So, this is kind of the short version of a very long and complicated story. Please bare with me. I once did a year of nursing school. Then, I got ill. I am asthmatic and when I get ill, I GET REALLY ILL. So, I opted out of a semester and then life happened. I got married, started raising my two step-daughters full time instead of half the time and my husband (an RN at the time) began working on his BSN, then went to get his MSN. So, bottom line... I kind of never went back. During an ER visit for my asthma, a respiratory therapist was talking to me about respiratory school and how it was the best thing she ever did and has been one for 20 some years. So, more so on a whim, I applied and got in by the afternoon for the Fall semester. Weird!! I love what I do. However, there is something more for me. I feel like a traitor since, at least in my hospital, there is always a chip on the RT's shoulder regarding nursing. I would not change my mind about being an RT first. I almost think that all nurses should be but that is another thought. Anyway, after a very scary set of events involving a needlestick with an HIV+ patient, I decided that I had to do everything on my to-do list at once. I applied for nursing school, again on a whim, and HOLY CRAP! got in for the fall!! So, I started the first 2 weeks of the program. Content wise it was easy stuff and actually pretty boring, but time wise it sucked. It was pretty much monday through friday 8am to 5pm (except it was not that cut and dry and was really the most whacked out schedule I had ever seen.) I was still working full time and now have 2 teenage daughters to keep up with. My husband had recently finished his MSN and passed his NP test so he was all done, but, all of us were so used to him being in school that I still had to provide all the answers and keep everyone organized. Well, it didn't take but a little over 2 weeks and I got sick again. This time I woke up in a trauma room at MY hospital with them talking about intubating me. WEIRD!!! Anyway, I ended up with pnuemonia/H1N1 and missed week 3 & 4. I was beside myself. I ended up having to make the decision to drop out. About a week after dropping out, I had sort of a realization. I really hate school. I think that at this point in my life, tradtitional nursing school is just not for me. So, I have started seeking out alternatives. I would like to eventually get my BSN and have just started looking into online stuff when my husband told me about this site. So, I am throwing a thread out there to anyone that may have any help for me. Any suggestions. Online RT to RN completion programs that I can get a BSN from eventually. Thanks for listening.
Oct 19, '09
I'd say probably no specific programs for that, since they are 2 entirely different disciplines. If you're happy being an RT, who cares.....If you really feel you just HAVE to be a nurse, then follow that link above in previous post.....but remember, looking at the current economic climate, most new nurses can't even find a job......good luck and let us know what you decide to do!
Last edit by MedSurgeMess on Oct 19, '09
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