So I know it have to some extent been talked about in other threads, but I was hoping to get a little feed back for the Chicago area in particular. Right now I have an art degree and I am looking to get my RN. I am taking some science pre-reqs right now. I am sort of nervous about all of the people having trouble finding work after graduation. I am hoping to get advice on what I can work on now to improve my employability later. First, is it worth it to go to an master entry level program like DePaul as opposed to getting an ASN? I am mostly concerned about longer term career advancement and flexibility. I am not trying to say the ASN folks are worse nurses or anything. I am just curious if in the Chicago area in particular, hospitals are not as excited about hiring them. The community college programs are so temptingly cheap but I don't want to handicap my career because of money. Are the people who aren't finding a job mostly ASN, or are many BSN and Master grads struggling also? Second question, is it worth it to get a CNA license this summer and a little work experience before I start school hopefully the next year? Would this give me a huge leg up to get more choice of a job setting when I graduate? Thanks every one in advance. a future-
I really wish I knew someone personally in the field that I could take out to lunch and pick their brain.