Well ... I'm working on the prereq's to get into nursing school. Dreading every day that I have to go to work and knowing I can't go to nursing school for at least another year. Additionally I have to save enough money since I'm single and live with my parents (thank god!) to pay my bills. I'm looking to change jobs right now to make more money so I can save more over the next year or so, that is smart at least right?
Well my frustration is I really want to do this nursing thing, but I feel so discouraged from my parents. They both think that business to nursing is too drastic. My mom reminds me (when I mention I'm doing homework for prereq's) that she thinks this is a bad idea and that she will find a way to talk me out of it. She wants me to go for my MBA or JD (which were my other two alternatives before I finally decided on nursing). She's like if you want to help people, volunteer. She knows I've loved science and medicine since a kid, growing up wanting to be a scientist or a doctor.
I know I shouldn't be thinking so far into the future but I have to wait so long and I just want to start nursing. I look at all the possibilities and even if I get out of patient care after a few years, I know I hvae to try it. I am young enough to try to figure out, but I'm people told that I have to start at the bottom again and to re-consider my choices. Hey, the bottom around here is at LEAST $15-20/hr which I'm making a little more than $16/hr at my current position that I hate. Argh, :angryfire SOrry to complain, but I don't have many people to talk to. Most of my friends aren't really "friends" when it comes to this and I like to talk things out. Unfortunately, usually its to myself. Or my boyfriend ... and I Know he gets sick of it. I try to talk to my mom about it, she listens sometimes, but then says something rude and I get all upset. WHY SO LONG TO WAIT!!!!!!!!
Sorry you read so far to hear me biz-nitch about all this ... thanks for reading at least!
I'll just sit here till next year ...
Jan 22, '03
I know I shouldn't be thinking so far into the future but I have to wait so long and I just want to start nursing.
First let me say follow your heart. Being an "older student" I can tell you it will never be easier to start a new career than where you are right now. If your heart is tugging you towards nursing, than go for it. NO education is ever wasted.
If you are getting antsy waiting to get into a nursing program would you consider working P/T or per diem as a nurse's aid? Hospitals are in need of aides just as much as nurses. While you won't be permitted to work in the capacity of a nurse, you will gain valuable experience in patient care. Believe me when I tell you many a nursing student I have met really wished they had had some "hands on" before the started nursing school. It's something to consider.
In the mean time, I am sorry that you are up against all this opposition. It still behooves me when I hear about folks wanting to get into nursing and their families/friends being so against it. My gosh, it's not like you are working towards something indecent or immoral.
You stick with it and remember there is always lots of support her at allnurses!
Last edit by opalmRN on Jan 22, '03