I really need a nursing opinion! School vs. experience...

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    Hi everyone, I'm in quite a conundrum, so any opinions would be wonderful!
    I'm looking at two nursing schools that offer ADNs (and eventual BSNs). One is the Lancaster General college of nursing (near my home) and the other is a community college program located in NJ (where the fiance lives..sigh). Lancaster's programs starts 6 months earlier than the program in NJ, BUT if I go with jersey I could work in a hospital for a year as an aide before I start nursing school. I do have about 2 and a half years of previous hospital experience (working at a patient transporter at TRHMC). And my fiance is willing to move to Lancaster if I'd like to pursue that program, (though he works at a hospital now and would be able to get me a position as an aide in NJ..).
    I'm really torn as to what to do. Should I just get school over with ASAP? Or would more experience help in the long run?
    Last edit by dpenn202 on May 14, '12
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    apply to both, go to the one you get into. experience as an aide will help for getting into school-not at all probably for getting a job out of school.

    good luck
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    Quote from missnurse01
    apply to both, go to the one you get into. experience as an aide will help for getting into school-not at all probably for getting a job out of school.

    good luck
    I'd have to agree with this notion. Lancaster General School of Nursing has a pretty great program and I do recommend it. I kind of regret not going there myself, but my little community college provided me with a nursing education that enabled me to pass the NCLEX on the first try, so I really can't complain. But LGSN has a nice facility and you will receive a great education.


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