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Is it even worth it anymore?

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I've wanted to be a nurse since 2007. Unfortunately, the loss of our eldest forced me to work full time to help pay off medical bills, and here we are in 2015. I still want to be a nurse, and my ultimate goal was always to become an NP... But is it even worth it anymore? The schools in SoCal are ridiculously hard to get into, and I'm so worried that even after 3-5+ years of school, I won't be able to find a job. I'm 26 years old now with a 2.5 year old, and I worry about providing for her and being able to give her a great childhood. My prerequisites have expired so I have to start from scratch. I would so appreciate any advice, words of wisdom, or stories from experience.

Hi Trebleclef. I'm a newbie on the board and am only a CNA. But what I can say is; I think it's worth it, if it's something that you want bad enough. When we lose a family member, it changes who we are. We have a tendency to over-think ourselves and our decisions. I would say to go for it. Consider taking your pre-req's at a community college if they're available there. That way the out of pocket costs are lower. Then when the time is right, continue on to your Nursing Degree. I think it will do you good. You have worked hard to pay off the medical bills and raising your child; consider further educating yourself as a reward. Just go with the flow and in time things will figure themselves out. I am sorry for your loss dear one. Good luck; you're going to be an awesome nurse.

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Specializes in public health. Has 5 years experience.

Half of my nursing school cohort falls into one or more of the following categories: had kids, single parent, over 50 years of age, nursing is 2nd, 3rd, 4th career, had sick parents to take care, had sick children to take care. You have plenty of time. Even if you are 50 right now I would still encourage you to go back to school and pursue your dream :)

I am in the same position as you but 32. I am not stopping :-) This is what I want to do and I will find a way to make it happen.

After doing tons of research and with my own personal situation, I believe I am going to do the private route. After speaking with Dr's and nurses they all agree doing the fast track route, with HUGE loans, will be best for me. It may not be the best for you but there are a ton of options. Feel free to message me if you have any questions. I know a ton of info on LVN, RN, and BSN programs in the LA area.

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