I'm new to the site so forgive me if this is a repeat topic. I have a B.A. in Mass Communications/English and I'm looking to go back to school to obtain a BSN. I do have some volunteer experience and I'm certain this is something I'd like to do. I am currently registered at my community school for some prerequisites for the fall.
I have a few questions and I was hoping someone could give me some advice.
I work full-time, live on my own and obviously have bills to pay. I've heard that accelerated BSN programs leave little to no time for work. Is this true? If so, should I consider just trying to get into a regular BSN program and hope most of my credits from my other undergrad work transfer over?
Secondly, I've heard that a CNA job could be beneficial (even if not for schooling, but just for experience in general). I have no experience in the medical field other than volunteer. Could I still be a CNA? If certification is required how could I obtain it?
Thanks in advance for whatever advice anyone offers me!
Aug 1, '12
by willowita, RN
rn programs at all levels leave little room for work. so even if you went into a traditional bsn, you may not have 40 hours a week to work. could be that class and clinicals are scheduled during working hours or you just don't have the time to devote to both school and work. but, some people do it. they either work part time or full time outside of school hours. it can be done with a flexible work schedule and your commitment.
if you're worried about money and you find that you can't work, you could save everything that you can between now and when you start a nursing program. you can also submit a fafsa for grants and loans to help you through. i saved for the last 3 years and i also have loans so i can quit my job and go into an adn program this fall.
you can become a cna by going through a cna training program. the red cross has one and i'm sure if you google cna program and your state you can find more info. also look at your local cc's because they might also offer cna training.
in my nursing program we were told that we can sit for the cna exam after we finish our first semester of nursing school. so that's another option if they allow that where you are.
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