You would think that with the increasing nursing shortage being in the news here lately that something more would be done to encourage those wanting to go into the field. I have been wanting to return to nursing school for several years now, but am limited financially. I have a family and bills to pay. All the scholarship programs are geared towards high school seniors, not "nontraditional students" such as myself (32 years old). Calling the local hospitals to inquire about any programs they might have was a waste of time. They acted like they didn't understand what I was talking about when I asked if they had any scholarship or internship programs for RN students. One told me they had a program, but you had to have finished your first clinical rotation before you would be eligible. That leaves me out. I apologize for dumping all this on you all, but I am really frustrated and needed to vent.