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Can a Mid-30's Guy become a nurse? How?

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by NYguy2Bnurse NYguy2Bnurse (New) New

Hello,

Since I was young I wanted to be many things. Firefighter, Navy Seal, Paramedic, just to name a few. But some of those careers didn't happen for one reason or another. :(

I've have/had one major obstacle, epilepsy. For over 20+ years I suffered from Complex Partial Seizures. I have been dealing with this throughout high school and some college.

A few months back I had Temporal Lobe Surgery for my epilepsy. So far so good, everything looks good. A future without seizures looks very possible. That made me think of possible career paths I could choose. What would be a good choice? Nursing seemed to be a good fit. Not just any type of nurse, but a neurology nurse. Being a person with (controlled) epilepsy being able to help others with epilepsy sounds good.

I would like to know about the nursing schools in and around Albany, NY. Which ones

offer the best training for the money? What schools offer financial aid? What area hospitals offer any work/study type programs?

I would appreciate any help from nurses and nursing students in the area.

Thx,

JD

Has your neurologist cleared you for nursing as a career?

Has your neurologist cleared you for nursing as a career?

My neurologist has suggested I look into possible careers. He hasn't technically cleared me, but

he hasn't said it wasn't a possibility. The only career that is completely off the table is CDL.

estrellaCR, BSN, RN

Specializes in OB, Pediatrics, Maternal/Child Health. Has 2 years experience.

Can a mid 30s guy become nurse? Yes why not! Nursing does not discriminate against age or men and in fact some units such as Emergency , medsurg, psychiatry, rehab medicine, and long term care look for men nurses as they need some nurses with physical strength for patients with mobility issues and aggression etc. However u mention u have a medical condition...and so u would need clearance from your doctor saying it's safe for u to work as nurse.

Looking past the "clearance issue".

I would like to know about the nursing schools in and around Albany, NY. Which ones offer the best training for the money? What schools offer financial aid? What area hospitals offer any work/study type programs? I would appreciate any help from nurses and nursing students in the area.

This would help me find out more about the area programs. I would hate to invest time and money

in one program, while another would have been a better fit for me.

Thx, :)

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

Most 'civilians' don't realize that there are multiple levels of basic (pre-licensure) nursing education - any of which will qualify you to take the NCLEX and become licensed as a nurse. In today's much more complex healthcare world, hospitals are rapidly moving toward an 80% BSN workforce based upon large scale research on patient outcomes. Hospitals in most larger metro areas are only hiring BSN grads. However, ADN grads are still going strong in non-hospital settings.

There really isn't any such thing as "work/study" in nursing education unless you can find a diploma program somewhere... there may be some of those in your neck of the woods. Nursing education can be pricey, especially since many for-profit companies have decided to cash in on the (currently non-existent) "nursing shortage". In general, the ease of nursing program admission is in inverse proportion to the cost of the program... "easy" = uber expensive (e.g., WCU's > $100,000 cost).

Best of luck to you on your educational pathway.

There really isn't any such thing as "work/study" in nursing education unless you can find a diploma program somewhere... there may be some of those in your neck of the woods.

I've heard of programs where you get your training at a hospital and in lieu tuition payment, you

sign a contract to work there for x amount of years. After that time period your free to find other employment. This method of training is/was available in nursing facilities.

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So what would be the better pathway?

LPN to RN to BSN

BSN

Accelerated BSN

loriangel14, RN

Specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

I've heard of programs where you get your training at a hospital and in lieu tuition payment, you

sign a contract to work there for x amount of years. After that time period your free to find other employment. This method of training is/was available in nursing facilities.

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So what would be the better pathway?

LPN to RN to BSN

BSN

Accelerated BSN

That arrangement doesn't really exist any more. It was more popular years ago when htere was actually a need for nurses.

It was a way to go, if possible. But that isn't to important. What does matter to me more the best pathway to follow.

Should I go the long way LPN to RN to BSN? Go straight for a BSN? Or perhaps try for an Accelerated BSN? I tend to do

better with a hands on approach. So online learning is out, I need a physical campus to go to. The nursing programs in the area

all offer LPN degrees. While a couple offer LPN-RN and RN. It would be great if I could narrow down my choices. Any help in this area would be appreciated. :)

loriangel14, RN

Specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

I would say go straight to a BSN if you can swing it. LPN is not a degree it's a diploma. LPN-RN are bridging programs requiring you to b an LPN first.

Live in buffalo New York , (about 4 1/2 hours away) there are many great schools this way such as niagara county community college there nursing program is highly ranked there is also trocaire these are 2 year schools but there are also many great four year schools also, as for Albany I'm not too sure but honestly any 2 or four year school will do you good! Just do some research online! By the way that's great for you, hope everything works out well 😀

Also of you get an associates as an RN and work for catholic health system you can sign a 3 year contract and they will pay for your books, laptop, and RN to BSN degree through Niagara University (Lewiston-Niagara Falls area)

My choices seem to be limited to LPN programs. That's if I want to go to a physical campus for training. The only places that of BSN programs around me are only online. :(

Does anyone have experience with these programs? Was the training well enough for you to pass? How was the clinicals? What are the good and bad points of each?

*Albany County Votec

St. Peter's Hospital / Samaritan Hospital

Maria College

Mildred-Elley

Excelsior College

*Hudson Valley Community College

Schenectady County Community College

*I have attended both of these places before. But for courses that have nothing to do

with nursing. :)

Any help would be appreciated. :)

FYI some states like California don't allow for you to get a license if you go to Excelsior College just in case you were planning on moving. Its because the clinical's aren't synced together well with the full online education. I went from LPN to RN. Some people go that route because they couldn't get into RN school right away or they want to try nursing out first before committing for another year and bridging in to RN.

Also many schools want you to have the prerequisites for nurisng done before applying to nursing school. Ex. Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology and Chemistry.

My choices seem to be limited to LPN programs. That's if I want to go to a physical campus for training. The only places that of BSN programs around me are only online. :(

Does anyone have experience with these programs? Was the training well enough for you to pass? How was the clinicals? What are the good and bad points of each?

*Albany County Votec

St. Peter's Hospital / Samaritan Hospital

Maria College

Mildred-Elley

Excelsior College

*Hudson Valley Community College

Schenectady County Community College

*I have attended both of these places before. But for courses that have nothing to do

with nursing. :)

Any help would be appreciated. :)

My sister actually works at st peters hospital as an RN!! What did you need to know about it? I could ask.

loriangel14, RN

Specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

A BSN program cannot just be online. Every program has to have a skills lab and clinical component.

My sister actually works at st peters hospital as an RN!! What did you need to know about it? I could ask.

I would like to know more about the Northeast Health "St. Peter's Health Partners".

Does St. Peter's Hospital have its own nursing school? Or am I just limited to

Memorial School of Nursing & Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing?

Did she go through either of these schools? Or does she know of someone that has? How was

it? Was the training well enough to pass certification tests? How were the instructors?

What were the clinicals like? Where were they held? Did she have any kind of choice?

Could she have clinicals in any of the three hospitals? Or did she have a mandatory

location given to her? Would she recommend these nursing schools to anyone? How was the

cost, financial aid options, etc?

I would like to know about the overall experience with those schools.

Thanks, :)

Age doesn't matter. I am 47 y/o and working on my associates. I plan on getting my BSN also.

It's mind over matter