OKEnquirer - I'm glad that I could be of help to you! To use the PM feature, go to my account, a drop down menu will appear, and just click on Private Messages. If there's something that I'm missing as far as questions go, please go ahead and PM me.
You say there aren't any waiting lists for some of the programs. I have been reading many places that the programs are so competitive, and there are so many applicants, that many qualified people are being turned away from nursing schools. That doesn't seem to be the case in our area......probably not for the entire state of Oklahoma.
Well, I know that the program at TCC has at least a two year waiting list. Platt College I wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole. Because there are a lot of people applying, some people go to places like TU and ORU. Despite the (at least) $10,000/semester, people who really want to get into nursing quickly who have the money will go to TU and ORU. Last time I checked, and it's been a while, one of TU's graduating classes had only 50% pass the NCLEX. I wouldn't go to a school, a private school at that, and find out that I'm ill-prepared. I don't know much about ORU's program, but I know it doesn't have a waiting list. Same reason as TU. However, they do require a class or two with beliefs on their denomination, and I KNOW that I would be ticking time bomb in that class.
Not that I'm against anything to do with their denomination, but I do have my beliefs and they clash highly with ORU's.
Unfortunately, there are not a lot of jobs, but probably more compared to other areas. I know that last time I checked, the entire St. Francis/Warren Clinic (including the satellite offices - Muskogee, Owasso, Sand Springs, in fact, all the metro area including Laureate Psych Hospital) only had 40 positions for nurses. And that includes administration, teaching, management, home health, floor nurse positions. I used to get on there and find literally 100's of openings, now there were only 40. St John is building a brand new hospital in Broken Arrow, and they aren't even hiring anyone new. If they are, it's VERY few.
Wages seem to be pretty low in Oklahoma generally, especially the rural areas, but there seem to be lots of jobs available. Is the super-negativity I'm reading (no jobs, no jobs for grads, no slots in nursing school, etc.) perhaps only affecting the urban and/or coastal areas where there are lots of other problems as well? Economic, housing crisis, etc. There seem to be jobs available, AND also plenty of jobs for LVNs, which some are implying might be becoming obsolete.
The low wages reflect the cost of living in the area. Also, I'm glad that you were able to locate some jobs. Maybe it's looking up around here.
Hey, if you've found a coastal area in Oklahoma, please let me know!!
If there is one, it would be Oklahoma's best kept secret.
I know you were referring to CA, and I know that there are a glut of nurses out there with no jobs available. I think we do fare a little better in Oklahoma compared to the rest of the nation.
One last thing, one of the schools I mentioned is not in Tulsa. But they are at the OSU campus. I forgot it's Langston University, not OSU.
I am in a pretty rural area -- out near Tahlequah. I have no feel at all for the need for nurses, opportunities, etc.
I would be very grateful for any insight you can give me. The entire process of education, job hunting, promotions, etc., is totally different here than it is in Los Angeles.