Homelessness - page 3

If you graduate nursing school, assuming you were living with your parents, and you had a lot of student loans and your parents said, "You graduated, now, get out" and you found a job as an RN in a... Read More

  1. by   Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Quote from KelRN215
    I wasn't suggesting you were. Just saying that if you search craigslist for roommates, there are other options than living in a van.

    This guy's ad said that his personal assistant would "run errands, keep things organized and post ads on the internet." I did think sexual favors when I read it but technically that's not what he's advertising.

    Another option for the OP would be house sitting. I hire house sitters to watch my dogs in my home every time we go away. Someone I work with (she's per diem and towards the end of her career so does what she wants) seems like she's traveling about as much as she's home and she also always hires house sitters for her dog so if you could find 2 people who travel 50% of the time and need house sitters while they're away, you could get paid to watch their houses and then have access to showers and a kitchen.
    House sitting sounds pretty awesome!
  2. by   Beldar_the_Cenobite
    In my NURS-299 class I had to take, we learned that homelessness is temporary. I would like to live in a house or apartment, but I would like to be debt free before that. The only two forms of debt I would like to have is a mortgage and maybe a car payment. I don't have a wife or kids or alimony or child support to pay, and if it were possible, I would like to work two RN jobs, then again, I wouldn't have a life, but like I said if it's possible as in if it's safe and people do it or if it's doable, I'd like to do it to help speed up my situation so I can live a normal life.

    Paying for a place to live period defeats the purpose of paying off stuff. When I worked at a hospital in East Tennessee as a sterilization technician, I think I looked into living in my car, but my manager at the time said "NO" in a heavy, southern tone.
  3. by   Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Quote from ItsThatJenGirl
    With all respect, you're not in nursing school yet! So much may change between now and then - try not to stress about your living situation after you graduate. Save as much as you can, and if living in a van is what you want, then do that.

    Have you talked to anyone about your anxiety?
    I know. I've been doing pretty well looking for people who are in the program I want to enter and their description of it. It sounds a lot less stressful than I thought given by their experiences so far and they're first semester students so they remember what they experienced.

    I take my HESI A2 exam this coming Tuesday. Fingers crossed. Once I get a call, or approved for the program, I'll be less loud on here hahaha I got all As in my pre-req sciences and math so anxiety toned down a bit. This HESI is bothersome, but at least I don't have to work till this coming Saturday so I have the whole weekend to study everything. I think I'm good on the math, so that leaves me with 3 things to hope for a good, high score. Also, you don't get your test reults until you've fully completed the four areas required: A&P, Reading comp, math, and grammar. After you've finished the test, then they give you your results. So that increases your anxiety even more before the test because you want to see your results after each section you finish haha

    Depending on how well I do on the HESI is how I'll make time to see a counselor at the VA.
  4. by   Coffee Nurse
    Quote from Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Wow, $12,000 would pay 6 months worth of rent? In one year, you've paid up to half of what I owe in student loans. $24,000 in one year is also half the price of a new Impala Premier I want to buy if I become an RN. $12,000 may not seem like much money to you, but that's a lot of money to me. That's half of what a new Harley Street Glide costs.
    $12,000 IS a lot of money to me (i.e., half a year's worth of housing in a more expensive place than I'd prefer to live), and I wasn't the one who suggested you pay it. My suggestion was only that IF you had that kind of money to spend on a camper van, why not put it towards a real place to live.
  5. by   Wuzzie
    Quote from Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Hence why a white cargo van, which can blend in with other traffic, is good enough because it gives me safe privacy and the chance to pull out a firearm if I get broke into.
    A white cargo van may not be you're best choice. They are often associated with a certain felonious behavior and if it's parked in the same place for long periods of time it might actually draw attention.
  6. by   ItsThatJenGirl
    Quote from Beldar_the_Cenobite
    I know. I've been doing pretty well looking for people who are in the program I want to enter and their description of it. It sounds a lot less stressful than I thought given by their experiences so far and they're first semester students so they remember what they experienced.

    I take my HESI A2 exam this coming Tuesday. Fingers crossed. Once I get a call, or approved for the program, I'll be less loud on here hahaha I got all As in my pre-req sciences and math so anxiety toned down a bit. This HESI is bothersome, but at least I don't have to work till this coming Saturday so I have the whole weekend to study everything. I think I'm good on the math, so that leaves me with 3 things to hope for a good, high score. Also, you don't get your test reults until you've fully completed the four areas required: A&P, Reading comp, math, and grammar. After you've finished the test, then they give you your results. So that increases your anxiety even more before the test because you want to see your results after each section you finish haha

    Depending on how well I do on the HESI is how I'll make time to see a counselor at the VA.
    I found the HESI to be very straightforward.

    I'm cheering for you - just take care of yourself. Your mental health is at least as important as your HESI score.
  7. by   Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Quote from Coffee Nurse
    $12,000 IS a lot of money to me (i.e., half a year's worth of housing in a more expensive place than I'd prefer to live), and I wasn't the one who suggested you pay it. My suggestion was only that IF you had that kind of money to spend on a camper van, why not put it towards a real place to live.
    Because after a year, you'll still be living in that same place paying that kind of money. A typical cargo van probably costs between $3,000-$17,000 depending on year. After a year, or after you paid it off, you won't be paying $12,000 every 6 months living in a van. There are too many camper vans to find that make choosing the right one less straight-forward. Old Volkswagen buses (restored or custom made) to Mercedes Sprinters (custom made) ranging from $16,000-$150,000.

    The vans used by directve and cox cable are vans that can look like anything. Something you'd see on a construction site, something that cleans cars like a mobile car wash, something that is used for hauling like U-haul, etc. Volkswagen buses and the vans that have sofas and kitchens already inside, those all need hook-ups and they don't have a lot of space because of what they have inside that is permanent. That's why I prefer cargo vans over all-included vans because of versatility. Mercedes Sprinters are too tall and impede your ability to park in public areas like a motel lot or Wal-Mart. Their height makes them obvious.
    Last edit by Beldar_the_Cenobite on Feb 3
  8. by   Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Quote from Wuzzie
    A white cargo van may not be you're best choice. They are often associated with a certain felonious behavior and if it's parked in the same place for long periods of time it might actually draw attention.
    The only way to not look like a felon, I've learned over the years, is to make sure the van looks like this:


    You want this instead.
    new-and-used-
  9. by   Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Quote from Wuzzie
    A white cargo van may not be you're best choice. They are often associated with a certain felonious behavior and if it's parked in the same place for long periods of time it might actually draw attention.
    What you don't want to not look creepy is this:

    78-82_chevrolet_van-jpg

    See how it looks all old and dirty?
  10. by   Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Quote from ItsThatJenGirl
    I found the HESI to be very straightforward.

    I'm cheering for you - just take care of yourself. Your mental health is at least as important as your HESI score.
    Thank you! I really hope I pass. It was $107. REDICULOUS! It better be 3rd grade level testing. haha
  11. by   wondern
    Good luck. I always wanted to get far far away from the hospital after I got off work. I did find a van to match your avatar.images-2-jpeg

    I'd try to park by a lake in a safe campground with showers and BBQ grills, either that or ...down by the river!!! I had to go there. It is Saturday night after all.images-3-jpeg
  12. by   Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Quote from wondern
    Good luck. I always wanted to get far far away from the hospital after I got off work. I did find a van to match your avatar.images-2-jpeg

    I'd try to park by a lake in a safe campground with showers and BBQ grills, either that or ...down by the river!!! I had to go there. It is Saturday night after all.images-3-jpeg
    That van reminds me fo the one from the movie Old School with Will Ferrell. I love Chris Farley. One comment on this post had "down by the river" comment too. I l o l'd
  13. by   Accolay
    If you think living out of a van will work for you, go for it

    Another option could be living in a storage unit or renting a cheap office space. I have seen youtube videos on this.

    I was homeless for a night technically between moving out of an apartment and then sleeping on a Craigslist guy's cough for a couple months before I bought my house. (I didn't want to pay for a hotel room or stay with anyone.) You gotta do what you gotta do. If you've figured out it's cheaper to live in your own van than renting a room somewhere and figure the stress level of accommodating your daily living in a van is less than the stress of paying rent then good for you. There are a good number of people converting different types of vans just for this purpose a la the tiny house movement.

    Much more desirable if it's a choice you're deliberately making vs. having to do something because you have no other options. My biggest problem could be the security aspect of leaving all your stuff in the van while it's parked. I've had stuff stolen from my car before...

    Either way as suggested get a PO Box or Mail Boxes Etc. mailbox or similar for your address. Get a gym membership or shower at work. But don't forget that you'll need cash for vehicle maintenance too (and gas.)

    Walmarts do allow campers and such in their lots, approved by their managers:RV Parking at Walmart – Walmart Locator

    Here's some motivation to keep things simple:
    "Why millionaire pitcher Daniel Norris lives in a van"
    Why millionaire pitcher Daniel Norris lives in a van | MNN - Mother Nature Network

    Just make sure it doesn't look like this:

    Be advised that if you're in the dating mood I assume it could take a really special person to date someone living in a van.

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