Accepted to 2 Nursing Programs: Help me decide which is the best option - page 2

Now my actual question: Given the saturated market in which I live, and the fact that getting a New Grad residency program is basically a 1 in 100,000 chance... Which program would better suit me... Read More

  1. by   Littlelexus2003
    Hello all!! I went to a community college for my ADN and then I worked for 2 years. I really had not planned on going back for my BSN but my husband and I were pretty close to making the decision to have our first child so I figured I might as well get it out the way.

    I went to WGU for 6 months and got my BSN. I had no life during those 6 months because all I did was school work but I was able to pay out of pocket for school because I never stopped working full time.

    After earning my BSN I got pregnant and took a year off from working to be a stay at home mom. I just went back to work in Nov 2016 and landed my dream job, making the most money I have ever made as a nurse too. This job, I plan on retiring from and I am only 32 years old. Going the ADN to BSN route really worked for me..... Plus it was the cheapest way for me.
  2. by   CrunchRN
    Taking out loans for living expenses is not a very good financial plan. Especially at at time when your spouse may lose income. Added to your other outstanding loan debt you are talking potentially 100k+ debt. This will follow you around forever compounding interest.

    I know this isn't sexy or attractive, but stay at your job and save up the money for living expenses and then get your ADN through the community college. Then you can work (probably only acute care) at a well paying job and get do the online RN-BSN or Masters with very little added debt. While you are working and saving you can take the CC pre-reqs.
  3. by   mellster
    Make sure you really know what you are getting into with nursing before you spend the money. I'm an LPN, and I have no desire to go on for my RN at this point. I make good money even as an LPN. However, after 21 years, I am burned out. I have done everything from acute care to Drs. office to rehab, skilled nursing, and assisted living. I'm actually going in the opposite direction as you. I have a previous bachelors degree from before I went into nursing. I plan to take some courses to update my business skills and go into a masters degree in health administration. I don't hate nursing, but I'm pushing 50 and the physical toll is getting to be a bit too much for me. I'm not trying to discourage you. Just make sure that nursing is what you really want before spending a bunch of money on schooling. Good luck with whatever you decide.
  4. by   Tommy5677
    My 2 cents. Get the associate degree, take your boards, get a job, and then get your RN to BSN online. You'll save yourself a lot of money and there are many, many fully accredited RN to BSN programs to choose from. Nobody cares where you got it from as long as you have it. My only caution would be DO NOT stop with the AD because you will have trouble getting exactly what you want. Personally, I would not worry about any of the other stuff like externships, internships, etc. There ya have it.
  5. by   EsJ87
    THANK YOU ! I am very happy with my decision - I'm in my 5th week of GEs and loving my professors and the campus etc so far.
  6. by   EsJ87
    @Mellster Thank you for your advice --- I actually already have an MS in Healthcare Management and am a Certified Case Manager as well. I can always fall back on my Current job position if I get burnt out and desire a nicely paid desk job. I am truly bored at the moment - and crave the face to face patient interactions... I am unsure if I want to pursue an MSN in the future, or work my way through being aHospital Admin someday... but I think once I have my RN i have a plethora of options given my 6+ year Administrative history in the healthcare system. Best of luck with your own move as well.
    Last edit by EsJ87 on Feb 22, '17 : Reason: added tag
  7. by   Potatoskins
    Quote from Froggybelly
    Speak to students who attend the nursing program at your dream school and compare it to the community college. The benefit of attending a community college (in addition to paying lower tuition) is that you are hypothetically independent in much less time and can work while you earn your BSN. It's very difficult, but I know a lot of people who are working full time and attending an RN-BSN program. This is what I did and I will graduate with zero debt. (and find finding).
    I am doing this too and will also graduate with zero debt. and certain hospitals will pay for your BSN tuition.

    Along with this, ask around about the reputation of your local community college. My local community college has such a good reputation for putting out well prepared nurses (and weeding out the ones who aren't fit for the job) that there are hospitals in my area who won't hire new nurses unless you attended there. Even if you have a BSN. Their program is very competitive, their NCLEX passing is 98%, and their job placement is 97%. I actually said to myself "if I can't get in there, I guess I'll just attend these BSN schools." It just depends on the school. Definitely do your research.
  8. by   EsJ87
    @Potatoskins - Thank you , I am officially 1/2 way through my ABSN at CSUSM at this time. I think for me, this was the best decision and have 0 regrets thus far. I maintained my employment throughout the 1st semester. Was unemployed through Summer (2nd semester) and most of Fall as well. However, I secured a job at SHARP as a float pool PD CNA. The pay is less than 1/2 what I made previously but now I have great exposure at the hospital system I was to apply to as a New Grad RN. Overall, I am very pleased with my position and the school has been great. Still maintaining that 4.0, which as Nurse Beth pointed out will be helpful for me if in the future I decide to get an MSN as well.

    Thank you all again for your interest and advice Wish anyone reading this thread in the same shoes as I was all the best!!