I found out last Thursday I've been accepted to both schools to which I applied! I now have a difficult choice to make. I'm so excited to have a choice.
I'm visiting one school today to take a tour of their facilities and get more details about their program. This particular school offers a Master's of Science in Nursing for second degree applicants who satisfy the prerequisites. The focus is a little different than a basic BS in Nursing and I want to know how it compares.
I need to make an informed decision. In the BS program at the other school, I would be a big fish in a small pond. I think I could do very well. In the MS program I would be plankton floating in a vast ocean.
More importantly, the BS programs offers a great deal of prep for the NCLEX exam. You can't be a nurse without successfully passing this exam. I want to know how much the other school focuses on this exam.
Although these factors are influential, unfortunately, the most important factor is money. I am still waiting to receive my financial aid packages from both schools. Regardless of which school is best, I have to choose the school that offers me the best deal. I still have another degree to go before I can become a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. I can't rack up all my debt with this one degree and I don't want to be forced to take out private loans.
My life is is still very much in limbo. It will be a few more weeks before I receive my financial aid; until then I won't know where I'm going.