Interested in becoming a nurse :)

  1. Hello, i am a new member to this site. I came on here because i am very interested in pursuing a nursing career. I am 18 years old and out of high school , the only this that is holding me back right now from starting off my 2 year associate for RN is my financial situation , because i live on my own and work full time , it is very hard to just cut my working to go to school because then i wont be able to pay any rent or anything... this frustrates me ... i have thought also about taking quick cna courses but im not sure if i should do that . what i want to do is just get a feel of being some type of nurse .. ... i know cna's do not make much at all.... but what do you guys think...
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   Dr. Gonzo
    I wannabe a RN too you should get your associates degree and volunteer at a hospital to get a little experience even though you cant do that much as a volunteer but you could follow a RN around im sure some wont mind teaching you some things.
  4. by   ERNurse752
    Have you applied for financial aid? I know I had a rough time paying for things b/c financial aid took my parents' income into account even though they couldn't help me pay for school. It helped when my parents got divorced. Good luck!
  5. by   IamRN
    Quote from karlita85
    the only this that is holding me back right now from starting off my 2 year associate for rn is my financial situation , i know cna's do not make much at all.... but what do you guys think...
    have you considered student loans? these is some type of loan out there that can be "forgiven" or paid back by working in specific areas w/critical shortages (which is really most places! )

    student loans along w/grants helped me and most of my fellow students.

    best wishes!!!
  6. by   Tweety
    Take as many related courses now and get them out of the way. I had to work full time myself and that's what I did. It's going to take longer, but that's what I had to do. There are plenty of courses you can take like English, etc. a few courses at a time so you can continue to work.

    I wouldn't go the CNA route if it's a pay cut. You can always do that later if you want the nursing experience.

    Good luck and welcome to the site.
    Last edit by Tweety on Apr 30, '04
  7. by   camay1221_RN
    I worked full-time while taking my pre-req classes. I would take two classes a semester, one daytime and one evening. I was still in banking at the time, and I had a wonderful branch manager who allowed me to come in little later on the days I had my morning classes. So, what would have been a three year diploma program was stretched out to a total of five years for me. Needless to say, once I got into clinicals, I had to depend more on financial aid, mostly loans. I have accepted my loans as being like my mortgage...always going to be there!!

    Whatever you decide to do, I wish you the best of luck!!!!

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