im a 24 year old male and im finishing up my prereqs for the nursing program here at my community college (they have an AAS program).
i work full time and i own my own business as well as attend classes full time. this next semester im going in anatomy/physiology. i aced all bio and chem classes easily.
okay, for the Q's.
what will i start out with as a nurse with an associates degree? ive been told i could make as much as a nurse with a bachelors. also, will i be the lowest on the totem pole when i begin workin in a hospital if i only have an associates (becuase you can become an RN with an associates here in arizona).
also, im hearing alot about nursing programs everywhere being unfair to the students. i have been told that once im accepted into the program, my financial aid would stop until i took my first exam. if i fail the exam, i lose my financial aid and im out of the program (or is this just a "weeding" process?).
and...are there going to be ANY nursing jobs in the coming years? i keep hearing no, but i see so many people getting into it it makes me wonder.
Dec 15, '06
"also, once im done with my prereqs, is it true that i can contact local hospitals, and they would hire me as a low level technitian and put me in one of thier alotted seats in the nursing program (assuming i sign a contract to work with them after i graduate?)?[/QUOTE]
This is done at some hospitals here in Oklahoma. They do a preceptorship
during summer off time and pay to help with college.
Look at Salary.com™ Job Salaries & Compensation Survey Software
for idea of pay rates.
Last edit by bargainhound on Dec 15, '06