I have found a program that’s willing to accept some credits from a previous school (most places won’t accept them-but that’s another story). You are required to finish their prerequisites then apply for nursing portion of the progeam...so it’s not guaranteed. I’d be spending $85k on tuition. I’m 34 years old without a career after years of being a stay at home mom. Now I’m a single mom. Other option...was thinking to spend about 10-15k on getting my bachelors degree then applying for accelerated bsn through cheaper schools or applying for physician assistant schools (not nearly as many and harder to get accepted....).
Any advice would be wonderful and greatly appreciated.
A longer pathway with less expenses can still be the way to go. When you are in NP school are you going to want to be carrying a full class load while also working full time or more to pay on that $85,000 loan? A good rule of thumb is to never spend more on a program/take out loans for more than you can reasonably expect to make in a year. There are very few locations where a nurse will make $85,000 at entry to the profession, and those where that does happen have a much higher cost of living that pretty much negates the increased pay.
I'm an RN with self harm scars. Fortunately they are fairly old and not as noticeable.
I wear short sleeves at work. I occasionally get people who ask me what happens and I'm honest about it and tell the asker something along the lines of "a long time ago before I became a nurse I had a period of being very unhappy and depressed. The scars are because I used to deliberately hurt myself"
I take the approach while I'm not proud of this time of my life, I refuse to be ashamed of it, and if talking about it openly and honestly helps someone else who may be going through something similar then I'm cool with that
Also despite it being over 10 years, I remember when I was stuck in the middle of a continual cycle of self harm I was convinced that I was the only one who did this sick crap. Felt so alone and like no one would possibly understand. It wasnt until I came out the other side and started talking to other people that I realised how common it actually was