- 6 years ago
In need of a bit of advice here. Serious…serious advice.
Back Story: I live in a rural area. There is only one RN (associate’s*) program in a close proximity. They use the waitlist sytem, and I am number 249. I am 8 months into the waitlist, which is expected to be about three years. I expect to start Fall 2014, maybe sooner, maybe later. I have a great job in the medical field right now; it’s not high-paying by any means, but it is very educational – however, it’s not direct patient care, and I don’t get to touch patients. I love my job and place of employment, planning to work there for as long as I can. Husband has a good-paying job and we can survive off of his income alone, which is why I’ve been able to work where I do for fun and enrichment.
Factors To Consider: My husband and I are trying to conceive. If I were to magically get pregnant this cycle, I would deliver around March 2013. Baby will likely be a year old (if I get pregnant this cycle) or less before I go back to school.
Fast forward to today: Like I said, I love my job, but I’m going crazy not being in school. I feel like I need to do more in my life. So, the hospital I work at recommended a medical assisting program in town that is three months long and costs $2,700. I get reimbursed $2,000 through my work. The program ends in January 2013.
Questions: To fellow RN’s out there, do you wish you had more hands-on direct patient care experience prior to becoming an RN? Is there a potential benefit to me working as an MA prior to starting nursing school? To MA’s out there, how do you like being an MA? Do you feel satisfied, or do you constantly want to go back to school?
Pros: I feel like I would gain a lot from the direct patient care experience. I could improve techniques for performing injections, assisting in procedures, learning how to provide for a clinician from the nursing standpoint, etc. I could work full-time during this program. It may satisfy my craving to do “more” with my life.
Cons: Husband is not sold… He says, “Go ahead, but I don’t see the point.” That is the only con I can think of. More cons would be greatly appreciated. Also any ways to convince husband would be appreciated as well.
Alternatives: Stay working as a scribe for another two years. Or, once I do become a mom, become a stay-at-home mom until I get called into the nursing program.
*There is a bachelor’s program, but is it at a private college. The grand total runs about $75,000, with $15,000 in required bible classes. I’m religious, but I cannot justify spending that amount on bible classes. So that school is out.
Bees, I’m really torn about what to do with my life. I don’t have many places to turn. Any thoughts? Tips? Suggestions?