Published Nov 6, 2000
1.what are some of the classes you took to get rn degree? 2.how long did it take? 3.what school did you attend? 4.what are some of the benefits that are offered? 5.do you know the start or salary, wage for a rn?6.where did you do your training for rn degree? 7.do you prefer work in a hospital or a nursing home? 8.do you consider your child in this profession? please answer asap pls....
buckboomer, BSN, RN
I went two years to a community college and earned an AD, or associate degree, which took two years. In Minnesota, there is a required curriculum. Then there is a NCLEX exam. If you pass a two year program in a two year associate degree in Nursing,and the NCLEX exam you get a legitimate state nursing license, as a RN. There are also 4 year programs. Talk to a counselor, and get more information, and go to an accessible local institution, if possible. CIAO
The previous poster covered most of your questions in a pretty succinct manner. there are numerous discussions on this and other pages about ADN vs BSN and you could read those, too.
I am going to address your last question. I am a 22 year nurse with an 8 year old. Nursing, especially at the entry level, is shift work in 24 hour day settings. The training itself exacts a price on you and your family, because good programs are very rigorous and you have to do a lot of studying preparatory to being in clinical areas. this is as it should be but it is very hard on families. You need a good committment from your partner and other familiy members that will support you and help you during your school time. On the other hand the great majority of your classmates will likely be people with families/children. You'll have lots of people in the same boat. Read the posts by student nurses. Talk to student nurses. Talk with your partner and look at the needs of your kids. Think intensely whether it is for you or not.
The only thing I would add here is this: Nursing is hard, but you will not find a more rewarding career as far as how you feel about yourself. Lots of careers are easier to obtain, and some people may disagree with my first statement, but look at David Letterman; on his show he had the doctors, etc. and then his nurse. He shook hands with the others, but he hugged the nurse and they talked. That's the difference. I know that may seem dumb to some people but that is the reward, and when you get that one bit of encouragement, you know you have made the right choice no matter what else happens. I have been in nursing for 20 years, I haven't regretted it at all; it has not been easy and it has made me a stronger person, but I would not trade it for the world.
I am still in the pre-nursing program right now, but will shortly be starting clinicals and enrolled in the actual nursing program.
1.--Some of the classes I have taken other than the obvious prerequisites: Developmental Psychology, Sociology, Nursing Terminology & Charting, Intro into Drug Use & Abuse
2.--It has taken me about a year now to complete those classes without taking any semesters off.
3.--I am attending a community college with a two year nursing program to become an RN.
4.--Benefits include very inexpensive tuition, smaller classes, easy access to books.
5.--I've got a rough idea of what RNs start at.
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