brandy1017 22,041 Views
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A CNA doesn't interest me at all. I respect every position in the healthcare industry however here locally a CNA equates to diaper changer. No thanks.
I posted before but I'll add a little more. I graduated from an unaccredited high school so my community college wouldn't even call me a high school graduate the first semester. It was a big mess, I couldn't be a full-time student if I wasn't a high school graduate or GED and they wouldn't let me take the GED since I graduated from high school (which the college wouldn't count). ARRGGGHH! Finally, GED mysteriously shows up on my transcript.
I had no confidence in myself because of my alternative educational background so I took just 9 hours my first semester. I took a basic biology course that semester since I was kind of thinking about nursing. Had a wonderful professor and easily scored an A in that course. That, with an A in English and a B in Algebra (almost more proud of that one than the other higher grades) gave me the confidence to apply to nursing school.
Use the resources offered to you. I went to Algebra tutoring and it was great. Later, when I took statistics, I frequented youtube and Khan Academy.
I've been encouraging, now I'll be realistic. If you struggle to make it through basic pre-requisites, that may be a signal that your energies are better spent elsewhere. Especially if your end goal is a graduate degree. But you've never really tested yourself academically, so go and explore the possibilities!
ASN at 36, BSN at 38, a lovely interlude in the Army, and an MSN (Informatics) at 43.
What kind of MSN, shamis? There are many flavors.
First of all, I'm going to ask you if you have even researched the job market in your area? Is it easy for new grads to find a job? How competitive is it? Why are you looking at your MSN? Do hospitals hire ASNs or BSNs? Do you fully understand what nursing entails?
I will tell you, I turned 40 last December. I graduated a couple of weeks ago with my ASN. I started my job as a nurse today. It was not easy. I'm a single mom. I filed for divorce and signed up for school the same week. This past semester, I started a part time night shift job, graduated, bought a house, and got engaged. All in the same semester!! It can be done, but not without blood, sweat, and tears. Literally.
The amount of time and sacrifice needed is big. The prereqs are nothing compared to the program. There may be over 200 applicants to a program and they may only accept 30, so you need stellar grades to get in. Your counselor knows this and she was trying to be realistic with you.
You need to understand this going in so you know what you are up against. Everyone says they are going to nursing school these days, when the reality is 10-20% will make it to the end to graduate. I know, it's big money and you only work 3, 12 hour shifts a week, but the amount of time and stress doesn't exactly compensate. Know that going in.
I hope you have a little understanding of what it takes. Forty is not too old, it's just that you get out of school for so long, and you don't realize what it takes to obtain the degree. If you can get yourself organized, get into school, and handle it, go for it. Don't let age deter you. But know what you are in for and go in eyes wide open. And do not, sign up for a for profit school.
P.S. My oldest classmate in LPN school was a chain smoking 64 year old grandmother and she made excellent grades.
There is a common misconception that those with a GED are academically weak. The truth is that there are 100 reasons that kids drop out. I was a straight A student that ran track and was enjoying her senior year. Then I was raped by someone I thought was a friend. I was really messed up physically and mentally. It was made worse when his version of what happened was accepted as the truth at school(that I came to his house one afternoon and just gave it up). My reputation was a mess and I could not handle it. I went home on Friday before Winter break and I never went back. The following October I felt human again and received my GED. I went to LPN school three months later and the rest is history. I will receive my BSN this summer and will enter a MSN program in January 2017. I only said all of that to say know your own capabilities and do not accept someone else's version of who you are.
I'm in a pretty similar situation. I got my GED at 16, and worked in customer service until I was 34. Then I decided become a nurse :-) I am now almost 37 and have one year left of school to get my BSN. You can definitely do it, I don't think age makes it harder, I actually think life experience helps quite a bit.
I agree with the other posters, go and take your prereqs and see how that goes. I went to a community college and took all of the prereqs needed for the BSN program I wanted to enter. I ended up only being 6 credit hours away from having an AS so I went ahead and got that on my way. I didn't have to work, so I took 18 - 20 credit hours a semester and summer credits to so I was able to finish in 18 months. If you have to work just take it slower.
Definitely do what you need to do to make sure you get the highest grades possible. In my area nursing schools only look at your application if you have over a 3.5. My semester we had over 300 qualified applicants and they only took 50. Most of those had a 4.0.
I would start with an AS in math/science. Basically, get an AA but also get your anatomy/physio/microbiology and statistics out of the way at the same time. If you can do that, then look into nursing, either an AA from any local CC or check out transferring into a BSN program. Look at the requirements for your local ASN program and work those prereqs into your 2-3 year associates degree.
First things first, get your prereqs out of the way. Then you can decide if you still want to pursue nursing.
Your age does not matter. The fact that you have a GED does not matter. Your family's opinion does not matter. You need to apply to a school of nursing and go from there.
What DOES matter is a "perspective counselor" can drive you to tears. Nursing requires confidence and courage.
Do you think you've got what it takes?
Came there first at 36 with no GED. Just a foreign diploma from another country. BSN @ 39, going to MSN.
Take a couple of hard science classes which would count as prereqs, like A&P and chem lab in a community college and see how things are going. Meanwhile, borrow some prep books from public library and start hitting TEAS. No 100% guarantee you'll need this exam, but it would be good for dusting your memory off.
As others said - do not post MSN as a goal. Do small things, but do them often. And change advisor, for goodness' sake!
Pretty sure that nurses are ethically required to be fit for duty,
when they present to provide cares, & must be cognizant of this.
If your functional capacity is compromised, even by fatigue,
it is best to call in, rather than risk a real bad outcome.
I wanted to rent out a room from some one's home for $200 a month but my mother is a very skeptical person and doesn't want me living under a roof with "strange people" who can be anybody she said.
It sounds like your mom is already doing a lot to support you (paying for your classes, etc). Co-signing a private loan is a terrible idea for anyone, including a parent. Private school loans are non -dischargeable. If something happens to you or if you can't find work, your mom will be on the hook for the entire amount and she won't be able to discharge it, even if she claims bankruptcy. You will not be able to defer these loans if you can not find a job after nursing school (or if that job pays too little). The reality of the nursing field now, is that it is challenging to find work--you would need to be prepared for a period of unemployment or under-employment even with the RN. This is especially true if you are not obtaining a BSN. It sounds like you need to come up with a plan B-- such as finding a job (in any field) and saving money to cover the costs beyond the federal loans that you can take out. Your mom is doing the right thing--giving you money directly for your classes and avoiding private school loans.
No one should cosign a loan that they are not able and willing to pay back themselves. Your mom could be financially devastated by taking on the responsibility of an unforgivable loan. Plus she has 4 other kids, who will also have to finance their own educations.
I'm surprised you worked out the math of 11K being the better option than commuting to a CC a few days a week. 11K for GE/pre reqs for someone who cannot afford it is non sensical. Even a shared apartment near a CC would be less expensive, as has been how my daughter and I are going it. So far she's debt free.
While it is great that you want to pursue a BSN reality is that it is difficult for you to finance your education at this point.
My children do not qualify for federal loans due to family income. I fork over the money but I would never sign a parent plus loan.
You are young, which means that you can try a strategy other than straight BSN.
This is what I would suggest if money is an issue:
This summer find a job that pays more hours - if you are already a CNA apply to places that hire and do not limit yourself to hospitals.
Check out your local community college for LPN classes. See of you can use some of your credits and transfer something - anyhow, the program is short compared to BSN and once you are a LPN you will find a job in longterm care. While you are working as a LPN apply to a school to get your ADN - see if some of your credits from the program you are in now transfer.
Granted - this is not the most glamorous way as it will require working in longterm care (unless you find a LPN position in a different setting) but it will be affordable. You do have to be determined though and have a lot of self discipline.
If you cannot live at home just look for a room - an apartment may be too expensive.
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