Quote from mzsuccess
Thanks for being encouraging ditsynconfused. I was thinking about going to ecpi. I'm going to continue, its just hard supporting yourself on CNA salary.
Is ECPI a trade school? Just curious.
Becoming a RN may undergo many paths; doing your research, honing your study skills and finding out any learning challenges will determine how well your will be able to succeed in nursing school.
As someone who supported myself on a CNA salary; went to an ADN program; didn't succeed (test anxiety that was not diagnosed at the time), went through an PN program, worked in PEDS, rehab hospital, specialty clinic (including being a cast technician) and in LTC, I wasn't "stuck" in being a LPN; but that was due to the market in my area. I went back into a part time BSN program that was accelerated in to two years of nursing; but before I entered the program I had all my prereq's for the programs I was interested in, as well as my associates before I went to my PN program which helped me NOT have to repeat any classes; and got into the program with my grades and high entrance exam percentage. The program fit for me and I succeeded, passed the NCLEX and pounded the pavement for a job for almost a year; then had to find my niche to get to my own goals; I'm working and gaining experience, and that's what matters.
I received my PN license one month before my 25th birthday; received my RN license at 31-I started at 18.
I'll be 33 in May, and I feel great.
Building a career takes a while; there's no right way to do it, but do it the right way for YOU-go to a state-approved school as well as an accredited national school(ACEN or CCNE) and DON'T fall into the trap of a for profit school; be flexible to the market; call area recruiters of hospitals and facilities and find out what their hiring practices are.
Go interview schools; go to a CC for your pre req's and aim high in your classes , especially the sciences. Learn what entrance exams they use, grab those review books to be prepared.
Time is NOT and issue, IMHO...building a career takes WORK; at least do it the right way in this business.