I need some guidance. Six and a half years ago I decided my dream was to become a nurse. My newborn daughter had gotten sick and was in the NICU at TCH for 3 weeks. The nurses really showed how much they really cared for my daughter.
I knew right then and there nursing was for me. So I worked the hardest in my pre-reqs I could with a newborn and a 2 year old but my hardest wasn't enough. I worked full time, went to school full time, caring for a newborn and a 2 year old, I made C's in my AP classes. Within that time I had another baby, who is now 3. My gpa sucked, so the RN program wasn't even an option for me.
A year and a half ago I applied to the LVN program at a local community college that only bases acceptance on your ACT score. I was denied acceptance because my score was only 18. After that I gave up.
I figured nursing just wasn't for me. I got a new job in the business office of my children's school district so it's the perfect job. I get the time off with the kids, all the holidays, etc. I love it!
I am 6 classes away from getting my associates degree so I told myself I would finish that then look into getting my bachelors in accounting. So what's the problem?
My brain is totally wrapped around nursing! I can't stop thinking about it! My sister in law is an LVN and we started our pre-reqs at the same time. I can't help but to be jealous of her.
My cousin and a family friends daughter also became RN's this past year and although I'm so happy for them because they have achieved their dreams, I can't help but feel so sad in my heart because I never took school serious enough to be good enough for acceptance.
I talked to my sister in law who works in a nursing home and she hates it. She said "If I were you, I would complete my associate's degree instead. If I could go back, I would never have become an LVN." She's now taking pre-reqs to for the LVN-RN bridge program.
I spoke to a friend of mine who started working as an RN this summer and she LOVES it! She told me to go for it still because it's a decision I will regret if I don't. I'm torn! I know not everyone is the same, just like any other career. But I just can't stop thinking in the back of my mind that what if I apply to the LVN program, get accepted then quit my job, what if I hate it????