I want to go into nursing, but I'm overwhelmed by the options for schools
and degrees! Right now, I'm attending the University of Florida and obtaining my Bachelor's degree in Family, Youth & Community Science. I'll be finished with that in under a year, and I want to go to nursing school
after I finish that degree. I am not taking any classes like Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, or any of the pre-reqs for a second degree accelerated BSN program, and I'm not going to take them at UF, so that isn't an option.
I want to end up with a BSN and start as a regular bedside nurse in a hospital setting and explore different specialties and other career options at that point to decide what I want to do from there. So basically, my current goal is BSN and bedside nurse.
What I am trying to decide is whether to get an Associate's degree first and then the BSN, or just skip the ADN and get the BSN right away. I will obviously have a lot of gen-ed credits that will transfer over, so it shouldn't take as long to do either degree as it would if I were first starting out. I'm kind of partial to the idea of the ADN then BSN idea because I don't want to feel stuck for 3-4 years in the same place/college (that's how I feel with UF, and I really don't like it), but if obtaining the BSN right away is better, then I would certainly rather do that.
A second dilemma I am facing is the comparison and selection of schools. I don't think I'm going to want to work in administration or management or teach because I would much rather have hands-on experiences with patients, so I am wondering how much the name of the school really matters. If I attend a school with high NCLEX pass rate, then that should be enough, correct? I don't want to spend thousand of extra dollars if it is unnecessary, and I am worried about what schools I would actually get into (I am probably being overly paranoid about that because I did very well in high school, and all of my college GPAs are 3.0+, but I do have a failing grade in chemistry because of other circumstances unfortunately).
I'm sorry this is so scattered with so many different questions, but I just feel so confused about this. :P