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  1. okiedokie123

    Salary and retirement compared to other RN specialties?

    That's an excellent way to look at it. However, I think I am mostly frustrated because: 1) Lack of Social Security (Since you are contributing to the teacher's pension plan, the years you work for the school district don't count towards Social Security, at least where I am) 2) Low salary (HouTx did mention PRN work so I could look into that, or some sort of summer job) 3) Low raises for MSN or DNP (School district salaries for MSN or DNP nurses are still in the median 50K range, and there are no positions for Nurse Practitioners that usually can command an 80K or more salary.) Maybe I just need to look into a lucrative summer job. I really wish money wasn't a thing, but it is...got to pay the bills somehow!
  2. Hey folks, I've been in the hospital environment for about 3 years, looking for a change. Pay is great, but very very stressful. I recently got an offer for school nurse. One thing I have noticed though, is the pay is low (on a teacher's scale, starting with 0 exp, $49K). It's about a 30-40K lower differential compared to the hospital in acute care. Are school nurses truly happy that their salary is pegged to the teachers? Also, this might sound dumb but what's the best way to not let your colleagues get the best of you (i.e. they are driving nice cars, making a ton of $$ at the hospital, showing off on Instagram)? I do feel that I'm wasting opportunity to make 2x as much if I decide to work for the school.....these Joneses serve as reminders unfortunately.... Also, in regards to retirement .... how is yours set up? Is it really that lucrative if you stay for a long time? If it matters, this is from a state that has GPO and there's no SS contribution....you either put into the retirement system or something called ORP. As someone who wants to make a change and make a good chunk of cash yet loves working with kids and loves the flexibility of the school schedule.... should I take the offer or should I stay away?
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    Texas Tech (TTUHSC) RN- BSN Fall 2014

    Yes you should have already send that form in. Everything must be complete in orientation before you can start.
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    Texas Tech (TTUHSC) RN- BSN Fall 2014

    Haven't heard anything on my end. There's another user just above your post who has a similar username. Are you guys related? lol
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    Texas Tech (TTUHSC) RN- BSN Fall 2014

    Nervous about the hours too but hoping it isn't too bad. I just wonder if we can go into the 3-semester plan if the 2-semester plan turns out to be not bad. Yes, please make one. I don't use Facebook but can make a profile up. If others are interested, probably best to PM.
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    Texas Tech (TTUHSC) RN- BSN Fall 2014

    I agree! Orientation's out guys. BC is $43.50. And if I'm reading this right...the 1 year program is 18 units for Fall 2014 and 12 units for Spring 2014.
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    Texas Tech (TTUHSC) RN- BSN Fall 2014

    We will hear in May. I'm still working on 2 pre-requisites and as long as I can clear them by first day of classes, I'll be in the clear. Does anyone know what day Fall 2014 starts?
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    Texas Tech University (RN-BSN) Spring 2014

    Wish I signed up back in December. I can't start until Fall...
  9. Oh yeah, definitely YMMV. I'm not a fan of Biochemistry or those proctored exams either. So past the 6 month term, WGU becomes around $7490 in cost.
  10. Call me a cheapo but I'm only looking to spend up to $6-7K for the RN-BSN. I have full Pell Grant eligibility still so why not utilize it. Thanks for those recommends featherz. I looked into lafeyette but read that they take an awful long time to process transcripts and everything.
  11. I'm just looking for any information that current or former students can infer on the following schools for RN-BSN: UTEP, WGU, Texas Tech, UTA, Lamar, Ohio, Thomas Edison. I guess by information, I'm looking to find out experiences, any confusion, how were exams taken, lots of papers? Those were some of the schools I am interested in and have narrowed it down to. I can patch some info together from what I gathered. Noticed most of them are from TX...hmmm.. UTEP: $5235 for 6 months? Their brochure didn't say but if this is the case, they seem to be copying WGU's formula. RN-only courses for 20 credits, but school requires 30 resident units so you must take 10 elective credits, which is not included in the $5235. Price does not include books. No mention of clinical. Requires health clearance documents. WGU: $3745 total tuition and fees for 6 month term, self-paced. Books included. Exams are proctored or at test center. Has practicum "experience" project but no clinical. 3.0 GPA is all u get. (leaning on this one) Lamar: Just like UTA's Academic Partnership thing, but seems to be cheaper @ $7500. Has 8 Week classes. Not as many start dates. Not sure if books included. Requires TX Government Class. Nothing mentioned on allnurses. Texas Tech: Read someone finished in 6 months on allnurses. Can send unofficial transcripts in advance. Only 3 admissions year round. $7562 not including books for in-state. Not sure about out of state. UTA: $9K. Slow as hell in processing transcripts. Includes books. Ohio: 5-week classes. >$10K West A&M: Special Tution Rebate of $7k, practicum experiences, can only apply when you got license within 3 months of graduating school.
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    How long to hear back?

    Ugh, I really want to go with UTA but it's posts like yours that really put me off, what with their long processing time. At the same time, there's WGU and while accredited, I still have a problem with their courses counting as flat 3.0 GPA and supposedly lots of theory and writing. I hope I can find another alternative in TX.
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    RN to BSN Online, start dates year round?

    I'm trying to do this from an unemployed perspective.
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    How long to hear back?

    I have several questions as well. Do you have to send in transcripts from ALL your schools or could it just be a single transcript from your last known school with all the other school grades on it (i.e. nursing school transcript)? OP, you mentioned $1000 off? So the program becomes $7995? Do you have more info on this
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    RN to BSN Online, start dates year round?

    If you don't mind me asking, how much did you guys pay overall for your programs? Any financial aid taken into account? I have financial aid available (just Pell Grant) but obviously want the cheapest route.
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    So many nursing majors in my class!

    It's quite simple really. Real estate bubble. Financial bubble. Nursing bubble. Student loans bubble. Education bubble. Tuition bubble. Health insurance bubble. Trends. Do you see you where this is going? That aside, If you choose to pursue and succeed, you can go back to this thread and celebrate to some fine wine. If you choose to pursue and fail, well, you got all your advice and flashing warning signs here. Just don't regret.