Please excuse my long post...If you would like you can just read the last paragraph lol
Hello! I am currently in the military, and had a few questions about nursing programs. I would like to get some information from people who have first hand experience...Right now I work as a lab tech. Mainly I work in microbiology, my other concentration has been blood bank. I do have experience in the other sections, but these are my favorites.
I have 2 more years left on my contract and would prefer to do nursing over lab. I enjoy the medical field, but would much rather work with people than their...fluids lol. Since I am in the military, I can not go to nursing school while I work. So, I am getting a degree in Psychology with a minor in biology. I have read about the BS-RN programs and most of them just require a bachelor's in anything. The program I am in will satisfy most of the pre-requisites, so that is why I have chosen it. I would just like some advice on choosing a program. Currently I live in Germany, so any program in any state is fair game, since I can declare residency there before leaving here. I have no kids/spouse, so I can really relocate anywhere and get in state tuition. I do have my GI bill but would potentially like to go to CRNA school, so I am saving it for that. Meaning, I will finance my RN degree out of pocket.
The big thing I am debating is going into a BS-RN school (which they offer many places, but I CAN go live with my parents while doing it, I don't want to but it is on the table), or a program I found through UVA. It's a BS-CNL. I am leaning toward this program because I can get a Clinical Nursing Leader degree which is a master's in 2 years. The other programs range from a year to two and just supply me with a BSN. Both will allow me to be an RN. I know the latter will be much more work but I am ready and excited just thinking about it! Do you all think this is a beneficial program, or do you think that the BSN will suffice in me being more competitive applying to CRNA school? My ultimate goal is CRNA for now, but I may change specialties later down the line. I am wondering if any of you have gone through a CNL program, did you go after already having a BSN, or like me who has no nursing experience? Any responses are appreciated!