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Need advise. Is nursing really for me?


Good evening, and thank you for reading this. I’m losing all hope in trying to get into nursing school, I’m in my 30s, have 3 children age ranges from 14, 10, and 2. I’m done with all my prerequisites from community college (My science class have hit the 10 year mark), I have taken the TEAS 3 times. Applied to 4 different nursing schools and have not gotten into. I also work in the hospital also as a Patient care technician for the past 12 years. I’ve always wanted to be a nurse but I just don’t know anymore. I’m lost, confused, just losing my motivation and don’t know what I should do now. I live in Southern California. Thanks so much for reading.

TriciaJ, RN

Specializes in Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory. Has 40 years experience.

Why have you not been able to get in? Are there just that many prospective students to compete with?

Can you meet with someone from one of the schools of your choice to find out what more you could be doing to gain admission? Is it a matter of relocating to a less competitive area? Would that even be feasible for you?

There are many prospective students to compete with, I took my time on school because I do have a family to support by myself and have a few family to help when they are available or when I let them know ahead of time. Moving is out of the question since all my family is in San Diego. Now that Im done with the prerequisites I am applying anywhere as far as LA to get into nursing school.

Sour Lemon

Has 9 years experience.

You've either got to make yourself more competitive, or be realistic and consider other possibilities. Unfortunately, gaining admittance is the "easy" part.