Great - 9 months to go and I may have to quit... - page 2

So, I have 9 more months 'til I'm a nurse and can make my own $$ and very possibly leave my alcoholic husband. I'm really excited and hoping these last 9 months will fly by & I'll be on my way to a... Read More

  1. by   ak127
    Quote from abbythetabby
    www.bigwords.com can help you find the cheapest price on used texts. Often, the previous edition is available for less than $10. That's how I'm planning to get by this semester.
    I second that, BigWords.com rocks my world. Old editions can definitely save you money, just make sure that you photocopy the table of contents from the new edition to cross check, because chapter 5 in one edition is NOT necessarily chapter 5 in another... I found this one out the hard way! If you are careful, this can be a great way to save money though.
  2. by   Jolie
    Quote from allthingsbright
    I just wanted to add that usually college libraries carry all copies of needed textbooks for students to use...check there. Maybe you can make due until you get the $$ by using those?

    I agree, talk to the nursing director. She may even have the texts to loan out for just such cases. GL!!!!

    At the university I attended, all textbooks and other books designated by the individual instructors as "essential" to the class were kept on reserve in the library. They could not be checked out, only loaned for for a period of an hour or so at a time, which enabled everyone access to them to photocopy the needed info.

    I also agree that an urgent appointment with the department head is in order. S/he can certainly arrange to loan you books for a brief period of time, even if they are older editions of the current textbooks, and should take a vested interest in seeing you successfully complete this program!

    Best wishes to you!
  3. by   Bala Shark
    The nursing program and the instructors have the book...Ask them if you can see the book and photocopy the pages..And the nursing program has a photocopy machine so I assume if they let you, you dont have to pay for that..I assume that you dont have to photo copy that many pages because you will get your money in 4 weeks..If your nursing program wants you to suceed, they will let you see the books to photcopy it..Talk to the DON at your school whenever you have problem like this
    Last edit by Bala Shark on Aug 20, '06
  4. by   zahryia
    I have a crazier idea. Your story sounds very compelling. How about you ask the publisher for an unsolicited 'scholarship' to pay for at least your main text for the semester. Big companies are always trying to look for opportunities to look good. Sometimes they need a kick in the butt to do so, but it's worth a try.

    In the meantime, do not drop out. Take really good notes and buy a cheapie recorder while you're waiting on your books. I would also pray on it. You'll be fine.
  5. by   NRSKarenRN
    Quote from Jolie
    At the university I attended, all textbooks and other books designated by the individual instructors as "essential" to the class were kept on reserve in the library. They could not be checked out, only loaned for for a period of an hour or so at a time, which enabled everyone access to them to photocopy the needed info.

    I also agree that an urgent appointment with the department head is in order. S/he can certainly arrange to loan you books for a brief period of time, even if they are older editions of the current textbooks, and should take a vested interest in seeing you successfully complete this program!

    Best wishes to you!
    :yeahthat: Agree 100% here.

    Check out your programs library ASAP... so many students go it alone and never seak thier support. I've even seen libraries purge previous years textbooks at low prices, even give out for free depending on program.

    Please discuss with your nursing advisor first, then go to next level: department head.

    We are all rooting for you. When there's a will, theres a way...usually!
  6. by   ShockerGirl07
    Ive noticed at Borders too (if you have one in your area) they have some of my text books there, you could go there and do the reading if the school library doesnt work out! Good luck let us know how it goes!
  7. by   Nikkik163
    I was going to say what someone already said. Sometimes college libraries carry the books for classes. You should really check there and see if they are available. Also, I know that in our nursing lab all of the books are available there too. You can find a way.....just DO NOT DROP OUT! You really have worked too hard to get this far. Try to think of this as a minor bump in the road. As others have said, go talk to the director, dean, past students, friends in your class, just do not take no for an answer. Good luck to you
  8. by   fotografe
    Go to the faculty. They get free samples of the texts they use. Explain your situation and ask to borrow what you need until the $$ comes through. You may also look in the library (local branches too). THey sometimes have the books you need on reserve. If that doesn't work, you need to find a classmate who will share for a couple weeks -- or an upper classman who will lend you the books. What books do you need anyway? Some of us on here may have them and be willing to send them to you! Let us know. DON'T QUIT!
  9. by   fotografe
    Barnes and Noble too.

    Quote from ShockerGirl07
    Ive noticed at Borders too (if you have one in your area) they have some of my text books there, you could go there and do the reading if the school library doesnt work out! Good luck let us know how it goes!
  10. by   onehusbandsevenkids
    Hi everyone.
    I meant to get back to this thread much earlier, but life got in the way.
    I only have a minute as I took Benedryl so I could get some sleep (first day back tomorrow and have lots of anxiety & Benedryl rally knocks me out) and now my fingers aren't really typing where my brain is trying to tell them to. And my eyes are getting all wonky too....

    So its nighty night for me, but I wanted to thank you all very much for the great support and advice and ideas You all have calmed me down and I'm going to be checking into some options tomorrow. Thanks again.

    hugs,
    Stephanie

    btw what is this smiley :trout: supposed to be for? LOL
  11. by   emllpn2006
    I know how you feel. I work at a collection agency and these are some things we suggest to people to help get money to help pay bills. Maybe you could apply one or more of these to help come up with funds for books. I know you said you only have 2 days but some of these could at least get you a couple of the books you need if all else fails.
    1. Defer a car payment of mortgage payment- May lenders allow you to do this for a small fee and your loan does not fall behind.
    2.I know you said you had no family to help with the 400.00 but possible you have a couple relatives who could loan you 20.00 or 50.00 that could really add up.
    3.Pawn shop- You end up paying alot of intrest but you get to stay in school.
    4. If you have good credit possibly you could get a personal loan or student loan at a local bank. Some even will give you a check within 24 hours.
    5. Yard Sell- You may not get all 400.00 but maybe could get enough to buy a couple of the books you need.
    6. Consignment Shop- Get a little extra cash and clean out your closets at the same time.
    7. Plasma Center- In this area you get 40.00 for the first 2 dontions and can donate twice a week.
    8. Local Church- We have a local church that gives out tuition and book money and will even give up to 500.00 monthly to help students with living and transportation expenses.
    9. Local Department of Health and Human Resources- They have grants to help with education expenses and living expenses while in school.
  12. by   firstyearstudent
    I know how difficult it is to ANYTHNG when you have children, but I wouldln't give up. You've already gotten some great ideas, here's two more.

    -- How about a yard sale? Isn't there something in the house you could sell. You could even get your older kids to put it together.

    -- While they shut you down at the financial aid office, many schools offer emergency loans to students. I would call the school again and ask about that specifically.
  13. by   fleur-de-lis
    The squeaky wheel gets the oil - call up the financial aid office/nursing director/dean and go on a polite tirade about how they changed the rules with no notice. Tell them you may have to drop out - believe me - they want your money too much to let that happen! And I agree that borrowing/copying pages from classmates books can help get you through this tough spot. You have come this far, please don't quit now! Nursing needs you as much as you need it!!!

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