For a start I have to say that you guys are awesome, to use a word that is overused here in New Zealand, because I feel like I at least have a starting point to clear through all the mud I've been swimming in as far as nursing courses are concerned. I am an American, went up to high school there, but then have lived abroad in the UK, some Asian countries and here in NZ ever since. All of my post-high school ed has been in the UK and NZ so a lot of the US system stuff is confusing. But I am thinking of coming back, 5 year old in tow, and would really like to become an RN. My limitations are such that I have been a student for M.A.N.Y. years and would like to get as far as I can with nursing, with as low a cost as I can (as I'm a solo parent), as soon as I can so that I can just get working and gaining experience. I want to be well qualified, of course, but I just can't afford to be out of the workforce for too long. A few things have been cleared up for me so tell me if I've got this right:
â€RNâ€ is not a result of doing a BSN, but a result of passing the NCLEX. So that means you can do an associates degree and become an RN so long as you can pass the test.
A masters is not only unneccesary, but may even be limiting to future choices.
Th quickest and easiest route would be an associates degree and then passing the NCLEX, but some may not hire ADNs.
So, I'm thinking I need to do an accelerated BSN. It seems like they are 1.5-2 years long (although I guess i'd have prereq courses??) and I should come out quite employable.
My second choice would be the ADN>employment>employer pays for BSN route, but I still end up doing more study years or, at least, taking a lot more time to get to the end product of being a fully fledged RNâ€¦do I not?
My interest? Very likely paediatrics or educational nurse of some sort as I have been a teacher all of these years and I feel my skills would go nicely in there somewhere. But, hey, I might discover something completely new once I'm studying, and I'm open to that.
Now I'm trying to figure out how to find community colleges that do these courses in the area of Southern California that my parents live in as that is probably where I will be living. I've found a few, but they are private and the cost per creditâ€ thing drive me nuts! I just want to know a ballpark figure how much these courses will cost me. What do you think you all ended up spending?
If you were having a, I shudder to say itâ€¦â€mid-lifeâ€ career change, what route would you go for?