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Signs You Have What It Takes to Major in Nursing

Pursuing a major in nursing is a little different from being in a different major. This doesn’t necessarily mean that other majors are easy. Generally, most college courses comprise exams and several lab sessions. But nursing school has many different exams, clinicals, simulation labs, reading assignments, certifications, and so much more.

Signs You Have What It Takes to Major in Nursing

To succeed in a nursing major, you need certain qualities to help you stay focused and motivated. Here are some signs to show that you can handle the demands of nursing school:

1. You are Flexible

With clinical rotations, things hardly ever turn out the way you planned them to. A seemingly small problem can quickly escalate into a life-threatening situation. Last second changes occur very often. In the hospital environment, so many unexpected things can happen, so you need to be flexible enough to handle each situation as it arises.

2. Perseverance

You need a strong sense of determination to pursue a course in nursing. One of the biggest challenges is striking a balance between completing the mandatory hours of clinicals and completing the tough nursing school curriculum. Moreover, you need to meet all the requirements of your studies while being available to your patients as a student nurse.

3. Empathy and Compassion

When dealing with different kinds of patients, from nursing mothers to elderly patients, you need to be able to allocate how much time you can spend with each patient according to their unique needs, to provide them with the level of comfort they need.

4. Great Communication Skills

You need to use the appropriate form of communication – telephone call, text message, email, face to face conversation, gesture – as the situation demands. Learning about the various diseases, illnesses, surgical procedures, and other healthcare information is just one part of being a good nurse. You also need to be able to listen and communicate well with your patients, their families, and other healthcare professionals.

Final Note

Lastly, keep in mind that you will be spending many hours on your feet, often with minimal rest. You need to prepare yourself physically and mentally to meet the unique demands of the nursing profession.

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How Hard is Nursing School?

Nursing is a unique profession that gives those who choose to pursue it the opportunity to directly improve the lives of others. As a nurse, you will be working on the front lines of the medical field, soothing the patients’ pain, calming worried families, and performing tasks as directed by the doctor. It is extremely rewarding when patients get better, but equally devastating when they take a turn for the worst. But what exactly does a nursing student have to go through to adequately meet the challenges of the profession? Let’s begin with nursing school.

How Hard is Nursing School?

First, you shouldn’t expect any healthcare profession to be simple. Nurses and other medical professionals are responsible for other people’s lives, and so they need to be fully prepared. Fortunately, most students who get accepted in the different nursing schools are able to successfully complete the programs. But the challenge starts there.

The Journey to Becoming a Licensed Nurse

Every student experiences his/her training differently, though you face more or less the same challenges. What really matters is how well you make it through depends on your level of enthusiasm and dedication.

Typical challenges include:

  • The amount of things you need to learn – Part of the difficulty of nursing school is the large volume of new concepts, terminologies, facts, and practical skills you need to learn. But for some people, learning new things is fascinating.
  • Critical thinking – As a nurse, you will need to be creative in your approach to tackling different problems. It takes great knowledge and experience to develop good deductive reasoning skills.
  • Time management – Your studies include a combination of classwork and lab work. You need to good time management skills to balance your training.

What It Takes to Get Into Nursing School

If you want to become a nurse, there are many educational options to pursue. So if you’re unable to get into one school, you can always try to get into another. That said, every nursing school has its own unique admissions criteria. You need to research schools that you hope to get into to determine whether or not you satisfy their requirements.

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What to Expect in a Career in Nursing

Nursing is one of the most demanding, yet rewarding careers that anyone can pursue. If you are the kind of person who is patient, kind, compassionate, and loves to help people, then a career in nursing might be right for you.

That said, it is important that you don’t choose a career blindly just from your passion for making a positive impact in society.

What to Expect in a Career in Nursing

Here’s What to Expect in a Career in Nursing:

1. Certification

To become a registered nurse (RN), you must complete an approved nursing program from an accredited nursing school and pass the national licensing exam – the NCLEX-RN. You can work in most states with a valid license from a different state, though some may require you to recertify. If you plan on studying in a different state from where you want to work, please check the requirements.

2. A Fulfilling Job

With a growing demand for nurses in different settings, from hospitals to elderly homes, you can expect to find employment as soon as you finish your training. The high demand for nurses has also pushed up the pay, so you can expect a good salary for your hard work, as well as a significant hiring bonus.

3. New Challenges Everyday

While some people may choose a career in nursing because of the good salaries, this job is not suitable for the faint hearted. No matter the setting, you will be constantly busy and on your feet, often working extra shifts because of the nurse shortages. This job is not only physically demanding, but also emotionally tough as you will often have to deal with patients in great pain, some even debilitated, and bereaved families.

Flexible Career with Many Great Opportunities

Owing the the many challenges faced by nurses, as well as the shortage, many employers offer great work packages to attract and retain nurses. You can enjoy flexible work hours. More importantly, you can choose an area of specialty that appeals to you, including travel nursing, in-home or hospice care, palliative, child, midwifery, etc.

Though some fields may require additional training, you can get paid well to do something that you already love.

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Choosing the Right Nursing College

If you have always wanted to be a nurse, or are looking to change your career path and become a nurse, then enrolling at the right nursing college is one of the best ways to advance your nursing career. However, finding the right nursing school requires a lot of research to identify the ideal program, courses, and environment that will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in this profession.

Choosing the Right Nursing College

Here are a few tips to help you in this process:

Know Your Career Goals

All nursing schools are not equal. While some colleges only offer diploma programs for registered nurses, others offer advanced learning opportunities including a Master of Science in Nursing.

If you are looking to switch your career and have a degree in a different field, then you should find a school that recognizes your training and allows you to reduce your course load.

Keep in mind that you need a minimum of a diploma from an accredited nursing program to work in an entry-level nursing position, and that most programs take about 2-3 years to complete – for Associate Degree in Nursing programs offered by junior and community colleges or nursing diplomas offered by specific hospitals. Bachelor programs take four years to complete.

If you want to work in an administrative capacity, you should consider a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, which provides you with the opportunity to pursue advanced studies – Masters.

Consider Flexible Programs

If you want to join a nursing school right after high school, while you still don’t have any family obligations, you can attend a nursing school anywhere in the country. But if you have to balance between family, work, and other similar responsibilities, you might need to find a nursing school in close proximity.

Identify a few good nursing schools around you, and then check the class schedules for mandatory courses and clinical rotations to determine how you can incorporate them into your own schedule. Check for online classes or flexibility in the class hours

Final Note – Nursing College Accreditation

Keep in mind that each state has distinct licensing requirements for nurses. So make sure that you choose a nursing school and program that satisfies the license requirements in the state you want to practice.

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Upcoming Weekend Classes for Vocational Nursing Program

Vocational Nursing Program

The Nursing Education Program provides students with skills that will afford him or her the opportunity to seek employment in hospitals, clinics, private physicians’ offices, and extended long-term care facilities.

Our weekend classes are starting soon. Please contact the campus you’re interested in if you have any questions.

Learn more about our Vocational Nursing Program »



Classes: Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Lecture: 8am-2pm
Clinicals: 7am-3pm


LOS ANGELES CAMPUS – program starts on August 10, 2017
3325 Wilshire Blvd,
10th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 388-3566

VAN NUYS CAMPUS – program starts on August 24, 2017
5900 Sepulveda Blvd,
Suite 101
Van Nuys, CA 91411
(818) 782-6163

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Marian College Announces 2017 Silver Jubilee Celebration!

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Reserve Your Seat Today for the Silver Jubilee Dinner!

Saturday, February 11, 2017 // 5:30 – 10:30 PM

Please contact Mrs. Lynette Mutia to reserve your seats & for advertisement options: lferro@mariancollege.edu. Or you may call our school to RSVP.

The Jubilee Dinner will be a formal event, requiring a dress code.

Dress code for Gentlemen:
Tuxedo Optional
Black, Dark Grey, or Navy Suit
Conventional Tie
White Dress Shirt
Black Shoes. Oxford or Patent Leather

Dress code for Ladies:
Evening Gown
Ankle or Floor Length Dress
Whatever Shoes Match with Your Dress
A Smile 🙂

Jubilee Dinner Details

  • Music
  • Food
  • Beverages (including Bar)
  • Live Performances
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Chinese Auction

We hope to see you out there! 🙂

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Marian College – Closed for The Holidays!

Thank you for visiting our blog here at Marian College! In lieu of the Holiday season, our offices at both locations (Los Angeles & Van Nuys) will be closed & will re-open on January 3rd, 2017. There will be no open house events for December, but please stay tuned for more open house events beginning 2017.

What’s Going on @ Marian College?

1. Thanksgiving Celebration (at our Los Angeles location)
We had quite the feast this year at our 2016 Thanksgiving celebration!
marian college thanksgiving 2016

2. Annual Christmas Luncheon
Every year our faculty & staff come together for an evening filled with joy, laughter & good times!
marian college christmas luncheon 2016

3. The Popular Mannequin Challenge – Marian Style!
Marian College (performed on site at our Los Angeles location) tries their hand at the popular mannequin challenge that has been going around lately – let us know what you think on our Facebook page. 🙂
marian college mannequin challenge

Taking a Look Back at Our Most Popular Posts in 2016!

Based on feedback gathered from our data – we would like to present to you our Top 3 most shared & visited blog posts of 2016 as we move forward into another year. We encourage you to give them a read if you haven’t already!

1. How to Manage Eating Healthy as a Nurse

2. Top 6 Best Brands for Nursing Scrubs

3. The Hardest Part of Being a Nurse

With that said, the entire staff & faculty here at Marian College would like to wish you a very Happy Holiday Season & a wonderful New Year’s! We’ll see you all next year. 🙂

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Don’t Forget: Marian College Open House November 2016!

We wanted to remind everyone of our Open House dates this week, which may be easily found below.

marian college open house 2016

“Why Should I Visit Open House at Marian College?”
If you’ve noticed, we’ve kept our Open House running once per campus for the last several months because it has been well received. Mainly because it allows aspiring nurse-to-Be’s the opportunity to get a feel for what nursing school is all about. Being a vocational nursing school in Los Angeles, it serves as a great starting point in beginning a career in nursing. Students who visit our Open House events generally leave with the following information:

  • Information on our various vocational nursing programs
  • Nursing school costs – tuition & financing information
  • What to expect on a typical day @ Marian College
  • Admission requirements
  • Class schedules
  • Much more, including meeting new friends with like-minded interests!

Marian College Limited-Time Discounted Tuition!

We also want to remind you of a limited-time special offer that we’re promoting for our 25th Anniversary as an affordable nursing school in Los Angeles. Tuition is being discounted heavily during this time, allowing you the opportunity to receive an excellent start to your nursing career for a very affordable price!

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Marian College 25th Anniversary – Huge Tuition Special Offer!

We’re super excited to announce our upcoming tuition fee reduction as a way to celebrate 25 years of successfully providing vocational nursing programs in Southern California to students from all around the globe. Of course, none of this would be made possible without our wonderful faculty, staff & students – we thank you for being a part of our ever-growing supportive community! 🙂

Starting October – Tuition Fees Reduced by 33% for a Limited Time!
To ring in this milestone, we are reducing our tuition fees by roughly 33% for a limited-time starting October 2016! All of the details may be found below. We encourage you to share the news with friends & family who aspire to begin a career in nursing & take advantage of a incredible opportunity to Become a Marian.

marian college tuition discount

Don’t Forget – Open House Dates for October!

If you or anyone you know might be interested in taking advantage of this discount, then we highly encourage you to visit our campus on our open house dates as a way to get a feel for what Marian College is all about. The information for our next open house dates may be found below.

marian college open house october 2016

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Highlights from Marian College’s Annual Family Day!

Marian College holds a Family Day every year. On this special day as students and their families, instructors and administrators from both the Los Angeles and Van Nuys campuses took a respite from their usual cares, and spent a day complete with food, fun and friendship!

There are games for children and for adults, Karaoke and dance challenge, photo booth, and other fun-filled activities meant to foster a stronger bond among school constituents. Below are some highlights to check out from this year’s Family Day!

marian college family day 2016

marian college family day 2016

marian college family day 2016

marian college family day 2016

Don’t Miss Our Open House!

If you missed the opportunity to be a part of our Family Day, then we hope to see you next year! Once we have a date established, we’ll let you all know when Family Day 2017 will be held.

In the mean time, we are still running open houses every month at both our Los Angeles and Van Nuys locations! This is a great opportunity to gain valuable information & insight on a career in nursing. Below are the dates and times for our next open house.

marian college open house october 2016

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