**Please forgive my double-posting here and on the nursing programs thread. **
I have a few questions about the job market and outlook in SD.
I'm a SAHM and plan to go back to school for nursing degree when my child starts school. I already have a bachelor's. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the 2nd degree programs at CSSM and National will require at least $30K+, while an Assoc RN degree at SDCC is only @ $3K?
Does anyone see a huge reason why spending an additional $25K would be justified at this time (I could always go back to school to get my BSN later). Would there be that fewer opportunities and the pay that much less?
I can't find any concrete information on this.... did the Univ of OK nursing online/accelerated (for SD nurses) program end?
I also have some basic, general questions about nursing. I've only ever worked in the corporate world with salary (no o/t) and 2 weeks paid vacation a year. The nursing field is completely new to me.
My dream is to work in L&D. How competitive is it to get into?
I would need to work part-time... does that break down into 2 - 12 hr shifts a week?
How much do nurses have control over how much vacation time they're able to take?
Is there a difference in pay scale when working days/nights/weekend? A friend said she has a friend who gets paid triple time for weekends?
Union vs non-union
Best hospital/employer reputations in SD area.
Best program reputations
Thank you... you've no idea how much time I've put into all this research and still can't find the most basic of answers.