Help, we need a nurse! Or someone who hires them or teaches them or is learning to be one.
My 18 year old, HS senior niece wants to study nursing...lots more situational stuff and numerous questions after the jump. We're in the US, Colorado.
My niece has an opportunity to go to school at IntelleTec
College free because a relative works there. Apparently she would come out of it as a Medical Assistant with an Associate of Occupational Studies Degree. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Is the IntelliTec program a waste of time or a good first step? She was thinking maybe she could get a job with this certificate with a hospital and get them to pay for the rest of her education. Would anyone hire her with this sort of training? Am I just being a snob?
She wants to be a nurse. Is it worth going to the tech school or would she be better off going to Front Range Community College
(not free, but doable) it's supposed to have a good nursing program and is accredited by the Colorado State Board of Nursing and she'd come out of it as an RN or she could transfer to a 4 year University here in Colorado for her last 2 years and a BSN.
She was hoping to go to the University of Arizona and got a $7,000 partial scholarship but it's still more expensive than she was expecting, like $26,000.
The UA College of Nursing is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing, and affiliated with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Western Institute of Nursing and she would have a 4 year degree (BSN). She would have to get a student loan to pull it off but she would get the "college experience".
Let's throw one more twist in: she's also interested in early childhood education but we all tell her she won't make much money at it. She loves kids and as a nurse she's thinking maybe pediatric oncology. She's spent the last few summers as a day camp counselor.
She's a mostly A's, some B's sort of student, good in math and language arts but she says that her High School is one of the lowest ranked in Denver, Colorado. Her guidance counselor seems kind of useless and I'm really not sure what kind of education she got at school. She's a voracious reader and intelligent and I have no doubt that she can be successful in college but I wonder about throwing her in a big university environment direct from a not so great high school. Home life isn't great but she seems to be able to study there and she would be there for her 15 year old sister.
I'm leaning towards recommending that she go to community college for 2 years and transfer to an instate university for a BSN. The community college has a good nursing program and an agreement that guarantees transfer credits to our state colleges and universities, some of which are said to have great nursing programs. She could also take some early childhood ed classes and check that out. Am I wrong in steering her away from E C Education because of the salary? Can she double major in nursing and early childhood ed or is that ridiculous?
How important is it where you go to school?
Is the education that much different or is it just the networking?
How important is networking in nursing?
When they say there is a waiting list for a program do you have to be ready to enter the program or can you be getting your basic courses out of the way while you're on the list?
Any other tips for an aspiring nurse? Things to avoid? Things to consider? Any wonderful opportunities, like for financial help or travel or interesting places to work or different subsets of the profession you wish you'd known about when you were 18, single and with no ties?