Hello, well I've gotten all my preq done . I will be getting my AA degree this Spring 2012 and now have to make the plunge into applying and actually getting into a nursing program, its been a long 4 year journey getting to this point while working and taking classes part-time. I'm 35 married and got 2 kids and from florida. I am the sole earner in the family and my current job pays well enough at $17.50/hr for us to make it, however it is not a medical related field or anything. My problem is that once I get into a program I'll basically have to ensure some sort of financial stability as my family depends on me plus we got a mortgage and other bills and commitments. My wife does not work, and does not have any degrees so her getting a job is not an option and she is just a stay at home mom. I think this is a major stumbling block for men who want to get into nursing who most often have wives who do not work or earn less, unless of course if you married to a nurse.
How exactly does one in my situation make the transition into nursing student?
I was an EMT several years ago in the Caribbean which is where I was born,and which is why I want to be a nurse. When I immigrated my EMT credentials weren't recognized in florida and I was not financially able to get the certification, so I had to do any job that comes by and I got into cable tv work now I'm stuck in a non medical field for the past 8 years and wanting to get out.
I was thinking first maybe try to take a short EMT or CNA course and see if I can get in as a PCA with a night shift. It will mean a pay cut but at least I'll have more flexibility as far as shifts , whereas my current job is a 8-5 with mandatory and frequent overtime, which I do not mind but its burning me out, and I know I wont be able to keep this job and go to nursing school. I know people get loans but how much ? Do you plan to take out enough for my current salary for 2 years while I complete the program without a guarantee of getting a job after? Or work part-time while going to school in the day? Advisors say once I get accepted I can apply for grants and so on but they are too vague. I dont want to get accepted then say sorry I cant do it then miss my chance at nursing school so I trying to plan ahead. I'm at a lost and need specific ideas on how one goes about this transition from working family man to nursing student. Comments from guys and gals would be most welcomed.