Going to school to become an LPN...

  1. ...I think I might need to work on the side just to afford daycare for my 16 month old. We don't qualify for assistance, but we don't make enough to pay the $155-$183 a week for child care either. I also have an 8 year old that is in school during the year, but will need summer care, which will increase the cost of childcare alot as well.

    I heard that after going through the first couple of semesters of LPN school, I could get certified as a CNA. Is that possible and if so, would I be able to find a job that would work around my classes and clinicals?? I could maybe do a weekend day a week while my husband is home from work?? Or, perhaps a couple of night shifts a week? At least enough to help take the edge off of gas costs from driving 35 miles a day each way to school and for child care.

    I have been blessed to be a stay at home mom for the past 23 months, but now that I have rec'd my acceptance letter and classes start in under a month I am very nervous and have no idea how we are going to swing the costs of this. Sometimes it seems like it would be easier to just stay home until all the kids are in school full time, but I have been working on getting into this school since March (completing an essay, the NET test, two interviews, 3 letters of recommendation, etc) and I would truly hate to get into it and have to pull out do to lack of funds to pay daycare. (...and then have student loans on top of that!!)

    Sigh...I am really scared.
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  3. by   jb2u
    You can do it. I know many Nursing students that work as cna's because the hours are easy to work around our school schedule. Other than that, look into loans, scholarships, grants, etc.

    I believe that anyone can make it. Yes, it is harder for some than it is for others, but it can be done. I think you would be happier going now as oppose to waiting for your kids to get into school. Of course, if you wait then you may find another "excuse" for not going. "Well, maybe I should wait until the kids graduate." "Maybe I should wait until we pay off the car." You get my point. Someone once said that time does not stop. 2008 will come, but will you be a Nurse in 2008 or will you be saying, "oh man, I could have been a Nurse by now." I make a lot of sacrifices now, but I know that when I graduate in May 2007, I know that my life from that moment on will be better (for various reasons).

    I wish you much luck and I hope you find the perfect solution to your dilemma.

    Sincerely,
    Jay
    Last edit by jb2u on Sep 7, '06
  4. by   NHmommy
    Yes, you can work as a CNA while in nursing school.
    I'd look for a job that has tuition re-imbursement. Most hospitals are so desperate they will pay CNA's to upgrade to LPN's and LPN's to upgrade to RN's.

    Some nursing homes do as well.
    Look around and good luck!

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