Hi MA Nurses,
I grew up in the Boston area and have been living in a land far, far away for many years. I'm pining for my hometown these days and feel it's the right time to return. Here's the rub: I just applied to a nursing program (ADN) in the state where I'm currently living. (I earned all of the "points" possible on the application, so I'd be very surprised if I didn't get accepted.) The program is tuition-free; finishing it would mean staying another ~5 semesters. I should also mention that I've been working my geeky booty off for the last 2.5 years to complete nursing prereqs. My question for you: If I graduate from this ADN program, take the NCLEX, and become an RN, would I have a prayer of being hired in MA, especially w/o experience? I have a BA (English/Journalism) and a MS (Education), although it seems other degrees are moot when it comes to nurse hiring. What would my employment options be, if any? Would I be better off just to ship myself back to MA and spend the money to do a BSN/MSN program there? I think there's an ADN vs. BSN forum, but I thought I'd go straight to the source.
Thanks very much for any insight you can share!