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Is becoming a registered nurse worth the money it cost to attend college?

Money isn't easy to get and I want to know I'm doing something that's worth the money and effort. #money #income #scholarships #nursing

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Ed’s Answer

Obviously, I am not a registered nurse but my wife and daughter are both nurses. My wife for over 30 years as L.P.N. and my daughter for almost 10 years as an R.N. They both enjoy their work and find it both challenging and rewarding from a personal and economic perspective. Although a Nursing program is a requirement for state licensing (at least in Mass), a College Degree is not . Getting a 4 year degree in Nursing with a state license will give you the best opportunity to get the highest paying Nursing positions but there are lots of opportunities to get a position as a Registered Nurse without a college degree and saving you time and money upfront. As with any new career, getting the first opportunity is always the hardest and that is where having the degree helps. Once you get that first job and do well, opportunities for advancement will become available.

Ed recommends the following next steps:

Check out Programs at local Community Colleges and Nursing Schools
Volunteer at a local medical facility to see if this is really the career for you
Research average Salaries for Nurses
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Carly’s Answer

I feel like it was worth the money. I took out loans to become a RN. My earning potential is much higher than before I went to school. Nursing has been a good fit for me. You may be able to find a hospital or a nursing home that will help you pay for school while you work for them. You may also qualify for scholarships.

Carly recommends the following next steps:

Look into nursing schools
Look into employment that will help pay for nursing school
Look into scholarships
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