any rags to riches stories - page 7

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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    Jenrak thank you for sharing your story. It sounds like you have a big heart. You have definitely went through some rough spots but were determined to excel. I'm sure your parents would be so proud of you. What a blessing you must be to your sisters and family. It sounds like being a caregiver was hard for you, but remember you impact the lives of others no matter how low and minute the job might appear to society. Despite what a piece of paper in NZ says, the people you cared for had the blessing of having a NURSE provide them with topnotch care! They probably couldn't have afforded the loving, knowledgeable of care you provided and God forbid anything should happen you would have had the instincts to go above and beyond to medically intervene. The interesting thing about life, is that God works in mysterious ways. You might have been right where you needed to be. Hope you are enjoying NZ!

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    Made RN in 2010, always have struggled to pay rent on time, cocktail waitress and babysitter through nursing school, drive a 1991 car, lived in same cruddy apt for 17 yrs, no savings, no health insurance, contracting jobs through registry, never knowing whether next month I'll have a job or be looking again.
    All that is over now.
    Today is my first day as a California state employee with dept of corrections, full time permanent RN position starting at $7,000+/month with a $4000 sign on bonus.
    And health insurance! and dental! and a pension plan! paid time off! all the overtime I can handle!
    whooo hooooo!!
    RNCarey, CNA_JessicaLeigh, MindySue, and 6 others like this.
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    I HAVE A JOB Y'ALL lol yes I'm screaming (to the top of my lungs). I'm working for golden living. So excited. Its finally happening for me, many months later. I'm finally a working nurse.
    Just wanted to say thanks to you all for your support and encouragement. It was well needed.

    Finally a nurse...All for my three♡♡♡
    DedHedRN, HolisticRN2016, lpn2B2016, and 4 others like this.
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    Neither of my parents were high school graduates. My siblings were not either. Grandparents? No.

    I was and am the only in my entire immediately family to graduate high school. As a 16 year old new mom, I had the odds stacked against me. I later graduated as an LPN. 8 years later I obtained my RN.
    I married a wonderful man and I can work IF I want to. If I don't want to, I don't have to. Its great.
    I overcame great odds and others can too IF they really want it.
    CrazyGoonRN and KimberlyRN89 like this.
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    I love this thread. The old dean at my nursing school said that nursing takes care of nurses, too.
    I grew up, poor.
    It hurts me to say that because i love my parents so so much.
    Sharing a room with my brother until i was 15, my mom who supported us fought breast cancer when i was 13. I struggled through high school.
    I didn't make big plans to go away to college or a university..a lot of people gave me crap about it.
    My senior year of high school i jumped into nursing school through a vocational program that continued on to the community college in my town. A year after i graduated high school i graduated with my lpn.
    That year was so hard. To put it into terms,
    it was a role struggle.
    i was 18. While all of my friends were out partying and drinking i was trying to go to nursing school.
    Nurses aren't supposed to drink and drive, do stupid things 18 year olds do, right?
    Major role conflict/struggle. But i got through it.

    As broke as my family was, financial aid and my mom supported me. Gas, uniforms..etc
    But two years later i am about to graduate with my rn (next may!!!!!!), i make 40 grand a year at the age of 21, and i have a brand new car.
    While most of the kids i graduated hs with are pregnant, still partying or working retail jobs. Or moved back home with mommy and daddy because they flunked out of their big university.

    Kudos to me, kudos to community college.
    If i can get through nursing school, anyone can.
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    Quote from lauriepat
    I love this thread. The old dean at my nursing school said that nursing takes care of nurses, too.
    I grew up, poor.
    It hurts me to say that because i love my parents so so much.
    Sharing a room with my brother until i was 15, my mom who supported us fought breast cancer when i was 13. I struggled through high school.
    I didn't make big plans to go away to college or a university..a lot of people gave me crap about it.
    My senior year of high school i jumped into nursing school through a vocational program that continued on to the community college in my town. A year after i graduated high school i graduated with my lpn.
    That year was so hard. To put it into terms,
    it was a role struggle.
    i was 18. While all of my friends were out partying and drinking i was trying to go to nursing school.
    Nurses aren't supposed to drink and drive, do stupid things 18 year olds do, right?
    Major role conflict/struggle. But i got through it.

    As broke as my family was, financial aid and my mom supported me. Gas, uniforms..etc
    But two years later i am about to graduate with my rn (next may!!!!!!), i make 40 grand a year at the age of 21, and i have a brand new car.
    While most of the kids i graduated hs with are pregnant, still partying or working retail jobs. Or moved back home with mommy and daddy because they flunked out of their big university.

    Kudos to me, kudos to community college.
    If i can get through nursing school, anyone can.
    Wow!!!! Thanks for sharing. You've just motivated and encouraged me!
    Monnica likes this.
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    all smiles here!! I now know that there's another side to nursing, a brighter one. And all these wonderful stories really lift my spirits. Hopefully I can soon write my own ( I'll be stating nursing school this January, that is, if I get accepted).

    Thank you all for sharing these stories and inspiring us nurses-to-be!!!!

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    Quote from oldlvn
    I kinda think I have one. I'm not special. I didn't do ANYTHING the way your supposed to. I was young when I had my first son. I married and had 2 more kids. I've been taking one class at a time forever. I kid that I'm on the 25yr plan to a degree. I am now an LVN...I have a ONE yr certificate after almost 20 yrs of going to school off and on. We were poor. I mean...we BARELY made it. There was no savings. It was literally trying to buy groceries with whatever we had left after rent and utilities. We ...a family of 5 never made more than 25,000 a yr..not ONCE.
    Now I'm an LVN...thanks to pell grants and a grant from another local program that helped us pay for childcare that year. The YMCA was kind enough to give my kids a partial scholarship for care and I actually worked there every weekend to get an additional discount for being an employee....
    the yr I was in school we made only $17,000. Nine of that went to housing costs.
    My parents bought groceries, paid for my kids school supplies, bought them shoes and coats...without all that help I would not be an LVN today.
    I just did our taxes.
    I had a hard time finding a job out of school. I took a temporary home health rehab position that paid VERY well...then nothing til Nov of last yr. Even so...I worked less than 3 total months and still made $15,000. With my husbands income...well...lets just say our income has more than doubled since last year.

    But here's what it's REALLY about. It's about that when I needed help almost 20 yrs ago and went to my county healthcare system...they were there for me. They provided a surgery I needed at no cost to me. They gave me vaccines. They cared for my son and I when we were sick. I didn't have a job. I was poor as dirt with no job. It was just me and him against the world and what they did for me...I never forgot it.
    I now work for my county. I work in a community clinic just a few short miles from the county clinic I used to visit as a patient.
    I am giving back. Sure I get paid to be there.... but what I represent just by standing there and saying "hello, I'm so glad to see you.."
    I give hope.
    I was once a patient and now I'm a nurse. I love what I do and where I work. I love that I can be an example for what can happen if you want it and work for it.
    Yes...I earn a decent living. Yes...I love what I do....but the real lesson is that what I give back is way more important than what I earn.
    WOW...tears streaming down my face...
    MindySue likes this.
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    I'm kinda rags to riches if you count what my life could've been if I had not come to the U.S., I was born in South America where there is no way I would've been making good money even with a good degree (I also recall from my childhood that school was much difficult and harder over there, when I came here, after learning the Language, school did not seem that difficult, and I loved how LOTS of children would get a pat on the back, over there you study like crazy and only the top three got an award, I loved that it was based on GPA here and I often got honor rolls, lol).

    I came to the U.S. at 12 and took the safe path, meaning I lived at home the whole time. Started working at 18 making 9 bucks an hour, quit working for a year because I got lazy, was forced to work again after getting yelled at by my dad over and over to get a job. At 20 I began working for a good company with just a high school diploma making 14 an hour, a year later got promoted to 19 an hour. After feeling slightly depressed that my cousins where going to college and knowing that my job pays for schooling (except for the Nursing classes!!!). I began taking the generals getting scared that I would fail from being off from High School for a couple of years. Slowly and surely, I worked full time and went to school, eventually made it into the Nursing program, paid with my own money and worked part time and now I can say I'm a nurse.

    It feels good to be a nurse and I am lucky I came to the U.S., my life would've been very different had I stayed in South America. I would've have a tan and possibly lots of kids by now, maybe a happy life, but I wouldn't have been as financially stable.

    p.s. Every time I think about it, I think oh my gosh, the U.S. is so awesome, people can literally still make a living with just working at McDonalds. I remember back in those days in my little third world country, people would have to safe their money for a long time to buy a new pair of shoes, or clothes. Those things were expensive... and that's why people would have to take their shoes to "el zapatero" the shoe repair person, or patch up their clothes. Wow, third world countries are something.
    Last edit by meeks123 on Nov 9, '13 : Reason: adding more
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    I love that this is a site that has some positive things regarding the profession. I am considering nursing as a career and up until now I have read nothing but bad reviews everywhere from current nurses. I believe I would be humbled and appreciate to make anything over 30K but Ill still shoot higher. I'm not afraid of hard work, I am more afraid of politics in Nursing from what I have heard so far but oh well. This section is just what I have been needing! Thanks


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