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March 7th, 2007, 06:30 PM
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Hi! I'm currently in the first quarter of an MA program. I keep thinking about nursing school though. I would love to get my RN. I keep comparing the program lengths and cost. Sometimes I think it would be best to finish the MA, and get my RN later. That way I at least have a decent job to help out while in nursing school, and the added skills will help me. But at other times, I don't want to be in school that much longer, and think I should just go for my RN now. I'm already 26, and feel old to be in school. I guess I am just looking for others in this programs, and their opinions. Thanks!
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March 7th, 2007, 07:53 PM
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i have never posted in here before but read this title on the main page. I am going through the exact same situation! right out of high school(2005) I went to college for nursing and was taking some math classes and general classes to be able to get into other nursing classes and I quit to have my baby in oct. 2006. now i dont know if i should go back for nursing or go for medical assistant and get in the field and see if I even like it?? i hate school and don't want to go back but i want what is best for my baby.

I don't think you are too old for school! i will probably still be in school at that age at the rate I am going.i dont know how much advise i can give you since i am stuck in the same situation but hopefully someone else has something to say!
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March 9th, 2007, 08:36 AM
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I know that school stinks, but instead of comparing the school length and cost, perhaps compare career income and benefits? I think that in the long run, the differences in the careers are what matter the most. Personally, I would just bear down and get your RN. (That's what I'm doing.) I know that if I were to get my MA and say I'd go back for my RN later, I wouldn't do it. I really think that if you want your RN, now is the time to do it. It's such a demanding field and they're giving great sign on bonuses for it - it's such a rewarding job.
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March 12th, 2007, 10:59 AM
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i worked as an MA for a while when i was doing my RN. I never even took the MA program they just hired me because i was getting an RN degree.
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March 12th, 2007, 07:42 PM
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If nursing is what you want go for it. I have worked with people who were MAs they were working on the floor as CNAs because the pay is better and there is a greater demand, I don't know what pay and such is where you live but here in Nebraska you would make 2x the money as an RN. Hope that helps, go with what brings you the most satisfaction, and 26 isn't too old for school, I'm 26 and have a year and half left.
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