I said nothing; family, friends or a job will stop me from being a nurse - page 2
Hey guys, The title of this says it all but there is still nothing wrong with a little of advice. I've been working my current job as a customer service representative for a little... Read More
Mar 12, '13 by CrunchRNKeep your job and start saving every cent you can. At the same time take an evening CNA course and see what you think once you have done some clinical time.
Then you will have some savings to help you if you do decide to quit your job.
Seriously, do NOT quit your well paying job until you have actually done some time in a facility helping patients with their care.
Mar 13, '13 by rportee0Thank you for your feedback CrunchRN. I didn't quit I was let go just recently. I'm still adjusting and I have some classes to take before CNA. I'm looking for work now but we'll see how things go. I will make the best of this I can.
Mar 13, '13 by CrunchRNmaybe you could volunteer at a nursing home in the mean time for some exposure?
Apr 4, '13 by jrmcfa2I have to get my CNA prior to entrance into the Nursing Program for which I have already applied. I have to have it completed before classes start in August in order to start the Nursing classes. But, if i get in to the nursing program, I'm planning to take the CNA courses on weekends in June so that I can work during the week. It costs $575 but includes materials. I currently work in a hospital and make decent money, more than most CNAs so I won't be leaving my job once i get the CNA liscense nor until I get a job as a RN. If i left, I would not only be giving up my paycheck, i would be giving up insurance, tuition reimbursement, and $300 a month that goes into my 401K. Really weigh what you're giving up besides the paycheck. I have two kids who have just gotten to ages where they can be more understanding and helpful in a way. I just keep telling myself that people do it every day and that I am going to do it too.
Apr 6, '13 by TaitCNA 8-week class was required for my ADN as well. I think at 30 you know what you want and if nursing is still in your heart I say go, gO, GO!! I waitressed two days a week while I was in nursing school, managed rent with roommates, and still got a to part a bit
Anything is doable if you have the heart and patience to just take it all one day at a time!
Apr 17, '13 by seahawksfanguySorry for the essay. Funny, because I am in the exact same boat. I’m 26. I got my nutrition degree in 2010. Then decided I wanted to teach and did my teaching internship. Lol don’t ask. Now after several years of working around and doing odds and ends I decided to do something with my life. I have a full time job that pays decent, has benefits, etc. People have always told me I am so caring and friendly that I would be a great nurse. I have a vested interested in the well being of others. I’ve pondered it throughout my college career but never actually did anything. My problem is I think but not act. Which I am trying to balance out. Sometimes you just have to go with it and let go and let god. Life is short, do what you want to do. One day while me and my best friend were in my room I meantioned “bro, *** am I doing with my life reall? It has no meaning right now..” My best friend who is a nursing student was like you should apply to nursing school. I thought about it for a minute and I stood up and I was like “lets do this sh*t!” I search for schools that I still had time for. All have passed or I did not meet requirements. I eventually found one. My deadline for that school was the end of Jan 2013. I decided to apply in mid December 2012 haha. It was the most grueling process ever. Probably one of the most difficult tasks I have ever under took. In a month and few weeks I got letters of recommendations, transcripts from 2 colleges and 2 highschools, took a CNA course, got my CRP cert, studied and passed the TEAs test, passed CNA written and skills test, and submitted my application. All while under the radar of my full time job. It was a clusterf*ck. I guess I underestimate myself because I totally did not think I would get in. Somehow I did when I got my acceptance letter a few weeks ago. My jaw dropped and I ran around my neighborhood hollering and yelling. People thought I was crazy. I did it! I plan on telling my job this soon, but I have been hesitant because I didn’t want the word out and I could loose my job if they know I’m leaving soon. However I thought about it more. Im in good standing, and I am going to go back to school and better myself. If they let me go early because of that then they aren’t the people I thought they were. Anyway, I’ll just find a CNa job if it happens. Do what you gotta do man and make no regrets. You’re either in this or your out. Full throttle. If this is what you really want, do everything in your power to achieve it. Nursing school in the fall will be tough. I still have over 50k in student loans to pay, still have to work and support myself while in school, and have time to love of my dog. Juggling friends family, sleep, school, work etc will be a b*tch. But I’m ready. I have put so much effort in this I can’t go back. Just have to go forward. Surround yourself with people who will support you , budget like no tomorrow, and prioritize school, work, and sleep. You can do this! I have always doubted myself and my abilities. However a few days ago, my faithful and loyal coworker said to me “I knew you could do it. You are young. You are smart. Do something with your life. Don’t ever doubt your abilities.” I now believe her. Courage and conviction my friend. Best of luck. We're in this together.
Sorry if my post is long and irrelevant. Just had to share my story.
Apr 17, '13 by StayHumble11Very powerful post @seahawksfanguy
You make me proud to be entering this profession as a male :thumbsup:
Apr 26, '13 by BamaBeachbound78Quote from rportee0I took the leap after I was laid off of my job at the age of 31...best decision I ever made. I utilized my occupational shortcomings and applied for unemployment, which helped pay the bills while I got the ball rolling with pre-reqs and the first few semesters of nursing school.Thank you for your feedback CrunchRN. I didn't quit I was let go just recently. I'm still adjusting and I have some classes to take before CNA. I'm looking for work now but we'll see how things go. I will make the best of this I can.
I was fortunate to have a previous degree, which made it easier to transition to a BSN track. However, I was prepared to work my way up from the bottom, if needed by getting my LPN degree, since the market was so competitive.
You have to do what you need to get in, and it means not putting all your eggs in one basket. Focus on several schools and have back-up plans in place.
As far as working in a hospital from the get go, coming from someone who has been in your shoes at your age, I would wait and focus school and staying a float. The first few semesters are tough, and your grade and comprehension of the material should be top priority. Learning a new job might hender that. My school even deterred employment for the first 3 semesters. I eventually got a job as a PCA/Secretary the summer before my last two semesters on MICU. Best thing ever, because I was able to utilize the knowledge I gained from school and see and UNDERSTAND it face to face. Without that knowledge base, entering orders and doing procedures at work would have been meaningless and at times confusing.
Regardless of your path, take assurance that life has a funny way of unfolding its path for you. GOOD LUCK!
Apr 26, '13 by KencanwinI think becoming a CNA would trap you. Its best to just go and get the actual degree. Or at least your LPN/LVN that way you can earn a bit more part time while you continue your studies for your RN.
My family said everything under the sun to get me to not quit my job and go into Nursing school. Thing is I actually listened initially. Two years passed now and I'm begining the ADN in Fall. Sometimes the people who hold you back are your nearest and most trusted. You may just have to leave them behind for now. Leaving a Full time Job is a huge sacrifice nowadays but nothing is more valuable than your own peace of mind and loving what you do is icing on a great cake. Good luck to you and remeber No Risk No Reward.
Apr 26, '13 by ChristineNQuote from KencanwinI don't really get why you think becoming a CNA"traps" you. In this economy it has been harder and harder for new RN grads to get jobs, they need something to set them apart. This something could be working as a tech or CNA. Working as a PCT not only gave me valuable skills, but it helped me with job placement. If you are tight on money and can't afford a CNA class, I completely understand that. Fortunately many nursing homes will train for free, and many hospitals do not require certificationI think becoming a CNA would trap you. Its best to just go and get the actual degree. Or at least your LPN/LVN that way you can earn a bit more part time while you continue your studies for your RN..
Apr 28, '13 by dedicated_2b_RNsome people here are missing your point about cna i see where you are comming from cause that is what i did
i became a cna ppeople giving you advice here may not need to work but if you have to work you may as well be somewhere in the health care field where the experiance willl do you good
Apr 29, '13 by nurse2033I would stay employed and see your job as a means to an end. I stayed in a nursing job I didn't like for two years to get me through grad school. Get as much school as you can while still working and only quit when you have no other option. In the meantime save as much money as you can. Univ. of Phoenix offers night classes for working adults and I'm sure other places do as well. Good luck!
Apr 30, '13 by KencanwinQuote from ChristineNBy trap i meant that when someone is working in a more subordinate position that requires much activity throughout the work day its difficult to perform to the level that is necessary to experience success in studies that also require the glut of your time. I agree that working at a place when you earn your RN should be advantage; however, how likely are you to succeed when you are pulling 40+ hrs a week at a job that's only paying 8-10.50 an hour and your bills are due.I don't really get why you think becoming a CNA"traps" you. In this economy it has been harder and harder for new RN grads to get jobs, they need something to set them apart. This something could be working as a tech or CNA. Working as a PCT not only gave me valuable skills, but it helped me with job placement. If you are tight on money and can't afford a CNA class, I completely understand that. Fortunately many nursing homes will train for free, and many hospitals do not require certification