Quote from luvmykids0810
Of becoming a nurse. It has been one of my dreams to become one, I love working at my hospital being a PCT. And I dont want to go work at a nursing home again but becoming a nurse and being afraid I'll mess up is not what I want to do!
All of the nurses on my unit are backing me up in my road to becoming a nurse. But that 4-5 years of school scares me too.
Yeah, school can be a right demon, but don't let the number of years put you off. What's that terribly lame saying? Rome wasn't built in a day? Or was it, Don't shove legos up your nose?
I have 2 kids under 4, and i dont have the funds or pleasure of being home with them because I work or go to school so much.
Three very critical points to be made here:
1) Are those two lil' munchkins in your avatar the kidlets you are referencing? Because if so, may I just say you are blessed with two ridiculously adorable babies. Just sayin'.
2) Have you checked with your HR department about tuition reimbursement programs? Many hospitals offer them and that may help with the money situation. Also, once you find the school you wish to attend, talk to the financial aid department. There are opportunities out there, but you must start talking and collecting data in order to form a better idea of what you face and decide upon feasibility.
3) Did I mention the cute kidlets? I mean, seriously, how is that level of adorable possible?!
And what if I forget a medications side affects, or what if I cant remember to do something?! To have another persons life in my hands scares me.
Whoa whoa whoa!!! Hold the phone--you are way
ahead of yourself. Like, light-years ahead of yourself. To begin with, I can promise you that you will
forget a medication side effect probably more than one time. We all have. Even doctors do it. You will
forget to do something. Again...we all have. You are human--stop demanding perfection.
There is no such thing as a perfect nurse and no one should strive to be one. To be a good nurse, one must be a thinking nurse
. What that means is you use your resources--remember that drug concern? You consult pharmacy via a phone call or look up the drug in the reference guide. Remember that task you fretted over? Delegate, ask questions, etc.
And no one expects this right away. Why do you think nursing school takes four years? ::quirks eyebrow:: Follow me? Don't sweat the small stuff. It will come.
I want to work in cardio or L&D one day and the only way I can get there is by becoming a nurse with a BSN! My hospital is no longer hiring ADNs even if you already work there. They just let go of all the LPNs, they have to be gone by the end of the year! I cant afford to go to school for 5 years, my family depends mainly on my job, but I dont see myself doing PCT work for the amount of time its going to take me to finish school. And idk what to do. I need advice from you ladies, because im drowning in my own thoughts and what ifs here....
It may help to research opportunities in the area and look in strange places. I worked as a sleep tech in a sleep lab while I went to school and yes, I worked full time and went to school full time. I was a zombie, madder than hell, but I clawed my way through it. Plus the pay was decent.
Check out surgical tech programs in the area and check the pay scale for surgical techs at the hospital (plus talk to the OR manager or HR to see about opportunities in the department). Keep your eyes open for such alternative methods of monetary opportunity.
If right now being a PCT is okay for you and your family, it wouldn't hurt to consider sticking with it while you go to nursing school. Why? Because school is going to be stressful enough and having a job in which you are comfortable and competent will mean one less stressor in your life during that period. Just something to think about.
I wish you the best of luck.