Looking for LPN school in Colorado - page 24

I am looking for a LPN program in Colorado. I heard Emily Griffith has a great program but I want to later move into RN program. I also checked in Regis What do you think?... Read More

  1. by   CM1215
    thanks for letting me know about patho online! i had no idea i could do that. hopefully i can get that figured out and registered before classes start!

    rntwobe- i heard of dsn when i did a search of colleges that offer a second degree bsn program. i choose a few states i would be interested to live in, that way i would have more options of programs to apply to. i just graduated and wanted to start in january, so dsn was one of the only schools i was looking at that had this option. after meeting everyone and going to denver i fell in love with it and am soooo excited to start! is dsn well known in denver?
  2. by   lavinia77
    HI- I am trying to get into nursing from an office job I will be oing the accelerated program to BSN could you please let me know how much new grads make in California .
    Is it possible to make 75 K starting salary the first year working 3 to 4 days a week.
  3. by   Neveranurseagain
    Are you getting into nursing because of the wages or because you would like caring for people? Nursing is more than $$$$--it takes a special person to be able to work in this field....

    At 40 hours a week you'd have to make slightly over $36 an hour to make $75,000.

    Have you worked as a nurses aid or in the medical field before?
  4. by   NickiLaughs
    You didn't really specify where in Southern California, depending on where you live in So. Cal greatly influences how much money you make.
    In the Inland Empire (Riverside/San Bernardino Counties), new grads start between 28-32/hr currently. Working one day of overtime a week at my job on the night shift would make you approximately 75000 a year. So that's 4 12's a week.
    In LA and Orange County they don't really pay any more money for new graduates. Really they're about the same salary wise, and the cost of living is much higher.

    In San Diego, the salaries are even lower approx 25-27/hr, so you'd have to kick up the overtime more to hit that goal of 75k. Right now, the economy is rough and there is more new graduates than jobs unfortunately. Hopefully the economy will change and improve.

    Good luck.
  5. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    According to a July, 2009 report from the California Institute for Nursing and Health Care:

    Nearly half of all California new-grad nurses will not be hired after graduation.

    Overall vacancy rate in So Cal is 5.2%

    62% of all hospitals require experience in order to be considered for employment

    2/3 of LTCs require RN experience in order to be hired.

    And to all of that add the reality that nursing schools are turning out 30%-40% more new grads every year than they were earlier in this decade.

    If you're looking at it from a financial perspective, the risk-benefit ratio is not very good.
  6. by   neonatal_nurse
    I certainly agree with awsmfun. It takes a special person to be in this field.

    Yes the monetary aspect is one of the major (if not the number one reason) reasons for pursuing nursing but actually staying in this field is tough if this is the only motivation you have. Many have tried but few have succeeded. It's a long, hard road full of obstacles, endless studying, exhausting clinicals and overwhelming daily workload. Not to mention the competition once you graduate, the number of unemployed nurses is just too much.

    I am not discouraging you, just think about these things before you decide. Because in this profession you need to want this badly (not just for the money) to stay and wake up each day as an RN. Otherwise, you will just be burned out a few months (even weeks) on the job just like many.
  7. by   lavinia77
    Please do not judge - to be a Nurse would be my passion but there is a problem if I can't make a living and support my child . I am very patient and passionate about the job but I also need to consider if taking out a loan to go to school full time for two years is worth it.
    Many people reply there are more graduates than jobs that makes me worry since i would be in school for almost two years. I already have a Bacholor and stable work but its not my passion but it pays the bills .
  8. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    Quote from lavinia77
    I already have ... stable work but its not my passion but it pays the bills .
    Nursing in California is a big question-mark right now. The odds of getting hired after graduation are not good but some people still do.

    Personally, I wouldn't leave a stable job to enter California nursing at this point.
  9. by   hope3456
    [QUOTE=lavinia77;3783882]Please do not judge - to be a Nurse would be my passion but there is a problem if I can't make a living and support my child . I am very patient and passionate about the job but I also need to consider if taking out a loan to go to school full time for two years is worth it.
    Many people reply there are more graduates than jobs that makes me worry since i would be in school for almost two years. I already have a Bacholor and stable work but its not my passion but it pays the bills .[/QUOTE

    I feel really bad for new graduate RN's right now......don't give up your day/desk job.
  10. by   lavinia77
    Can you give any insights if the outlook is any better if I would go and pursue a dual degree finishing with a Masters in nursing or Nurse Practitioner.
    Corporate America isn't fullfilling and dragging myself to work isn't fun or healthy either ....

    Any suggestions
  11. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    Masters degree with no experience still means no experience and a very competitive job market. For some employers, it might make you a little more desirable, but you're still going to be fighting for the same scarce new-grad positions as everybody else. And FYI: In some circles there exists a distinct bias against direct-entry MSNs.

    I don't know but I'm guessing that a direct-entry NP with no experience might be in a similar - and perhaps even worse - position.

    It may not be fulfilling or fun but you know what the California employment situation looks like right now... try to derive some comfort that you have a stable position. Long-term unemployment isn't very fulfilling, either.
  12. by   mtnmedic
    Quote from RNtwoBE
    mtnmedic - that's awesome tho! Who do you have? I did the hybrid A&P's and Micro there. All of my other classes I've done at Red Rocks, I LOVE it there!
    I just finished A&P1 with Terry as the "online" instructor and Judy for the lab once a week. My only complaint is that the online part was that you are basically on your own. There were some PowerPoint, study guides and some other stuff but mostly you have to be pretty self sufficient. I am taking A&P 2 in the fall, so since I am in, I dont feel any great stress to get an A like I did with A&P1. The benefit though as long as you stay on top of everything, it wasn't that hard. I imagine that Patho is much the same. I've briefly considered taking Patho at the same time at A&P 2 to get it over with, but I guess I'll just deal with it at DSN like everyone else.
  13. by   RNtwoBE
    You are so lucky you didn't have Terry for lab! I HATED him!!! I did the hybrid too, but I had him for everything. One day we had a sub, she was AWESOME, we all did so much better on that test than any other after her class. Terry was such a jerk, not helpful, how is he the biology chair?!?! I've heard great things about Jodi Johnson, she teaches the Patho class, so I'm excited! You should see if you might be able to fit it in. Maybe email her and ask to check out a syllabus to see. A&P2 is MUCH easier than A&P1 in my opinion.

    Good luck, YAY for all of us! he-he

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