March 3, 2016 at 12:31 PM #102385
Hello, there! I am brand new to this site. I am 36, married, mother of 4 and looking to go back to college to become a nurse. I live in northern Colorado and I work part time in retail for now. I am very torn about whether to make the leap and get a BSN right out of the gate or take things a little slower and go for AAS in nursing. I don’t know if it would be better to become an RN with an associates, get a job, see how I like it and then perhaps go for a bridge program at that time. If anyone has any advice I would greatly appreciate it. I’m considering Platt College and Concorde. If anyone has experience with either of those two schools please feel free to give me your two cents!
Thanks a bunch,
Wanna be nurse 🙂March 8, 2016 at 7:29 PM #102421
Hey! I live in NY, so I can’t say anything about nursing in CO, but here are my suggestions. First ask yourself where you want to work (Long tearm care vs. hospital vs. home care, etc). After that I’d recommend looking up your potential employment organizations and see what they require/desire. It is much, much easier to get a job as a BSN nurse. However, if you’re looking at long term care, many BSN nurses are put in more managerial/leadership positions rather than bedside caregivers. Hospitals, however, may require a BSN for “magnet status” designation. I’d recommend emailing a nurse recruiter or looking at job postings. If you can figure out the preferred degree requirements for what field of nursing you’d like to pursue, it’ll be easier. If they don’t care between an Associates vs BSN, go for the Associates, start working, and then you can go a 1-2 year BSN program (usually online). Hope this helps!March 9, 2016 at 9:27 AM #102423
RustBeltRN – Thank you so much for your feedback and advice. I think I will try contacting a nurse recruiter and do some research on available jobs.
Thanks again, I appreciate it!!March 9, 2016 at 7:50 PM #102430
Hi wanna be a nurse! Good for you. I am an RN of 20 years- took time off for life. As long as you have a pulse and a stethoscope you will always have a “job”. BUT you must make a map of what, where and when as far as your nursing career goes. It starts the moment you train. If you can aim at a BSN it will serve you better and longer. An associate degree is a start but once you start earning it takes GREAT resolve to go back to school. Nursing is becoming much more acedemic and more and more professional nurses are finding they can’t get far without advanced degrees. Plan according to where you want to be in 20yrs. Believe me it goes fast and nurse managers get younger!
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