any rags to riches stories - page 3

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  JZ_RN profile page
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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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  3. Visit  Tina, RN profile page
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    I love this thread! Very inspiring.

    Nothing but the best to you, futurenurseOB! You will do wonderfully in life!
  4. Visit  SouthernPoint profile page
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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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  5. Visit  Nurse2B2016 profile page
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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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  6. Visit  futurenurseOB profile page
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    Yes it's refreshing to see people taking control of their situations and changing it
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  7. Visit  Nurse2B2016 profile page
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    Quote from futurenurseOB
    Yes it's refreshing to see people taking control of their situations and changing it
    It truly is! Nice to read some positive uplifting stories for a change.
  8. Visit  SouthernPoint profile page
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    Quote from ATLback2RN
    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!
    Yes I am.. We Are Going on 21 Years this Year. He is My Everything.

    I just hope that if someone see's/read's my story and or others that it will give them the go to Go for It..
    Last edit by SouthernPoint on Jan 31, '13 : Reason: Hit Enter to Quick
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  9. Visit  NurseRies profile page
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    Quote from futurenurseOB
    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 becoming a nurse. Would love to know
    I wouldn't say rags to riches quite to the extent as some stories!, wow, so inspiring! But when I was growing up, my parents filed for bankruptcy. I shared a room with my brother until we were almost in high school. I lived in a crime ridden neighborhood and we rarely had a working car. I had great parents, they did everything they could to encourage me and pushed education. I was definitely the "odd" kid at school, with clothes from the second hand store and shoes that didn't fit. My mom always told me that she wanted us to be better off then they were. As soon as I turned 16, I got a job and worked as much as possible. I saved for college. I had great grades so got into Ohio state almost for free. Only problem was, I couldn't get into their nursing program because of a C- I received in chemistry my freshman year.

    Ohio state told me I either had to switch majors or switch schools. I knew this would come at a price. I switched to a private nursing school, and accumulated about $53,000 in debt. I worked two jobs waitressing my whole way through college. I paid for my own books, car, rent, partial tuition, and never once needed help. I was the BUSY! I graduated and continued my hard work to pay off debt. 3 years later, I have almost completely paid off my debts from college. I have continued working 2 jobs so that I can achieve my goals. I want to pay for a house in CASH! I also want to help my parents retire. I am now a traveling nurse and feel that hard work has truly paid off.

    I laugh when people say, "Pff, must be nice." They have no idea how hard it was for me to get here and how much i still work! I my parents, my husband, and Dave Ramsey to thank! Masters degree, here I come!
  10. Visit  lolaviex profile page
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    It's awesome to read so many encouraging stories. I don't have a success story yet, but I feel your pain! I'm in my last semester of nursing school, I'll graduate as an RN in a few months, and as of this morning I had $15 dollars in my bank account. I worked for years, but recently quit to focus on school. I'm glad I did, but it's really tough now that my savings has run out. I'm living off credit cards that are reaching their limit. It's very stressful and I feel like I'm barely treading water to stay afloat.

    I can't wait to graduate and get back to work. Honestly, I'm scared that being a new grad will delay my employment but I'm hoping that because of my work ethic (any shift, any day, I'll relocate, I'll work all the holidays, etc) that something will turn up. To me it's not about being rich, but I'd sure like to be comfortable and breathe easy for a while. I'm a true believer that hard work and sacrifice will pay off. Not only that, it will make me (and everyone else in positions like ours) appreciate what we have even more.
  11. Visit  NurseRies profile page
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    Quote from lolaviex
    It's awesome to read so many encouraging stories. I don't have a success story yet, but I feel your pain! I'm in my last semester of nursing school, I'll graduate as an RN in a few months, and as of this morning I had $15 dollars in my bank account. I worked for years, but recently quit to focus on school. I'm glad I did, but it's really tough now that my savings has run out. I'm living off credit cards that are reaching their limit. It's very stressful and I feel like I'm barely treading water to stay afloat.

    I can't wait to graduate and get back to work. Honestly, I'm scared that being a new grad will delay my employment but I'm hoping that because of my work ethic (any shift, any day, I'll relocate, I'll work all the holidays, etc) that something will turn up. To me it's not about being rich, but I'd sure like to be comfortable and breathe easy for a while. I'm a true believer that hard work and sacrifice will pay off. Not only that, it will make me (and everyone else in positions like ours) appreciate what we have even more.
    Look up Dave Ramsey after you get done with school and get a job. He changed my life and I have since passed him along to others. Because of his book, I am now almost completely out of debt, 3 years later.
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  12. Visit  lovetheocean profile page
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    Hi there. I grew up in a middle-class family and left home at the age of 19, which was not by choice. I didn't have supportive parents and found myself poor, alone and without direction about adulthood and what to do with my life. I went to a trade school and became a medical assistant, which barely paid the bills. I had aspirations of becoming an RN, but lacked belief in myself, so that dream was stored away in the "unattainable" file. In my early 20's, I had a child. As a single mom things were tough. Being a mom gave me the desire to re-visit my previous goals and to put dreams into action. I completed an LPN/LVN program, which improved our lives tremendously. Being a nurse opened up many doors and allowed me to reignite a fire that had long been extinguished with regard to my education. I finally became an RN and am now looking at grad schools and plan to become an NP. What's wonderful and far more rewarding than anything else is the fact that my daughter graduated from college and is in graduate school pursuing an NP! Looking back at my life, I never, ever, thought I could be what I have managed to become. I am humbled by my travels and grateful for every opportunity that has come my way. In the midst of struggle and adversity, when things seem impossible, just keep fighting. I read somewhere early on that "tough times don't last, tough people do." If you really want to be inspired, watch "The Pursuit of Happyness." That's a true rags to riches story! Keep your chin up and continue persevering. You will get there. And when you do, always remember where you came from, reach out to people who are where you were...and pay it forward. Best wishes to you.
    Last edit by lovetheocean on Feb 1, '13 : Reason: error
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  13. Visit  saldridge profile page
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    This is a awesome thread thanks to everyone for sharing these amazing stories. It makes me say I can do it and I will. I will start my RN program in May.
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  14. Visit  Nurse2B2016 profile page
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    Quote from NurseRies

    Look up Dave Ramsey after you get done with school and get a job. He changed my life and I have since passed him along to others. Because of his book, I am now almost completely out of debt, 3 years later.
    What was the title of the book? I will definitely be interested in reading it.
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