I need some advice. I live in the far west valley and am a mother to 3 children still at home. I was accepted into ASU's program to start Spring 10 and a slot has opened up for me at the Boswell campus through Mesa CC. I need to find a balance between my nursing school and my family.
Advice on the time committment to each of these? Days/times I will be away from home? How challenging is each of these programs. The way I see it I have two options:
1.) Go to ASU and spend 2 hours a day driving, as well as class/clinical time five days a week.
2.) Go to Boswell and spend less time driving and less time in the classroom and then go back and do the RN-BSN route. ( I already have the 10 upper division classes done, as well as all of the pre-reqs so all I have is the NUR classes). With this option I would have to work and go to school, right now I just go to school.
Has anyone experienced either of these and can give me some insight on these options? Any help/direction would be appreciated. Thanks!
Dec 4, '09
First of all, congratulations on your acceptance into the ASU BSN program! I agree with previous posters: if you got into the nursing program at ASU then it's in your best interest to take advantage and get your BSN in one go. I graduate from ASU's BSN program this month and have been commuting from the west valley throughout the program including a semester of commuting to Polytech in Mesa and a few Mesa hospital clinical rotations. While it is a tough program and it will take up a lot of your time (5 days a week, morning to afternoon at first), I have met students in both the accelerated and traditional ASU BSN program with children who were very successful so it is possible. As for the commute, I highly recommend recording your professors' lectures (ask their permission first but usually they're fine with it and will allow you to sit your recorder on the desk/podium). Then you can listen to the lectures while you drive. Also let your professors and clinical instructors know about your commuting situation; many of them will be accomadating and understanding.
Last edit by FarawaySoClose on Dec 4, '09
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