i currently have a non-nursing engineering bachelor's degree and have decided to go back to school to pursue crna (nurse anesthetist). i have luckily had the opportunity to shadow a nurse anesthetist and feel this is something that i really want to do with my life. my wife and have been married one year and we are now expecting our first child. i need to work during the day to help support my family. based off this info, does anyone know of a second degree online or night/weekend bsn programs out there for people like me who have a non nursing bachelor's degree?
i'm trying hard to figure out what's the fastest and cheapest option for me to obtain my bsn while still attempting to bring home income. keep in mind i'll also need 1 year min icu experience prior to applying to crna school.
here is the fastest option i've come up with thus far that still allows me to work however, it isn't cheap... enroll in a 1 year night/weekend associate degree in nursing program. then, get a job working in icu as an rn while simultaneously doing an online rn to bsn bridge program. this will also give me my 1 year min icu experience while allowing me to go to school and bring home income. i figure it would take approx. 3 years to complete before i would be able to apply for crna school. the problem is the total cost could be over $60k for the adn & bsn degree's.
do you guys know of any 2nd degree online/night/weekend bsn programs?
also, what do you guys think about my 1 year adn degree then online bsn?
thanks for any and all advice!
I have a Bachelors in Bio and am starting my (long) pathway to MSN. Sorry to say there are no shortcuts. You will need two years to do your RN clinicals because unless you are in an accelerated program, they schedule these classes only once a year, and you need 4 semesters worth of clinicals. Accelerated programs are full time and you cannot work. I am getting an ADN through Penn State which will still take me 2 yrs to complete regardless of the fact that I have all of the core courses completed via my BS in Bio.
After i get my ADN, I need to work med/surg and/or ICU for a couple of years as well, so I feel your pain. I wish I had decided on this path earlier in life, but, hey there's no time like the present as they say : ) There are many ADN to MSN programs, especially for second degree holders, but they're expensive, so I may just get my future employer to reimburse me for an online BSN and then apply for an MSN.
Also keep in mind it is VERY difficult right now for new grads to find new jobs, so it may take awhile before you get an ICU position. Everybody is kinda "taking what they can get" right now as far as jobs go- which means not their preferred areas and not even full time. See the graduate nurse forum.
Last edit by merky on May 25, '10
I will be starting the Second degree program at Methodist College of nursing in a couple weeks. It is nights and weekends. Tue and Fri nights and all day sat and sunday. Their site is mcon.edu
Last edit by tnbutterfly on Jan 6, '11