any rags to riches stories - page 5

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  MsLuci profile page
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    Wow! What a blessing! Praise God!!! Thanks for sharing.
    teacher08 and FinallyRNStatus like this.
  2. Visit  MyOwnBlueSky profile page
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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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  3. Visit  Nurse2B2016 profile page
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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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  4. Visit  FinallyRNStatus profile page
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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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  5. Visit  dumbdog profile page
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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!!!
  6. Visit  serenitylove14 profile page
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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.
  7. Visit  smrnurse profile page
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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
    FinallyRNStatus likes this.
  8. Visit  jenrak profile page
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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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  9. Visit  FinallyRNStatus profile page
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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!
  10. Visit  RN Rover profile page
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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!!
  11. Visit  futurenurseOB profile page
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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.
  12. Visit  thenursemandy profile page
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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.
  13. Visit  lauriepat profile page
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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.
    caleb2015 likes this.

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