I am currently trying to decide on which Nursing School to apply to: LSUHSC School of Nursing or Delgado Charity School of Nursing.
I’ve done quite a bit of research and would love to attend LSUHSC, however I am a working mom to two young children (age 3 and under) and attending nursing school would require me to be out of the workforce so I am looking into Charity School of Nursing since it is a shorter program (I might even be able to finish it in 1.5 years due to the prerequisites I have). I already have a Bachelors and a Master degree so I have a good chunk of the prerequisites complete for both programs (as long as Charity accepts that mine are 10 years old). I am aware of the CARE program at LSUHSC, but I want to be able to see my children so I don’t want to go down that path.
I realize that Charity is an ADN and LUSHSC is a BSN, but I’ve also been told that most hospitals will pay for your RN-BSN bridge.
I guess my questions are:
1.) is it harder to get a job out of Charity’s ADN program versus LSUHSC’s BSN program in a specialty that you want? (As of now, I want to be in L&D or mother-baby)
2.) is the education more comprehensive (“better”) from LSUHSC versus Charity?
3.) is there a salary difference in starting jobs if you’re coming out with an ADN versus a BSN, or is is it just an RN is an RN?
4.) is there anything else you’d like to share to help me make my decision?
Thanks in advance for anyone out there who replies!
Hi. Sorry this is late, but I just saw that.
1. I doubt there is any difference at all.
2. I graduated from Charity and and currently in a BSN program. The only difference is with the BSN, there's a ton of research papers. That's almost entirely what the program is. Research and papers.
3. No salary difference at all.
4. I would go the ADN route. You start working much sooner, and, as I said, there's no difference in salary or hiring. I had a job offer before I even graduated. You can always bridge into a bachelors program when you're finished with your associates. That's what I'm doing now, and it's 100% online.
Hope this helps.
I will be done the CARE program in May. I have two kids that are 5 and under. Out of our group, there are 5 parents all with kids 6 or under. We just learn to schedule better than our classmates. I have coached my 5 year old's playground sports teams, gone to most of my kids' school functions, and taken a couple small vacations. Some classes I could have an A, but I accepted a B instead to spend extra time with my kids. The faculty is understanding as well. I have taken my older son to class with me once or twice when he had off from school. This is just to show that CARE is very possible without sacrificing all family time. If you are a single parent, it may be too difficult without any other support.
1. I doubt there is proof either way. My personal experience has been that I have been told CARE students are usually grabbed first by managers. I have even had a manager of an ICU find out our group was the CARE group and specifically told us to come talk to her if interested about a job.
2. LSUHSC is one of the few nursing schools in the country with a cadaver lab, which was awesome experience. First time pass rate for NCLEX is 83% at Delgado and 96% at LSUHSC. CARE is even higher, and it is common to have all pass first time or only 1 person not pass first time. I have been told the difference between BSN and ADN is research training. This includes being trained on how to research and interpret best evidenced based practices, which is a skill that you should use your entire career. If research is included in every class then it becomes part of your thought process. If it all has to be made up after ADN, then it is just a lot of research courses like the poster above me states. Also, LSUHSC is ranked #9 nursing school in the country. If you plan to find a job out of Louisiana, #9 school in the country (5th out of publics, 2nd in South) carries more weight than the best community college because the manager is unlikely to be familiar with any CC outside of their area. However, everyone has heard of LSU.
3. Some hospitals that want magnet status need a certain level of BSN trained nurses. Often the ADN just needs to agree to obtain or begin classes for BSN within 1-3 years of hire.
4. Another career change friend, just decided to do CARE based on cost being similar for a BSN compared to ADN + Bridge BSN. Timeframe is similar.