I am a CT resident, currently working full time in an unrelated field for an employer that offers an outstanding employee scholar benefit.
I'm interested in working toward a career change after having a baby a year ago (at NBGH); my nurses there were incredible and took wonderful care of us, and I would like a career where I feel like I make a real difference in the lives of others. I'm an engineer and am finishing up my 2nd master's degree but just don't feel like my work has much relevance or meaning besides drawing a paycheck. I have always loved and been good at science and math but chose engineering over nursing in college because at the time I had issues with bodily fluids; let's just say that motherhood has changed that!
I am the bigger breadwinner and therefore quitting work is not possible. I also have to work at least part time to keep my employee scholar benefit (basically my employer will foot the bill for tuition and books even though nursing is not related to my current job). I am thinking of eventually dropping to a 32 hour/week schedule but quitting and going to school full time is not going to be an option. I have some flex time opportunity but that could change at any time if I get a new manager, and I get up to 3 hours/week of educational PTO. Basically in order to go to nursing school I will need to find an option where most or all of the clinicals are evening and weekend hours.
I would be taking prereqs in 2012/2013 and looking to start an associate's in 2014 or 2015 (we plan on a second baby in 2013). My gen eds would all transfer in from my bachelor's degree.
I read on the CT DPH website that the only evening/part time options for an ADN in Connecticut are Goodwin, Capital CC, and Gateway CC. We live in Hartford county so Goodwin or Capital seem like my best options. Goodwin's website says they offer evening and weekend clinicals but I've read on here that it can be tough for students to actually get
the weekend clinicals AND that the quality of the program has been questionable in the past. Capital would be ideal from a location standpoint but their website is sparse on details for evening classes and scheduling of clinicals.
Does anyone have any information on which schools are best for part time study and evening/weekend clinicals?