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4 Tips to Consider Before Relocating to Nashville, Tennessee for Nursing School

Relocating to Nashville for nursing school is definitely a smart move. It’s a great city with great job opportunities in health care. And, while the cost of moving to a new state can create unwanted stress, we don’t want that to keep you from getting a great Marian University nursing education.

If you are thinking about relocating for nursing school, here are some great tips and moving advice from Marian University ABSN students who have been in your same situation.

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Moving isn’t as difficult as it sounds. It’s annoying to load up everything and find a new place and start over, but it does pay off. You meet a lot of wonderful people in the program and there are a lot of great job opportunities and the program’s amazing and it sets you up really well for nursing.

– Sarah Kampel, ABSN Graduate, 2016

1. Utilize your admissions advisor to your full potential.

Your admissions advisor is one of your most prized resources while attending our accelerated nursing program so it’s important that you utilize them to your full potential. Not only will they answer any questions or concerns you may have about relocating to Nashville for nursing school, but they will make sure you are fully committed before making the big move. In doing so, your advisor may ask you questions such as:

  • What are you looking for in a program?
  • Are there programs close to you that offer what you’re looking for?
  • What options do you have in your area?
  • How soon do you want to start?

Your answers to these questions will allow your advisor to determine if you would be a fit for not only the program, but relocating in general.

From there, your advisor will help you develop a personalized enrollment plan for you to determine your target start date. Your personalized plan will provide you with a big picture, including when to enroll in Marian’s Adult Programs (MAP) to complete any prerequisite courses you may need.

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I was scared to relocate, but I talked with my advisor a lot; because it’s stressful moving and being in a new place and having questions about, just everything.

– Adanna Williams, ABSN Graduate, 2016

2. Don’t stress out about finding an apartment.

Most rental properties only have 12 or 24 month leases, but Marian University in Nashville knows that won’t fit your needs as a student of our 16-month ABSN program. That’s why we’ve entered into an agreement with The Lexington Apartment Homes in Nashville, TN to provide a discounted rate to students of the accelerated BSN program.

The Lexington Apartment Homes in Nashville (Photo Source)

These apartments offer several amenities, such as:

  • One, two, and three bedroom layouts
  • Attached and detached garages
  • Washer/dryer connections
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Gas fireplace
  • Renovated interiors

Along with comfortable units, there are several community amenities worth mentioning around the complex.

  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • Tennis courts
  • Community grilling and picnic areas
  • Fitness center
  • Car care center
  • Business Center

It’s also important for students to know where the safest neighborhoods in Nashville are located and how to find a living space within the area.

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Before enrolling in the program, make sure your living situation and personal life is ready. That includes living in the right location and ensuring that your monthly budget can handle a full-time program.

– Nick Wright, ABSN Graduate, 2015

3. Treat clinicals like a full time job.

Many students choose to relocate to Nashville for our ABSN program because of our unique partnership with Saint Thomas Health.

While most nursing programs have you jump from hospital to hospital for clinical rotations, our ABSN program provides you with an exclusive experience with one partner, Saint Thomas Health, because we understand this is more than a piece of your curriculum, it’s a pathway to your future career.

And once you enroll, there is no wasting time – you will feel as though you are already working. That’s because you will have the opportunity to get started on clinicals during the first semester. This will help you to get over any first-day clinical fears that you may have, enhance your communication skills, and grant you exposure to network with top healthcare professionals on the floor.

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Your time spent at Marian University is like a 16-month long interview. You work with the same staff over the course of the program so you can build relationships and network for your post-graduation nursing future.

– Felicia Silver, ABSN Graduate, 2016

4. Experience what Nashville has to offer.

Settling into a new home can be a big adjustment for you. But in order for your new space to actually feel like home, it’s important that you take the time needed to get organized. And in your down time, be sure to check out all that Nashville has to offer.

Nashville may be known as music city, but it certainly isn’t a one-trick pony. Boasting several professional sports teams, incredible parks and outdoor attractions, and a booming restaurant scene, Nashville is far from just a world class music destination.

  • Nashville offers a variety of professional and semi-professional sports teams including the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, the NHL’s Nashville Predators, the Nashville Sounds (Triple-A affiliate of the MLB Oakland A’s), and the Nashville Roller Girls.
  • Middle Tennessee is a beautiful place with many fantastic parks and trails inside and minutes away from Nashville. From taking the dogs to Centennial Park in midtown, canoeing down the Harpeth River, or hiking at nearby Cummins Falls (voted one of America’s top swimming holes), Nashville can accommodate all levels of outdoor recreation.
  • Nashville is also quickly becoming a foodie destination. From classic southern meat-and-threes and barbecue to hip modern cuisine and Nashville’s famous hot chicken, your taste buds are assured to never be bored.

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Take care of yourself, we’ve all gotten through it, and you will too. Just do the work and put in the time and there is no way you won’t come out the other side.

– Laura Williamson, ABSN Graduate, 2015

It’s Time to Get Moving!

Now that you know what to consider before relocating to nursing school in Nashville, Tennessee, it’s time to get moving. While taking the first step towards a new career in nursing may require you to venture outside of your comfort zone, you can be sure that the road ahead will lead you to a rewarding career that allows you to make a difference in the lives of others. Take action and contact our admissions team today.

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