Flight Attendant 2 Nursing(School) ? ? ? HELP!!!



i just joined the site and would love to get some advice. i am currently a flight attendant with an airline that fly’s internationally. i currently fly full time on mostly domestic flights and occasionally mexico and canada. i am trying to get all the advice i can about a future career in nursing. i have found a program at rio salado colleges is an associate of applied science in nursing.this college is accredited by the nlnac. there are some current benefits with this program at this local college for my issues. this program states:

the nursing faculty at are registered nurses with advanced degrees (bs, ms or phd) and have been involved with the creation of an on-line format for the mccdnp curriculum. the nursing program at rio salado college is designed to be completed in 4 consecutive semesters. successful students will be eligible to sit for the nclex-rn exam. the estimated cost to complete the in-state program is $4,500, and out-of-state is $8500. costs include tuition, test fees, textbooks, uniforms, health physical, graduation fee, and nursing pin."

is this a good way to go? i have many questions for a few reasons. as a flight attendant i need something pretty flexible with my current job. i really want to be a nurse but possibly work as a flight attendant. i live far away from my family and loosing my job as a flight attendant would be devastating.

verdana','sans-serif']what should i do? is this a good program? would this be a good way to go? if i want to get my foot in the door and then get a bsn/msn later should i apply for this program? etc…

thanks for any help you can give me.

ps… would i be able to work in er/icu/or/or the flying nursing (helicopter) position…? i use to be a cst (certified surgical technologist) for my first career and enjoyed the hospital arena. i really want to get my foot back into this exciting lifestyle.


Tweety, BSN, RN

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Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac. Has 31 years experience.

That sounds like a good program, at a good price. The NLNAC is one of the gold standards for nursing education certification. You can use this degree to later advance your degree (and do it online).

RNs do indeed work in those fields you mentioned. Flight nurse jobs are hard to get with many applicants for few positions, but working in an trauma center ER is the stepping stone for that.

If your flight attendant schedule is flexible and can be done around your clinical days, you might be able to continue school and fly. Online format for classes is one thing, but you have to be onsite and local for the practicums and clincals, but that's ususally two days a week, with prep work the day prior.

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