Family Member Not Supportive

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    I now realize that I cannot discuss LVN school with one of my closest family members. Here of lately, she have been talking about me getting a full-time job. I have already told her (in previous conversations) that now that I have been laid off, I can go back to school and pursue my life long dream. I guess she does not want to hear that. SIGH!

    Any words of encouragement would be helpful and very much appreciated.

    Thank you.
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    Don't give up on your dreams. If this is what you want to do go for it. A lot of people tried to discourage me also, but I realized that I'm the only one that can live my life and I'm glad I'm in school pursuing nursing. You can do it, don't short-change yourself.
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    I completely understand your situation as I am also in such a situation myself.
    My husband doesnt understand or support my decision to go back to college and earn my degree and become a RN. I am paying for my college costs completely alone, out of my personal savings. I am dedicated to getting thru this and I will succeed.
    Find strengeth first of all in yourself. You know this step is the best one for you and your future. Secondly look to friends, other family and classmates. You will make a fine nurse and do well.
    Chin up and ignore the negative vibes around you! I have faith in you!
    SopranoKris and Puddin2day like this.
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    You are so right Nurse2b209! I have always did what everyone else expected of me. Now it is time to do me and what makes me happy.
    irisheyesRsmilin likes this.
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    Thank you , irisheyesRsmilin! I have faith in you as well. Good luck with RN school. When it is all over, it will be worth it. I tell my nieces that a part of being an adult is being able to make an executive decision and stand on it. When that takes place, sometimes you don't have a cheerleading squad backing you up and you are out there on your own like a flag in the wind. Well, I guess today , I am that flag.
    breezy7 and irisheyesRsmilin like this.
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    You need to do what you need to do to make yourself happy. You've earned the right
    to take some time and get an education, and pursue the career you've wanted.
    SopranoKris and Puddin2day like this.
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    keep your focus and "eye on the prize". One of the most difficult things is getting family/relatives support because they do not understand why you want to be a nurse. When I was a nursing student, I have encountered family as well as financial pressures that made me think twice. However, I managed to pay for nursing school all by myself and earn the respect of the rest of my family when I graduated and passed the boards. I landed my first job in a hospital and been moving upward ever since. I love being a nurse and making a difference in the lives of the people i care for.

    You are not alone. My fellow nurse friends have similar stories. These are just challenges that will build character and make you a great nurse.

    Bon Chance!
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    I think they cannot understand why I want to return to school at all. "Just get yourself another clerk job." or "I could see you doing customer service." There is nothing wrong with either of these positions, both are decent and respectable jobs; but these are not my passions in life.

    That is what I want, to build my character (more so) and to be a a great nurse.
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    I completely understand what you're going through! I had to put my dreams of being a nurse on hold for the last 18 years. The company I currently work for announced we're all getting laid off in Sept. Upon hearing the news, I took some time to reflect on what would make me happy. I talked it over with my fiancÚ and we both agreed that I should finally get a chance to pursue nursing.

    A few people in my family cannot understand why, at my age, I would stop working to go back to school to get a job that pays less than what I'm currently earning now. They just don't understand that, for me, it's not about the money. It's about having a career where I can care for patients and fulfill my dream. I've always wanted to pursue this and now I finally have the chance to do it!

    Don't let family members discourage you!!! While most of my family has been supportive, the few that aren't have been quite vocal about it. First of all, remember this: it is your life, not theirs. Just because they don't see the same vision as you, does not mean your decision is wrong! Second, you need to follow your heart and if you truly believe that a nursing career is right for you, then pursue it with gusto! Only you can allow someone else's negativity get into your head, so don't buy in to it. I just try to stay positive and enjoy the support & love of my family that believe in me.

    You'll get through this...so hang in there!
    irisheyesRsmilin and Puddin2day like this.
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    Thank you SorpanoKris. You are so right; at the end of the day, it's my life and not theirs.
    SopranoKris likes this.


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