Quote from mindyg22
thanks everyone. i do want to go to orlando tech for the lpn program and that was my plan all along. i am just afraid that since i have to work full time right now that i may fail the lpn program. my husband and i are having a bit of a hard time right now because he is on the disney college program until january and he will then start the professional internship but will not be making much more. so i will have to work monday - friday from 8 to 5 (until i tell my boss that i am going to school) and then maybe i can work until 3 so i can leave because the part time classes at orlando tech start at 4 pm.
do you think that i would be able to stick it out for 6 weeks until i can get the cna and then work full time as a cna to finish school? how much does the cnas start out making after they finish the 6 wk program? would it be better to work in a nursing home or hospital as a cna while finishing school? also, i am glad i found you on here because i think you may be my new friend, lol. when i start this, i am going to need someone to talk to so i may look for you again.
i know a descent amount already from working in the medical field as a receptionist. i took the nclex-pn practice test i found online and without ever being in nursing classes, i got 28 of the 50 questions correct. i know that's not great but it's ok to start.
several of the girls in my class worked as a home health aid on night shift and came to school in the morning. it would be even better if u did the evening program bc then you could work 11p to 7a, go home and sleep/study and go to school at 4. in home health its easy to get studying done while at work. but depending on your husbands schedule it may cause problems. my ex and i grew apart a lot while i was in school to the point we were like strangers. but that stemmed more from me bettering myself and having goals and him not so im sure that wouldnt have happened had we been on the same page. but everything happens for a reason bc im with someone i couldnt be happier with now
granny nannies is supposed to be pretty good. most of the girls i knew made im thinking around 9.50 to 10 an hour. it might not be as much as u make now, but it sounded good to me at the time bc i ony made 8 bucks an hour at starbucks while i was in school (lol)...i was just too lazy to go thru switching jobs and they were very flexible with me so i stuck it out thru school. but also, if your job is flexible and pays u more than u would make as a cna, i would probably stick with that. if you work in a facility as a cna, you will work hard and be very tired. i would only have done it in home health bc its easy. i believe most of the ppl in the part time evening program did work during the day. i went full time days, and there were a few in there who worked full time as well. a few made it, but many didnt.
my best advice is to go into it thinking failure is not an option. it isnt easy, but it is worth it. stay focused and you will make it. dont let anything get in the way of reaching graduation. we lost over half our class, and that is pretty common. you will be tired a lot. you will think about quitting several times. you will go around looking like death sometimes (my nickname became pigpen from charlie brown lol). i looked at is as i could struggle a little more financially than usual for a year, or if i didnt make it struggle financially forever lol. now, im financially self sufficient for the first time ever. this is something that will put you in a much better position with so many possibilities and will open so many doors. you will be on your way! as an lpn you can only go up from there (if u choose)....rn, bsn, msn, whatever you want but its a great opportunity so dont let it pass you by! it was the best thing i ever did. ill be bridging over to rn starting next month, which im exited about!
as you can see i like to "talk" lol.
anyway, feel free to shoot me a message anytime. ill be glad to help u out any way i can even just to listen or give advice. good luck! did u take the net yet? i had the study guide but i let someone borrow it. if i get it back you can have it. it costs about $27 and u can get it at any college bookstore. its called "the net study guide" (original, i know lol). also, i have notes from most of the lpn the program on disk id be glad to pass along. but u didnt get them from me lol (the teachers are touchy about that but i personally dont see the big deal--its not like they are tests). they are great to study from. print them and highlight/underline key points. worked like a charm for me.