I wanted to share my journey with you over the last 2 yrs.....you may find encouragement to push forward and not give up, no matter what obstacles you face.
Born and raised in NYC, I have 7+ yrs experience as LPN. In April 2013, me and my husband-Auto Technician, (daughter just turned 2 yrs old at the time) decided to move to PA. We was tired of the city life(no parking, car has been broken into 2x,etc)just tired of the rat race. Our primary concern is our daughters education. We didn't think we could give her a great education in NYC due to the overcrowded classrooms, budget cuts in education,etc. After researching the schools, comments from parents, test score reviews,etc.,we wanted to move to West Chester, PA, seemed like a good idea at the time. Researched job market, resumes sent out....I was offered and accepted a Position as a Nurse in MMTP. Did not renew NY lease and off to PA.......come to find out the MMTP position changed, no longer full time 7-3pm, advised me hours are variable and now per diem status---did I mention I have a toddler? So now looking for a new job for me and my husband, resumes going out like crazy, running through our savings to pay bills, daycare expenses,gas prices and daily living expenses to get by until we gain full time employment. Husband gained employment with major Auto Center. I Accepted position as a nurse in small clinic(money not great at all compared to NYC), total nightmare, witnessed Insurance fraud, MD Fraud, MA's writing RX without MD approvals,medical incidents left and right, plus here comes this Nurse from NY that shouts from the roof top "I will not do certain things that will put my License at risk!!!!!"--Did I say I was from NY?--From there on, It was made apparent, "How dare she come here and tell us what she will and will not do" Everyday going to work was a nightmare. It motivated me to continue my nursing education. I enrolled at Excelsior, in the AAS Nursing Program,paying on the payment plan, completed payment plan in November 2013. Now,Ready to register for my prereqs and begin my classes. Then....December 2013, I was in a terrible car accident, lost control of the car in a winter storm and gained a concussion. I could hardly take care of my daughter due to the dizziness, insomnia and anxiety. I Resigned from my job. Now only Husbands income, savings is almost depleted. I had to do something and wanted to return to NYC, PA was not a great choice. I started sending resumes out to NYC, Driving back and forth for interviews ,then accepted employment, but no apartment yet and new employment began 2/2014. Packed up entire apartment in PA in Storage. Called Mother-In-Law, we stayed with her in a small 2 bedroom apartment , where we slept in the living room on a sofa bed. Husband was employed in PA until his transfer was complete. Weekends came ,me and daughter were on the train to PA, For about 4 months until Husband transfer came through. June 2014, husband now with us in Mother In law apartment, now a total of 5 people in this small 2 bedroom. I was sending out applications for apartments like crazy, I mean every where. I reached out to my previous Landlord, but nothing was available. So now months go on with arguments,attitudes, crowdedness and we are getting on each others nerves. Could not afford to start classes because I had to find an apartment first and become stable. Worrying about my daughter starting school for PreK3 and tuition for her. Did more research for schools and family/friends word of mouth, Yayyyyyyyy, found a great Catholic school. September 2014, PreK3, here we go and she is flourishing, the school is great, location is great and she is getting the best education. Thank GOD, because this is all that matters to us as parents, we want the very best for our children. So, now paying car notes, daughter tuition, student loans, contributing to household(not a complaint)and saving for an apartment. December 2014, I am doing my usual and looking online for an apartment, I could not believe my eyes----my same apartment was listed (lived there 7yrs before I left NY), I called the leasing company, received application and APPROVED!!!!!!! It all took 1 weekend,Approved on Friday and moved in Sunday, 2 weeks before Christmas.
Now, I am back in my same apartment,racing to make it fabulous for my daughter, on a very limited budget, but it was wonderful and we are all so very happy.
Present day, Now back to focusing on my Nursing education, I logged into my Excelsior account to find out my annual Student Service fee was due 12/2014!!!!!! I called the Bursar to be advised that I had 3 months to pay, which would have been 3/15/2015. I was withdrawn due to non payment and have to re-enroll. Devastated, $1,065 again, instead of keeping track of the date for the Annual Student Fee,(no one to blame but myself)I put myself in a hole. After I had a good long cry, I realized I made a very costly mistake and crying will not change anything. So I am going to pay the re-enrollment and move forward with my Nursing Education. If I can get through the past 2 years of trials and tribulations, tears, arguments, worries,making ends meet some way and the Many, Many prayers to GOD and the blessings he gives-----I can definitely complete my Nursing Degree. I am going in with both feet completely planted and ready for whatever my degree will bring. I am determined and motivated. In the end of it all, I will have my AAS in Nursing with "RN"beside my name. So fi I can push forward, so can you. Thank you for reading.