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Hi There, I am thinking of starting Nursing School at NEIT in East Greenwich, RI. Just wondering how many of you out there have attended this school and graduated? Also, how difficult it was for you to get a job. It is a very expensive school and I'm wondering of course if it is worth it. I am 35 and don't really want to spend a whole lot of time on waiting lists at other schools. I know nursing school is super competitive now. I have an 18 month old at home and am trying to weigh my options. Anyway any advice would be helpful.

Thanks!:yeah:

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NutmeggeRN has 25 years experience as a BSN and works as a HS Nurse.

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Read through the posts...there are VERY few, if ANY jobs for grads, especially in New England. What is their NCLEX pass rate? Are they accredited? You need to do a cost benefit analysis and see what the debt level will be when you graduate and if you can sustain not being emplyed in the field you have chosen.

If nursing is your passion and you want to pursue, go for it!

$41,550 for two years...... at least they are accredited.

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junebugger works as a Teacher.

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"Very" few jobs? Please tell me why so many schools are so competitive and if I do a job search for nurses a lot of jobs come up? I'm assuming you are a nurse? Why are you in the field if you want to deter people from entering the profession? I am currently a teacher without a job. I was told how many job opportunities there were out there... hmmm still no job. So I'm sorry, but I'm a little skeptical of your response.

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I'm at CCRI going into my 2nd clinical of 4 to get an RN. I looked at all the schools around RI. NEIT is extremely expensive in comparison to CCRI. However, if you need an RN license fast and willing to pay the price which is comparable to buying a very nice brand new Mercedes then I'd pick NEIT.

I picked CCRI because the cost was low and the time to getting an RN was the fastest of any of the state schools vs 50K private schools. CCRI has a points system rather than a waiting list to get into their nursing program which is great if you have good grades. I found it was still pretty easy to get into the program and got in the very first time I applied. Which specific campus you apply to also matters. For example, if you apply to Newport with limited seats it is more difficult to get accepted compared to the other campuses. In fact even if your points would be good enough to get a seat in Warwick but you applied to Newport and didn't get a seat you could not change your mind to Warwick until the next semester.

In terms of employment your sense that the job market is good is correct. However, your entrée into a job is not the same as usual. Many newly minted RNs usually have to work on a per diem basis first and find permanent jobs with the hospitals they do per diem work for. Walking in with no experience is a handicap because they want experienced RNs. Per diem work will severely change your work hours because when they call you must go or risk being dropped from their list. There are many other avenues to a job to consider such as nursing homes, doctor offices, home care, etc. but many (not all) will want you to have at least 1 year of med/surgical experience.

BTW, one thing to consider is the reputation of the school to potential employer thinking. I've heard from many sources that CCRI happens to have one of the best reputations. NEIT is new to nursing and their professors seem to lack longevity at NEIT. It is true this is subjective information but I've heard the same stories from several unaffiliated sources. Check into it for yourself and decide but if what I hear is true the time saved going to NEIT may be eaten up in extra time trying to find a job.

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GadgetRN71 has 10 years experience and works as a RN.

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I would say talk to some other schools first, like RIC, URI and CCRI. NEIT is very expensive for an Associate's Degree. We're talking at least $40,000. You will be paying those student loans forever. CCRI is now merit based application, not waitlist.

I'm attending Salve Regina University(which is a private school like NEIT) for my RN-BSN. I will pay less than half of what NEIT charges by the end of it all.

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GadgetRN71 has 10 years experience and works as a RN.

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"Very" few jobs? Please tell me why so many schools are so competitive and if I do a job search for nurses a lot of jobs come up? I'm assuming you are a nurse? Why are you in the field if you want to deter people from entering the profession? I am currently a teacher without a job. I was told how many job opportunities there were out there... hmmm still no job. So I'm sorry, but I'm a little skeptical of your response.

Unfortunately, it has been tough for new grads. When I graduated in 2006, we had our pick of jobs. Many of my classmates were accepted into the ER, ICU and I went to the OR. I had my job lined up even before graduation.

A couple of years ago, this started to change in RI and the rest of the country. I personally know people who graduated 2 years ago who cannot find jobs in a hospital or if they do, they take just anything to get a foot in the door. I know some who had to take nursing home jobs because no hospital would take new grads.

That poster was just trying to give you realistic, helpful info. It's not easy out there. There was no reason to get snarky with her.

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GatezRN has 10+ years experience.

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HI there! NEIT is a great school. It is expensive, and there are other programs around that are just as great. I didn't not graduate from their nursing program, I went somewhere else. However, I did graduate from their Surgical Tech program in 1998 and the education I received was top notch. And, be prepared to continue on for your BSN eventually. Many employers are requiring that ADN nurses agree to pursue a BSN within a certain time frame once hired. Some places are not hiring ADN grads at all anymore. That's too bad because some great nurses come out of the ADN programs. Best of luck to you!

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