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    I would like to know if anyone has personal experience with online programs offered by Univ. of Phoenix and The College Network. I've spoken to both organizations/counselors and the systems seem pretty good. Would appreciate input from those involved with these particular systems.

    As an aside, I have an ASN. I chose that long ago cause I couldn't wait to start nursing. I was excited. It had nothing to do with the money. It was all about a calling. The fact that I started out in ICU making $7.88/hr and the BSN sitting next to me in orientation was making $8.23/hr meant nothing. After 30 years, I have found that clinical work is not feasible anymore due to aching knees and back, etc., so I am going back to school. Mind you, nursing requires ongoing education. It doesn't end when you get your license.

    Those entering the field need to think long and clear about long range goals. If you're going into nursing purely for the money, DON'T. Do yourself, the patient, the public and the rest of the nurses who are truly dedicated, a favor. Don't make things worse than they already are. I have had the unfortunate occasion to work with new grads who are clinically dangerous cause they just don't care about patient safety. I've seen this trend increase over the last 2 - 5 years. They're more interested in the financial security they perceive themselves to receive with a career like nursing. Nursing requires hard work, long hours, missed lunch breaks, overlooked potty breaks, heavy lifting, toleration of bad attitude of patients, foul body smells, bad attitude of MD's and death. Nursing is not a glorious route to riches. It takes a person who is dedicated to helping others when these individuals are at their worst. It is, for the most part, a thankless job but richly rewarding when done well. I knew, going in, that I would suffer physically and emotionally for want of adequate management and collegial support (older nurses still eat their young). I knew patients would die. I knew physicians would be, at times, unkind. I knew my colleagues, at times, would be cruel. All of this did not deter me because I knew at the young age of 8 that this was my calling.

    I ask all of you to think long and hard of where you want to be in a few years. If it's the house on the hill and the nice car you're after, go get it somewhere else and leave nursing to those individuals who truly care. If you do this, nursing and healthcare all around will be better for all concerned. This includes you, too. After all, would you want a nurse who is dedicated to your well-being or someone who is in it for themself to be your caregiver?

    I'm now taking the BSN/MSN route cause I am no longer able to withstand the rigors of ER nursing. The non-clinical work I crave (notice the words used) requires a higher degree.

    I hope my humble input will give cause for reflection.