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I'm interested in becoming an RN, but every school I contact informs me that I have to get only A's, and I would be put on a waiting list. What do you suggest?

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Dear Donna,

I'm interested in becoming an RN, but every school I contact informs me that I have to get only A's, and I would be put on a waiting list. They also told me to have a backup plan. I don't want to waste my time and money on courses that are not useful. Do you have any suggestions?

Tired of Waiting

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Tired of Waiting,

It seems everyone wants to go to nursing school these days, and it has gotten rather competitive. While they complete their prerequisites, many people are working as certified nurses aides, patient care techs, surgical techs or other related positions. This is a great way to get started and provides valuable experience. It may even expedite your admission to a nursing program and support your job search after graduation.

Hopefully, you are seeking a BSN program. A BSN has become the standard in nursing — without it your future job options will be very limited.

Where there is a will there is always a way. Persistence and determination always will win out.

Best wishes,
Donna


Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://Events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.