any rags to riches stories - page 3

by futurenurseOB

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I'm looking for inspiration. Currently a cna in an impoverished neighborhood waiting to take my nclex. My only dream is to move me and my children out. I was wondering if anyone had a pretty hard time that was alleviated by... Read More


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    Quote from libran1984
    I graduated from LPN school and 3 days later took my NCLEX.

    Within 40 days I was starting my first job at a prison. My base was $14.69 with $1.50 after 4pm. Hours were 6a-6p and they let me choose my own set schedule due to such a staffing shortage. Monday Wednesday and Friday. It was awesome!!! My average paycheck was approximately $863 after taxes.

    I bought a computer! I paid off my car 1 full year early! I have no student loans because I went through a cheap cheap community college and received and EXCELLENT education!

    However, I wasn't happy with my job. I felt like I did so much but was so underpaid. I then went PRN. I dropped my benefits and set schedule. My pay was increased to $18.50 with shift differentials still applicable. There was a dire need for weekend work which paid $1.00 more / hr. Eventually I picked up every saturday and sunday and then a third day as needed.

    The increase in pay really made the job much more palatable. The experience was invaluable and I eventually landed an ER LPN position at a local hospital. Even now I'm like "Shut the front door, I'm an LPN doing REAL nursing in an ER!!" I mean, have you seen my posts? I don't think I have even one post that doesn't have me talking about being an ER LPN! HAHAHAAHAHAH!!!!! FREAKING LOVE IT!

    The pay was actually even better at the hospital because the shift differentials are more and weekends are 20% more vs. $1.00.

    I now LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE my job. I am weekend option and make $20 / hr with all my differentials averaged into the 2 days / week. I gained like 50 lbs (not too happy with that, but man... that restaurant food is soooo good). I have ACLS, PALS, TB, and CPI certifications!

    Seriously... the year prior to becoming a nurse, I barely broke $12,000 for the whole year. It was AWEFUL! I did nothing but serve tables for mean, fat people who didn't know how to tip properly or teenagers who were so angst over their newfound faith that their version of a tip was to leave a card telling me how God hates gay people.

    Being an LPN has been amazing for me. I will be an RN soon and make even more money (hopefully not gain anymore weight). I figured it out, if I were a Weekend Option RN, it'd be like $36/hr. PHEW!!!

    Rags to riches!! YES! PS- i forgot to mention, i'm going to be making an offer on my first house tomorrow!
    That's so good. I love it. I too was a waitress and honey it was horrible. So glad things are e working out for you
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    Quote from Gersemi
    When I was 16 years old I decided I wanted to become a RN, I had a meeting with my guidance counselor, to help me figure out what courses I needed in high school to apply for University, my guidance counselor looked at my grades and told me " You will never go to university and become a nurse with your grades" I believed her.... I graduated from high school and worked as a telemarketer for approx 1 year, and all the while had a gnawing feeling, that I wanted to become a RN. So I looked into college and found a pre-nursing program that prepared you for nursing school. I applied and was accepted. 2 months into the program I found out I was pregnant, I completed my pre-nursing and applied for nursing school, and was accepted. I had my son in the spring just in time to go back to school in the fall. During my 2nd year I became pregnant again, and had to drop one of my courses due to the delivery of my second child and during this time my children's father and I separated. So I was a single mother of two small children, I went back to school to finish my degree, thankfully I managed to be eligible and accepted into geared to income housing, I raised my children off of 1200$ a month at times it felt like there was no light at the end of the tunnel, some how I managed to make it through and graduate from nursing school in 2010. I'm grateful for all of the people in my life that helped me and supported me through that trying time in my life, and now that I am an RN and making a good wage, our lives have become easier financially, and best of all I'm doing the work I was meant to do. So my advice to you, futurenurseOB, keep your chin up and remember everything is going to be alright
    Thank you so much. I love your story. Truly inspirational. So happy for you and proud for you. I know it's a great feeling to not constantly worry about money
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    Quote from dyanne23-RN
    Keep dreaming about rags to riches!!! Just have to keep working hard!
    I know we won't be "rich" but definitely not struggling. Since I should've clarified
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    Quote from SimayRN
    You can do it! I grew up dependent on food stamps and housing with my mom who was a single parent of two. When I was 20 my mom passed and I continued to put myself through college working 2+ jobs constantly. Before nursing school I applied for financial aid but was denied because my dad made too much money even though he wasn't around. So did I give up?? No. I petitioned it! TONS of hurdles and obstacles (including living off Ramen noodles most of 2nd semester, broken car, you name it.) stood in my way but 2 years later I have two beautiful letters after my name as well as a job that pays more than I think I deserve.
    Honey with what you went through, I definitely think you deserve it
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    Quote from LYNDAA
    Rags to Riches??? You better believe it!!! I went from working 64 hours a week to 2 12-hour shifts per week. My time is my own. I can wear my RAGS anytime I want now instead of being in uniform the majority of the week! That is MY definition of rich!!!

    Of course, I can now buy Spring-fresh Gain to keep the RAGS clean and smelling good! Here's to living the good life!!!
    Lol I love it
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    Quote from tinkywinky
    I came from a middle class family but when I left home (out of state) to be with my husband we lived way out in the woods in a small two room cabin with only running water indoors. I started CNA classes and just so happened my teacher also taught LPN school. One of her LPN students stopped by our class one day and was so excited that she was about to graduate. I decided I wanted to do that too, so I applied asap and was accepted. Between pregnancies it took me several years to get that LPN, but I was persistent. When I became an LPN I went straight to ASN, then immediately to BSN. Pell grants covered most everything. Not wanting to stop I went through to MSN. I'm preparing for my NP boards now. Only bad thing is that since I didn't qualify for grants I went into debt to get the MSN degree, but I'm hopeful I can find a program to help me pay back the 40k. I did use food stamps and welfare, it would have been foolish not to when it was available. I'm not exactly rags to riches. We still live a very simple life, but I'm better off than if I would have made a career working at the Dollar Store.
    Oh my gosh. I want to do the exact thing you're going. CNA to lpn to rn to msn.... you are an inspiration to me
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    Grew up dirt poor, sometimes didn't have electric or anything at the slum house we lived in.. put myself through college making minimum wage, now I live comfortably. Not rich but I do okay. I don't have to worry about the bills.
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    I love this thread! Very inspiring.

    Nothing but the best to you, futurenurseOB! You will do wonderfully in life!
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    My mother passed when I was 3. My abusive father gained custody of me when I was 5. I was raised in a so-so neighborhood. We had our fare share of hoodrats. I did well in school normally on the A/B honor roll. Because of my situation (being raised by a single father), I was total I wouldn't amount to much of anything and I would end up becoming a statistic. Well when I was 15, I got sick and tired of my father physically, emotionally and mentally abusing me and I left. I became a ward of the state, was emancipated at age 16. I met this super awesome guy at age 17. I found out shortly afterwards we were pregnant. Had our son at 18. I went to a Vo-Tech and got my CNA. Got married at 20 and had our daughter at 21. I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do career wise. Even though I had my CNA, I knew I really didn't want to do that. While I was tossing around what I wanted to do career wise, I ended up going and working on a Dairy Farm. I loved it. I got to take care of the pregnant cows and help with during birth and I would take over the care of the calves. The work was really hard, the hours harder and the pay was little. After some major soul searching I knew I needed to find something else. Not only for me, but for my family.

    I ended up starting off at a local hospital as a CNA. It was good. I learned a lot and I did get to more up the ladder. Before I knew it I was a Cardiovascular Tech and I was being encouraged to go for my RN. Well after some major pushing from family, friends and Co-workers I did it. It wasn't easy. It took me about 3 years to get my pre-req's done. I was 100% self pay. So basically after 5 years I finally completed the RN program and 2 months after that I passed my NCLEX.

    I have now been a RN for 10 years now and I love it. Yeah, I have my good days and my bad days. But when I am having one of those bad days, I sit back and think of all the people who told me I wouldn't become (beep) and I smile and say in my head "I did it".

    I was surrounded by alot of negative people during my younger years, But because I was determined to not become a statistic I had to work a bit harder than some. It wasn't easy and sometimes I still doubt my self.


    All I Can say is you can do it and you will do it. You seem to be determined and you have a great attitude. You are already taking the steps. You Go Girl..

    Congratulations and Good Luck on Your Journey..

    SP
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    Quote from SouthernPoint
    My mother passed when I was 3. My abusive father gained custody of me when I was 5. I was raised in a so-so neighborhood. We had our fare share of hoodrats. I did well in school normally on the A/B honor roll. Because of my situation (being raised by a single father), I was total I wouldn't amount to much of anything and I would end up becoming a statistic. Well when I was 15, I got sick and tired of my father physically, emotionally and mentally abusing me and I left. I became a ward of the state, was emancipated at age 16. I met this super awesome guy at age 17. I found out shortly afterwards we were pregnant. Had our son at 18. I went to a Vo-Tech and got my CNA. Got married at 20 and had our daughter at 21. I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do career wise. Even though I had my CNA, I knew I really didn't want to do that. While I was tossing around what I wanted to do career wise, I ended up going and working on a Dairy Farm. I loved it. I got to take care of the pregnant cows and help with during birth and I would take over the care of the calves. The work was really hard, the hours harder and the pay was little. After some major soul searching I knew I needed to find something else. Not only for me, but for my family.

    I ended up starting off at a local hospital as a CNA. It was good. I learned a lot and I did get to more up the ladder. Before I knew it I was a Cardiovascular Tech and I was being encouraged to go for my RN. Well after some major pushing from family, friends and Co-workers I did it. It wasn't easy. It took me about 3 years to get my pre-req's done. I was 100% self pay. So basically after 5 years I finally completed the RN program and 2 months after that I passed my NCLEX.

    I have now been a RN for 10 years now and I love it. Yeah, I have my good days and my bad days. But when I am having one of those bad days, I sit back and think of all the people who told me I wouldn't become (beep) and I smile and say in my head "I did it".

    I was surrounded by alot of negative people during my younger years, But because I was determined to not become a statistic I had to work a bit harder than some. It wasn't easy and sometimes I still doubt my self.

    All I Can say is you can do it and you will do it. You seem to be determined and you have a great attitude. You are already taking the steps. You Go Girl..

    Congratulations and Good Luck on Your Journey..

    SP
    I LOVE this thread! And I loved your story. Curious. Are u still married to the awesome guy u met at 17?

    Thanks for all these wonderful stories everyone. It's so encouraging to read all that u all have been through!
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