Please help, Info needed on hospitals that pay for nursing school. - page 2

Hello, This is my first post. I am finished with my pre-recs for nursing and will start my final 2yrs for my RN. I was told there are hospitals that will hire you and pay for your schooling, but you... Read More

  1. by   rebeccainlv
    I dont' know if you're being boarded out of the military or if you were active and separated and now applying for VA disability.

    I was AD Air Force for 8 years and separated Aug 2003. I turned in my disability application when I did my final outprocessing. I also turned in my medical record then and got a complete copy of the entire thing. Then, it took awhile before I heard anything. I got a letter about once per month from VA that said they are processing my claim. Then after about 6 months I got a letter that had other paperwork for me to fill out (statements about a medical condition, etc) and I filled those out and sent it back. After about 7 months I got a letter with a bunch of appointments. They don't ask when you can go, etc, they just send the times and dates and you are expected to be there. So, I did my appointments with civilian medical providers then all of those reports had to be sent to the local disability office. Then I went to my VA physical at a local VA clinic. That was it for the appointments. I didn't start getting paid until almost 1 year after I separated. Now I get paid on the first of the month. After all of the appointments, etc, VA will send a packet with every medical condition you claimed and what they are paying for it. I had more things that they rated, but the 2 main things got me 80%. If they counted all the ratings, I would be over 100%. So, they don't count everything. Yu don't get your rating until they are done with everything. The main thing is that if you ever have any problems with the things they didn't put in your main rating, you can get medical treatment for those conditions as well. I haven't used VA medical facilities yet so I can't comment on how that works. I have applied and I'm assigned to a VA clinic, but I've never called for anything.

    I learned alot by looking at my state's VA website. Otherwise, the phone calls to the VA don't tell you very much. Those people aren't quite with it.

    VA doesnt' pay for school other than the GI Bill amount you get each month. You can spend it however you want to. So it's up to you to pay tuition and buy books with whatever money you want to.

    I have checked into vocational rehab, but there isn't much to help me. It would be good if someone had learning disorders or needed to learn skills to enter the workforce. It's sort of like what the state employment office offers. Nothing really for people that are able bodied, intelligent, etc.

    I haven't had any problems with choosing nursing. Like I said, you can only take the classes on your degree plan so if you want to take easy classes to boost your GPA or like to take music or something like that, they wont' pay. Not unless you are a music major or need an elective or something.

    Your nursing program should have a list of prereqs that you have to have before you apply and they will also have a semester by semester plan for your actual nursing classes. You can use that to plan your schedule until you graduate. And it's a huge hassle to change around the classes once it's done and turned in. So make sure you do it right the first time. You know how the military is about being accurate. It just keeps going on with the VA.

    Basically, GI Bill is the bulk of your financial aid. It sucks, but noone seems to understand that we put money into GI Bill. It's not free. It's a paid benefit but it's counted against us when we apply for other aid.
  2. by   RNPATL
    This is excellent information for students that are looking for ways to finance their college education. However, this thread belongs in the general student discussion forum. So, I am going to move the thread there and leave a re-direct of where the thread went to.

    Please remember, the student assistance forum is for students to ask questions relating to school assignments or to work directly with a Registered Nurse on school related projects.

    Thank you for your help.

    RNPATL - Patrick
    Co-Moderator
    Student Assistance Forum
  3. by   keng67goat
    Quote from rebeccainlv
    I dont' know if you're being boarded out of the military or if you were active and separated and now applying for VA disability.

    I was AD Air Force for 8 years and separated Aug 2003. I turned in my disability application when I did my final outprocessing. I also turned in my medical record then and got a complete copy of the entire thing. Then, it took awhile before I heard anything. I got a letter about once per month from VA that said they are processing my claim. Then after about 6 months I got a letter that had other paperwork for me to fill out (statements about a medical condition, etc) and I filled those out and sent it back. After about 7 months I got a letter with a bunch of appointments. They don't ask when you can go, etc, they just send the times and dates and you are expected to be there. So, I did my appointments with civilian medical providers then all of those reports had to be sent to the local disability office. Then I went to my VA physical at a local VA clinic. That was it for the appointments. I didn't start getting paid until almost 1 year after I separated. Now I get paid on the first of the month. After all of the appointments, etc, VA will send a packet with every medical condition you claimed and what they are paying for it. I had more things that they rated, but the 2 main things got me 80%. If they counted all the ratings, I would be over 100%. So, they don't count everything. Yu don't get your rating until they are done with everything. The main thing is that if you ever have any problems with the things they didn't put in your main rating, you can get medical treatment for those conditions as well. I haven't used VA medical facilities yet so I can't comment on how that works. I have applied and I'm assigned to a VA clinic, but I've never called for anything.

    I learned alot by looking at my state's VA website. Otherwise, the phone calls to the VA don't tell you very much. Those people aren't quite with it.

    VA doesnt' pay for school other than the GI Bill amount you get each month. You can spend it however you want to. So it's up to you to pay tuition and buy books with whatever money you want to.

    I have checked into vocational rehab, but there isn't much to help me. It would be good if someone had learning disorders or needed to learn skills to enter the workforce. It's sort of like what the state employment office offers. Nothing really for people that are able bodied, intelligent, etc.

    I haven't had any problems with choosing nursing. Like I said, you can only take the classes on your degree plan so if you want to take easy classes to boost your GPA or like to take music or something like that, they wont' pay. Not unless you are a music major or need an elective or something.

    Your nursing program should have a list of prereqs that you have to have before you apply and they will also have a semester by semester plan for your actual nursing classes. You can use that to plan your schedule until you graduate. And it's a huge hassle to change around the classes once it's done and turned in. So make sure you do it right the first time. You know how the military is about being accurate. It just keeps going on with the VA.

    Basically, GI Bill is the bulk of your financial aid. It sucks, but noone seems to understand that we put money into GI Bill. It's not free. It's a paid benefit but it's counted against us when we apply for other aid.

    Dude, you are awesome, Thanks so much for all the input. wow, I have to ge read it again. Ok I am still in the army and getting a medical board. I had a really bad accident, I tore my aorta, had to have hears surgery and a graft. Fractured my scull, blew out my ear drum, broke my neck, had to have a spinal fussion, shattered my elbow, snapped my radius and una,Have a rod in my radius and plates holding my arms together, fractured spine, broken spinal processes, puntured lungs, collaspsed lungs, broken ribs,a DVT, blood clot in my left leg, paralized vocal cord, had a surgery to use the other one, the rest is all little stuff. but 2 years later I funtion like thing ever happened, you would never know, it has slowed me down a little but you would ot notice, I am still high speed. Out of 26 doctors no one can explain how I survived and funtion like nothing happened.

    Hey I thought VA pays for your school, through voc rehab? So the only way to get paid for school is the GI bill? I better get that kicker or boost where they up the total by $60k.

    The wife and I exactly half way with our nursing. We just tranfered to the 4yr college. I want ER or a full on trauma hospital, she wants OB/GYN.

    What other benifits does VA have for us.
  4. by   beautimouslove
    come on now, you have ur own place to write. this is for RN students not pre-rn-students:angryfire
  5. by   miya
    that wasn't very nice. life is too short. relax.



    Quote from beautimouslove
    come on now, you have ur own place to write. this is for RN students not pre-rn-students:angryfire
  6. by   keng67goat
    Quote from beautimouslove
    come on now, you have ur own place to write. this is for RN students not pre-rn-students:angryfire
    Sorry bro, It is the military in me. See if you want to know some thing or deal with a situation you go straight to the source to get the info. I figured who better to talk to then YOU RN's who have already done it. I do not want to know fro us little students who are going through it, I wanted to hear from those who have gone through it. I thought that is what this board was about was helping your fellow nurses, at least that is the way the military is.
    I appolgize, I'll go back to my corner. :hatparty:
  7. by   rebeccainlv
    Quote from keng67goat
    Dude, you are awesome, Thanks so much for all the input. wow, I have to ge read it again. Ok I am still in the army and getting a medical board. I had a really bad accident, I tore my aorta, had to have hears surgery and a graft. Fractured my scull, blew out my ear drum, broke my neck, had to have a spinal fussion, shattered my elbow, snapped my radius and una,Have a rod in my radius and plates holding my arms together, fractured spine, broken spinal processes, puntured lungs, collaspsed lungs, broken ribs,a DVT, blood clot in my left leg, paralized vocal cord, had a surgery to use the other one, the rest is all little stuff. but 2 years later I funtion like thing ever happened, you would never know, it has slowed me down a little but you would ot notice, I am still high speed. Out of 26 doctors no one can explain how I survived and funtion like nothing happened.

    Hey I thought VA pays for your school, through voc rehab? So the only way to get paid for school is the GI bill? I better get that kicker or boost where they up the total by $60k.

    The wife and I exactly half way with our nursing. We just tranfered to the 4yr college. I want ER or a full on trauma hospital, she wants OB/GYN.

    What other benifits does VA have for us.

    OK...I can tell you some tips about the medical exams that you will go through but I don't want to write them here. Email me at rebeccainlv@msn.com
    I worked in the hospital in the Air Force and we had many medical boards come through so I know the system and how to get the most of what you deserve for your injuries.

    The only way I know is GI Bill. Voc rehab is more for job skills. They do pay some fees for tutoring or special supplies you need due to your disability. Army has some different things like kickers. Air Force doesnt' routinely have them. I did pay an additional $600 into GI Bill before I separated so I get an extra $150 per month for 36 months. That was just something that the AF did and not many people knew about it or took advantage of it. There might be some programs to bump up your monthly amount. But like I said before, the total amount they pay is based on 36 months and not a total amount of money. Mine will be over $40K when I finish using up all my benefits, but when I enlisted I was told $30K. So I bumped up my amount by $5400 by putting in the extra $600. I invested a total of $1800. If that makes sense. You can look on the VA benefits site and they have a payment chart for GI Bill benefits. It's the same base pay for everyone but increases each Oct and also depends on if you paid a kicker, etc.
  8. by   CarVsTree
    Quote from beautimouslove
    come on now, you have ur own place to write. this is for RN students not pre-rn-students:angryfire
    Actually, this thread was hijacked. It was a thread regarding hospital scholarships and it was hijacked into a GI bill thread. If someone wanted to bring up GI Bill, they should have started a new post. It is inpolite to the OP to change the thread subject to GI Bill. Just a little Web etiquette. Don't think there's any reason to get :angryfire though.

    I have lots of info on GI bill and will post it if someone starts a new thread.
  9. by   keng67goat
    Quote from suemom2kay
    Actually, this thread was hijacked. It was a thread regarding hospital scholarships and it was hijacked into a GI bill thread. If someone wanted to bring up GI Bill, they should have started a new post. It is inpolite to the OP to change the thread subject to GI Bill. Just a little Web etiquette. Don't think there's any reason to get :angryfire though.

    I have lots of info on GI bill and will post it if someone starts a new thread.
    You are right it was my fault, I got off topic. I thought it was aonly a few hospitals who will pay for your schooling and hire you while in school.
    After talking with people here I found out it is very common. I have started calling hospital in diffrent states I want to end up to see if they have any good programs. I really do not care where I end up just wan to finish school and work for a good hospital, which is why I posted to hear from you RN's and not students. I has tod of a few hospitals thourgh this post that has some good programs, I totally thank you guys, and I really am sorry for posting this in your RN sections, but who better to talk to than you guys at the top of the food chain and already gone through what I am going through.
    You guys are awesome, If you have any to other ways how to pay for nursing I am all ears. thanks again.

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