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I've been excepted to both NYU and Phillips Beth Isarael School of Nursing. I already have a BA in a non-nursing field. I could use some advice - do you think it makes sense to only spend $10,000 at Phillips Beth Israel and get an associates degree or $53,000 at NYU and get my BSN? I definitely want to continue on to get my masters. I would have to loan out NYU which is a little scary, however, I feel very lucky to have even gotten into the program at all.
Will I get the better job coming from NYU with a BSN? Or does it not make a difference where I go to school?
Good question! The answer depends somewhat on you, that is, your nature, your plans, your goals, etc. There are very real differences between the two programs you describe.
From the academic side of professional nursing the essential importance is that, at some point, you obtain either a BSN or Masters in Nursing. Many job offers in your future will depend on that. So if your intended Masters is not in Nursing, there is no question, you must choose NYU and the monetary difference will be worth it with the job potential in your future.
The two schools
both bring forth a very strong and very different historical past. You should inquire for your self into each's Philosophy of Nursing and learn abit about where they are coming from...then compare that to the ideal vision you have of nursing...Where do you see your nursing career going? Are you the Florence Nightingale with the lamp and the pen and paper or the Florence Nightingale making sure the patient care area is really clean? That's not to say you won't get a little of both in each program because you will...but the emphasis will be different.
Where do you want your career to lead? Are you heading for private practice where you can see patients in your office and bring some of the holistic healing arts into play? Do you enthusiastically embrace therapeutic touch and its potential? This could either be a springboard or set you up for disappointment, depending on the type of person you are.
Do you want to connect to historic old New York and the nursing tradition of organizations like the Visiting Nurse Service of NY and the traditions that made hospitals places where patients could heal? Are you thrilled to stand in the old "operating theaters" and know that they held a place in modern health care and that nurses were an essential part of that tradition? Do you want to follow in the footsteps of those nurses who worked in the wards of hospitals like Bellevue, St. Vincents, and Columbia Presbyterian making the hospitals work? Following those nursing leaders who knew how it was all put together, knew what was important for patient healing and how to ensure that those healing elements were where they needed to be every day for every patient...Registered nurses are the hub of a hospital's ability to deliver the quality care that hospitals today love to advertise. But the nurses are being undermined and are unable to do their work. As a consequence, the hospital system and the patients in hospitals are in danger. Do you want to help save them?
Hope this has helped you know what to look for in choosing between the two schools. Either way, you'll get a good nursing education.