Oh...and I also wanted to add. Out of 6 charge nurses in my dept 3 are ADNs. We have around 30 staff nurses, and the greater majority of them are ADNs as well. It's the same in my husband's dept. Charge nurses in my dept top out at $40 an hour. My mother in law is and IV therapy/PICC nurse (at Vandy..she's an ADN from TSU) and their top out is close to $35 an hour. She's topped out because she's been there awhile. She was a CN in the ED at General after she graduated in '86.
Also, I live in Gallatin but applied to the main campus. Dr. ******** ***** the Program Director. She's super sweet, VERY helpful, great about returning emails in a timely manner, etc. She even gave me her personal cell number to call if I had any questions. The last I spoke with her she said, "We're really exciting you're applying". I chose the main campus because I have spoken with her many times, and she made me feel very comfortable. The Program Director for the VolState campus (I currently attend VolState) had a stroke this year, and as far as I know will not be returning. The VolState program went through a lot this year. I'd be patient. I was in their office in January for some odds and ends stuff, and spoke with a couple of students. The majority were adult students returning to college. We all know that's hard, so I can see why school is frustrating for them. I think there are many factors that contribute to a person's frustration and/or success in nursing school. It's hard for people who have never worked as a tech (and even that depends on where you work), adult students, people with young kids, etc. We all bring our own issues to the table, but we can do this. It's not out of our reach and honestly....I really don't think it's as hard as everyone makes it out to be. The nurses I work with are not only amazing nurses, but amazing teachers. They lend me their nursing books
and have taken the time to teach me so much. There's nothing in those books that is impossible to learn. Just a lot of reading and studying. That's all.
Again, best wishes to you guys!