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Old 07-19-2011, 11:26 AM
 
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My wife is considering getting an associate nursing degree from SACC.

She already has a Bachelor's in Fine Arts and teaching certification, but with the situation with the school districts she is underemployed at the moment

Based on the degree plan, she can get this degree is 1.5 years or less, as she already has all her basics covered.

Can you please let me know what the job prospects are upon receiving the degree, starting salaries, process of getting RN license, and nature of the work, here in San Antonio? Is the program at SACC good?

I have already done some research on the issue, but I would appreciate anything you can tell me so I have a better idea about it.
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Old 07-19-2011, 11:33 AM
 
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Im not a nurse but i work at a local hospital and i know that they are looking for RNs with a BSN. Your wife should so to UTHSC if she is really serious. In fact i heard from my coworkers who are RNs that they are thinking to make the RN license require a BSN soon. I know nursing is very competative and one needs a 3.0 to enter nurisng school at UTHSC.
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Old 07-19-2011, 11:36 AM
 
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Is the program at SACC good?
Yes and competition is fierce!
She can also try admission for these programs: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Education/pdf/APLIST.PDF since a second bachelor's degree in nursing won't be too far off.
The University of Texas Health Science Center - School of Nursing is very competitive as well.
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:52 PM
 
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I think going to SAC and getting the RN is a good way to go. Then if she wants a BSN, she can go to the less competitive evening and part time classes to finish a BSN. Even UT and Incarnate Word would be good to get a BSN after getting the RN.
As for applying for the license, the school will assist with that. You can't sit for the exam without the school documentation of graduation.
Type of work and salaries are so varied depending on type of work and work setting. Hospitals pay high and pay higher for evening and night shift. ICU pays more than Labor and Delivery. Office nurse pays less. It has many variables in pay. Your wife will never go without work. There is such a critical shortage of nurses in the US, she can go anywhere and get a job.
The career is wide open and has a good outlook to stay that way.
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Old 07-19-2011, 06:07 PM
 
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Default It's like you are talking about me!

I too had a BFA and teaching certificate, and could not find employment in any of the magnet schools. I decided to go into nursing and discovered that a BSN is a must. Most of the hospitals in town are striving for Magnet status, and due to that course of action most hospitals are wanting to hire BSNs and not diploma nurses. There are programs here in town that offer BSN: UTHSCSA, Incarnate Word, and Wayland Baptist University. I chose Wayland because it's more cost effective and offers smaller classes. I graduate in two weeks with a job already lined up. The classes are mostly adult students that are returning to get a different degree, or changing careers later in life. There are some younger students, but it's a pleasant mix.

Your wife must really go for a BSN in order to secure a future within a hospital system. A friend of my family has been an RN for over twenty years, and is being strongly forced into getting her degree by the hospital, if not, she may lose her position.

Best of luck to you guys!
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Old 07-20-2011, 08:18 AM
 
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Starting in 2012, I know Methodist Hospitals will only be hiring BSN's going forward. Since your wife already has a bachelor's degree, she should look into UTHSCSA Accelerated BSN program. I was lucky enough to be a part of the inaugural class for this program and I graduate this August with my BSN. The program is 15 months long and very intense. Feel free to send me a DM if you have any questions.
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Old 07-20-2011, 08:28 PM
 
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There's too much of a nursing shortage for Methodist Hospital to only hire BSN's. It aint gonna happen. Methodist is getting rid of hiring LVN's. Methodist wants to get Magnet Status, but is far, far from it actually happening. Recently the state had to come in and review charts, and the CEO recently "retired". The hospital does not care if that RN has his/her associates degree or bachelors degree.
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Old 07-21-2011, 12:07 PM
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Yes and competition is fierce!
Seconded. A friend of my son's was unable to get into the SAC nursing program, despite having above-average grades and a strong desire to pursue a nursing career. She is going to another nursing school in town.
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Old 07-21-2011, 12:18 PM
 
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She already has a BS (BFA?) if she is going to do all that work and end up with a BSN, which is pretty much the norm going forward at this point, why not step it up.

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Become a PA. If you look at it, the requirments would not be too much more than getting a BSN at this point. Perhaps a lot harder in terms of load and subject but timewise, not so much. On average PAs make a lot more money than BSNs.
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Old 07-22-2011, 11:00 AM
 
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Thanks for all the information thus far.

I keep hearing that competition is fierce. Can you please elaborate on what you mean with that?

My wife got a 3.8 GPA with her BFA degree, graduated *** Laude and got top senior honors. Is that an easy entrance into the program?
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