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What technical school you would suggest for nursing?

Asked by rainboots (287 points ) March 11th, 2010

I’m a little skeptical about these schools. I don’t know if it’s because the commercial’s are so bad, or is it the out come of the schooling? Why do they get such a bad rep? I have checked out some of the programs and they seem pretty solid. I have also looked on the Oregon State Board of Nursing to see if the programs are approved by the board. There are a few that have been approved. Has anyone gone through a program? If so what school? And what did you like and dislike?

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lilikoi's avatar

I public, local one. Best bang for your buck.

If they advertise, it is not a great sign.

galileogirl's avatar

There are nurses and then there are nurses. The private technical schools turn out Licensed Practical Nurses or Licensed Vocational Nurses who do a lot of the bedside care in hospitals. Depending on the state earning a license requires 1–2 years of classroom and on-the job training. These are the people we generally think of as our nurses when we are hospitalized. They dispense meds, take vitals and monitor your condition. (Are you sleeping well. going to the bathroom etc) Since the state sets the standards, these schools will be good. Here in California, some community colleges also offer the same training but they are harder to get into because of the costs.

There are also nurse’s aides who keep things tidy and bring meals and physically help the patient (also assist thr LPN?LVN

There used to be 3 year Regestered Nurse programs. Before the ‘70’s the RN was the bedside nurse. Nurses wanted to professionalize their career so many RN programs xpanded to 4 year BSN programs As salaries for these nurses rose, reflecting their increase education, they became supervisory and now there is only one per shift per ward

Nurses can attend post grad classes and specialize or become nurse-practitioners and function as mant family SDrs used to-minor illnesses, checkups, injections etc

iam2smart99037's avatar

Oklahoma University – aka OU Med. I have no clue if it’s a “technical school” but its very economical because besides tuition being lower than that of a private school, Oklahoma (as a state) has some of the lowest cost of living in the nation.

Edit- My girlfriend is in nursing at OU Med and loves it!

rainboots's avatar

boomer sooner!

ptarnbsn's avatar

@galileogirl I take it you are NOT a nurse

thriftymaid's avatar

Don’t go to a technical school. If you want to be a nurse get a bachelor degree in nursing, rather than just an R.N.

Buttonstc's avatar

SUNY at Plattsburgh has an excellent nursing program with a great reputation. They’ve been in operation for a long long time.

It’s a great little town in upstate NY and cost of living is reasonable. Great area great program.

( I went there majoring in Teaching English, but made friends with a lot of nursing students. They loved it there. )

galileogirl's avatar

@ptarnbsn Daughter of a nurse who received her RN at UMKC in 1946, BSN at USF in 1967. Masters in Nursing Education in 1976, Was this thread open only to nurses?

YARNLADY's avatar

Maybe you could talk to the human resources department that would hire and ask them.

ptarnbsn's avatar

@galileogirl No it wasn’t open only to nurses but as a baccalaureate prepared Registered (spelled correctly) Nurse graduating in 2 months with a Master’s as an Advanced Practice Nurse, I have never worked anywhere that all RNs are in supervisory positions or where there is only one RN per shift per ward. This may be true in nursing homes but is generally not the case in hospitals. Many RNs are still bedside nurses ESPECIALLY in specialty areas such as intensive care, post-anestesia care, telemetry, etc. In fact, when working as a contract RN traveling to other areas, many hospitals are leaning toward hiring only RNs as bedside nurses and limiting or eliminating LVN/LPNs completely. I just felt the information you gave was not up to date.

ptarnbsn's avatar

@rainboots You can never go wrong obtaining a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The best way to find a school with a good program is to check with the Board of Nursing of your state and find out the pass rates on the board exam of each school’s graduates.

galileogirl's avatar

@ptarnbsn As a person who has been hospitalized many times and who has kept up with the issues of staffing hospitals on the West Coast, there is a serious problem with the hospitals cutting costs by scheduling 1 RN per shift. There has been discussion about making it mandatory to require more.

ptarnbsn's avatar

@galileogirl You are right. That is a serious problem and quite unfair and unsafe for patients. I hear the problem may be worse on the West Coast than other areas. Unfortunately, cost cutting may not be the only issue behind that decision as there is a shortage of nurses worldwide and will probably get worse before it gets better.

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