Hey all, I guess I'm wanting to ask about two somewhat separate things..
First, I'm looking for personal experiences or any recommendations/comments at all about volunteer organizations that might be attractive for nurses.. specifically ones that offer student loan forgiveness..
Peace Corps? from what I hear, the most nurse-related work would be educating and not so much practicing? does anyone know if it's the same for AmeriCorps? I was excited when I first heard about the National Health Service Corps and their hefty loan repayment program, but then I realized the only nurses they recruit are NPs and not RNs.. Doctors Without Borders sounds amazing and I'll probably look into it eventually regardless, but they dont offer any sort of loan forgiveness do they? any other organizations out there??
Second, what would you say is the largest reasonable amount for student loans to become a nurse(bsn)?? I don't have any yet and I realize large loans should be avoided if they can.. but sometimes they're just necessary yeah? do any of you have substantial loans that seem like hell and impossible to pay off or is it a good, doable investment with an average nursing salary (not to mention the feeling of being a nurse- it'll be a dream come true for me once I get there