A Newbie wanting to join in on the Fun!

  1. Hi all,

    I'm a newbie and have been following your discussions for a few weeks and all I can say is WOW! I'm starting my prerequisites for the nursing program at the end of this month. One of the reasons I decided to go into nursing was because of the opportunities (I figured I could go anywhere and jobs would be plentiful with excellent pay and benefits) but after reading the posts on what everyone is making, I think I will stay right here in NJ.

    I guess the shortage isn't widespread and may just effect certain areas because I see a number of people posting about paying back student loans to go to nursing school. (Why make nurses pay for programs when they really need them???)The program I'm enrolled in will pay for your prerequisites and the nursing program in return for 2 years of employment at one of their hospitals. The starting hourly rate for new graduates is $25-28, plus full benefits, pension and a number of other perks. I'm hoping by the time I graduate and work my 2 years things will change for nursing(salary/benefits) in other areas because I am soooo ready to leave New Jersey!!!! Maybe Texas:chuckle

    Anyway I look forward to getting to know everyone and I think this board will help me keep my sanity while in nursing school.
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    About TristateRN

    Joined: May '03; Posts: 81


  3. by   TristateRN
    I'm sorry I forgot to even introduce myself, my name is Nicky and I'm a single mom of 3. I'm in my early 30's and making a career change (been a legal secretary for the past 12 years).:imbar
  4. by   jnette
    Welcome to the BB, Nicky !
  5. by   ChainedChaosRN
    Welcome Nicky...I'm Dawn, pleased to meet you
  6. by   Shamrock
    Welcome aboard!
  7. by   renerian
    Welcome Nicky!

  8. by   Flynurse

    Grab a snack and enjoy! Welcome to the BB!

  9. by   Just Angi
    Welcome to allnurses, Nicky!! One warning----- This site is addictive!!! Enjoy!
  10. by   botgirl
    Hi there! My name is Jessica and I am working on prerequisites for a BSN program (I'm switching majors from electrical engineering). I too have been reading messages for awhile, but just registered today. I do believe this site could be addictive! Just thought I would say hi
    jessica :~)
  11. by   Spidey's mom
    Welcome Nicky and Jessica . . .

    It IS addictive . . .
  12. by   lisamct
    Welcome Nicky and Jessica, hope youve both grabbed a comfortable chair as you could be here for a while

  13. by   gwenith
  14. by   cpgrn
    Welcome to both of you!