I am eligible to apply to nursing schools in the next semester. Finally, I have worked so hard to get to this point. I left bartending for Sterile Processing this year. I had done SPD about 7 years ago on a graveyard shift & I honestly didn't like it. The graveyard shift is very quiet, repetitive, and overall hidden from the rest of the hospital. I chose to return for the overall experience and thinking I could network. A lot of hospitals offer tuition reimbursement & just the overall experience of communicating with various departments within. After 6 months, I am realizing my feelings haven't changed. My income decreased by half, I am a single mom & I'm struggling to adjust to make this new wage work. I absolutely have to maintain a full-time job. I increased my work hours, and have less sleep than I did before. As well as being unable to move to a different shift. I have been educated by staff, it almost never happens. I have looked around and openings are very sparse in my area. Bartending has done me well in terms of a flexible schedule & lots of money. Yet, if I return to bartending I am worried I will have a lesser chance of being accepted into schools & it will be looked down upon on applications. I know nursing schools are so competitive. Does it really matter? I would love to hear what jobs and/or who have supported you through nursing school.