I am considering a change of career at the age of 50. Having an official education in Chemistry, I was thinking about enrolling in the Accelerated RNB in Rush Medical College, Chicago.
Reading some of the threads, about hardship of older nurse graduates, I was wondering if anyone could provide me with the following information:
1. Rush Nursing College admits students based on merit only without age discrimination. However, once I graduate, would I be able to find placement in an hospital, having to compete with graduates twenty years younger?
2. I was told that Rush graduates are sought after nation wide. Is that true?
3. Given the fact that I do have already a BSc I am not qualified to get any Federal grant. Rush offers tuition coverage provided the graduate agrees for post college placement there. Is it a good deal, or should I look for scholarships
elsewhere? Loans is a touchy issue since I have a daughter in high school who will need some loans to attend college.
4. In real life as a nurse, is there any control over over-time? Given the fact that tired people make mistakes , that should not happen when human life is at stake. Do hospitals watch over working schedules of nurses as the law controls truck drivers for example?
Thanks for your input.