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Why are people criticizing my choice to get an ASN? - page 2

Hello, just hoping someone can put this into perspective for me, or maybe just offer some input or support. I just got accepted into my local community college's nursing program. I live in a very... Read More

  1. Visit  rcassell77 profile page
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    Well this is what I did. May not be for you, but it is something to think about I suppose. Join the military in a healthcare specialty. I did the Army as an Infantryman, if i could have done this part over, I would been a medic. A 3 year commitment ( trust me, it goes by a lot faster than it sounds) gets you the full GI Bill benefit. Now not only is your ADN paid for, but you will also get a monthly living allowance, normally in the ballpark of $1000, depending where you live. After i got out and while i was knocking off prereqs on the waitlist, I got my CNA. Being a veteran pretty much guarantees being hired at a local VA hospital. Once you have your ADN, you are again able to get hired in as a Nurse at the VA, even if it might be a specialty you aren't crazy about, at least you can now apply to other positions in the hospital. Now onto the BSN. You should still have some time left on the GI Bill, at least to cover the first semester. The VA will pay for about 3 years of schooling, which should cover the rest of the BSN and get you started on an MSN, if you should so choose. In the end, your ADN was not only paid for but you were actually paid to go to school. Zero loans. Your BSN was also paid for. Zero loans. Also, through all of this, you still qualify for Pell Grants.
  2. Visit  huskerdont profile page
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    hodgieRN - Thank you!! I could not agree more about the "holier-than-thou" aspect. That's very encouraging to hear.

    rcassell77- Unfortunately I am not eligible to join the military due to some medical issues. I was very close to joining the Navy at one point, but am not able to.
  3. Visit  DNPpat profile page
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    Congratulations on your acceptance into nursing school! The associates degree programs are an important pathway into nursing, and they are widely utilized. It's true that increasing complexity of health care and recent research on the relationship between nursing education and patient outcomes have created a professional shift in favor of more advanced education. You are clearly aware of those implications and have a good plan for moving forward!
    I do want to clarify a point made by HodgieRN above, though. Complete tuition reimbursement for BSN education by employers is still the exception rather than the rule. Many have some tuition support, but it may be a relatively small amount of money. Still, as you have wisely noted, you will be able to work at a higher wage while you continue coursework for your baccalaureate or other degree.
  4. Visit  HouTx profile page
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    If you are not listed as dependent on your mother's tax return, you should not be classified as dependent for FAFSA. If she is still claiming you (to pay lower taxes) you need to make this stop. Probably too late for this year, but make sure it is corrected for next yr. It's just not fair if she is not helping support you.

    I agree with PPs - you gotta do what you gotta do. Begin the journey using whatever means you have. Only you can decide what is best for your own situation.
  5. Visit  huskerdont profile page
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    Quote from HouTx
    If you are not listed as dependent on your mother's tax return, you should not be classified as dependent for FAFSA. If she is still claiming you (to pay lower taxes) you need to make this stop. Probably too late for this year, but make sure it is corrected for next yr. It's just not fair if she is not helping support you.

    I agree with PPs - you gotta do what you gotta do. Begin the journey using whatever means you have. Only you can decide what is best for your own situation.
    She is not claiming me and has not for several years, but FAFSA still classifies me as a dependent. The exception to the rule are pretty extreme. I'd have to be homeless, abused by my parents, etc. This is not even remotely close to my situation; I just happen to be an adult. I know a few people who have had this issue as well.

    The kicker is: I could live with my mom and have her support me 100%, but I would be considered independent if I were married. Soooo frustrating.

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