any rags to riches stories - page 6

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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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    I do feel now as a RN I have a lot more money to spend after I pay a mortgage and car payment. I feel blessed that I have a choice to work over time if I need extra money. If your "poor" your new RN job will help you a lot I went from making 30000 a year to 83000 a year!

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    Nursing changed my life. I'm in my early 20's and graduated in May 2012. My first job was a very low stress FT clinic job paying $30/hour. Now I am working for corrections at $48 an hour with less than 6 months experience, only an ADN and no debt.
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    Wow! What a blessing! Praise God!!! Thanks for sharing.
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    Tears and admiration for all of you strong women out there in pursuit of your dreams. Thank you for these encouraging stories. If you can do it so can I. Thank you... I love this site soooo much!!
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    Quote from MyOwnBlueSky
    Tears and admiration for all of you strong women out there in pursuit of your dreams. Thank you for these encouraging stories. If you can do it so can I. Thank you... I love this site soooo much!!
    Agreed. This is the best thread ever! It's so heart warming and beautiful to hear all that these women have gone thru. I know after hearing these stories that I too can make this dream of mine come thru ))
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    You all have such inspiring stories that you have roughed your way through. I'm not a nurse yet but its been a 6 year roller-coaster just to get into a nursing school.

    Although my family hasn't been dirt poor, we scraped by at times and have had the welfare system to thank for helping us through!!! My family has struggled and sacrificed so much on my journey towards nursing. I got pregnant at 20 and my parents refused to help me with school because I didn't want to marry my child's father. (Just didn't want to marry for the wrong reasons.) It took me 4 years to complete pre-reqs while working full-time. The first year I worked overnights and nannied during the day to avoid childcare costs. The pay was the the best I've ever consistently made, but I nearly died of sleep deprivation working those hours with a newborn and taking Chemistry and other general ed classes that year. Got my A in Chem somehow? In 2008 we moved to CA where I was from because it was near family and took minimum wage jobs because the economy just hit the floor. I took nursing pre-reqs and my boyfriend and I worked multiple jobs working opposite shifts and used any extra money for childcare while I had classes/shift overlaps. Usually that meant almost nothing was left for food after diapers, gas, utilities and rent...we barely didn't qualify for foodstamps. I think my family survived on WIC cheese, milk, and cream of wheat most days. Thank god for WIC!!! Due to the financial strain my boyfriend and I were ready to kill each other and split. I then qualified for welfare foodstamps and childcare assistance. (Sad it had to come to that.) I moved in with a friend and barely could afford $400 in rent each month even with the welfare and working 6 days a week waitressing. Grades began slipping due to pure exhaustion and then I got in a 2 car wrecks to top it off (...one of which I fell asleep at the wheel). Luckily my parents helped me with a new car since I had split up with the boyfriend. Later I ended up marrying my boyfriend for the RIGHT reasons and we committed to marriage and helping me make it through nursing school! I got pregnant again (opps!) and I took physiology the same semester I gave birth. I literally had flashcards in the delivery room because my midterm was that week. Lol...the nurses inspired my studying. Now I'm in nursing school and I'm so thankful my husband has a decent job to support the family while I'm in school. Don't get me wrong we still struggle. There have been days we've had to scrape the nickels and dimes together to put gas in the car to get to school or work...but we somehow find a way. Student loans at least cover school costs and childcare. I'm thankful things are getting better. Whatever I make as and RN I'll be proud of how far I've come.

    I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel it shines *RN*
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    Help! Had my first job on psych unit and failed orientation. Then they let me precept with someone on a med surge floor for 2 weeks. The preceptor told them I did well. However, after that two weeks was up they told me they were hiring on that floor but I would have to apply and interview for the job. Being new back into the working world, I guess I am not so polished with interviews. HR e-mailed me and said "now that you have interviewed for this unit, call me and we can determine the next steps. So I did. They said they thought I would have a hard time keeping up on med surge floor and basically said I sucked at the interview. They had me resign. I feel like such a loser. However, I imediately applied at a nursing home, got interviewed and am starting next week. I dont think I want to stay ina nursing home, dont want med surge....would like to work for a gastroenterologist office. Don't know how to get in. I only have an associates degree..am 50 years old, newly divorced with a son to raise. Any advice? I have been looking to get certification for gastroent. nurse. (CGRN).. can't seem to find where to take the course..only where to take the test. P.s.. I live in Michigan. Any other ideas on where I could get a nursing job without a bachelors? Please.. I am desparate!!!
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    Quote from dumbdog
    Help! Had my first job on psych unit and failed orientation. Then they let me precept with someone on a med surge floor for 2 weeks. The preceptor told them I did well. However, after that two weeks was up they told me they were hiring on that floor but I would have to apply and interview for the job. Being new back into the working world, I guess I am not so polished with interviews. HR e-mailed me and said "now that you have interviewed for this unit, call me and we can determine the next steps. So I did. They said they thought I would have a hard time keeping up on med surge floor and basically said I sucked at the interview. They had me resign. I feel like such a loser. However, I imediately applied at a nursing home, got interviewed and am starting next week. I dont think I want to stay ina nursing home, dont want med surge....would like to work for a gastroenterologist office. Don't know how to get in. I only have an associates degree..am 50 years old, newly divorced with a son to raise. Any advice? I have been looking to get certification for gastroent. nurse. (CGRN).. can't seem to find where to take the course..only where to take the test. P.s.. I live in Michigan. Any other ideas on where I could get a nursing job without a bachelors? Please.. I am desparate!!!
    I have a question. How did you fail psych orientation? The reason I am asking is because my first job will be in psych as well.
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    Quote from parker86
    You all have such inspiring stories that you have roughed your way through. I'm not a nurse yet but its been a 6 year roller-coaster just to get into a nursing school.

    Although my family hasn't been dirt poor, we scraped by at times and have had the welfare system to thank for helping us through!!! My family has struggled and sacrificed so much on my journey towards nursing. I got pregnant at 20 and my parents refused to help me with school because I didn't want to marry my child's father. (Just didn't want to marry for the wrong reasons.) It took me 4 years to complete pre-reqs while working full-time. The first year I worked overnights and nannied during the day to avoid childcare costs. The pay was the the best I've ever consistently made, but I nearly died of sleep deprivation working those hours with a newborn and taking Chemistry and other general ed classes that year. Got my A in Chem somehow? In 2008 we moved to CA where I was from because it was near family and took minimum wage jobs because the economy just hit the floor. I took nursing pre-reqs and my boyfriend and I worked multiple jobs working opposite shifts and used any extra money for childcare while I had classes/shift overlaps. Usually that meant almost nothing was left for food after diapers, gas, utilities and rent...we barely didn't qualify for foodstamps. I think my family survived on WIC cheese, milk, and cream of wheat most days. Thank god for WIC!!! Due to the financial strain my boyfriend and I were ready to kill each other and split. I then qualified for welfare foodstamps and childcare assistance. (Sad it had to come to that.) I moved in with a friend and barely could afford $400 in rent each month even with the welfare and working 6 days a week waitressing. Grades began slipping due to pure exhaustion and then I got in a 2 car wrecks to top it off (...one of which I fell asleep at the wheel). Luckily my parents helped me with a new car since I had split up with the boyfriend. Later I ended up marrying my boyfriend for the RIGHT reasons and we committed to marriage and helping me make it through nursing school! I got pregnant again (opps!) and I took physiology the same semester I gave birth. I literally had flashcards in the delivery room because my midterm was that week. Lol...the nurses inspired my studying. Now I'm in nursing school and I'm so thankful my husband has a decent job to support the family while I'm in school. Don't get me wrong we still struggle. There have been days we've had to scrape the nickels and dimes together to put gas in the car to get to school or work...but we somehow find a way. Student loans at least cover school costs and childcare. I'm thankful things are getting better. Whatever I make as and RN I'll be proud of how far I've come.

    I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel it shines *RN*
    You remind me A LOT of myself when I went through school. Welfare, kids, single mom, BROKE, car accident, no support from anyone!! I got there... So will you ! So lucky you have your husband now
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    I received my BSN in 2008 and in the same year I got my registration as a nurse. I never had any financial problems when I was studying nursing. We're not rich but my parents were really supportive when it comes to education. My mom used to tell me that "When we're gone we cannot leave you any precious materials in this world but we can only give you a good education. So study hard while we're still here." And I did, I was an excellent student, excellent enough to make my parents' proud. Just 2 months after I got my nursing registration, my parents died after a car accident and I was left together with my 2 younger sisters. At the age of 21, I became a parent and as a parent I have to give my sisters a good life. So, I decided to come to NZ and I worked as a caregiver. Some people think that I have a good life after coming here. They didn't know that I had a hard life here as well. Working as a caregiver is not an easy job. Aside from getting a low pay and back pain, my dignity is being crushed of the thought that why I am working as a caregiver when in the first place I am a nurse. When someone asks me here what is my profession. I want to tell them I am nurse, deep in my heart I am a good, passionate nurse.But I cannot tell them that because here in New Zealand I am not a nurse but a caregiver. I was not discouraged after all the discrimination yet I consider it as a challenge. Then, I sincerely told myself I want to become a nurse here. I want to show to my family that I am capable to become a nurse here. I took IELTS exam three times. I wanted to quit when I failed the second time but I encouraged myself that I will take IELTS again and this time it will be the last. I passed not because I am lucky but I really studied hard. After the exam, I've been through heaps of processes in the nursing council here that took me almost a year to finished. After I got my decision letter that I am eligible for nursing registration, I attended the bridging course for 9 weeks. During that course, I was really stressed because the school expects too much from their students. I have to study hard because my classmates they have 10-20 years experience while me, I only have less than 2 years experience. But I should not forget that I have a big God and again he never fails to amaze me. I thank the Lord that I overcome all the challeges. I'm still here in New Zealand and I'm still working here not as a caregiver but as registered nurse. This year my other sister will come and join me. I hope my story blesses you all. Don't let our problems overcome us, remember our God is stronger and bigger than our problems. Thank you.
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