For reference, I am 20 years old and live with my parents.
So I was accepted into a great BSN program that starts in January. It's a private university which means EXPENSIVE. This was the only nursing school to accept me because the other ones required me to have the pre-reqs (required courses for RN school) done before a certain time, which I did not. So if I wanted to apply for the other and cheaper programs, I would have to take a gap year. (most accept students once a year) I'm not sure how complicated this sounds.. but if there's questions just ask me lol.
I also just started a new job as a pre-school tutor. This is a full time position that pays well, builds up my resume, and offers tuition reimbursement as well as a generous monetary award to help with college. I would receive this award ONLY if I work for a full YEAR. If I were to start school in January, I would have to quit this job and lose all the potential benefits. (the program is too rigorous for me to juggle a full time job). In all honestly, I'm pretty tempted to take a year off of school, save money, apply for a variety of cheaper nursing programs
that I couldn't this year, and use that award to fund my education!
**I forgot to mention that I have 4.0 GPA, lots of experience in the healthcare field, and am pretty smart (academically at least). I know I would be a great asset to any other nursing school I apply in the future.
I'm not going to lie though, I really don't like the idea of taking a year off of school. I've been in college since I graduated H.S, and my goal in life is to get a Master's degree in nursing. This field is my PASSION and I don't see myself doing anything else. I want to be a nurse and eventually a nurse practitioner! However, it would be nice to work for a year and save $$$ so that I avoid the burden of student loans (private university = very expensive), save my parents money, get experience, and become more social since I am really shy.
However, I'm so scared that the gap year would turn into gap years, and I will never achieve my goal of becoming a nurse practitioner in the future. I don' t know what I should do and need advice.. desperately
Gap year? Or do I quit the job before I begin school??? I want to specialize in peds!
Most nursing schools require prereqs including private ones. You won't be able to start CORE nursing without those. Even though you've been accepted to the private school, you still have to take Anatomy, physiology, microbiology, psychology, english etc. There's no way around it. Private schools are known for not being very honest.
It's really generous that your job is offering you the possibility of reimbursement but would it cover a considerable portion of the private university? I think you should look into state schools, they are cheaper than private schools.
I think you should look into becoming a CNA (at a school that trains you for no more than 4-5 weeks) if you haven't already gotten the license. You get pay and experience and the option of working part time. Also, I think it will be a better option since you live with your parents. Do you absolutely need to work full time?
Have you looked into community colleges? They are cheaper and I don't know what you heard about them but don't be discouraged by those that tell you that "No one ever leaves community college." I graduated from a community college and there are others here on All nurses that graduated from a CC and we are just fine. And yes, if you get an ADN vs. a BSN you will still get hired.
If you can, please knock out some of your prerequisites at a community college this fall. Don't let this semester go to waste.
Last edit by Neo Soldier on Aug 11
No question, take a year and work on your prerequisites and try to get into a less expensive school. It sounds like you would be a good candidate at any school, and if not the expensive private school will always be there.
Your current job helping pay for it is even more reason to do the above.
Gap year only turns into years if you let it. Why are you afraid that would happen?
You have have youth on your side. Even if it takes you five more years to become a nurse, you still have 40+ working years ahead of you!
Last edit by SC_RNDude on Aug 11
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