This has been years in the making, and now it's time to put my foot forward. I'm looking into CCAC's Allegheny Campus for evening and Saturday classes for possibly fall 2014. It looks like all I need to do is take a college Bio class and I can apply for the program (of course, I need to order my high school and college transcripts).
Long story short, I went to school at age 18 for the wrong thing (marketing), jumped ship from that field in 2010 after shortly graduating The Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 2009, and from there I jumped from the property management field, paralegal field, the HR field and now I'm stuck in the god awful messy mortgage industry. Why did I jump around so much, you may ask? Well, the answer is easy - because I'm not doing what I want to do, which is nursing. I've wanted to do nursing for many years now, and just never gave myself a chance to jump in.
Now it's time! I've been reading stories on here and reading up about the profession. I plan on taking the college Bio class at CCAC's Allegheny Campus next summer then enrolling into their nursing program. By then I'll have some more money saved up because I have MAD student loans from the expensive school I went to. My current employer offers tuition assistance, but if it's not bank-related, I doubt they'd pitch in, although I'm not 100% sure. If need be, I plan on taking a private loan since I'm maxed out for Federal. At age 18, you don't make the best choices, and I made the wrong one by going to a private school and making my major Advertising. At the mature age of 26 (more mature than some, haha), I'm ready to fix my life and go to school for what I should have gone for in the first place.
Currently I work for a large bank in their mortgage department as a loan processor and I'm ready to bash my head in on daily basis because I hate it there so much. The only light that shines down on me is the fact that I get to help people (not in the way I want to, but it's still helping them save money on a mortgage or buying a new home). I want to get my butt into the medical field but without any training, it's hard. I've applied to be a CNA at a local hospital and senior care center over the weekend (both places offer on the job training to become CNA Certified), along with some administrative jobs at local hospitals as well, so we'll see if anyone gets back to me.
Sorry for the long post, but I'm here to get any kind of support I can and make some nursing friends!
-Emily in the Pittsburgh area