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Fast Track to a Nursing Degree

Fast Track to a Nursing Degree

John Rossheim | Monster Senior Contributing Writer

For Senffner, every day, week and month of the program was grueling. Five days a week, he would be in class or clinical lab from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. He would then study for five or six hours. But he’s still glad he chose an accelerated program. “I figured I can do anything for 11 months,” says Senffner.

Financial Challenge

Accelerated nursing programs can be a double whammy on the finances of students and their families. Tuition for these intensive programs can run to $30,000, and students generally find it impossible to fit even part-time work into their packed study schedules. “Students think they can work 20 to 30 hours a week while in the program, and that doesn’t happen,” Colombraro says.

But given the severe nursing shortage, there are many ways for students to endure a year of high expenses and low or no income. “Many students will take out student loans,” Colombraro notes. "We also have fund-raising activities, some scholarship money and partnerships with hospitals.

Some hospitals are enticing recruits with offers to pay off the bulk of their student loans. Others will pay a student’s tuition up front in return for a promise to work at the hospital for a few years.

After Graduation, Options Abound

As with other nurses, graduates of accelerated programs have many career options beyond bedside care in a hospital setting. These include school nursing, occupational health, rehabilitation, home care, hospice care and case management. Graduates of accelerated BSN programs often aspire to advanced nursing professions, such as nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist, Parsons says.

Where does Senffner want to take his career? He’s hoping to find a position back in Portland in cardiac nursing, with a starting salary of about $55,000 and a compressed workweek of three 12-hour days. And with the nursing shortage continuing in critical condition, Senffner will likely get what he’s aiming for.

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    Does anyone really think that students with non-nursing degrees will make competent RNs after a one year course? Most traditional BSN/RNs who are in school for four years, take at least two or three years to become competent on the job, probably because only the last two years in college are 'nursing' based. In my opinion two years is not enough unless the student's nursing program offers a great deal of clinical experience. The vast majority of young & some older students that I have encountered, want nothing to do with direct patient care in any form. They want to acquire advanced degrees in order to teach, do research or hold high level management positions. I know we need all of these nurses but so many and with so little patient care experience? Some college programs have affiliated themselves with hospitals in order to give their students more clinical experience and find it easier to find employment. Hm! sounds more and more like the diploma nursing programs!
    Most diploma programs took three calendar years plus an extra twelve to eighteen months if the new nurse also wanted to gain registration in either mental health nursing, midwifery, or pediatrics. Lectures were given by nursing instructors, surgeons, physicians and medical school professors. Classroom days were long and difficult as were clinical days..think of the interns on TVs 'Grey's Anatomy" but replace them with student nurses!!
    Unfortunately, forty or more years ago the term "Nursing Degree" did not exist in most countries, and now the diploma educated nurses who are still working are considered as having no higher than a high school education. This is a travesty, experience should count for something. I believe this education together with many years of nursing experience should be considered equal to a nursing degree. I have known too many BSNs & a few MSNs who have never passed the State Boards but who managed to find positions in nursing administration or teaching!! When I graduated, all new registered nurses were expected to work as a staff nurse in a hospital for at least two years if they wanted any chance at all of being accepted into any other program or training course. Maybe today, students should have to complete their education and pass the State Boards prior to being given the BSN!

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    Where do you live--Our town is always hiring nurses

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    I just graduated from Nursing school with a BSN and cannot find a job anywhere due to lack of experience.

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