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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. 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.
  8. Is anyone familiar with Montgomery County Community College Nursing program. I am currently in school completing my pre-requistes and currently scouting for different nursing schools in and around the Philadelphia area and MCCC was what I am looking at it. From the way I have seen thus far it is looks like a really good program and gets your right into the nursing program, less prerequistes then most nursing schools and more intensive on clinical classes. Any input and experience you have encountered with the school is appreciated.
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    Help please! Nursing School or Join US Air Force

    Thank you, I am really looking at all options since I have a college degree from a previous major, my ranking if enlisted will be E3 or E4. My recruiter said that can possibly make a difference and my college degree would be counted as work/experience.
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    Help please! Nursing School or Join US Air Force

    So thr RN to BSN is not as difficult as an non RN pursing a BSN.
  11. Blue Robin

    Help please! Nursing School or Join US Air Force

    I appreciate the comments and will definitely still take more advice if you guys are willing to offer. My mind is always open to your advice and comments. I think I will go for the enlistment route, yes I won't be an officer and but they are not as picky when you are enlisting, then via Direct Commission. I also have nothing to lose enlisting, no dependents, spouse and hopefully by enlisting one will be eligible for both the ASCP ,NCEP and also the GI Bill. I still want to become an officer but I think it is risky going to Nursing school as a civilan first and taking out possible loans. The Air Force is the most stingy with the loan forgiveness out of all the branches and I don't know if I will be guranteed any loan forgiveness. I believe for NCEP and AScp you need to has served as active duyty for 90 days to a year to try to apply for the program. I must get the pre-requisites out the way.
  12. Blue Robin

    Philly Area 2016 Accelerated Nursing Programs, help!

    Go to their websites or better yet attend their open house events. You need to know the program by attenting their sessions anyways.
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    Is it better to get an ADN or BSN?

    BSN especially if you want to become a more advanced nurse.
  14. Blue Robin

    Nursing: Associates vs. BSN

    If your school offers a bridge to Nursing school then take it. My advice, enroll in Community College take pre-reqs there it is cheaper. You don't have to go through ASN program but at least take the courses needed before going to clinicals. While taking pre-reqs apply to university/college of choice. It will save you money in the long run.
  15. I will truly appreciate the advice being offered. I am pre nursing student in my 20's who is currently attending a Community College to fulfill my pre-reqs before entering the clinicals. The Community College offers ASN with dual transfer to 4 year university/college. I am caught in a jam with my priorities in my goals. My main goal is to become an RN in the Air Force. I am currently going to school through the Pell Grant maximum amount and I am conflicted cause I want to avoid being dependent on student loans. There are so many good nursing schools where I live but I want do avoid taking out loans cause Nursing schools are expensive where I live. I was looking into enlisting in the Air Force pass basic training then sign up for scholarship so I can get my BSN. My main question should I continue becoming an RN through civilian school before enlisting or should I get my pre-reqs out the way, enlist and have the Air Force put me through school on scholarship getting my BSN in Nursing. I would appreciate your advice and input.