Is the degree worth the loans? - page 2

by liz steinmetz | 4,494 Views | 12 Comments

hello i have been admitted into a program for non nurses with a BA in another field. the program awards a BSN after an intenisive first year. students are then able to start course work for an NP while working part time as an... Read More


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    Hi Everyone! This is my first post, and I am so glad to have found this site.
    I am considering Graceland University for the RN-MSN degree (FNP). I did a quick total of tuition costs and it looks like the minimum will be about $14,500. This does not include costs for books, travel expense to the focus sessions, or incidental expenses. I currently have an ADN, have worked for 10 years as a nurse (my second career--I'm 43), and I think that for the money that is a bargain!

    If I NEVER get my student loan paid off, so be it. At least I will have accomplished a goal I've had for a very long time. And I am hoping I will love being a FNP as much as I've loved being a RN. I also plan to work for a very long time--I will retire from nursing on the day I die. Or sooner if I get Alzheimer's.

    If you don't go for it, I promise you---you will have regrets. Never stop learning! Who knows? Maybe I'll get my Ph.D at 90!!!!!!

    June 'the quiltin_rn'
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    I like your attitude girl!
    A diva for sure.

    Shel
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    Quote from liz steinmetz
    hello
    i have been admitted into a program for non nurses with a BA in another field. the program awards a BSN after an intenisive first year. students are then able to start course work for an NP while working part time as an RN. I have spent time shadowing nurses, volunteering in the ER, and talking NPs and have decided that the NP route is where i want to go. the only problem is that i have SERIOUS cold feet about taking on the loans for the program. I knew the program may be expensive, but having the actual figures in front of me is a different story. My question to NPs is, do you think it is wise to take out a loan that will probably be close to 80,000 by the time that i am finished with the program given the current employment outlook?
    I really appreciate any input.
    liz
    This might be a helpful link:

    http://www.bhpr.hrsa.gov/nursing/loanrepay.htm


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