first of all, welcome to allnurses! i am a potential nursing student and you came to the right place to get all your questions answered! this has been a godsend and wealth of info for me.
keep reading the different forums and such and you should get an overall idea of whether or not you should pursue a career in nursing. in the meantime, i'll try to answer some of your questions.
i'm looking for a possible part time school or night programm in southern ca or austin/dallas, tx
i am not aware of any programs in southern california that are part-time or at night, especially since you are just becoming a nurse; however, i am sure someone can correct me on this.
private or community college or online ( i read about deaconess)
either/or; however you may have greater difficulty (or what i
perceive as difficulty) with completing and documenting clinicals required for your initial rn licensure thru an online program. from reading this board, i thought i saw that a deaconess education is not acceptable by the california board of registered nursing to be licensed in the state of california.
what is the difference between community and private?
community college is much less expensive - you can get probably get your degree for under $5000. public college would be a bit more expensive - $10,000 or less if you are a state resident. private college is much more expensive - $15,000 or more.
community and public colleges also tend to have waiting lists - some as little as one semester, others as long as 5 years. private colleges usually do not have waiting lists - you can get in right away, due to the expense involved. but private colleges also may have more stringent admissions requirements as opposed to community and public colleges.
the difference between lpn-asn-adn?
lpn is licensed practical nursing. most lpns provide basic bedside care, taking vital signs such as temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration. they also prepare and give injections and enemas, monitor catheters, apply dressings, treat bedsores, and give alcohol rubs and massages. lpns monitor their patients and report adverse reactions to medications or treatments. they collect samples for testing, perform routine laboratory tests, feed patients, and record food and fluid intake and output. to help keep patients comfortable, lpns assist with bathing, dressing, and personal hygiene. in states where the law allows, they may administer prescribed medicines or start intravenous fluids. some lpns help deliver, care for, and feed infants. experienced lpns may supervise nursing assistants and aides.
asn and adn are the same: asn is the associate's of science degree in nursing and adn is the associate's degree in nursing. both are considered registered nurses. rns differ from lpns/lvns because rns work to promote health, prevent disease, and help patients cope with illness. they are advocates and health educators for patients, families, and communities. when providing direct patient care, they observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress in patients; assist physicians during surgeries, treatments, and examinations; administer medications; and assist in convalescence and rehabilitation. rns also develop and manage nursing care plans
, instruct patients and their families in proper care, and help individuals and groups take steps to improve or maintain their health.
do you know schools in these areas that you would recommend?
depends on how you want to proceed. you mention that you already have an ma. so you can get your associate's, bachelor's or master's degree in nursing. you can go to an adn program, or you can go to a traditional bsn or accelerated bsn program, or you can go to a direct-entry msn program.
after taking my prereqs, how long is the nursing part?
once again, it depends on the program. accelerated bsns and direct-entry msns can complete the nursing part in as little as 12-16 months. adns and bsns usually take 2-3 years, not counting time spent on any waiting lists.
how much home study hours do you have per week? online and /or college path?
i am anticipating nursing school to be akin to a full-time job. 6-8 hours per day in class and/or clinicals; 20-30 hours of outside study per week. that is 9-12 hours per day total. again, someone can correct me on that if i am wrong.
can i transfer any credit that i have in anatomy/physiology and phlebotomy?
depending on the school, anatomy/physiology & phlebotomy can usually be transferred if completed in the last 5-10 years.
what is better? online or on site?
it really depends again. i am looking forward to being onsite for my nursing program for the camraderie and contacts. but i also understand how that can be a burden for some.
hope that helps!