Nursing Degree Questions ?
Q: I have often kicked myself for not taking the college's advice and entering
the nursing program 8 years ago. I have 2 Associates degrees in Business
and General Education and was 1 class from a degree in Accounting when i
left college in 1997. I was an A student and am thinking of going back at
this point. I'm just not getting the financial stability or the
satisfaction from my current line of work.
Does anyone know if any of the local hospitals have programs to assist in
paying for tuition for students? If they sign a contract to work for a
certain amount of time?
A:If you plan to move into management a BS or more likely a MS is usually required but you do not need this to become an RN. Schools like Watts in Durham offer a Diploma and area Community Colleges offer an associates. What is most important is the passing of the NCLEX-RN or state licensing exam. Even though Watts offers only a diploma, in 2001 100% passed the NCLEX compared to a national average of 85%. Students coming out of Watts are probably the most prepared for nursing due to their great attention to detail. I probably sound like I work at Watts but I don't. My mother went to Watts in the late 50s and my wife and her sister went there as well. It's a great place to go if you want to be an RN. Any of you out there considering a Nursing degree should factor in your physical abilities. Can you push around heavy equipment? Can you hold a 350+ lb individual's leg up for two hours or more? Talk to someone who has been a nurse for 7 years or more. Find out about their back problems. Ask why they've had knee surgery.
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