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by CamMc CamMc (Member)

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Hey all, I'm not sure where the best place to post this so my apologies. I am working on getting into nursing school, but it is a 2-year wait at my local community college. I've been ok with that wait because it will allow me time to retake some pre-reqs that I took over 10 years ago and it will give me time to pay off a bunch of debt that I have accumulated over the years, so that hopefully I will be able to not work or work very minimally while in nursing school. The problem is, I am getting very bored in my current job (I'm an online college student advisor) and would really like to be working in a health care setting, but not sure what options if any, that I have that wouldn't require much outside schooling and potentially pay decent? In my current job, I make about $21/hr and I'm afraid being a CNA I would not be able to make as much. Are there other related fields that could keep me at a stable income, but get me some (in)direct experience? 

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Hoosier_RN has 20 years experience as a MSN and specializes in LTC, home health, hospice, ICU, ER, dialysis.

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Most, without the degree will not get you even close, but it depends on the area that you live in, as well

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not.done.yet has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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A CNA/PCT position would get you a foot in the door but it isn't going to pay even close to what you make now. You could possibly consider getting that certification and finding a PRN position maybe.

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On 6/22/2019 at 9:42 AM, Hoosier_RN said:

Most, without the degree will not get you even close, but it depends on the area that you live in, as well

Thanks, I figured as much, but thought maybe there was some other career path I wasn't aware of.

4 minutes ago, not.done.yet said:

A CNA/PCT position would get you a foot in the door but it isn't going to pay even close to what you make now. You could possibly consider getting that certification and finding a PRN position maybe.

That is a great thought, I guess I was curious, which probably depends on the site, but if there is any kind of shift differential like there typically is for nursing. I will have to look into this. The other issue is, doing a CNA program is difficult with my current job, I would have to do a weekend program, but that would interfere with my second job I do on Sundays as a caregiver for a boy with multiple needs. 

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not.done.yet has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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Sounds a bit complicated for you.

Shift diffs can vary widely depending on where you live. Some have almost none and others are fantastic.

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