.

For questions about what courses may or may not transfer from other institutions, see the . If a course is not listed in the matrix or is listed as "TRNS" (transfer by title), please contact an adviser to identify the appropriate course of action to determine course transferability.

Admission Criteria

Admission to the Texas A&M School of Nursing is competitive. It is strongly recommended that applicants present a GPAabove3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

Applicants will be evaluated based upon the following criteria:

  • Prerequisite Coursework GPA. Graduate coursework is not considered.
  • Nursing Science GPA to include seven courses: nutrition, anatomy & physiology I & II, microbiology, chemistry, lifespan growth & development and Texas A&M University core equivalent math course
  • HESI Admissions Assessment Examscore
  • Timed verbal responses and written assessments
  • Community service
  • Leadership/involvement in extracurricular and/or professional activities
  • TOEFL score, required of international applicants only
  • History of withdrawals, repeats or failures will place applicant at a disadvantage

Repeated Course Policy

Students may repeat prerequisite courses, however,grades earned from both the first and a second attempt will be used to determine the final GPA. Any additional attempts will not be considered. If a grade of "C" is not earned within two attempts, the student will not be eligible for admission.

When deciding to repeat a course, consider the impact the course will make on your GPA. Courses from the Nursing Science prerequisites (nutrition, lifespan developmental psychology, chemistry, Texas A&M core math, anatomy & physiology, and microbiology) may make an impact on your GPA when repeated, versus courses repeated that are non-nursing science prerequisites (i.e. English, history, etc.). For example, repeating biology where one earns a “C” the first attempt and an “A” the second attempt, may not significantly impact the prerequisite GPA since this calculation includes all grades for completed prerequisite coursework. Applicants must consider the time and cost of repeating courses as it can be difficult to greatly improve one’s GPA.

Please visit How to Calculate GPA for assistance in determining your prerequisite coursework and Nursing Science course GPA.

Criminal Background Check

Because health care providers are entrusted with the health, safety and welfare of patients, have access to controlled substances and confidential information, and operate in settings that require the exercise of good judgment and ethical behavior, criminal background checks are required of all applicants. Prior criminal convictions may cause one to be ineligible for licensure as a registered nurse (RN). Applicants will be responsible for obtaininga background check and paying appropriate fees to be fingerprinted for the Texas Board of Nursing. The board will provide applicants with notification of their eligibility (or not) for future RN licensure following their successful completion of a nursing degree. Results are typically returned within six weeks of fingerprinting, if there is no record of criminal history.

In order to apply for licensure as an RN, students must declare any eligibility issues with the Texas Board of Nursing. The board will notify applicants who may not meet conditions for future RN licensure after results of the fingerprinting are received. Individuals who have significant criminal history will likely be ineligible for licensure. If there is any history of criminal charges, alcohol or drug abuse or mental health concerns, students must file a declaratory order petition to the Board of Nursing. Thetime required toreviewa petitioncan be lengthy so students are encouraged to begin the process earlyin the application process.

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An offer of admission from the School of Nursing will not be final until the completion of the background check with results that are deemed favorable. Admission may be denied or rescinded based on the review.

Admitted Student Statistics

August 2022 admissions

The school received 154 applications for 40 seats at the Round Rock campus. Among the students enrolled, the average prerequisite GPA was 3.61, the average Nursing Science GPA was 3.63 and the average cumulative Admissions Assessment HESI score was 91.4. Prerequisite GPAs of admitted students ranged from 3.12 to 4.0.

January 2022 admissions

The school received 177 applications for 40 seats at the Round Rock campus. Among the students enrolled, the average prerequisite GPA was 3.77, the average Nursing Science GPA was 3.75 and the average cumulative Admissions Assessment HESI score was 93.4. Overall GPAs of admitted students ranged from 3.23 to 4.0.

January 2021 admissions

Bryan/College Station Campus
The school received 135 applications for 39 seats. Among the students enrolled, the average prerequisite GPA was 3.72, the average Nursing Science GPA was 3.70 and the average cumulative Admissions Assessment HESI score was 92.4. Overall GPAs of admitted students ranged from 3.12 to 4.0.

Round Rock Campus
The school received 101 applications for 32 seats. Among the students enrolled, the average prerequisite GPA was 3.60, the average Nursing Science GPA was 3.70 and the average cumulative Admissions Assessment HESI score was 93.3. Overall GPAs of admitted students ranged from 3.24 to 4.0.

January 2020 admissions

The school received 230 applications for 54 seats (28 in College Station and 26 in Round Rock). Among the students enrolled, the average prerequisite GPA was 3.71, the average Nursing Science GPA was 3.77 and the average cumulative Admissions Assessment HESI score was 92.5. Overall GPAs of admitted students ranged from 3.04 to 4.0.

January 2019 admissions

The school received 234 applications for 46 seats (24 in College Station and 22 in Round Rock). Among the students enrolled, the average prerequisite GPA was 3.66, the average Nursing Science GPA was 3.76 and the average cumulative Admissions Assessment HESI score was a 93. Overall GPAs of admitted students ranged from 3.07 to 4.0.

January 2018 admissions

The school received 241 applications for 46 seats (24 in College Station and 22 in Round Rock). Among the students enrolled, the average prerequisite GPA was 3.64, the average Nursing Science GPA was 3.71 and the average cumulative Admissions Assessment HESI score was a 93. Overall GPAs of admitted students ranged from 3.18 to 4.0.

Application Requirements

  1. NursingCAS application and nonrefundable application fee.
  2. Official college transcripts from each institution attended sent to NursingCAS. This includes Texas A&M University, if applicable.
  3. HESI Admissions Assessment Examwith critical thinking.Official test report must be received by the School of Nursing to be eligible. An official report is not needed from those who test through Texas A&M.
  4. Apply Texas application and nonrefundable application fee. Complete this upon notification through NursingCAS. This is required of external as well as currently enrolled Texas A&M students who will earned their first degree prior to Nursing.
  5. Online interview and online written assessments through the secondary assessment provider, Kira Talent. Eligible applicants will be sent invitations to complete this portion following review of their NursingCAS application.
  6. Completion of prerequisite coursework with a minimum grade of “C” by the first class day.
  7. Unofficial high school transcript (only required for students not currently or previously enrolled at Texas A&M University). An official copy will be required if admitted.
  8. International applicant credentials (if applicable).

Prospective Student Information Sessions

Interested students are invited to attend a Prospective Student Information Session (PSIS) to learn more about our programs leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).These sessions will provide details on admission requirements, prerequisite coursework, student life, clinical experiences and other opportunities. Students are required to attend a PSIS prior to requesting an individual appointment.

  • Reservations are required to attend a session
  • Guests of registered attendees are welcome
  • Sessions last approximately an hour to an hour-and-a-half

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FAQs

Why are you choosing to enter the field of nursing at this time in your life or career? ›

It gives you the opportunity to positively impact your patients & community. “I want to be a nurse because I really want to help people through some of their most vulnerable moments,” explains Meagan Thompson. All nurses have at least one thing in common—they want to help people.

How competitive is Texas A&M nursing? ›

Admission to the Texas A&M School of Nursing is highly competitive.

What is the most important class for nursing? ›

Biology is an essential course for all nursing students because it serves as an introduction to the foundations of human life. Biological make-up also affects how a person responds to medications or other therapy. Nurses use biology every day to identify factors that may affect the health of their patients.

How do I use Excel in an accelerated nursing program? ›

8 Tips For Accelerated Nursing Students
  1. Don't underestimate the level of commitment required. ...
  2. Stay organized. ...
  3. Use available resources. ...
  4. Find your accelerated nursing support system. ...
  5. Consider these cohort studying advantages. ...
  6. Prepare your family for your nursing school schedule.
20 Dec 2021

What motivates you to become a nurse? ›

Many nurses are drawn to the profession because of a sincere desire to help others. These professionals can get a renewed sense of job satisfaction very day as they continue to provide caring and compassionate service to the patients to whom they are assigned.

Who inspires you to take up nursing? ›

“The motivation to become a nurse came from personal experience. My dad had cancer so for five years we had nurses visiting our home to treat his, as well as visits to and from the hospital. I was only young and ignorant to anything about cancer, other than it's 'a disease that kills'.

Is RN school Hard? ›

Nursing requires more dedication than many other careers. However, it's one of the most rewarding jobs you can have. Nursing school is notoriously difficult—and it's not for everyone. Graduate school is challenging as well.

How many semesters are nursing clinicals? ›

Comprise more than 700 hours with supportive instructors. While enrolled in the Marian ABSN program, you can expect to participate in more than 700 hours of clinical rotations over four full-time semesters.

What majors can I switch to from nursing? ›

For those who are interested in more behind-the-scenes work, or who want to explore their options in healthcare, health science is a great alternative major to nursing. A health science degree can lead to many different careers, from a healthcare administrator to medical biller and coder.

What is the easiest class in nursing school? ›

The Easiest Classes in Nursing School
  • Social Sciences (Intro Psychology, Sociology, etc.)
  • Humanities.
  • Intro to Speech (or Communication)
  • English Composition.
  • History.
  • Using Information Technology.

How do you get all A's in nursing school? ›

10 Study Tips That Will Make Nursing School Easier
  1. Follow the nursing exam study guide. ...
  2. Focus on the material covered in class. ...
  3. Think in terms of action, not facts. ...
  4. Form a study group. ...
  5. Skim-read first. ...
  6. Use outside sources. ...
  7. Know your learning style. ...
  8. Use downtime as study time.

Are nursing prerequisites harder than nursing school? ›

Remember the nursing school classes are actually harder than the prerequisites and only the strong survive! While getting accepted into nursing school can be difficult the reward is well worth the hassle.

How do I survive the ABSN program? ›

5 Tips for Surviving an Accelerated Nursing School Program
  1. Time management. ...
  2. Create a study technique that works for YOU. ...
  3. Self-care. ...
  4. Don't compare yourself with others. ...
  5. Remember your big picture goal(s).
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Is ABSN difficult? ›

Accelerated nature of ABSN program

While nursing school course material is challenging because it involves complex concepts, it can also be difficult because there is so much to study, understand and apply.

How can I finish my nursing school faster? ›

The fastest way to become an RN is through an RN diploma program, which can be completed in as little as a year. While completing this program does not lead to a degree, it does make the individual eligible to take the NCLEX and earn their RN license.

What are your core values as a nurse? ›

Core values of nursing include altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, honesty and social justice [3]. The core ethical values are generally shared within the global community, and they are a reflection of the human and spiritual approach to the nursing profession.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years Sample answer nursing? ›

Sample Answer: In five years, I'd like to see myself as some type of clinical nursing specialist who still works as a part of your team. I'm interested in both geriatrics and oncology, and I want to learn more about both specialties before committing to one.

What is your passion as a nurse? ›

As a nurse, I can empower others.

When I see that a patient understands their disease process and the plan of care, it is an awesome feeling. Nurses have the ability to bring understanding and peace during what can be a confusing or challenging time. I also enjoy training new nurses.

What makes a good nurse? ›

A characteristic of a good nurse is one that shows empathy to each patient, making a true effort to put themselves in their patients' shoes. By practicing empathy, nurses are more likely to treat their patients as “people” and focus on a person-centered care approach, rather than strictly following routine guidelines.

Why did you choose this course nursing? ›

Examples of the Best Answers

I wanted to do something in my career that is challenging, interesting, and makes a difference in people's lives daily. In the nursing profession, you deal with many aspects of patient care, and I enjoy the variety in the routine.

Why is nursing your dream job? ›

Nursing is the perfect career for me because it combines my passion for healthcare as well as my love for helping others who need it the most. I have the opportunity to help multiple people on a daily basis while practicing medicine which is something I have a passion for.

What is the hardest semester of nursing school? ›

Health Assessment: the hardest semester of nursing school

Health assessment will likely be one of the initial courses you'll take in nursing school, and it involves delving into the various body systems and learning how to assess patients from head to toe.

Is nursing the hardest major? ›

There's a rumor circulating on the internet that The Guinness Book of Work Records has declared a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing to be the toughest of all bachelor's degrees to obtain. There's no truth to this claim.

What is the hardest part of nursing school? ›

Pharmacology. Pharmacology, or the study of medication, can seem scary because of the sheer scope of the course. "It becomes one of the hardest classes for nursing students due to the depth and amount of knowledge needed," says Megan Lynch, instructor at Pima Community College.

Are nursing clinicals hard? ›

Clinicals are a subjective experience, and it's not very common to fail clinicals because there is a lot of support and interaction with the instructors. If you put in the effort — you're on time, you complete your care plans, you ask questions, and you're engaged — you will not fail clinicals.

How many days a week are clinicals? ›

Generally, each of these courses requires 60 clinical hours. Most students will have two clinicals a week, each lasting six hours—typically 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 3 to 9 p.m. Occasionally your placement may require a single 12-hour day.

Do you get paid for clinicals? ›

No, students do not get paid for clinicals in nursing school. They are an extension of your comprehensive nursing education. While clinicals require students to work in real clinical settings, clinicals are an experiential learning opportunity that provides students with hands-on skill development.

What should I do if I fail nursing school? ›

You Can Still Become a Nurse, so Don't Give Up

Maybe you can retake a class over the break, file an academic appeal, or take some other action to get reinstated in the program. Many failed nursing students have done this successfully. If that doesn't work, you can apply to another school with a nursing program.

How do I find a nursing job I love? ›

5 Ways to Find a Nursing Job You Love
  1. Figure out what you want. The best way to find a job you love is to figure out what you love and then only apply to jobs that fit within that. ...
  2. Network. ...
  3. Look in the right places. ...
  4. Consider relocating. ...
  5. Do extensive research on potential employers.
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What is the least stressful nurse specialty? ›

The 10 Least Stressful Nursing Jobs This Year (2022)
  • Nurse Educators. ...
  • Institutional Nurses. ...
  • Research Nurses. ...
  • Public Health Nurses. ...
  • Occupational Health Nurses. ...
  • Case Management Nurses. ...
  • Home Health Nurses. ...
  • Clinic Nurses.
6 Jul 2022

Which nursing specialty is the hardest? ›

Case in point, within all general areas of nursing, the Medical ICU, Trauma ICU, Peds ICU, Neonatal ICU, are perceived to require the highest skill set of nurses.

What is the quickest nursing program? ›

An associate's degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN) are the two most common fast track options. With each of these ways to receive nursing instruction, they require passing the NCLEX licensure examination.

How many hours a day should you study in nursing school? ›

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How much sleep do nursing students get? ›

On average, students in nursing school get 5.69 hours per night. That's probably because they're busy studying enough to get through their four-year degree program for a Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN), an associate's degree in nursing (ADN) or a relevant diploma from an approved program.

Why is nursing school so hard? ›

The main reason why nursing school is challenging is because it involves learning about complicated nursing concepts and practical skills, then applying that information into diverse patient care scenarios — going well beyond memorizing facts. While it is challenging, nursing school is not impossible.

What is the easiest nursing specialty? ›

9 Lower-stress nursing jobs
  • Long-term care nurse. ...
  • Nurse administrator. ...
  • Clinical research nurse. ...
  • School or summer camp nurse. ...
  • Clinic nurse. ...
  • Nurse informatics. ...
  • Lactation consultant nurse. ...
  • Telehealth nurse.
2 Dec 2019

Is nursing school mostly memorization? ›

You cannot memorize everything.

Nursing school is loaded with concepts that need to be understood and applied to questions. Memorization will only get you so far in school. If you really want to excel in your classes, it is important that you fully understand the material.

Is NP school harder than nursing school? ›

Courses and content are more challenging. The level of knowledge you're required to have as a Nurse Practitioner is a huge step up from a RN. You'll take a lot of the same courses as you did with your BSN, but will go into each topic with a lot more depth because you'll be diagnosing and treating health problems soon.

How do you thrive in nursing school? ›

Here are some specific ways to use a routine to your advantage to succeed in nursing school:
  1. Wake up and go to bed at the same time each day.
  2. Have set times for studying your online coursework.
  3. Study frequently on most days of the week instead of cramming.
  4. Set aside specific time on the weekends to study.
25 Jan 2022

How do you survive nursing? ›

10 Tips on How to Survive Nursing School
  1. Get to know your professors early in the semester. ...
  2. Review every single test you get back. ...
  3. READ YOUR BOOKS! ...
  4. Get your assignments done early. ...
  5. Get organized!!!! ...
  6. Find good study habits. ...
  7. Study during your breaks. ...
  8. Self-care is so important for nursing students.
14 Jan 2020

Is ABSN equal to BSN? ›

An ABSN differs from a traditional BSN when it comes to timeline, method of instruction and previous education requirements. While these two paths differ, they both are subject to the same accreditation, quality curriculum and NCLEX preparation.

Are ABSN programs worth it? ›

Accelerated nursing programs are worth it for many reasons. An ABSN opens the door for a fulfilling career with a competitive salary and great growth potential. You'll be in demand, and you'll be able to choose a unique specialty. Accelerated programs let you save time and graduate sooner.

What is the difference between ABSN and ABSN? ›

Traditional BSN programs are for students with no college experience and only require a high school diploma. Accelerated BSN programs accommodate students who have enough college credits required for admission.

What state is the easiest to become a nurse? ›

Easiest states to become a nurse – Length of licensing process
  • Maine: 1-2 weeks.
  • Maryland: 2-3 days.
  • Missouri: 2 weeks.
  • Nevada: 1-2 weeks.
  • North Carolina: 1-2 weeks.
  • North Dakota: 1-2 weeks.
  • Texas: 2 weeks.
  • Vermont: 3-5 business days.

Can I become a nurse without a degree? ›

While nursing is a practical, hands-on profession, it also requires special technical competencies and clinical analysis skills that will potentially save people's lives. As such, you cannot become a Nurse without a degree in nursing. This is the most important out of the qualifications needed to be a Nurse.

What is the fastest LPN to RN program? ›

What is the fastest LPN to RN program? LPN-RN bridge programs that lead to an ADN let LPNs become RNs in as little as one year. ADN-holders qualify to take the NCLEX-RN and apply for state RN licensure. Graduates who decide to pursue a BSN later can complete an RN-to-BSN bridge program.

Why should we choose you as a nursing student? ›

Example: “I believe that I am an ideal applicant for your nursing program because I possess the intelligence required to learn important medical knowledge, the natural dexterity to manage the physical demands of a nursing position and an empathetic heart which is well-suited to a care-giving field.

Why did you choose this course nursing? ›

Examples of the Best Answers

I wanted to do something in my career that is challenging, interesting, and makes a difference in people's lives daily. In the nursing profession, you deal with many aspects of patient care, and I enjoy the variety in the routine.

Why do you want to become a nurse best answer? ›

Patient Care

Directly caring for patients is the biggest part of nursing, and an excellent potential aspect of your answer to the question of “why” you want to be a nurse. If you love working with patients, it could be an ideal entry into your answer to this question. “Human connection has always been important to me.

How do you answer why did you choose this career? ›

How to answer "Why did you choose this job?"
  1. Research the company and the role before the interview. ...
  2. Let them know you're interested. ...
  3. Explain how your skills support your choice. ...
  4. Reveal factors that influenced your decision.

What are your core values in nursing? ›

Core values of nursing include altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, honesty and social justice [3]. The core ethical values are generally shared within the global community, and they are a reflection of the human and spiritual approach to the nursing profession.

What are your strengths as a nurse? ›

Having empathy to interact with the patient and their family and helping them to cope with problems is very important in a nursing position. Having the ability to understand and share those feelings with the patient and their loved ones is an essential strength for a nurse.

What are the 10 most common interview questions and answers for nurses? ›

Common nursing interview questions
  • Do you work well with other nurses, doctors and staff? ...
  • How would you handle a difficult patient? ...
  • How do you handle workplace stress? ...
  • What do you do if your replacement does not arrive? ...
  • How would you handle a disagreement with a doctor? ...
  • Describe how you manage a busy workload.

Why did you choose our college answer? ›

“I have chosen this University for four reasons. Number one, I carried out extensive research into the University, your track record of achievement and the support you provide for your students. During my research, everything pointed to this being a positive, supportive, and encouraging place for me to learn and study.

Why do you choose that course? ›

Include information about your skills and natural talents in your answer. Consider mentioning how your skills align with the subject matter. Focus on your unique strengths that could contribute to your success in the course. Discuss the skills you hope to further develop through the course.

What is the most important characteristic of a nurse? ›

Compassionate

One of the most important qualities of a good nurse is compassion. In their career, nurses will see patients suffer. Beyond simply offering a solution, they must be able to express compassion for patients and their families. This allows them to form meaningful relationships with their patients.

How do you answer tell me about yourself as a nurse? ›

“TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF!” for Nursing Interviews ... - YouTube

What motivates you to do your work? ›

The workplace environment often has the biggest impact on how motivated you are at work. You thrive when you are part of an upbeat, supportive environment that gets you "in the zone" that you need to be in so that you succeed.

Why are you interesting in this position? ›

Example: "I'm interested in this job because I can see that, in this role, my skills could help solve this problem within your company. I also see an opportunity for me to learn and grow these skills, so we both would benefit personally, professionally, and financially.

What are your 5 key weaknesses? ›

Here are some weaknesses that you might select from for your response: Self-critical. Insecure. Disorganized.
...
The following examples can help you formulate your response.
  • Self-criticism. ...
  • Fear of public speaking. ...
  • Procrastination. ...
  • Issues with delegating tasks. ...
  • Lack of experience with skill or software.
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What are your goals in career? ›

Experience career stability

Short-term goals: Hone skills that support stability in your role, build time management skills, build strong work relationships. Long-term goals: Earn a specific salary, get a job with strong benefits, practice work-life balance, build a strong reputation at work.

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