Hello, Please help !!!! I am 36 (male) and thinking of changing career to nursing, but I am seeking info regarding the fastest & mos affordable way to be RN in Los Angeles area.
Here are my questions: (my info: US citizen, bilingual in Korean & English, have BA in sociology, didn't not really take nursing prereq courses in college except Liberal Arts GE courses)
1. How is the demand for male RN these days?
2. I've been told that LVN -- LVN 30 option RN program (with LVN, then finishing LVN 30 option, then passing NCLex) is the fastest in Cali. Is this true? If not, what is?
3. I know community colleges and ROP offer LVN programs, but I've been told that these are hard to get in and pay upfront. I want to start ASAP, and need financial aid (Federal). So my options are vocational school which offers no prereq and financial aid. Please recommed some vocational schools in LA area.
To be a CA RN these days, going the BSN route is your best bet, that's going to 4 years, is the fastest. It means brushing up on your math and chem and stats skills and understand anatomy/physiology.
I don't mean to be a downer, but I have had several friends going from various liberal arts degree (psych, business, arts etc) into the harder sciences required of the nursing degree and they are finding tough to keep up. It's not an easy path for sure, but it can be done with lots of extra studying and dedication and determination.
Yes, you will find most nursing programs are impacted and many with long waiting list. The trade-off of those nursing course with little to no waiting are very expensive, but the course outline is still the same sciences. But not sure of LATTC, I know a couple of friends who got in there, but you need or should have some of your your hard sciences done to get in.
I know of several males nurses that have gotten hired. It helps also that you can probably lift patients. You have a definite plus of being bilingual too.
Have you ventured into the CA nursing program topics? Good luck in your new adventure!
Last edit by sallyp911 on Apr 24, '12
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