Lovely_RN 8,569 Views
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You made a poor financial decision but sometimes we have to do what we have to do and money can't always be the bottom line. I quit teaching with no job (and no savings) lined up. I ended up temping for a while, found a permanent position, and eventually went to nursing school. When I handed in my letter of resignation the principal was more concerned about finding my replacement than the reasons why I was leaving. Life went on and I had some really tight times for a while but I didn't starve. These days, I'm not too thrilled about being an nurse but for now it pays the bills and I like my health insurance plan. I've reached the point where I refuse to let anyone (co-workers, pt, administration....who the heck ever) drive me crazy at work. I clock in, do my best, and clock out...mostly on time. This is just a job and if it goes away tomorrow then I will do what I have to do to survive even if it means selling fruit on the side of the road. Life is too short for the B.S and as a nurse you see people who had great health and full lives one day lose it all the very next. Why spend up your life being miserable when youth and health are so fleeting?
I've noticed it but it doesn't bother me. I think it's cute. Lol. Boy, do I remember the days when I was a CNA working in the hospital and the nursing students would come onto the floor. I was so envious of those ugly smocks and the way they were automatically accepted into the "inner" circle. They actually got to sit in the nurse's station and things were explained to them and they got to do "cool" stuff. When I started my pre-reqs I was so proud to tell all the nurses at my job that I was in nursing school and that I was going to be a nurse too....never mind that I was in my first semester of school.
Honestly, I didn't understand that I was being deceptive. This was my first go round over ten years ago and I was young then and didn't have a firm grasp of the admissions process for nursing school. So I assumed that I was "in" and that it was just a matter of finishing my pre-reqs. I went to a CC and THEY are actually the ones who are deceptive. Most CC don't explain a thing to prospective students about how nursing school admissions work. So if the average CC student has an experience like mine they went thru the admissions process for the college and started taking classes before they ever got to speak to anyone in the nursing dept. I think that people might be mis-informed but I doubt that they are being purposefully deceptive.
Why is there an assumption that the majority of people are spending their student loan money on frivolities? I'm sure that some people do but with tuition being what it is at a lot of schools it is possible to borrow a whole lot w/o wasting it on nonsense or using it for living expenses.
I paid for some of my nursing school out of pocket and I worked almost full-time as an LPN during the last year of school but I still had to borrow some money. I needed my income to help pay household bills and feed my children so I was limited in the amount of income that I could use for tuition. During the first year of school I didn't work at all because the program entailed going for 5 days per week from 9am-4pm. There were care plans to write, tons of studying to do, and of course I sill had two children and a husband to interact with...although on a somewhat limited basis because of all I had to juggle.
The assumption that everyone who borrows for school is living in dorms, traveling to France, and paying their rent with the money is beyond me. Not to say that some people don't do this but to assume that the majority do is rather insulting. Even when I was a single mom making less than 15k/year and living with my parents I wasn't receiving much money from FA.
The maximum Pell/Tap/SEOG grant paid less than half of my tuition. Where was I to come up with the rest? Not easy for a person making 15k or less per year to come up with 10K/year to pay for school expenses when they have a child. Guess I shouldn't have went to the school I went to but I believed in the promise that a degree would bring me a good stable job with an income that I could support myself and my child on.
If I hadn't worked at all and applied welfare then I would have received an almost free ride but I always had too much pride for that. So working and going to school can sometimes work against a person because it increases the EFC and reduces the amount of FA a person is eligible for.
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