"I'm a 35 y.o. single mother of 2 boys (9 & 13). Can you tell me more about the "type" of students that actually completed the program? i.e. age, etc."-- As for the type of student, we had young twenty-somethings who were single or dating, and we had more mature students with husbands and children. All did equally as well. It can be challenging with kids from what I hear, but it was definitely doable for my peers. The biggest thing to remember is that your life will be nursing school for 10 months, then it will be NCLEX prep for another month or so. Then you'll get your life back
"What was the typical schedule like per week? And, how was the employment outlook/salary?"-- schedule wise, after pharmacology (only about two days of school a week, no clinical), you'll have probably 3 days of classes a week, then pre-clinical (and the night full of care plans
) and then two full days of clinical each week (clinical can be on weekdays or weekends.) I tried each week to have an evening to myself with no nursing school work. I napped often, and it kept me sane. Employment wise, we were offered a contract with OLOLRMC for 3 years in which they paid our tuition. As far as I'm aware, all of my classmates got jobs, but it can take a couple months before you actually start work. I finished Aug 6, 2009 and didn't start working until Sept 21st. I took the NCLEX before I started working so I wouldn't have to worry about studying while in orientation. Salary wise, it depends on the schedule you work. Base pay is $19.75 for new grads at the lake. $4 evening differential (3pm-11pm) and $5 night differential (11pm-7am) and $5 weekend differential. So obviously, it depends on the schedule you work, whether you work M-F 8 hr shifts (approx $41K/yr) or seven, twelve-hour shifts a check on the night shift (approx $61K/yr).