hello, i am currently in the WCCC nursing program ,.in the OB/med surg II, semester. I am also one of the motivational speakers for the nursing orientations there. PM me if you want to talk some specific issues regarding the school or the program. Also to answer your first question, in detroit, new nurses can expect to make between 21-23 an hour to start. Top end for an acute care specialty is at St. John's maxing out at 38 an hour. And of course agancy is a whole other game.
first of all, congrats to your friend on getting the post office gig, consider unemployment in detroit metro is hovering around 12%,[that equals 100,00 grown people out of work!] he or she is lucky to have a job at all!
Nursing, in my opinion most nurses are grossly underpaid, and there are a number of reasons, but that is a topic for another thread.
The main advantages that nursing as a career has are
1] job security---healthcare is resiliant against many of the economic forces that devestate other industry sectors. I always say, people will always be sick and dyin',....if they ever find a cure for that..then don't worry, you will have eternity to do something else!
2]Mobility--This is a very importnt aspect IMO, becuase it enables you to work at a variety of settings. If you get bored at the post office,or hate your co-workers you are stuck...but as a medical professional you will have the opportunity to find employment that meets your lifestyle. Granted not every job is perfect, but this is assuming that you are not born a millionare and will be working for a living like the rest of us
3]Career advancment--this I beleive is the most important aspect. In this feild, you will have the opportunity for advancment. Most other industries when you get in on the ground floor,...that is where you will stay! Or if you do become somebodys "boss," you make barely more than you did before, and just have more paperwork! With perks such as tuition reimbursement, in house service, ect...you will have the opportunity to climb the ladder as far as you want to go. how far you go is up to you!
also a peice of advice I always tell the new group, if you still have a semester to wait around until the program starts, take some chemistry. chem 136/chem 155. It is not a pre-req at wccc, but it is extremly useful especially with pharmacology, and electrolytes, and ABG sections of med surg. The students that have a chem background always do better on these sections.