I've been lurking on these boards for quite some time now and thought I'd finally join in.
I've been in the IT field for approximately 10 years and decided last year that I would finally bite the bullet and pursue an education (and eventually a career) in nursing. I'm finishing up my prerequisites now at a community college and hope to transfer to a local university for my BSN. I do have some concerns, though, and hope the someone out there will be able to offer some useful advice. My first concern is the costs associated with going to school. I'm hesitant to take out loans, as I will most likely be making less when I get a job as an RN than I do now. I've looked online for scholarship
opportunities, but haven't found any to date that mesh with my situation. Most of the ones that I have found are for recent high school graduates or minorities. Does anyone have any suggestions? My second question...Is it that difficult to work full time and do well in nursing school? I have to admit, I'm the type that is disappointed with anything less than an A. Third - is there anyone out there that went to CU Denver or UNC?
Thanks for reading this somewhat lengthy post. I know I'll get some great info from you all!
Apr 8, '03
Well, there are GREAT books that outline loan/scholarships
/grant opportunities at your local library. there are also websites dedicated to this but the addresses escape me now. I am sure someone here knows them. You should check these out. Also, check with the financial aid dept of the university you are going to attend to get all the latest info on assistance for school expenses offered there.
Make *sure* you check out what pre-requisite coursework you will need for your BSN. Go to the nursing department and get a copy of their degree plan. It is likely a lot of the basics are things you already have if you have a bachelors degree, but you will need other things specific to nursing.
My strongest advice is you get ALL these things done PRIOR to entering the nursing component itself. (the NUR courses). You will be kept very busy just doing NURSING course work, trust me. You will need classes like anatomy/physiology, chemistry (organic/inorganic), statistics, microbiology, developmental psychology and several others you may NOT have if yours is not a science degree. Know what they and knock them out first. Also, if you already have a baccalaureate degree, you may find an accelerated BSN program to suit you. Check and see if you university offers this.
I wish you the best, Welcome to the boards and to nursing! Glad you are here.
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Apr 8, '03