Thanks for reading, and any advice! I am halfway through an accelerated BSN program in Virginia right now. I decided to become an RN because I wanted to go the CNM route, instead of pursuing midwifery without a nursing degree. I'm wondering how important it is to have hospital RN experience before applying to programs like Frontier. I have always planned to finish school, get a job, work for a year, and then start at Frontier as soon as possible. However, how DH and I have decided we're ready (emotionally, not necessarily financially) for a baby, and I'm getting more and more scared by reports of people taking MONTHS to find a first job out of school.
So, I'm trying to figure out how to fit a pregnancy into my plan of graduate/work/Frontier. Is there any chance I could get into Frontier with 1) less than a year of experience or 2) no experience at all? I'm thinking if I don't find an RN job quickly, I'll volunteer at a DC birth center I used to volunteer in and run their childbirth ed classes, or something similar. To give you more info: I currently have a 3.9 GPA in nursing school, and in my previous degree (neuroscience), I had a 3.2 GPA. I *think* I'm a pretty competitive applicant academically, but are CNM programs generally more concerned with practical experience? Most of all - HELP! I can't push this baby thing back much further and I'm worried I'm going to give up on my dream to become a midwife just so I can have a baby sooner.
Anyone with experience with Frontier in particular, or any similar distance program because DH and I will be in the DC area and I can't afford Georgetown LOL.