1) Roper is downtown charleston and St francis is in west ashley. They are sister hospitals with the same policys ect.
2) CNA/PCA is the same. That position requires experience or your first semester of nursing school (fundamentals) which covers ADLs.
3) I personally went for RN. That was my goal so I didn't procrastinate. Trident has their program set up in a way that if you want to take the LPN exam while completing the RN program, you may do so when you finish the required classes. I didn't do that. I saved my money and took the time off for summer/christmas breaks when they were around instead of working
I was blessed to have a husband to help share the financial responsibilites. We both went to school full time and worked part time. Just enough to pay bills basically. We were poor and hardly ever saw eachother, but it was just for a season. We knew school wasn't going to last forever...
I only worked 16 hours a week through most of the program. When I was in RN part of the program I cut back to 8 hr/week. I knew people who worked 3 12 hr shifts a week and had a family and they passed, but were very stressed all the time. I remember people who didn't work at all and failed. It's up you how much you want it.
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