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Couldn't you look into ways to use the degrees you have already, esp the MBA. It would be the most practical approach.

I'm sure the OP could...but it sounds like the OP wants to be a nurse. You can't turn an MBA in to a nursing degree.

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thanks for all of your suggestions. i just applied at one of the local hospitals. one of the recruiters told me that i would be eligible for tuition reimbursement on my first day. so i am hoping that works out.

several of y'all have asked why i don't use my current degrees. my response >>> i want to be a nurse. sitting at my desk is boring sometimes. it's not fun sitting down for 9 hours building spreadsheets, reviewing reporting, and sending emails.

i would like to be out there nursing people back to health, comforting patients, advocating for patients, developing new policies and procedures. i want to be a nurse who impacts the lives of others.

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You may have a hard time getting scholarships before starting nursing school. After you finished a semester/year or nursing (and perform well), you'll have a lot more available - both at school and various resources. ask the local librarian for resources. Also, you may have to consider taking out loans specifically due to your particular situation (and/or work some type of part time job - preferably as a cna). BTW, your community college is very expensive at $4k/semester. My program was less than $7,000 for the entire ADN program.

The cost for the entire program is approximately $8,500. Most of the costs are paid during the first semester. I am paying out of county costs - so that is why I am paying a little more. I live in the "city" but not the "county."

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You need to work. I worked during school and paid cash for my nursing degree.

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SummerGarden has 10 years experience as a ADN, BSN, RN and specializes in ED and Acute Care.

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you need to work. i worked during school and paid cash for my nursing degree.

me too!! i paid cash for both my adn from a community college and my bsn from a university by working first full-time to save money, then part-time to attend both schools.

op: right now new nurses are not in demand. most cannot find jobs because the job market is tight. don’t quit a good paying boring job to attend nursing school. save money to attend school before dropping to part-time if possible. this way if you cannot land a nursing job when you graduate, you will at least have a job!

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Have you thought about getting CNA or EMT certification *before* you start nursing school? That might help your job search with hospitals now and you could work during your first semester rather than aiting. Also, is the community college flexible at all on payment plans? Even spreading that initial $4k out over a few months might help with cash flow.

Around here CNA classes run about 1200 and EMT is about 900, so there'd be an initial investment but depending on what hiring looks like it could be worth it.

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me too!! i paid cash for both my adn from a community college and my bsn from a university by working first full-time to save money, then part-time to attend both schools.

op: right now new nurses are not in demand. most cannot find jobs because the job market is tight. don't quit a good paying boring job to attend nursing school. save money to attend school before dropping to part-time if possible. this way if you cannot land a nursing job when you graduate, you will at least have a job!

just curious how you did this; were you paying a morgage or rent, insurance, utilitities, etc. etc. and saving money for school at the same time? i'm impressed. i start nursing school (bsn at a state university) and am planning on working part-time so i can pay my bills. i'm getting a bit concerned about money and survival.

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SummerGarden has 10 years experience as a ADN, BSN, RN and specializes in ED and Acute Care.

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just curious how you did this; were you paying a morgage or rent, insurance, utilitities, etc. etc. and saving money for school at the same time?

yes! i saved a good sum of money and paid my living expenses while in school with cash savings. i do not have rich parents and i did not take out loans nor receive scholarships. i also did not qualify for grants or fin aid. in fact, i worked two jobs and sold everything that was not nailed down to build up my savings for school prior to dropping my full- time job for part-time ones with flexible hours.

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