Galen Institute - page 3

I am thinking about going to Galen Institute in St. Petersburg FL instead of a tech school. Has anyone went through this program and was it a good choice?... Read More

  1. by   TopCat1234
    Quote from nrcnurse
    a little reflection on my nursing education path: i'm really glad i did my cna, then lpn instead of going straight into a rn program. being a rn carries a ton of responsibility, and as a new grad, you're just not experienced enough (imho) to really do your job well.
    my sister-in-law is telling me this now. she just graduated with her asn in california in december and started her new position as a cardiac care nurse. she is really stressed out, she feels like she just doesn't have enough knowledge under her yet. her new position tho is catered to brand new nurses, so there is still someone with her as she performs her duties. they just didn't throw her to the wolves, like i hear for other new nurses.

    i think i may have to wait for erwin, unless i hit the lotto. i tapped out my undergrad financial aid for my bs. but my mother (an rn) thinks i should take out a personal loan and go with galen for the more personal attention and no wait list. *sigh* decisions, decisions.

    topcat
  2. by   NRSNFL
    Quote from topcat1234
    my sister-in-law is telling me this now. she just graduated with her asn in california in december and started her new position as a cardiac care nurse. she is really stressed out, she feels like she just doesn't have enough knowledge under her yet. her new position tho is catered to brand new nurses, so there is still someone with her as she performs her duties. they just didn't throw her to the wolves, like i hear for other new nurses.

    i think i may have to wait for erwin, unless i hit the lotto. i tapped out my undergrad financial aid for my bs. but my mother (an rn) thinks i should take out a personal loan and go with galen for the more personal attention and no wait list. *sigh* decisions, decisions.

    topcat
    topcat-
    what did you end up doing. i'm in the same boat as you, and haven't tapped out my undergrad loans yet. plus i can get financial aid from my employer at all childrens. i'm thinking not waiting would be the best option for me, think about ti....say you make 20k a year.....nurses (that i know, can make up to 60k after ot and what not) a 40k difference, so if someone waits 1 year and then also goes to school for 3 and you are done in two you are making more than they are while they are still in school. in the end financially it is a wash, but i feel you'd have more opportunity getting there sooner. i am now going to look into galen myself for the program.
  3. by   TopCat1234
    Quote from nrsnfl
    topcat-
    what did you end up doing. i'm in the same boat as you, and haven't tapped out my undergrad loans yet. plus i can get financial aid from my employer at all childrens. i'm thinking not waiting would be the best option for me, think about ti....say you make 20k a year.....nurses (that i know, can make up to 60k after ot and what not) a 40k difference, so if someone waits 1 year and then also goes to school for 3 and you are done in two you are making more than they are while they are still in school. in the end financially it is a wash, but i feel you'd have more opportunity getting there sooner. i am now going to look into galen myself for the program.
    oh i never did come back and post...i actually was just accepted to the lpn program at manatee technical institute two weeks ago. i just couldn't afford galen. it came down to a choice between manatee and erwin. i actually found out i was accepted at manatee days after applying to erwin. i just decided to go with manatee. i'm glad, too, as they have the highest pass rate on the nclex in the tampa - st. pete - sarasota - bradenton area.

    now if i can only figure out how we are going to make ends meet for the year i'll be in school. my mother has had some health issues in the last two months and i now have to figure out how her care will be paid for. as long as i am working, no problem - but i can't work, not even pt in lpn school, i wouldn't have time to study! just when i start to get my life back on track, something comes in to jack it all up!
  4. by   Darlene K.
    I was interested in the Galen RN program, but it is full time days. I can't afford not to work for a year.

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