Post # 1
i have been working as a certified nursing assistant since around 2007. I love working with patients but I really don’t want to do this anymore. I see all these younger people at my job who start and they are Registered nurses and get paid much better. I never finished college so would really need to start from the beginning. I love working in the hospital but I just need to move on and make more money. I’m scared i may not do well in college as well because I’m awful in math. I’m starting to feel depressed about my job. I know I’m young… just turned 30 I could still go to school and better my education. I don’t want to be a nurse I know that for sure. I’m not sure what I should go to school for… I was thinking ultrasound. Has anyone graduated college with a certain degree and thought it wasn’t so tough to achieve? I need advice.
Post # 2
I should add my husband and I plan on starting a family very soon as well. Is going back to school now still going to be ok?
Post # 3
I don’t know anything about nursing but I just wanted to say: I am AWFUL at math and I somehow made it through college, a master’s degree, and am currently getting a PhD. Outside of math and certain sciences, being bad at math really isn’t a hindrance. Sure, you’ll need to take a class or two to get your pre-reqs/general eds out of the way, but all you need to do is pass and move on with your life. So please don’t let being bad at math deter you from pursuing higher education or the field you want to be in. Even my laughable GRE results in math didn’t keep me out of a top grad school – cause guess what, in my field being good at statistics is about as relevant as knowing how to make a great souffle.
Post # 4
I’m horrible at math as well but I went back to law school at age 30 and with a toddler and it I made it work. So glad I did given how my life turned out. You never know what is going to happen.
Post # 5
I think the key to success with higher education is having a clear plan for how you’ll use it.
Be cautions not to go back to school just because you see the nurses getting paid more, if you don’t want to be a nurse. I would urge you to really investigate different fields, schools, and degrees you are considering, such as ultrasound (including starting salary, job prospects, costs of different schools, etc) before you choose where to invest your time and money.
Also, since higher education is so expensive, it can save you HUGE amounts of money if you strategize well and plan ahead.
For example, you could look into getting a job that is affiliated with a university (or a university hospital), and get your degree part-time, for free, while you work full time. A friend of mine took a job as a research assistant at Emory University, and as an employee, she was allowed to take 1-2 classes for free each semester. She earned a master’s degree that way (which would have otherwise cost over $50,000).
Also, some companies have a great education benefit. My husband’s company pays 3/4 of his tuition & fees for higher education, so he is getting his master’s degree nearly paid for, while he works full time and continues to earn his salary. He’s only able to take 1-2 classes at a time (just due to time constraints), but it’s a great deal – especially since he chose a program at a well-respected public school (Georgia Tech) where we qualify for in-state tuition.
Post # 6
zoey830 : Go back to college–you can do it! Even if you take night classes while you work as a CNA during the day or something. Too much education is nevvvvver a bad thing and almost always equals higher salaries. With the world of the internet, if you struggle with math, I promise ou can find supplemental tutorials on Youtube if professors/classmates don’t help you the way that you need them to. You can do it!
Just think–you’ll be making double, if not triple, the amount that you probably are now. It’s worth it.
Post # 7
zoey830 : I think you need to really consider what it is you want to do. Don’t pick nursing because you see them making more money.
It’s not impossible and it’s never too late. My aunt went to medical school AFTER she had all 4 of her kids and had a long career as a family practic physician. Another friend of mine decided a few years ago (in her early 40’s) to go to nursing school.
If you like the medical field, there are plenty of professions that pay well that aren’t nursing. Respitory Therapist, Ultrasound Tech, etc.
I’d suggest checking out what programs are offered at the colleges and community colleges local to you. Meet with them and get a feel for it. My baby sister just graduated college and is knocking out her first year of general ed classes, and then plans to go on to be an ultrasound tech.