Hello Allnurses.com family:
I have so many questions. I don't want to write a dissertation...lol, but here it goes...:-) I am one of the many Americans who you can say is underemployed. I am in the process of trying to complete some of my nursing prerequisites. I have decided to change careers and enter the medical field. I eventually want to become a registered nurse. Due to my current student loan balance, I do not want to take out anymore student loans. So, in order to not place a financial strain on myself, I have decided to attempt to go the frugal route by taking my nursing prerequisites at a local technical college where tuition is less than $100 a credit hour. I plan on transferring those credits into a nursing program that does not have a waiting list. I currently live in Georgia where I have been told that there is a massive nursing educator shortage. Due to this factor, majority of the schools here in Georgia have a waiting list for nursing school entrance. Since I have to support myself, I will have to work a full-time job. With that being said, I will have to either attend a flexible program that allows me to continue to work full-time. My challenge is that I can only locate for-profit colleges that may potentially provide me with flexible scheduling. After doing research, Chamberlain College of Nursing and Bauder College that I have located that do not have a waiting list. After completing my prerequisites, I do not have the time to wait until a school has a spot for me. If those two schools that do not have a waiting list, which I know are expensive, be the smartest route to take for my nursing education?
I have been doing a lot of reading about nursing. I kind of want to get a head start as far as my very seen skills hands-on training. Would you advise a pre-nursing student to purchase books nursing skills? In addition to a book, I saw that on eBay people are selling nursing skills videos that are concurrent with a lecture book. Would educating myself I had of time be beneficial for me? If it would be beneficial to me, Chamberlain College of Nursing has a blog about current nursing students who have created do-it-yourself nursing skills simulators that you can create with things that you have at home. Does anyone know of any websites where you can purchase hands-on skills kits so that a nursing student may be able to practice their hands-on skills at home? I know how rigorous and strict the nursing curriculum is and since I am investing in myself I want to make sure that I receive the best quality of education so that I can become a successful professional nurse. I am also thinking about taking a memorization improvement course that allows me to learn things quicker. I think this will be beneficial for me since nursing requires you to remember and know so much. There is a website, pmemory.com, that I have came across and it looks like the course has been very successful. I wonder if this would be a good thing to do as well? I have so many questions.
Also, there is a website--straighterline.com. This website claims that you can take courses with them and transferred to your local college. Has anyone had success with this website?
I may have to go the licensed practical nurse route, which I know that Chamberlain College of Nursing does not offer. What is your view on for-profit colleges? I have heard of success stories from nurses who have graduated from for-profit college programs such as Galen College of Nursing in Florida, Keiser University in Florida and Virginia College in Florida. I want to make sure that I get the most hands-on skills training as nursing is more of a hands-on or shall I say technical (applied/application) skilled profession. The for-profit colleges that I have mentioned provide some of the most hands-on training in the industry. These schools may also be supplied with pretend hospitals or skills labs that have mannequins that are relatively close to a human where students can practice their hands on skills