This past year has been tough on me. I was married and just recovered from brain surgery and going to my local community college for my RN. Where I was going to school you had to finish all your pre-recs and then take the Nelson/Denny entrance test. I finished all my pre-recs and passed the entrance exam and my marrige fell apart. (I have no kids luckily) My Dad said move back home (2 hours away) because new jobs and schools
can be found. It took me a month to replace my CNA hospital job which I now make more money (probably as much as an LPN would make sence I've been a CNA for 10 years) than the last hospital job and my new medical insurance has started. So I'm all good in the job department again. So at my new hospital job I've gotten re-united with other techs I worked with 10 years ago when I just started out before I was married. Except they are nurses now and I'm still a tech. Pretty depressing. And now that I've moved to this county I'm in the only county in Illinois where the community college has no nursing program! I feel like I'm in hell. The community college here has joint agreements with other colleges but you fight other Mchenry county students for less than 10 spots at each of these colleges. I met with a counsler at my local college and she asked me why I even want to bother to go on. I was so angry. I said because I think of how many 8am AnatomyI and AnatomyII classes I got up for after working a 3-11pm shift at the hospital and no way was I kissing that hard earned work goodbye. My community college is staring an LPN program this fall and it looks like I'll be able to easily get a spot. I just might do that to start. All the other schools are a 45+ minute drive that I'm not looking forward to if I could even get a spot. I figure if I get the LPN (which won't even help me pay wise and they don't really hire LPN's here) I'll just apply for the last year of an RN school and getting a spot 2nd year will be much easier. I'm just depressed and overwhelmed with what I should do now. And after 10 years I'm really burnt out as a CNA.