hello and help

  1. i am 18 and i would love to become a nurse or even a neonatalogist. i honestly have no idea where to begin. i am independent and i am struggling because i do not have support from my parents. education is very important but it is very hard to better yourself when you are alone. i would really like some tips and advice about the best way to go about starting my career in the medical profession. i would love to become a traveling nurse, that sounds wonderful. any help is much obliged.
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  3. by   suzanne4
    There are many theads on this very topic. Please check out some of the many forims that we have here.

    To become a nurse, you will need to complete a nursing program for either the LPN or the RN and pass the licensing exam afterwards.

    The NNP is a neonatal nurse practitioner that is an Advanced Practice RN and has their Master's degree in nursing. They take care of very sick premature infants in the NICU.

    The neonatologist is a physician that did their initial training as a pediacatrician and then did a specialty in neonatology.

  4. by   Meg2007
    Hello. I'm new here as well. First and foremost, you need to apply at local colleges. I have had to pay for schooling on my own as well. There is a lot of scholarships and financial aid options out there. I paid for much of my schooling with federal grants and then I have about 25% of my schooling (including books) on federal loans. I will have about $20,000 to pay back after I'm done with school in August but it will be totally worth it. Depending on the reasons for your independence, the government may not consider you independent. It all depends on your taxes and such. I would suggest trying to fill out FAFSA before Feb. 15 to see what they expect you to be able to contribute financially. That will tell you a lot. Good luck. I hope everything works out for you.
  5. by   Tweety
    Good luck to you in all that you do.