jen_atl in Atlanta, Georgia said: Hi, I have been laid off twice in three years, recently I've decided to switch careers and get into the healthcare industry. I started off by taking a CNA course and becoming certified and now I'm interested in becoming a Registered Nurse. There is a lot of information online and a lot of schools, but I'm in Atlanta, GA and wanted to find out through individuals personal experience which schools are the best? Also are there any good/ affordable online Registered Nurse colleges. I'm looking for honest real feedback.
Jen_atl in Atlanta,
Your decision to change careers is of course a sign of the times and a result of an unstable economy. However, the economy’s uncertainty is your gain; the healthcare industry is a very good industry although we have our economic problems as well.
I shared your posting with my mother-in-law who is Chief Executive Nurse for Henry Ford Medical Ctr in W. Bloomfield, MI. She is also an associate professor w/the University of Detroit Mercy’s School of Nursing.
Her advice, to you, is to not pursue a nursing degree on line, but that you look at one of the nationally/regionally ranked nursing programs in the Atlanta area. Kennesaw State and Clayton State universities both offer very good regionally renowned bachelor of nursing (BSN) programs.
Although Georgia State University is a regionally ranked university its nursing program is nationally ranked #79 and it offers a nursing degree at the bachelor, master, & doctoral level.
Emory and Mercer universities both have nationally ranked nursing programs. Emory is currently ranked #21 in the nation, along with NYU.
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