I really need help! I have a bachelor's degree so I am going to do an accerlated BSN program. I have 4 classes I need to take this summer/fall, then I can apply in December. I would be applying for the summer 2008 program, but would defer until Jan 2009 program because the summer program is at hospitals that are 2 hours from me, as opposed to 1 hour or closer in the winter program.
I have a friend who is a CNA at the hospital I want to work at while she's waiting to eventually get accepted to the Assoc. program at the comm. college here. She says that they are looking for more people and pay $10-11/hr. I currently do home daycare, so that amount for me working full time at the hospital would be slightly less than now after taxes and paying for my 4 yr twins to be in daycare part time. If I want to take the CNA class, I'd have to quit my daycare in Sept. because it is only offered in the day and (assuming they are still hiring) could start at the hosp. in Jan. and work for 1 year until I started the nursing program.
How beneficial do you think working as a CNA for a year would be before starting the nursing program? Do you think telling them I could work for 1 year until nursing school
starts would be a plus or minus for me? I hate to miss the final year I'd have with my sons at home (and it would be tight financially) so I really want to know if anyone thinks that it is really worth it.
Sorry this was so long and I greatly appreciate any advice anyone has!