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  1. 0 Hi everyone
    Well I am 36 years old and have been contemplating going back to school. I would really like to be a nurse. My mom was a nurse and I just remember how much she loved it. I was bound and determined I was going to be a travel agent or a cruise director. I have a associate degree in tourism recreation. I did start college in 1988 and took general studies classes like english, science, history. My question is what are my steps to get into a local school here. I am in the madison area and it looks like MATC or Blackhawk are my choices. I want to get it done sooner so a bachelors it out of the question.
    I would also like to attend either early morning classes or night as I need to keep my fulltime job to pay for bills. I work out of my house now as a allied health recruiter. Yes I do place nurses!!
    I hear there is a super long waiting list! Is there any hospitals that fund schooling if I sign a contract to work there?
    Any help would be greatly appreciates
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  3. Visit  midnightRN profile page
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    Hi! I attended Gateway Technical College in Kenosha County. I was on the waiting list 2 years, worked full-time then attended school part-time, then I went to school full-time and worked part-time. It took five years total. I'd do it again. I work for a large heath care system, and though they don't pay for school up front they do reimburse you for classes. The classes or degree had to be a "needed" area, which nursing certianly is. I think most large hospital systems in our area offer something similar. Plus there are always scholarships and financial aid through the college. Good luck!
    Sincerely, Anna
  4. Visit  nurseangels profile page
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    I would highly recommend taking the basic nsg. classes first. I know you probably won't want to, but become a CNA before entering nursing school. It makes you appreciate nursing so much more.......take A&P, Microbiology,Pharm., etc. so you aren't overwhelmed when you begin your nursing courses