any rags to riches stories - page 2

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... Read More

  1. Visit  SimayRN} profile page
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    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.
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  3. Visit  BrandonLPN} profile page
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    Sometimes I feel like my life is perpetually stuck at the very beginning of a rags to riches story....
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  4. Visit  nyteshade} profile page
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    I grew up in a pretty bad area, my high school was a "F" school with routine fights, stabbings, you name it. Grew up on government cheese and raisins. It all turned around when I became a LPN right out of high school a couple of years ago. Well let me tell you, it was a life saver. Since then, I have gone on and completed my BSN and am now working towards getting into grad school. Just keep on.
  5. Visit  serenitylove14} profile page
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    Idk if its exactly rags to riches, but here is my story.
    I went to a predominantly white school and was one of very few black people at my school. Everyone was quite encouraging of everyone else about going to college and getting a degree but it seemed most of our dreams were brushed off like unobtainable goals. Anyways during high school there was even a counselor that told me I was gonna end up in the system and she was gonna have to support me...

    Anyways, I went to college for nursing, graduated in exactly 4 years, recieved a full ride scholarship, and was on food stamps for half of the time I was in college ( there is nothing wrong with food stamps!). I dont believe that if you recieve government assistance it will be harder, if anything it has helped get to were I am today. I started to work as a nurse assistant my sophomore year of college and no longer recieved assistance. I paid for my rent, car, etc. out of pocket and I dont feel it has been harder without the gov. assistance.

    Dont be to proud to not except the help out there. Most grants and scholarships though the state is gov. assistance, so why not get those scholarships and improve yourself if they are willing to help you. Also with you havin kids you will get that much more assistance to help you get through school. Just know that there will come a time that you wont be able to work like you use to while in nursing school and those are the times gov. help will come in handy. I would much rather feed my family then to be to proud and let them starve.

    Ok Ive finished ranting, hope this helps.
    Mrsclay2011, journeylarra, datalore, and 4 others like this.
  6. Visit  BSNbeDONE} profile page
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    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!!!
  7. Visit  Chibilou} profile page
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    Just pass the darn test and you wont regret it, ever lol I am in my 20s and I have gone places with this liscence already.
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  8. Visit  vintagePN} profile page
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    What is the deal with guidance counselors? Mine told me that I would never get into nursing with my grades too! She told me to pursue something else. Sure, it took me a few years...but where am I now? Nursing school! Suck it!
  9. Visit  futurenurseOB} profile page
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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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  10. Visit  futurenurseOB} profile page
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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
  11. Visit  futurenurseOB} profile page
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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
  12. Visit  futurenurseOB} profile page
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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
  13. Visit  futurenurseOB} profile page
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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
  14. Visit  futurenurseOB} profile page
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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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