Since I work full-time (days) as a computer-programmer and want to become a nurse (tired of being in a box/cubicle all day), I am looking to weekend nursing programs.
I came across the Weekend Degree Program at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse, NY.
- Has anyone on this board attended this school? If so, what were / are your opinions?
- Also, if anyone here knows of any other weekend nursing degree programs, can you provide info/links?
I currently live in Evansville, IN and this is the ONLY school that I have found that offers clinicals on the weekends. I checked into flights/etc and they are within my budget,
Nursing is a career I want to pursue (not for the $$) but to actually get out of the office cubicle environment and being able to talk with folks - and of course, helping them.
So, if anyone out there has experience with this school, or just wants to talk about nursing in general - advice, opinions, etc. Feel free to either respond here or at email@example.com
Jan 30, '03
The ones that are online want you to have either RN already, or have clinical experience.
I looked at Univ of Phoenix, and Excelsior -- both are the same, must have either clinical experience or already have RN degree.
Most online schools are RN --> BSN programs.
I am in Evansville, IN - the middle of nowhere. I talked with the local schools first - but all the clinicals are daylight hours 3 or 4 days per week.
I looked at Univ of Pgh in Shadyside, PA. But they want 2 or 3 evenings per week in addition to weekend clinicals. So can't do that. As I am 400 mi from Pgh. Could fly on weekends - but not weekdays.
The Syracuse, NY option (mentioned in my 1st post) - has you
comming in on Fri by noon - (classes start at 6PM Fri), and leave
at 6PM Sunday.
You go every other weekend.
Can take a break if you need a semester off to recover.
I used to live in Denver, CO and commute weekly to Philly, PA to
work for Hewlett-Packard (they paid for flights/etc). So am used to travelling back and forth.
Now I have a normal 8AM-5PM job with American General Finance here in Evansville. And want to pursue my dream of becomming a nurse.
Unfortunately I have to be in the office during daylight hours.
- So that's why I am looking into weekend nursing schools.
- Again, if anyone out there has any info on this or other weekend nursing schools. Contact me.
Last edit by SirJohnny on Jan 30, '03
Jan 31, '03
"Nursing is a career I want to pursue (not for the $$) but to actually get out of the office cubicle environment and being able to talk with folks - and of course, helping them."
If this is your goal, I would seriously suggest you think of some other alternatives to nursing--like social work or maybe a medical tech job (sonography, etc.), or dealing more directly with customers in your present field (consulting, sales, etc.).
Most of the time you are so busy that you have NO time to "talk with folks," your patients are rushed in and out (if outpatients), and, except in LTC, you often have too many to even get to know their names (if inpatients).
It sounds to me as though you are thinking of the way nursing USED to be and not the way it really is now (and will be in the forseeable future).
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