This was a real eye opener for me. I know President Obama and Congress are working to try to revise the whole student debt issue - and it can't come soon enough! (If this won't open for you directly, you can always copy and paste it into your browser. It's worth a listen.)…/tough-lessons-on-debt-for-college-stud…

This Spring, Tell Me More and Morning Edition have helped listeners navigate the higher education money maze. David Greene and Michel Martin do a wrap of the "Paying for College" series.

Sorry to be so long in updating page - no excuse!

The world of registered nursing is changing by the minute, it seems, and I'm not sure what advice to offer someone with an interest in this career, other than the ultimate goal should be the BSN at a bare minimum. That does not mean that the ASN isn't viable anymore - it is still an excellent place to START. Here is yet another article about careers that do not require a bachelor's degree, and registered nursing is still on the list.…/jobs_that_pay_triple_the_minim…

If you're a minimum wage worker, slaving away at a meager $7.25 an hour, then you probably want higher pay. So check out the following jobs that pay triple the minimum wage ($45,000 a year or more) and don't require a bachelor's degree.

Now that we are into the fall semester, I will be keeping regular hours for advising: Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. in B225, Lafayette Hall. You are also welcome to swing by whenever you have a little time between classes, and if I am not teaching or on my way to a meeting I would love to sit down with you and talk about your future in healthcare!

Still not sure what the future of associates degree nursing will be, but this continues to be the pipeline for over half of entry-level RNs in the U.S. Here's an article listing a few other two-year degrees that appear to be in demand in the job market.…/good-pay_jobs_with_an_associat…

Want to make a career switch to a more lucrative field, but worried about starting from scratch in terms of education requirements? The good news is careers do exist that don't require four years of schooling, but still pay relatively well. Keep reading for a few fields that are short on school, big...

Check out this article about good jobs that DO NOT require a lot of schooling.

I take it as a bad sign that nursing is not mentioned, because a few years ago it would have been. Means that, for all practical purposes, you SHOULD have the bachelor's to get into that field.

I honestly don't know what is happening with the two-year programs. Seems like there are fewer and fewer of them -

Maybe life edged in or you realized along the way that you aren't cut out for higher education. But that's no reason to take a dead-end job or accept a career that doesn't pay a good wage.

Better yet - come see Gayle Barrett, who can tell you all about the community college nursing program AND the pre-reqs, in time for you to be ready for next year! She will be in BH 135 at 3:30 on April 16. If you had any issues with the online application, etc., come see her and tell her about it, so she can take that info back to the schools. Some students simply did not understand how to navigate through this online application process, and they had difficulty checking to see if their application had been received.

I heard the e-mail acceptances from the community colleges FINALLY went out! If you are disappointed because you were turned down, the reason why might be very simple and correctable. Some students did not know that they had to have the computer course CSA 106 - NOT the challenge test from HCC! Some students thought that a "C" would be acceptable for A&P (it must be a "C+", or that a science older than five years would still be good - it isn't. While it's too late to do anything about this year's application, you now have a year to fix any of these issues. Please come see me so we can figure out what you should do!

For those of you who have a hard time seeing me during my regular office hours, tomorrow, April 2, to kick off the summer and fall registration, we're having an all-day open advising session in the atrium of Lafayette Hall. My shift is 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Come see me if that time works for you -

Charter Oak State College is having an open house tonight (Wednesday, March 13, at 5:30 p.m.) at 55 Paul Manafort Drive, New Britain. You could get info on all their bachelor's degees, including the brand-new one: Health Information Management. Charter Oak is cheaper than state schools like SCSU, and will accept credits from a wide range of schools, including HCC. RSVP at: Get more info at

This is absolutely something to consider if you have been turned down for the nursing program. You could be graduating with your bachelor's degree in a related health care management field in the same length of time it would take you to get the associate's degree in nursing, especially if you must now wait until fall to apply to nursing school AGAIN. . .

Did you get disappointing news from the nursing program you applied to? Don't know what your next step should be? PLEASE come see me! I'll be in my office on Friday, March 15 between 1 and 3 p.m., and that might be a great time for you, since it's during spring break. If not, regular office hours are fine. But please come - we can work out a plan to get you back on track.

Interested in finding a job to help with school expenses? Also, finding a job in or around health care can be a great career move. Gives you potential references for nursing school and future employment opportunities once you have obtained your RN. HCC is hosting a career fair on March 14 from 9:30 to 2 p.m. Here is link to register:

CTWorks Centers of Southwestern Connecticut – Bridgeport, Stamford, Derby (Valley)

Are you ready to register for summer and fall classes on April 2?? If you want science - you know those classes fill extremely fast. Need advice before registering? I'll be at HCC tomorrow (Sunday) from 1 to 3 p.m. Come see me!

There is an article on the front page of the NY Times today about how EVERYONE needs at least a bachelor's degree now. The article was about a law firm, where even the receptionist and the "go-fer" are college grads. It mentioned a long list of professions that were once accessible without college, but now require degrees. This is EXACTLY the same message I heard yesterday at BHSN. If you want to enjoy stable employment as an RN, the associates is only the first step. You must be prepared to continue on, perhaps even into masters-level work. Right now you can still get a job as an RN fresh out of BHSN, but many places are making their new hires promise that they will have the BSN within a few years - AND the company will usually help pay for it.

BHSN is having an info session tomorrow, Tuesday, February 19, at 3:30 p.m. at the Mill Hill address across from Bridgeport Hospital. (The one last was week was cancelled because of weather issues.)

This is a nice article I found on Yahoo. A good combination of skill levels: medical assisting, pharm tech you could get very quickly, and those are good entry level jobs that could help finance your long-term goal, which might be nursing or dental hygiene.…/no_med_school_med_careers.htm;…

Forget medical school and the time it takes to finish it. If you want to make a career switch to the health care industry, there are other ways to prepare that will save you time and money.

I just got an e-mail from Jane Miraval at BHSN: the info session scheduled for Wednesday, February 13 has been postponed. New date: February 19 at 3:30 p.m., Mill Hill Avenue campus.

Found this article posted on Yahoo - one of the "online degrees" mentioned is for nursing! I know of several "RN to BSN" programs that are completely online - SCSU and Fairfield University, to name just a couple. Once you have your RN, it's pretty easy to find a program to take you to the next level, AND your employer will help you pay for it.…/…

If this sounds like you, consider enrolling in an online program, which could give you the freedom to earn your degree from wherever there is an Internet connection.

Just got an e-mail about a scholarship opportunity, with a February 15 deadline. Here is link if you want to find out the details.…