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  1. Miss91

    ADN Program Acceptance

    Hello, I'm new to nursing (taking my CNA this fall - that's the next opening). My goal is to become an RN. I'm out of work and am paying the $400 for the CNA and will be driving 45 minutes to class. In order to be accepted into the ADN program, you must be a CNA, take the Emergency Care Course (another $110), and pass the HESI entrance exam. That is my main issue. I'm SCARED about that test! I'm doing what I have to do to get into the program, but what if I fail that test? I'm 36 and did really well on my ACT in high school, and I graduated with academic honors, but I have been out of high school for HALF of my life!! I've got the Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exams book sitting here next to my laptop, but other than the basic math, reading and vocab - I'm lost! I'm really freaked out that I'm jumping through all of these hoops when in fact the main issue is the HESI test. I wish the school could simply see my HS and 1 year of college grades, my ACT scores, and realize that I'll work hard and know how to achieve good grades. Testing me on things from 18 years ago seems completely ridiculous. I'd rather just have to re-take chemistry or whatever classes I do poorly in than have to miss out entirely on this nursing career that I've been just DYING to get into. Anyone else face this and succeed?? I don't want to let fear stop me, but I'm also being realistic. Can studying for six months make a difference?? Thanks! M
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    Anyone hiring in the La Crosse area?

    I am just getting my feet wet in this whole nursing thing (just now going for CNA), but I always check to see what jobs are out there. Check on the Wisconsin Jobnet - I do see quite a few nursing jobs in the LaCrosse area. I'm located about an hour from there and know that some people here do drive there for their employment.
  3. Miss91

    I'm a newbie...nurses input, please!!!!

    Wow, thanks everyone!! You are all so encouraging. I realize it'll be very hard and will take me a long time, but it will be worth it. At age 36 I've also learned that we can do MORE than we think we can physically, mentally, emotionally.....I'm going for it. My little brother is 21 and has a management job but is also going back to school to be a physician. We have good talks and encourage each other often. Thanks again for the wonderful words!!!
  4. Hello all! I just registered on this website this morning. Basically, I'm 36, have one year of college under my belt, and three boys (10, 13, 16). I'm married, have a new home and HAD a great accounting job (without the education - worked my way into it) for seven years. For the last ten years, I've looked into nursing because it's REALLY what I've wanted to do....in the fall, my accounting job ended as the company closed due to the economy. I'm scared, but I WANT TO BE A NURSE. I signed up for the fall CNA course in my area (40 minutes away) so I can get into the night/weekend ADN program. I know it's going to be hard (I work part-time for friends who own a restaurant). I've talked myself out of going to school for this for years...my kids are too little....I already have a great job...etc....all those excuses are null and void now. I just want to go for it! I need financial aid, and I'm not sure how I'll pay the bills, but I feel like I HAVE to do this or I'll be in food service forever. I've always had great grades in school and I feel like I have a lot to offer if I can just get through the schooling and "life". I won't let fear stop me! Speaking of fear - I've seen a lot of discouraging posts on here about jobs. It seems like jobs are scarce, but I have seen quite a few on my local jobnets and in newspapers. I'm sure the healthcare industry IS affected by this harsh economy, but that will turn around, right? I feel like nothing should stop me, and having a skills set and an education will get me a lot further than what I've got going for me now. I just want this BADLY. I could use my 7 years accounting experience, but the truth is, I LIKE working with people and accounting was not for me. I need to make a difference in the world helping people. I would appreciate any insight any nurses have, any encouragement, advice.....I'm listening!!! Thanks to everyone, and I admire what you do SO MUCH that I'm going to do it, too!!!!

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