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Old 02-23-2010, 10:32 PM
 
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Greetings, Everyone -

This has been nagging at me for a while, but I can't seem to find answers to my questions out there so I turn to you good people to help.

I work full-time during the day, having a typical 9-to-5 job. I also have two very young children (19 months and 3 months) that I love to spend time with. And I am seriously considering a career change to nursing. I have been thinking about this for quite some time but seem to be having a difficult time finding a program to suit my needs. Here is what I'm looking for:

An degree / RN program where courses --- prerequisites, nursing, and clinicals --- are taught during the evening hours and / or on weekends. I already have a Bachelor's degree, so many of my general education courses could very well be transferred. Many of the colleges / universities I've looked into offer prerequisites in the evenings, the the actual nursing classes are full-time and during the day.

The best I was able to find so far is at Texas Women's University in Dallas. They offer a "Weekend Program" where classes are held on Fridays from 5p - 9p and clinicals are on Saturdays and Sundays. But the caveat is that this program, because it's considered and accelerated BSN program, goes for 2 years with no breaks in between -- no days off, no vacations, etc.

The PRO is that after putting in time for 2 straight years, I'd be done and off to finding a secure career (providing I do well in the courses, clinicals, and pass the NCLEX-RN exam). I'd probably be able to modify my hours to work full-time and get to ideally spend more time with my family.

The CON is that I know it would be very long study hours, which would take away time from my family. And what I do on weekends is already decided for the next two years. And there are no family vacations to be had for the next two years. Work all week, school all weekend, family time with a toddler and infant in between ...?

So after my long-winded explanation, my question is ... does anyone know of any degree program where courses --- prerequisite, nursing, and clinicals --- are taught during the evening hours and / or on weekends in the Dallas / Fort Worth area?

Thank so much for your input!
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Old 02-24-2010, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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TWU is the only RN program of this type that I am aware of. There are several LVN schools (Concorde and Dallas Nursing Institute) who do the LVN program in evenings and weekends. Honestly, BSN programs are a little difficult to come by, so I doubt another school would have the same program. The only other schools areound here that do BSN are UTA and TCU. To my knowledge, UNT doesn't have nursing (because TWU has it). All of the other schools in the area do the RN Associate's Degree program.

Since you already have a bachelor's degree, won't most of the non-nursing classes cross over and count for the BSN? The only thing that a BSN helps a nurse to do is to get into management positions at a hospital. If you just want to be a nurse taking care of patients, or you want to be a manager at a long-term care facility, then a regular RN is fine.

Another thought is to get your LVN, then do one of the LVN to RN Bridge programs (Hill College and Weatherford College both offer it) to get your RN. It will take longer, but it will get you into the nursing profession sooner. It just depends what you want to do!
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Old 02-24-2010, 08:40 PM
 
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Thanks for your input, ChristieP! I hadn't thought about getting LVN first and then do a LVN to RN bridge program. I will look into Concorde and Dallas Nursing Institute. Any other suggestions, I am open to
Thanks again!
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Old 02-24-2010, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Glad to help. ;-) I'm the HR Director at a skilled nursing facility! Good luck!!
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Old 02-27-2010, 12:28 AM
 
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Many hospitals in the DFW are now seeking "Magnet" status, and will require a BSN for employment. The MSN is now the "manager" degree for RNs, although the most coveted RN position seems to be the CRNA. Add TCU to the list of bridge programs from any BS to BSN. TWU costs less, while TCU should be slightly more available because of the expense. I believe you would have an advantage in getting a CRNA from TCU if you bridge there, and although it would be 2 more years of school (and an extra 100K), a CRNA will earn 150K to start.

Tarrant County College also has a LVN to Associate RN (ADN) bridge which will be the least expensive choice of any if you live in Tarrant County. From there, you can obtain your BSN via online classes from several universities. This is the longest route, but it may give you more flexibility. In any event, I would highly recommend getting a BSN. In a recent meeting with some big wigs I learned there was only 2.5% vacancy in nursing at UT Southwestern hospitals (St Paul and Zale)...
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Old 02-27-2010, 12:50 AM
 
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As for missing family vacations - don't worry about it. NOW is the perfect time to do your schooling; your kids will remember very little of vacations at this age. Kids get alot funner around 3/4. Just remember most nursing jobs are only 3 days a week, and you will have tons of time for vacations when you're done...
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:27 AM
 
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The MSN is now the "manager" degree for RNs as well as LVN Programs although the most coveted RN position seems to be the CRNA. Add TCU to the list of bridge programs from any BS to BSN. TWU costs less, while TCU should be slightly more available because of the expense.

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Old 03-28-2010, 10:16 PM
 
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Mudbelly is right. However, at my DFW hospital, we may advertise for a BSN but if a highly-experienced, clinically excellent RN with long experience applies we grab her or him and pay top dollar. I have a BSN and went back to patient care after years of pencil-pushing. I am so enjoying nursing again. I wish all those seeking jobs lots of luck. DFW will continue to grow and although things are going to get very tight for hospital employment (nursing too), things will be alright in the end. Go get that nursing degree!
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:50 PM
 
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Please is there any new school in Dallas tx that offer Lvn to Rn programme, apart from West coast Uni.?
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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As I said above, Wearherford College and Hill College both have the bridge program. There might be a couple others...
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