Please hack my thinking on this, the crusty old bats especially:
I'm already accepted in this CC ADN program, have already completed one semester with clinicals.
The program I'm thinking of transferring into is a private university which I think will be a better educational experience. I feel some kind of dissatisfaction with where I am.
The atmosphere seems much better on the private campus, it is more personal, more of a community. Last week I just showed up in their nursing department unannounced, my first visit to the campus, and a nursing faculty member (not admissions folks) actually stopped what she was doing and invited me into her office to discuss the program. At my CC ADN program, I am hesitant to even approach my instructors sometimes...they seem swamped, over-extended. I am a strong student, and there always seems to be others who "need" the attention of faculty more than I do.
I'm in Philadelphia, and most of the hospitals want the BSN
. I was a freelance artist most of my life (I'm 45), and I'm going to have to really work to market myself. My thinking is that it might actually be worth it to take out the $30K in loans to go from zero to BSN by 2015. I'd have a better shot at starting my nursing career in a hospital job where I can use all the skills, and a more direct route to my interests of oncology, public health, critical care...
I've been reading about RN-BSN online program costs, and for sure, they can be bought for one third of the cost of a BSN from this private university.
But isn't there value in the, I guess they call it the "brick and mortar" college experience? And being part of a class in an old, beautiful college, where people notice each other and the school treats you like an important individual? This is one of this schools
selling points, and picked up on that mood when I went there. The difference in atmosphere btwn my CC and this uni is like night and day: my CC feels like a trade school. And, won't a humane, collegial educational experience, the "name" of the school, and my effort (high GPA, volunteer work), facilitate my finding employment in a humane, healthy facility or unit? Cause this is the most important thing to me...a supportive, healthy work environment. Does this sound like magical thinking? Sentimental idealism? I'm sure it does, cause maybe it is.
Still and all, maybe a better atmosphere would make the school experience more meaningful, and maybe it's worth paying off all that debt
to come out of the gate with the BSN from the private university. Is value about more than money? Does an old private university offer something more than snob appeal? Is that something worth paying for? Not just for a HS grad on parents' dime, but even for a 45 year old single mom on a fixed income? It's an individual choice, of course!
I still have to compare the # of clinical hours each program offers, that will influence my decision.
So, the factors are: meaningfulness and atmosphere of the school experience, money I will owe, prestige of the BSN from that institution as it relates to my marketablility as a new grad. Yeah quite a mouthful huh.
Does anyone share my view?
What was your experience?
Oct 12, '12
Quote from llg
While a "good school" can mean a lot of things -- many of them simply "personal preference," -- what I meant by the expression in my post was whether or not it is fully accredited, highly respected by the nursing leaders in your region, and known for offering a high quality education that prepares you well for the job and qualifies you for career advancement.
This..There's a private university around here that caters to students, beautiful campus and everything but many of the hospitals don't like to hire from that university because they don't think the students receive a high quality education for whatever reason. Private does not always mean a high quality education. Does this school have full accreditation? How do the hospitals in the area feel about hiring students from there? I may be wrong, but it seems like you are just in love with the "idea" of going to an old private beautiful university. Yes, the faculty may treat you much better there, but make sure the education you are getting is a good education as well. I know of schools
that treat their students like kings and queens, but the education isn't always the best. I'm not saying that's the case here at all though.
No school is perfect, and any school you go to is probably going to have flaws. Just make sure this school is accredited and really is offering you a great education for your money. You've already completed a clinical semester at your current school, correct? Make sure everything is going to transfer, and there's a chance those clinical rotations won't transfer. Since it is a BSN program you will likely have to take additional pre-reqs before you can even start clinicals there. Make sure all of this is worth it to you before switching, and make sure it really is a well respected program by nursing leaders and employers. I wouldn't want to go through all the trouble of transferring when you're already in clinicals just to find out they aren't accredited or something of the sort.
Last edit by soxgirl2008 on Oct 12, '12
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