Hi everyone....I recently moved to San Antonio and am currently going to College for the first time to get my prerequ's out of the way. I'm still a little confused as to what route to take with my education. My best friend just finished at St. Phillips and got accepted to UTHCS and my plan was to go that route too to get my BSN right away. I've also been talking to a few people and I've gotten mixed reviews on what is best....to just get my ADN at a local community college with a nursing program and get into a hospital that will pay for me to get my BSN later, go straight into my BSN like my best friend, or get my certificate and skip all the way to get my MSN. One lady that has her MSN told me that all hospitals in San Antonio have up to 100% tuition reimbursement for anyone wanting to get their BSN or MSN, but I'm not sure how true that is.
What's making it a bit tough is that I'm 26 and I have 2 kiddos, with my DH in the Army (and going to Iraq next month for a year and a half)I want to hurry up and get my career going before we have to move again. I'm going to school while my kids are in schoo so that I can be there for them when they get home and on the weekends, so time is of the essence for me and I feel a bit restricted on my school hours. Because of this, I have no idea how long it's going to take for me to finish up school and I want to really get the best education because I'm serious about nursing.
Because of those personal reasons, I keep hearing to just get my RN quickly, and later on go for my BSN. I DO know that I DO want a bachelors in nursing eventually...that's not a question...I just don't know what options are open to me, what schools would be good, and what's going to benifit me most when we do leave to another state. Anyone have any advise??
Jan 16, '07
Nursing schools can seem a little reserved re: student's other commitments but with the large number of applicants applying for such a limited number of slots, they try to choose the applicants most likely to make it through to graduation. Missing classes happens to all of us from time to time but the problem with nursing school is that missed clinicals are very difficult to make up. I understand your hesitation in asking others to help with your kids, I felt the same way until I realized that asking for help was a short term solution to make our situation better for my whole family. There are few careers that are as flexible for family commitments as nursing - particularly when you might need to follow a transferring DH!
With regards to SA, I work in a teaching hospital here and frequently have the opportunity to precept nursing students from each of the nursing schools, as well as work with a staff of 60 on my floor that consists of nurses from each of them. I can tell you without a doubt that the SAC students/nurses receive an excellent education and come out as great nurses. I've seen no difference between the ADN and BSN prepared nurses in practice.
So study hard, keep up your GPA, and if you want to save some time, give SAC a call. After graduation you can take the RN-to-BSN program and let your hospital pay for it (mine covers 100% tuition reimbursement up to $1200/yr). Good luck!
Last edit by Horseplay on Jan 25, '07