Aspiring RN, BSN

Guess what? I passed my TEAS. To those of you who do not know what the TEAS stand for and what it is: TEAS is short for Test of Essential Academic Skills.  A lot of colleges offer it as an entrance exam into their nursing program. It plays a part in the selection process of who will be accepted into the program.  BSN stands for Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and  RN stands for a registered nurse, just in case you didn’t know.  🙂

I didn’t score really high, but it’s good enough to show that I am proficient in all the subjects.  I scored higher than the average score of TEAS takers—that’s all I’ll say because I don’t want to sound like I’m bragging because there’s really nothing to brag about. I’m very much aware that there are a bunch of applicants with better scores in comparison to mine.  Every semester, or 3x a year, the college I attend only accepts 38 applicants for each program with the highest scores among “hundreds” of applicants, which is how they rank us accordingly.  A majority of these students, from what I heard, are applying from CA.  So, not only am I competing with applicants in Vegas and NV as a whole, but CA and other states are in the mix too.

If I don’t get accepted the first time around, I will try one more time.  Maybe three times.  I’m hoping it doesn’t come to that.  I’ve heard that it took some people 5x before they were accepted.  There are three BSN programs: full-time, part-time, and RN to BSN*.  I’m applying for the part-time program (because I still want to keep my sanity), and I know not everyone is willing to wait longer to graduate. So maybe my competition for the part-time program isn’t as fierce? That’s what I’m hoping for. I know RN to BSN is open to any registered nurses who want to advance their degree to a BSN, which isn’t competitive whatsoever.

Anyway, I went to see my advisor yesterday to make sure I have the right papers I need to attach with the application along with some other questions I had.  I was also hoping she had some of the applications on hand, which she did not.  The link to the application should open up online for me to print out no later than this week, so I’m just patiently waiting.  I mean, it is already Thursday… so, anytime now.  Next week is when there will be a workshop open on Tuesday & Thursday for an hour to provide guidance with putting the application together.  I might attend, not sure yet.  Putting the application together seems pretty straightforward, but I might learn something very important there, so I think I should just go.

I also want to add that I almost became ineligible to apply.  So, when registration opened up to sign up for classes for this fall semester, the last required class I needed was full.  So I enrolled at the community college and I planned on transferring those credits over when I was done.  Well, my advisor said that was a big no-no.   She told me that one of the requirements is that any courses that I am enrolled in during the semester before entering the program must be taken at NSC or I’d need to have special permission from the board of director first before I can enroll at another school.  If I did not adhere to that requirement, I’m no longer eligible.  So anyway, she checked to see if any seats opened up, and lo and behold, it turned out to be my lucky day.  Good looking out.

I’m not feeling nervous/anxious at the moment. I do feel a little bit of excitement when I think of the possibility.  I really don’t know what’s going to happen because anything is possible once I submit my application.  I’m trying not to come off as dramatic, lol. I did work very hard to get to this point, but if I don’t get accepted, it’s not the end of the world for me.  I know I will be a little sad, though.  But the way I see it is that all that hard work will always be counted for something and it was never a waste of my time because I have learned A LOT.   All I can do is just accept it as a learning experience that I can take with me through this journey of mine and to not give up.  There will always be other opportunities if this door happens to close.  If it is meant for me, then I’ll be ecstatic.  I will be beyond grateful for the opportunity and I will continue to put in the hard work in order to succeed.

This experience has been very humbling for me and it really opened up my eyes.  I have a lot of respect for nurses because their job requires more than just bedside nursing and their duties and roles continue to evolve.   And I also know for a fact that nursing is not for everyone because it is definitely the opposite of a glamorous job, to say the least.  I’ve heard some horror stories but it didn’t deter me from continuing on this path.  I did skin a cadaver with my fellow classmates and cut open a heart, and that didn’t stop me either.  I still would love to be a nurse.  I’ve never realized how much a nurse is required to learn and know, and I never imagined them having to take quite a few of those hardcore science classes until I came on board as a pre-nursing major.  I very much enjoyed those classes and felt very fortunate to have the opportunity to do so.

There’s one more thing I wanted to mention.  I heard through the grapevine that there were a couple of applicants with low GPA who was accepted.  Maybe they scored higher in their TEAS that they were given a chance? I don’t know, but that just shows anything is possible.  I kind of understand why a lot of colleges/universities make the nursing program so competitive because of limited seats, but a high GPA and perfect TEAS scores do not determine who will make a good nurse. These scores only determine how well we study and how well of a test taker we are.  It kind of annoys me with how the system works, but it does make things a little better when people are given a chance despite the odds. It gives us hopefuls hope that we don’t have to have the perfect score to be accepted as we were led to believe based on the requirements.

Anyway, I’m just happy that I passed the TEAS exam because that’s what scared me the most.  So now I can look forward to next week when it’s time to submit my application.  I will find out the outcome around mid-October. So, I can’t wait for that.

Till next time. Ciao!