One bit of good news- if you do want to go for the RN-BSN, there are schools, even good ones that DON"T require the organic chemistry. I, too, though I would need that. Turns out, I don't. So, this fall I can begin my BSN online and not have to worry about it. At least it's one thing less.
Oh! I also have an Iraq war vet living in my house these days! He was able to find a seasonal position at Wally World just this very week. It may only last a month, but he gets to sell GUNS in sporting goods, so he's very happy. I'm relieved to see him up every day, off the computer and doing something to lift his spirits.
Even with a BA degree and military intelligence background, jobs are non-existent for him in his field. The pay he earned over there is dwindling and he needs to bring something, anything, in to cover his basics.
I am blessed not to be the sole breadwinner. However, I do have one angry spouse with hands on hips, foot tapping, wanting to see the financial pay off from all those loans I took to get the ADN degree! He's been underemployed since his heart attack. We are paycheck to paycheck.
I understand his frustration. But, I also know I have to work safely as a nurse (don't want to kill anyone and I really not looking to wear an orange jumpsuit anytime soon). Round One of PRN nursing in LTC did not go smoothly. I've been licking my wounds, trying to get up my nerve to try again. Now that my semester of prereqs for BSN is over, I plan to address my self-evaluated deficits in nursing knowledge (pharmacology, narrative documentation, and basic procedures they didn't teach in school but thankfully YouTube videos do!).
I have been subbing as a school nurse this last month. Talk about a breath of fresh air!!! My own office, get to sit down, in an actual chair, document in piece, actually eat lunch, and, for me, the real bonus... NO CNA's!!! (I know that comes off offensive and I know there are really good one's out there, but I have really good personal reasons for feeling that way right now!). The pay is low, but it''s twice a month and through the summer, even though you are off. Plus every weekend, evening and holidays off as well. As a supplement to the sole breadwinner salary, it might be the way to go, if I can get the job. Just think they are hard to come by. Today I was at the alternative school for the juvenile deliquents. Even though I had to go toe to toe with a thirteen year old over his insulin, it was way better than my LTC position. Just saying.
In the new year, and because I don't have the school nurse position yet, I will look for PRN LTC/hospital work. I, too, think that PRN would make me feel less trapped by the job and more in control. Even though I was hired PRN at the last place, they told me a week in I was part time, but then worked me like full time until it all ended abruptly. I would prefer the PRN- 2-3 days a week or every other weekend something like that so I could study and look into other types of nursing.
I'm sorry for the depression people feel. I night before I was fired, I thought to myself how I wasn't doing anything well in my life-not taking proper care of the kids, the house, or even the patients because there wasn't enough time to do it all no matter where I was and what I was doing at the time.
I definitely understand your feelings!