I have an A.A.S. degree in Travel and Tourism from College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn). I wanted to become a meeting planner and work for a medical association, but it's very hard to start in this field.
Recently, I was working at a travel agency located inside a resort. There I assisted a travel agent. After 3 months my boss decided that she didn't need me anymore.
I've always had a strong yearning to become a nurse, but many people convinced me that I needed to be very good at math. See, math is my academic weakness. Anayway, I've been investigating the College of DuPage Nursing (ADN) program and found out they only require one math course. Has anyone graduated from this program? Would I gain any clinical experience?
I'm very interested in the nursing field because I enjoy helping people and I want to make a difference in people's lives. I am very interested in medicine and the human body. I love all the medical shows on TLC. Mostly, I've been having stong desires to work at a hospital and help kids. I began to think that becoming a pediatric nurse is what I'm suppose to do with my life.
What does it take to become a pediatric nurse? Would I need to become an RN or gain some other certification? Where can I begin my new career path? By the way, I am going to the college's nursing program information session in a few weeks.
Are there any other resources I should be looking into? Lastly, would it be easy to work full-time during the day and attend nursing school in the evening?
Thanks for all the help.
Feb 8, '04
Hello and welcome. Good luck with your plans. I live near Peoria, IL so I'm not familiar with DuPage. However, I did an ADN program and worked full-time nights while doing it. It can be done, but is difficult. I would encourage you to do a BSN program if at all possible - that is where the future is. Take care...
Feb 8, '04
What is a BSN? Which colleges in Illinois offer a great program for students wanting to obtain a BSN?
Feb 15, '04
Lots of colleges in illinois offer BSN's...a lot of them however are private colleges and therefore expensive as hell. I'm starting out in nursing by just getting by associates degree in nursing at my local junior college. After getting my ADN, I am going to get my BSN. It will save me some money in the long run, plus lots of bachelor degree programs are accelerated and you can complete them (if you go full time) in about a year. Just look up nursing schools in illinois and you will find tons of information.
Feb 20, '04
Most ADN programs require you to go through the PNE program first, if they don't, they should. If your heard is in it, you can do it. As far as the math goes, each example in the text book is broken down to help you understand better. Also, they do require the use of a calculator, so that helps.
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