Hi! I would really like some advice from nursing students and nurses in the Philadelphia (suburbs) area.
I am a teacher and have decided to go back to school to become a nurse. I am looking into B.S.N. programs in the area. Since I work full time and have two small children I don't have endless free time and money to go back to an extremely expensive and accelerated program. I already have a bachelor's degree and Master's degree and some pretty hefty loans. I am looking for suggestions on which program would be best for a busy working mom like me?
1.) LaSalle ACHIEVE - I am leaning towards this one because although it takes longer, the hours are more "doable" during the week and the program advertises that you can still work or take care of children while you are in the program. Can anyone give me feedback on this one?
3.) West Chester - leaning away from this one because I have heard negative things, and the administration is disorganized, unhelpful and unfriendly. However, the appeal of this one is the cost.
5.) Jefferson, Gwynedd Mercy, Holy Family, and other schools in Philly may be too far away. Penn is too expensive.
Or should I just go to community college, get the R.N., get a job and do the B.S.N. while I am already working? What are the chances of getting a job with an R.N. (I know Mainline Health doesn't hire R.N.s with just an A.S. anymore).
I've ruled our Drexel and Villanova because of the high cost and the intense nature of the programs. If I didn't have two young kids, I am sure that I could do it academically, but money, time, and childcare are the issues now.
Help me decide!!!!!