Post # 1
I’m stuck, in a life problem.. my former career was Real Estate and I hate it. I hate how people treat eachother and I believe it’s giving me anxiety times 100. I want to get into nursing, but, I don’t know where to start.
I need to get financial aid but at my age (30) I don’t believe that is a possibility. I thought about getting a student loan and I more than willing to but I do not know where to start with that either. I have college credits already, I just need direction towards the loan part.
Bees, how long did it take you to become a nurse? Is it gratifying?
Will getting something in Phelbodomy help?
Post # 3
@Digidoll: why would being 30 prohibit you from getting financial aid?
Post # 4
@Ninteenthchance: Honestly, I’m not sure
my sis-in-law, who is going for a PHD told me that at my age, student loans are not possible or very rare. I know I should do my own research but I wanted some prespectives here as well.
Post # 5
It totally depends on what nursing program you get into. An lvn program is a year long usually but many places are moving away from hiring them so if you have the time and finance to do it, I would suggest an ADN RN or BsN RN. An ADN program is usually two years, a bsn is a full four year degree but the pre reqs may take you more or less time depending on the credits you have. I got my bsn in 3.5 years.
Phelbotomy is a different field in the hospital and while the skills help, it doesnt have that much to do with nursing.
I enjoy nursing alot, the patients Re great but i hate all the crap that isnt patient care that the admin makes us do. It is a lot of work but worth it.
Eta: We had lots of older students in our class with scholarships and loans.
Post # 6
Digidoll- I am a nurse and went to school after I raised my children. I got a loan and you can too! : ) You may even qualify for financial aid/grants but you won’t know til you apply. If you have researched the field and are fairly sure you want to be a nurse, then go check it out. Go on now, git!
I would be happy to share more with you if you’d like. Just PM me.
Post # 7
@Digidoll: I am a nurse. I am a BSN, RN it took 4 years. I have been a nurse 12 years……it is very rewarding but it is extremely stressful. You mentioned that your previous job of real estate was giving you anxiety…….nursing is a very stressful job and if you are prone to getting anxious that I am not sure nursing would be your best fit.
As far as getting aid I went to school in Ga and had the hope scholarship and my entire schooling was paid for but I had friends that were able to get financial aid and your age doesn’t matter regarding getting aid
Post # 8
@Digidoll: it’s my understanding that anyone can qualify for financial aid if their income falls within the guidelines and if you don’t qualify for financial aid you may qualify for federal loans. If you don’t qualify for those you can get private loans from a bank. I’m not sure where your sister is getting her info from but it’s incorrect. You do stop receiving federal grants once you enter a masters program and beyond so maybe she is confused with that since she’s getting a PhD
Post # 9
You say you have college credits, do you have a completed degree? If so there are accelerated BS to BSN (bachelor’s of nursing) programs that are a lot fast, that you could get a BSN in 12-18 months. Otherwise I think the best route (which leaves you the most career options and most money) is to go to a community college to get an RN which should take about 2 years depending on if you can tranfer any previous credits in, and then you can enroll in a 1 year RN to BSN program to get the bachelor’s in another year. So it’s ~3 years to get a BSN which gives you a lot of job options.
Depending on what type of nursing you want to do, BSN may not be necessary, but some hospitals require it. RN is the next best option as far as employment is concerned.
There are LPN programs that I think are shorter, and you can find great jobs for LPN, but you have to find them, once again a lot of places only want RNs.
Post # 10
I’m not a nurse, but my partner is one! He originally had a bachelor’s degree in communication, worked in radio for several years. He went back to school to be a nurse (BSN) 7 or 8 years ago (so he was 26 or 27?). He had no issue getting loans (I also had no issue getting loans for graduate school last year at 29). He went to a school that offered an accelerated RN/BSN program – everyone in his program already had a degree in something. Seriously, just something – I know some people in his program, and some of the degrees were: history, psychology, anthropology, sociology. One of his good friends was a bartender before he became a nurse, so there’s a wide range of experience. He was in school all year – no summers off. It took 2-3 years, his degree took a semester longer b/c he broke his hand so he had to put off a part of his clinicals for that semester (he did MMA at the time, and um, fighting can be dangerous). He is now in graduate school to be a nurse practitioner, and to be fair, is pretty miserable most days at his job – but really is enjoying his clinicals for grad school
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2014 - Savannah, GA
I’m a nurse. Unfortunately, a lot of people are turning to nursing due to being stressed in their current careers. Nursing is incredibly stressful and it’s getting worse and worse. We are continually expected to do more and more with less staff. We don’t have time to give patients the care the deserve and what we want to give. Would you be ok with the long hours and weird schedule? I would recommend shadowing a nurse for a few shifts before you begin this journey. I’m sure you can get financial aid, but make sure you will actually enjoy the career. I honestly don’t know of many nurses that would have done it again if they could go back. It’s incredibly draining physically, emotionally, and mentally. If it’s really what you want to do, I’m sure you can do it, but know what environment you will be getting into.
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2014 - Savannah, GA
Oh, to answer your questions:
I have another degree and with prereqs and ADN coursework it took me about 2 1/2 years. There are moments where it is gratifying, but definitely not the majority of the time. Nurses are belittled by doctors, made into slaves by patients and their families, are forced to jump hoops for administration, and are stabbed in the back by their coworkers. We very rarely get time to use the restroom, let alone take an actual lunch break. I took a pay cut to leave the caustic hospital environment and am much happier in administration. People have images of the “self sacrificing” nurses of old and think their lives would be so fulfilling if they were a nurse. Yes, the majority of the time I enjoy helping patients, unfortunately nurses are not able to spend much time doing patient care nowadays. You have the lives of others in your hands, so it is inherently an incredibly stressful profession.