what would you do?

  1. I graduated LPN school in 1993
    graduated ADN school in 1995
    Worked about 5 years in private duty & homehealth. I enjoy Homehealth, but not the hospital setting.
    About 3 1/2 years ago I was layed-off from work, then had 2 babies & decided to stay home with my girls full-time.
    Now my question is--I need to go back to work for financial reasons. I can either work on my BSN to get a better paying job, or goback into HH doing contract work.
    Are they some nurses out there that "have been there--done that" , with two small children & could give some advise?
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  3. by   GailWHNP
    Hi . . .
    I went back to school after receiving an AA degree when my children were 2 and 4. (I worked in greenhouses, was just divorced, and could not financially make it without some training somewhere!) I received grants and loans and stayed in campus housing at a major university.

    Personally, as a nurse, I didn't see any big advantage in going for the BSN except maybe 25 cents more per hour, which could be made up some other way (like doing 3 chart reviews/month!). I didn't want to do supervision, though . . . hate that scene. And my loans took 10 yrs to pay off. I also worked Home Health and earned what all the other nurses were earning. Unfortunately, though, things get slow, you get canned unless you can build up some seniority.

    Not sure this answered your question. If I were going to be a nurse, I wouldn't bother going through a BSN program unless I wanted to go into supervision or advanced practitioner training down the line (which is what I did eventually do).

    Good luck!