Starting out....

  1. Hello! I have been a Veterinary Technician for the last 2 years but I think I am ready to switch to human medicine. I'm not sure what the best course to take would be even though I have already rechearched the different degrees that are avalible.
    Another reason i'm not sure is that at 27 years old I make $8.00 an hour and HAVE to work full-time to barely squeak by, also I finished close to one year of college but moved to a new city without withdrawing my courses so instead of a W it looks like I failed a few courses (including human anatomy and phisiology). Any suggestions would be helpful!
    I would really like to do a 2 yr. part-time degree as i'm pretty sure that's all I can afford but if anyone has any other suggestions i'm all ears.
    Well, thanks for taking the time to read this looking forward to hearing what you have to say!
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    About darrarizer

    Joined: Jan '07; Posts: 51; Likes: 24
    R.N.; from TX , US
    Specialty: O.R., Circulating Nurse


  3. by   sdop_agent10
    If i were you i will just take up Nursing, it pays a lot this days. I know it will cost you a lot but it is an investment. Think about it. God bless u.
  4. by   Tweety
    Good luck to you. It's hard to work full time and go to school, but when there's a will, there's a way.

    Sounds like the two year ADN is what you're after. You might start by taking all the pre- and co-req classes and then taking nursing by itself. This may take more than two years, but it would be easier to do this while working full time.
  5. by   darrarizer
    tks for your reply! what do u think about an MA degree? is it worth it? the bsn was my first choice but i want to start small (i'm a little scared...)
    Last edit by darrarizer on Jan 24, '07
  6. by   Tweety
    The MA is not a good stepping stone to the RN. Don't let fears hold you back.

    I would recommend the CNA route first. You might could then find a job in a hospital (making more than $8.00/hour I might add) which would give you more hands on. Then you could see what nursing is really like. You could then get an LPN, then get an ADN RN and move up from there. The hospital might even help pay for it.

    Good luck!
  7. by   darrarizer
    Thanks for your advice it is really appreciated and sounds like a good plan!
  8. by   AlbertaBlue
    I was 28 yrs old when I decided to go back to school to become a nurse. I can remember the days of making $8-10.00 an hour... I can honestly say that a nurse's salary makes life sooooo much better. Also, nursing is challenging in all ways...I have found that it has really stretched my thinking. I always find myself learning something new on every shift. It has been eight years now since I starting as a student. I can relate completely to your interest in finding something more meaningful and rewarding financially. I also would encourage you to return to school...the good news is that is passes by in a flash. I've already been a practicing RN for four years. Good luck to you!
  9. by   darrarizer
    I got into the ADN program at Tarrant County College and am 1/2 way through my 1st semester. Just an update.
  10. by   caliotter3
    Good for you! Goes to show that things can be changed after a little time has gone by!
  11. by   darrarizer
    Entering my final semester with no hiccups. Got in as a first time applicant, haven't failed yet, 1 year as a nurse extern at a big hospital in cardiac telemetry. Only complex and the NCLEX to go. Wish me luck (and prayers)! GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU - IT IS POSSIBLE!!!
  12. by   Silverdragon102
    Thanks for an update, best of luck in your final time in school
  13. by   xtxrn
    Hello and welcome

  14. by   caliotter3
    Great! Thanks for the update and good luck!