I have almost all my pre-req's out of the way and expect to apply to the actual nursing program this summer. My issue comes in there. How in the world am I going to pay for it? Right now, I'm working full-time while going to school, but that will be impossible once clinicals start unless I work overnights somewhere.
I already have a BA in an unrelated subject, and the local junior college I'm attending doesn't give financial aid to anyone who already has a degree of any kind. They don't take loans at all. I could take out a student loan and go to school at the university in the neighboring town, using the loan money to pay for classes and to live off of, but I already have enough student loan debt. I was really hoping not to take on any more.
I know my full-time job with its crazy hours and frequent travel will have to go once I'm full-force into the program (assuming I even get accepted), but I'll still need to make money.
Any ideas? Suggestions? Bueller?
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How many K in student loans do you have?
I still have about $10k in loans left. Payments are on hold while I'm an active student again.
Do you rent or own?
We live with my IL's so neither, really. However, given the state of my marriage, that could be changing any day.
What is your health insurance status?
I'm currently covered by my employer.
Would clinical be only on weekdays? Any weekends? Nights?
I'm pretty sure they'll only be on weekdays. I'm not sure about time of day, but the advisor said usually early morning start times. Sometimes they offer evening rotations.
What kind of child care do you have if you have kids?
No kiddos for me.
Is the nursing school a 12 month, 18 month, 24 months?
It's a four semester program with an optional summer program after the first two that would allow me to sit the LVN boards halfway through the program.
And musiclovingmom, that's a fabulous idea. I'll definitely call around to area hospitals this week.
Thank you both so much for your replies!
I will post a proper reply when I get to work in the morning.
PM me if you want more specific information; the company that I work for has sites around the world.
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.
That's become my plan for the week, to call around to area hospitals and see what options they offer nursing students. Right now I'm in retail management, and it's harder and harder each semester to make school and job coexist. I know it will be downright impossible to make it work once I'm full-force in the program.
It helps a TON to know that someone with your experience has seen it work in the way you describe. I'm so happy I asked this question!
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.
I called around to area hospitals yesterday, and only one has anything specifically for nursing students. I may just have to drive a little farther than I originally thought, but that's okay with me.
And Sad, thank you for PMing me that info! I'm looking into it now. I would definitely have to drive a bit to do it, but it sounds like it would be worth it.