Hi Everyone. I have lived in MN most of my life but about a year ago became a WI resident. I live across the bridge(s) from Duluth in Superior. I work full time at a non-profit but am looking to get into nursing (slowly but surely!). I am hoping to soon get my CNA and then start on PreReqs for nursing school which will hopefully be at St. Scholastica (in their Post BA Certificate program - I have a BA in Psych). My first question is does anyone have experience working in one state and living in another. I assume it makes sense to get my CNA in MN if that's where i expect to work. Since there are more facilities in Duluth that's what I think would be the smartest. However I don't know if there's any legal issues that your license has to be in the state where you live. Or is it at all possible to have a dual license? I would assume not but I know sometimes MN and WI have reciprocity or other special arrangements due to close proximity. I haven't found anything about CNA licences though.
Also since I already have a BA does it make any sense to just get my Associate RN degree? I know the pay his higher for a BSN (which is essentially what you have when you finish St. Scholastica) but I don't know if it's worth the very high cost of the program. I went to a small liberal arts college and so I think the atmosphere of their small program would be nice but it's extremely expensive and intensive.
Thanks for the input! This site is great!