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  1. Wow - what a neat place!

    My name is Kimer and I need lots of help:uhoh21: I am an active duty Air Force Member (non-medical) stationed in Colorado SPrings. I want to one day to have a MSN. (Be a long time coming)

    I started out in Miss. So far (as of 2000) I had completed all the prerequisites for Univ So Miss and Univ of COlorado Nursing programs. Even Statistics!! :angryfire Then the Air Force moved me to Denver. Now I'm stuck.


    The problem is I can't continue in nursing school or even apply because I work days. I am a single mom only cause my husband is assigned elsewhere I'm ignorant of the whole nursing hierarchy.

    LVN? LPN? I thought about becoming an RN then completing an RN to BSN program. But I haven't the foggiest about how to go about it. It was simple enought to just do the BSN thing. I can't figure out where or how to start? Any thoughts??
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  3. by   manna
    Welcome to allnurses!

    Do you plan to stay active duty AF? Or could you get out and do school that way (without the pressures of a full-time job as well)? Are there any night/weekend nursing programs in your area?

    LPN program is only a year, but I don't think that'd help you if you can't go during the daytime - I assume those are mostly day programs. An ADN is a two year nursing degree, but again the same dilemma... unless you can find a night'/weekend program, but I think it'd be very difficult to do nursing coursework weekends and active duty military as well.... especially with a family. How old are your kids?

    Best of luck... Sorry I don't have any more useful advice.
  4. by   IXerLover
    Manna, thanks!

    I have 2 1/2 years left to retire. I kinda hoped to go from one to the other. So I won't be getting out to go to school. I still plan to try to accomplish school before I retire God-willing.

    My son is 9 years old.

    Thanks - this is a groovy forum!



    One day I hope!
  5. by   manna
    Another thought that comes to mind is - there's an online school that requires no previous healthcare experience. You can get an ADN that way, and I think you schedule your own clinicals - possibly on the weekends/evenings? I think perhaps you have to visit the campus occasionally to do a skills check off or something similar?

    I want to say Deaconess (St Louis), but that may not be correct. I don't know much about it, but you could probably ask in the Distance learning forum (under the Student nurses forum) and they'd be more informative.

    But, if you completed the pre-reqs for USM, did you take a CNA course? (seems they require it now, but maybe they didn't when you were taking courses here)

    Other than that, I'd say try to find a night/weekend program. Surely in a city as large as Denver there must be at least one? :chuckle

    Good luck!
  6. by   Energizer Bunny
    Welcome to all nurses! You might want to post your questions in the General Nursing discussion forum to get more replies!
  7. by   suzanne4
    Welcome to Allnurses.com
  8. by   traumaRUs
    We ALMOST got stationed at the Academy in Colorado Springs - love that area of the country. My husband is retired Air Force. I think if I was you - I would figure out where you are going to settle and then apply to schools in that area. In the meantime, I would take those pre-reqs and get that done. Many schools have multiple year long waiting lists too. Also - did you do the old VEAP program? Or some other type of government-sponsored tuition asst? Good luck and welcome!

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