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  1. Not many have LVN community college programs in my area.
  2. Political Science/Cybersecurity however I need to pay for certifications to be employable. CNA program in my area is also expensive, they have an industry of CNA schools where they charge 13,000 in tuition.
  3. LVN program is private, not many community colleges carry LVN's in my area.
  4. I was recently accepted in an LVN program while concurrently completing my Bachelors degree. I did not graduate yet I am 30 credits shy and can hold off graduation for another year. My dream/goal the last couple of years was to always be a nurse. I want to get all my education out the way before I put down roots and decide to have children. The LVN nursing program is easier to get in then the RN program which are very competitive in my area. I am trying to evaluate what I should do know, the LVN program has rolling admissions so I can enroll the next month etc. However graduating with a bachelors is worth it but I am afraid that a bachelors degree won't take you far like a LVN skills would. I know people who have bachelors and they have $13 jobs. I know LVN's getting $20 hours job and their sky is the limit What advice would you guys give, any input is appreciated.
  5. I have a friend who is OR Tech contemplating wanting to become a Registered Nurse and Physician Assistant. He is interested in both forms of healthcare. He already has his Bachelors Degree but he is now choosing which path he wants to take. He does like both professions but he wants to round it down to expenses, job demand and mobility. He want to relocate a couple of times in the country. So which profession is easiest for someone who plans to relocate a couple of times. Any advice from anybody that I can share to him. Best bet money wise in terms of schooling and expenses Profession has better growth and flexibibilty Ability to relocate to different states of the country More in demand
  6. I am highly interested in becoming a RN nurse but I don't have the luxury to be on waiting lists and I don't want to go to a private school and pay that much money for nursing school. In the mean time I am looking at short programs like Surigcal Tech which is about 9 months. The one program, I am looking at costs $28,000 for the Tech program. Is $28,000 worth becoming a Surigcal Tech.
  7. I am currently taking a Pheleobotomy course that runs through out the summer. A relatively decent price but way to long for someone who wants to start working right away. I was browsing online looking at summer healthcare work when I saw a 1 day all day Phlebotomy seminar the name of the place is Beckford Health Services. 1 Day - 100% Hands on Phlebotomy Certification Workshop. $375.00 YOU'LL BE CERTIFIED UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE WORKSHOP Master the proper Techniques for Drawing Blood This sounds too good to be true and want to start working ASAP. Should I take this class our should I stick with longer class at my community college. Are 1 day Phlebotomy seminar's worth it or is it a scam?
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    Home Health Aide or Phelebotomy

    I am a pre-nursing student hoping to get started in the Fall or Spring but instead of sitting around the house and doing nothing. I want to take any healthcare courses during the summer, I am torn between doing the Home Health Aide Program, Phelebotomy and EMT program. Here is the scoop Home Health Aide --Of course work as caregiver in someone's home. On the job training, it is free and about 3 weeks of training. The only downside is low pay, and fill time positions is what they need. As a nursing school student, don't think it will mesh together. Phelebotomy- cheap priced program at a good community college, training is about a couple months but generally Phelebotomist get slightly better pay and can work in the hospitals. EMT--affordable program, full time classes are filled, it is only part time evening classes. It runs throughout the summer. Which one do you think I should do during the summer.
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    LPN to RN bridge choice, good or not?

    The reason why people say that is due to economic educational costs. Some people think it is not worth getting your LPN when the main goal is to become an RN. Most LPN eventually do become RN. You can get your RN out the way withing 2-3 years depending if you have taken pre-classes before clinicals. The LPN is an option if you don't have time to wait around and you need to start working ASAP. LPN school you become part of the action and LPN programs depending takes about 9-10 months, each program is different. Another is that LPN is the best option if you don't want to be on no waitinglist. There have been students who have been on waiting list for about 1-2 years and most of of them took pr-requisite classes. If you don't have that kind of time then go the LPN route. You will also have the advantage of being ahead the rest of the class if you are in a RN program, it will make the nursing school process easier. It also might be the better bet if you want to make some money working already as a nurse and put yourself through school. You don't have to go through university to become RN- you can go through community college. You can get your RN license and bridge to MSN. Most RN-BSN depending is about 9 months which is not bad.
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    From night shift nursing to Fitness Model

    I have been trying to set my priorities straight cause I am a pre-nursing student and at the same time want to become an athlete. I feel that being an athlete will help improve my endurance and stamina during clinicals. I have been trying to get myself together and become a marathon runner.
  11. Does anybody have a list of self paced nursing pre-requisite courses or colleges. I need to complete Anatomy and Physio I and II w/lab Microbiology Nutrition Statistics.
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    Civilian Vs. Military nursing

    I am looking to join the military once I have my BSN but let me tell you the difference.Military health care facilities must follow all the same regulatory guidelines that civilian hospitals do. The only difference is that military hospitals are faster to implement new regulations that their civilian counterparts.Patient care is the same in both military and civilian nursing. People in the military have babies, become injured and develop illnesses just as civilians do. One difference is in the area of combat nursing. Military nurses main job is to service service members and their families. The Navy sometimes will do humanitarian nursing but as a military nurse you function is serve the mission of the military. The military prides itself on being a different world from civilian, when you are a military nurse you are part of an instiution that is greater then yourself. When you are a nurse in the Navy, you are sailor/officer first and a nurse second. When you are in the Army you are a soldier/officer first and nurse second. When you are in the air force you are an airman/officer first and nurse second. Whereas in civilian life you are a nurse first and foremost. Although civilian patients may suffer gunshot wounds, injuries from explosive devices are less likely, and a military nurse must be prepared to deal with the severe trauma that results from a land mine or bomb explosion. A huge difference is that in military life you will travel a lot and often be deployed to seven plus months in different bases. Another difference is that as a military nurse, you will get lower pay starting out. A military nurse will make $30-40K because remember when I said sailor/officer first and being a nurse comes second. In the military you will get the pay based off of your rank and not your occupation. The more years, more promotion in officer ranks and rise in the paycheck. The good thing is that in the navy and army promotions come very fast whereas in the air force promotion comes slowest. In civilian work you will possibly start out $45-55K out of the bat and increase over time. Another difference is that in military world you have regulated shifts and they will need as long as they need you. In the civilian world you can pick your schedule if you do 12 hours for 2-3 days you won't have to come in the rest of the week and technically you would be a part time worker. In the military you are considered full time unless you decide to become a reservist. Despite all of this, it pays off being a military nurse in the long run. You will have a job and you would end up having veteran benefits for the rest of your life. Benefits for medical, home/auto loan assistance/discounts, all the way down to hotel discounts! Assistance with schooling/tuition, etc. The highlight of military benefits for most people is being able to go back to school with their GI Bill and they can advance their careers as nurses. However, discounts and medical benefits for life should not make your decision for you. Joining the military is also a commitment far beyond applying for a job at any hospital and getting it. You can quit, apply at different hospitals, etc. You can't just quit the military, or even transfer on a whim because you want to, or even need to.
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    Choosing The Right Nursing School

    Anytime you have been accepted into a nursing school, take it. There are a lot of students who would love to be in your place, now in terms the right nursing school. CCP is not a bad choice, it is a cheaper option but you will work in the same hospital sites and clinics as students in Jefferson University, Drexel, Temple and Aria. The main difference is that your classes will more clinically intensive whereas the other students focus on both clinical and theory classes. I don't think hospitals care that much about where you went to school as long as you have your license and now they want nurses with BSN's if you want to work in the main hospitals and serve in the military. My suggestion is stick with it, take that spot cause students would love to have your spot. Another is that once you graduate you can go get your RN-BSN which is cheaper alternative and hopefully you will be working. Now if you want to go to another school with better pass rate, I would suggest Aria Health which is excellent, Jefferson University and Drexel.
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    Hospitals and their hiring process are becoming real pain. There is really no difference, in reality the best education is the diploma nurse and they are getting rid of diploma programs who's schooling is at a hospital. ADN nurses have more clinical experience therefore can handle real life situations better whereas BSN nurses do take clinicals but in addition must take more theory courses and having a BSN is supposed to help in promotion espcially working in supervisor roles.
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    Nursing student wanting to join military.

    Due to downsize of military, they have become very selective. It often takes time until they select you .If you want to become an active duty nurse finish nursing school, I suggest that you stay in school. Don't enlist cause you will have to serve right away which takes time away from your main goal and you won't become an officer.Go to school as a civilian and get your BSN, they won't take you unless you have a BSN. National Guard will take you if you have an ADN. Look up your National Guard as well. You can join the Reserves if you want but you still have to go through basic training which might take some time away from school. The Navy Nurse Candidate Program, is a good option but it is selective and competitive. If you are paying for your schooling with loans then there is a gurantee that the Navy and the Army will pay off your loans in exchange for service and deployment.
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    Aria nursing school

    I believe they are a full time program, you might have to call them and find out, but they have a diploma and BSN program.