Published Jun 10, 2009
Is anyone out there a School Nurse in New Orleans or Metairie, LA? I am interested in volunteering some time in order learn more about the profession. Where did you get certified and how many years professional experience do you recommend? What are your opinions on working in a Catholic school vs Public schools?
I am also interested in school nursing in the new orleans/metairie area! I am clueless on where to start! Have you found out any usefull information??
i just started at Charity School of Nursing. It's an ADN program (2 years). So far its excellent. Also, we've been told that about 30% of the Louisiana nurses graduate from Charity. Each class has approximately 180 - 200 students so it's one of the largest programs out there. LSU, Southeastern, Our Lady of Holy Cross, etc........are supposed to be very good if you are looking for a BSN (4 year program). There's many more programs as well. You should check the NCLEX pass rate to compare schools. I went with Charity because I already have a BS so I wanted to go with the quicker route to becoming an RN. I do plan to go the RN to BSN route after. There's lots of programs for that as well.
I have heard new salary amounts varying from $18.00-24.00 in and around NO. If you plan to become a school nurse, you would need to determine which type of degree you are interested in, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Associate Degree Registered Nurse (RN-ADN), or Bacellaureate Degree (RN-BSN). The largest difference between these educational levels is between the LPN & RN-BSN. The BSN is a four year degree whereas the LPN is more like a year (don't quote me on that), depending on your current educational level and the school. The payscale will increase with education. The ADN is a two year program in most cases. I'm sure you can find lots of threads on BSN vs ADN. Really, it depends on what you want to do in the future, IMHO.
I graduated from a smaller school (BSN), and loved the family-type atmosphere that it provided. Most of the teachers really had our best interest at heart and went above and beyond in facilitating our education. Passed boards with flying colors too, like most of my other classmates.
Good luck.Hope this helps some. :)
Will it really be 2 years in total or 2 years after the prerequisites?
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