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MadnessMuse posted 1/14/2014 18:46 PM

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authenticnow posted 1/14/2014 19:48 PM

Never got that one figured out myself, MM. I'm interested in the replies as well. (Just about finished paying off DD's last semester of college so my going back has been out of the question).

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musiclovingmom posted 1/14/2014 19:55 PM

Have you checked with a local hospital? Sometimes they will help you pay for nursing school if you sign a contract agreeing to work for them for a certain amount of time after you finish.

purplejacket4 posted 1/14/2014 19:58 PM

How many K in student loans do you have? Do you rent or own? What is your health insurance status? Would clinical be only on weekdays? Any weekends? Nights? What kind of child care do you have if you have kids? Is the nursing school a 12 month, 18 month, 24 months? I'm in health care and can usually give some advice with more details.

MadnessMuse posted 1/14/2014 20:41 PM

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Mama_of_3_Kids posted 1/14/2014 20:52 PM

Check hospitals, extended care facilities and Home Health Agencies...most of them do reimburse or pay for schooling. Also, look for scholarships for adults and nursing students; there are some out there Good luck!

peacelovetea posted 1/14/2014 21:11 PM

I'm in a doctoral program and living on loans as well as using them to pay tuition (I also have CS and SS coming in, but having the kids also means a lot of complications and expenses, so I suspect I would come out more ahead without!). Its also a clinical program and so I am currently doing a part-time clinical internship that does not pay in addition to coursework. Its doable -- once you get in to your program, there will be financial aid officers to help you figure out how to pay for it. If you know what programs you are applying to, you could talk to them now to see a rough idea of what to expect.

MadnessMuse posted 1/14/2014 22:14 PM

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Sad in AZ posted 1/15/2014 00:26 AM

I manage a medical accessioning lab-we enter the paperwork and do the pour-offs for the tests that the doctors order. My site works 2nd shift-anywhere from 3pm-2am (8-hour shifts). You might look into something like this; I have med students and nursing students on my staff.

PM me if you want more specific information; the company that I work for has sites around the world.

MadnessMuse posted 1/15/2014 05:48 AM

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tushnurse posted 1/15/2014 12:38 PM

As an Old Nurse I would strongly suggest that you go to any and all hospitals in your area, and see if they have any positions for FT work being a Nurse Aid, Tech, Undergrad Nurse, Phlebotomist, etc. Anything that you can get a full time job with. I would ask about weekend option, and do that while you are in clinicals, and do it. This frees you up all week, for time to do clinicals, and study.
The reason for this is as FT employee you will be eligible for Tuition reimbursement, and medical benefits.

Many many nurses have done this to get through school. Plus being in the hospital environment for work will allow you to learn a ton, and help you to be MUCH better prepared for clinicals, and the real world when you get out of school.

MadnessMuse posted 1/15/2014 12:43 PM

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tushnurse posted 1/16/2014 10:11 AM

I can tell you from personal experience that I was fortunate to get a job as a Nurses Aid when I was finishing my Freshman year of school, then when I had clinicals under my belt (and not a lot) I found a MAJOR University Hospital hired nursing students, and gave them the title of Undergraduate Nurse, we did EVERYTHING an RN did except pass meds, and start IVs. It was an amazing experience, I floated the entire hospital, that was an option too, some people chose to work on a specific unit, I wanted the ability to see and learn as much as I could, and I did. One day I would be on post trauma, the next day the nursery, the next day transplant step down, and so forth.

Because they didn't have to pay an RN wage they always had plenty of hours available to work as well.

I would ask about programs similar to this. Prior to working in hospitals I worked at WalMart. Was hired at age 16, and worked part time through my Freshman year of college, and the experience of dealing with people and conflict (as a service desk person) and seeing how crazy the world was, also was a great preparer for working as a nurse. So you having been in retail already will help you more than you know.

You already know a smile, and friendly hello helps go a long way.

MadnessMuse posted 1/16/2014 11:28 AM

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