Nursing Advice.please!

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    Hi, I am posting this just to get some advice as far as the different paths to becoming a nurse. There is no doubt about it that this is the career I am destined to do and I know for sure I can. Right now, I am attending Oakland Community College. This is my second year of prerequisites. I have been getting nothing but A's in my required courses so far. Now I am stuck because I have considered transferring to OU to go straight for my bachelors since I would like to be in management position. But counselors have told me that getting the associates degree and doing the RN to BSN program would be more convenient since I have a 1 year old baby and kind of low income. With route I'm going now, I could apply at OCC and MCC by next year just to give me better chances. or i can do an extra semester of prerequisites and transfer to a University. But I am steady thinking about the cost and time since i will have to work to support my child. I appreciate if any nurses or future nurses could give me their opinions, advice, and insights. Thank you.
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    I think they are right...not only could you work as an RN after getting an associates and continue on with BSN (some programs offer all online classes) its also cheaper that route as well.

    That's what I intend to do.

    Im in my first year in OCC's ADN program.

    good luck!
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    If you can get into one of the community colleges right away that is a good way to go. You will be working and making a better income faster than the other route. Then you can do a RN-BSN program and let your employer pay for it!
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    thank you !
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    thank you! and good luck to you also!
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    Quote from suchadoll318
    Hi, I am posting this just to get some advice as far as the different paths to becoming a nurse. There is no doubt about it that this is the career I am destined to do and I know for sure I can. Right now, I am attending Oakland Community College. This is my second year of prerequisites. I have been getting nothing but A's in my required courses so far. Now I am stuck because I have considered transferring to OU to go straight for my bachelors since I would like to be in management position. But counselors have told me that getting the associates degree and doing the RN to BSN program would be more convenient since I have a 1 year old baby and kind of low income. With route I'm going now, I could apply at OCC and MCC by next year just to give me better chances. or i can do an extra semester of prerequisites and transfer to a University. But I am steady thinking about the cost and time since i will have to work to support my child. I appreciate if any nurses or future nurses could give me their opinions, advice, and insights. Thank you.
    I am going to OCC too. I am in my last semester and am applying for Fall 2012 ADN program. If you decide to go that route, keep in touch! It would be nice to have someone to talk to in the same situation Good luck either way!
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    I am an OCC nursing student and graduate in Dec this year. I would do as they said and get the associate degree first then you can work will getting the BSN. Thats what I am doing, I am going to enroll for my BSN right after I graduate. And most colleges offer it to be completed online with no clinicals.

    Good Luck
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    Honestly, nursing school isn't as bad as they make it out to be. I'm in my last semester of an accelerated BSN program, and I worked 15-30 hours per week during the entire program. I have a child that was 2.5 when I started, single parent (divorced, have custody 5 days/week, sometimes more when the ex bails), low income. We made some sacrifices, but I also utilized things like daycare assistance and found an apartment based on income. It just depends on your level of commitment. For me, I could get the BSN in only a month or two longer than the ADN was going to take......when RN-BSN programs are generally 2 years in length. I wanted to be DONE, and having one bachelor's already, I knew I could juggle it.

    I'm so ready to be done now that I'm REALLY glad I did the BSN route.


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