I have been visiting this website for the last two years and this is my first thread. I hope someone out there will read it and help me
I have a BS in Web Design and after a life changing experience I have decided to go to nursing school. At the moment, I am taking my prerequistes for a second degree program. I have a 4 year old and a 2 year old and I am a stay home mother. I am also volunteering at a local children's hospital in the NICU department.
After doing some research, I understand that I have two options to become an RN. I can get into a second degree program and get my BSN in 18 months. Second degree programs are very intensive and they say you do not have time to see your family etc etc. If I miss one class (with kids it will happen), there will be a lot of problems. Also, I have to take too many prerequisites before I can apply to the program.
The second option is to go to a local community college and get an ADN in two years
(maybe slower pace, not sure, you guys may help me with the answer). I have to take 3 more classes to be able to get into the ADN program. They require less prerequisites.
The difference between the two options is the second degree program is once a week night time and clinicals on the weekends, while the ADN program classes and clinicals are during the week, day time (and the kids are at school during that time). I do not have any family support. It is just me, my husband, and some friends.
After getting my ADN I can finish my BSN (online program) or with the BS degree that I have I could go to a BSN/MS bridge programs.
As you can see I have couple of options and I want to get your opinions especially if you have a background similar to mine.
I do not want to sacrifice my kids while I am getting my degree. That is my main concern. I know I will have to study very hard but with a second degree program it looks like I will not be able to see my kids during that 18 months.
Please Please help me!