HELP! Want to become an RN, looking for Hospital that will send me to school TX,TN,OH

  1. I am currently a 41yr old medical assistant with no college credits but would like to attend Nursing School . I am a single mom so would have to work while attending school. Looking for a program thru a Hospital that will pay me to go to school while I work for them in Corpus Christi, TX , Fort Worth TX, Nashville TN, or Columbus OH. ANy advice would be so helpful. I don't even know where to start. Thanks so much
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    Joined: Jun '18; Posts: 2; Likes: 1
    from OH , US

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  3. by   Sour Lemon
    You're dreaming. Time to wake up.
  4. by   elkpark
    (Duplicate post, somehow)
    Last edit by elkpark on Jun 13
  5. by   elkpark
    Welcome to allnurses!

    Lots of hospitals offer some tuition assistance as a job benefit for employees, but there are usually strings attached, like you have to have already worked for the employer for a year before you are eligible. Also, the amounts available are usually enough to pay for a course or two per semester, but not a full nursing program. Nursing programs, if you're going full-time, are at least the equivalent of a full-time job, if not more; it would be quite a challenge to work full-time (which lots of employers require in order to be eligible for the tuition assistance) and also go to school full-time, although some people manage to do that.

    I wish I had more encouragement to offer. Have you looked for other kinds of scholarships/grants? Some states have scholarship programs (funded by the state) to encourage and assist state residents to go into nursing. There are also a lot of private scholarships and grants available. Do you have any family support? Are your children young enough that you will need childcare, and do you have any family that can help with that?

    I saw your other thread and agree with what was said about working on getting some general education/prerequisite courses knocked out. That is something that an employer's tuition assistance benefit could help with, and you could save money up while you're working full-time and taking some individual courses. That would also give you an idea of how well-prepared you are to do the academic work involved in a nursing program. I also agree with the suggestion to consider doing an LPN program. That would be a lot quicker and less expensive than an RN program, and you can complete an LPN-to-RN program once you are licensed and working as an LPN.

    Best wishes for your journey!

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