Hi everyone! First timer, recently discovered this website
I'm currently 28years old. Since I was 16 I have either volunteered at pediatrics, hospitals or have had health related jobs. I have also been a caregiver (known as Direct Support Professional)
In 2008, I was attending Community college to enroll in the RN program. However, I had an injury that lead to having my life on hold. Constant doctor appointments, therapy, surgery. I stopped going to school. It was until I was finally released from care and able to get back to my goal.
The quickest way was taking a CNA course through the adult school, just to get my foot back in to the field. As much as I enjoy working as a CNA, it's not my career goal. I have always enjoyed the NICU. (As I previously volunteered there as a college bound student). I would love to be a NICU RN
However I am having problems trying to get to my goals. One counselor tells me one thing, another advises something else. Fellow LVN coworkers state to do community college as it is cheaper. Working full-time, counselor advise it would be about 2 years before getting into the LVN Program; another year. That's a bit disappointing to me since I have been out of school so long. Other LVN. Coworkers tell me to do private. Quick, but expensive. Then go to college for RN/BSN.
Any advise from fellow or current students will help! How were you able to succeed?! If it helps, I am located in CA & nursing here is ridiculously expensive!