Hi everyone! Newbie here!
After 7 years in the Defense Industry, I'm happy to say that I finally
conjured up enough courage to switch gears and become what I have always wanted to become - a nurse!
I begin a CNA class next Monday - a prerequisite to the LVN program at my cc. Class is M W F 7:30am-3:30pm. Of course, I will still need to work full-time to support my family (two awesome kiddies under 6 yrs and a CNA hubby). Luckily I was able to go to 3rd shift 4pm-12am.
I am excited about school and changing careers, but nervous about the affect it will have on my family. I'm wondering if anyone else is in a similar situation? How did you balance family time and school?
Also, is it critical to work as a CNA before becoming an LVN? An LVN before becoming an RN? Or can I complete schooling as an RN and jump into the workforce? I ask this, because my family could not endure the pay cut if I quit my job to work as a CNA (even though this is what I REALLY want to do!).
Any advice is greatly appreciated