Hi all. I THANK YOU very much for all the insight.
The other degree I have is in Pre Med and Broadcasting. I wanted to go up either in management, research, etc. The BSN is the way for me HOWEVER, the school I am at is the pits.
Brief explanation.... worst NCLEX pass rate in state (49 percent pass rate), cost is WAY high $80,000, the teachers do not help and ignore students most of the time (most of the students are failing and a student asked the teacher after a test last Friday where 87 people failed
and only THREE passed what they can do to improve and she ignored the student, rolled her eyes and smiled...no joke here.. several students just got up and walked out- this is typical), it is very unorganized, and word is out they may lose their accreditation in 2 years, etc. I am not trying to complain, just stating facts. I was an honor student in my first degree and Pre Med was no day in the park. I work hard and can hold my own. I am holding on, but barely. There are only a handful of students passing. It's terrible.
SO... the diploma program will cost MUCH LESS and they will even pay for me to go. I will get placed in a job when I get out AND the BIG deal to me is pass rate is 100 percent on the FIRST attempt. That is a big deal.
I have already called a local university in the area who has a great nursing school rep. and I can take their BSN/MSN program on-line once I graduate with the diploma. I can work as an RN at the same time. I have heard too that the BSN may become a requirement and I want to do research, etc. so I know the degree will help me get there. I am not stopping at the diploma, but feel that a great eduation is very important. This is not a game. Peoples lives depend on me and my license depends on it. I have always worked hard and I do not settle for less. No, we are not perfect, but I want a fair shot and a school that will TEACH me the concepts and practicum of nursing. I want to be a PREPARED nurse and receive a through education. I want to know what I am doing. I am going to apply to the diploma program this week. I have to do the smart thing and this is the smart thing to do. Life is a journey and this is a step on the road. I can do the BSN/MS on-line and boom.... I am there.
Wish me luck!!!