HELP....Puhleeeeeeeze!

  1. Sorry...kinda lengthy
    I am currently in an LPN program that will be finishing in December 2004. Hubby (hopefully) will be starting in Aug. 04 (finishing in 8/05). Question: Want to stay put and finish my RN degree which will take about another 1 1/2 years, but another part of me is soooooooooo (trust me I want to add a few more o's) ready to go. We are looking to relocate to AZ. No guarantee that hubby will get in this year, if not next shot is Jan or Aug. 05.
    I noticed in particular Rio Salado College has a "fast track" program for LPN-to RN. Should I stay put and try to stick it out here with the RN program, or should I investigate the transition programs in AZ? If by chance hubby & I are both LPN's before moving, I'm figuring financially it won't be too bad to do a 1 1/2 yr program in AZ...BTW the program I looked at had an estimated cost of 1,850 including books. My LPN program alone is going to cost 4,000+ so I'm looking at potential lower tuition in AZ as well...still just don't know...very afraid of moving to soon and getting sidetracked. Any input or thoughts are very appreciated, although I know we'll ultimately have to make the final decision. :kiss in advance for any help you can give!
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  3. by   suzanne4
    Many fast track programs require that you have one to two years experience under your belt first. That may be something for you to consider. Check with the school there first, you may be able to complete things faster directly where you are.

  4. by   dlmickley
    I just graduated from the Maricopa Community College District/Gateway Community Collge in Dec 2003 with My ADN. I felt it was a great choice for me. School was the pits some times and at times I felt like giving up, but now that I am working as a RN I am so glad I stuck it out. I don't lnow what the right thing for you is, but I can definitley reccomend the programs here.
  5. by   Luv2banurse2004
    Quote from dlmickley
    I just graduated from the Maricopa Community College District/Gateway Community Collge in Dec 2003 with My ADN. I felt it was a great choice for me. School was the pits some times and at times I felt like giving up, but now that I am working as a RN I am so glad I stuck it out. I don't lnow what the right thing for you is, but I can definitley reccomend the programs here.
    Thanks dlmickley What you describe are the emotions I go through from one day to the next...one day I'm ecstatic about being in nursing school & loving every minute of everything, then the next day I'm questioning if I'm cut out for nursing, if I can finish school (blah, blah, blah). Thanks for your input of the CC nursing programs. That will be helpful in our decision making. Thanks again and Congrats on your ADN! Great motivation for me!
    Last edit by Luv2banurse2004 on Mar 4, '04
  6. by   dlmickley
    Sorry about that ............. I think the cc is the way to go. I have seen a lot of the university students who seem to care more about the paper work than taking care of a patient and learning their clinical skills, and some, but not all, seem to think they are better than otheres because they are in a BSN program. My experience at Gateway Community College here in Phoenix was as I described but I felt very prepared to enter the the working world !! ............. I would highly reccomend GWCC

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