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    Totally Purse Obsessed Alicia's Avatar
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    Default A Sliver Lining to a Semi-Dark Cloud

    So, I just received an email today from the nursing program that I will be, or WAS going to attend starting in January. The program is about 3 semesters long, and allows you to take your boards upon sucessful completion, and subsequently, you become a LPN, or Licensed Practical Nurse, which is just a step down from a Registered Nurse (RN). Anyways, back to the email - the email stated that the governor of our state (CT) has proposed to close these programs, as they are state-run I was shocked to hear this, and I'm a little upset, but then I'm kinda not, for the following reasons:

    I've heard from a lot of LPNs that I'd be better off just taking my pre-reqs for RN school as it is only about 2-3 years more. I guess LPNs are kinda limited and have been phased out of hospitals and are stuck working in long-term healthcare aka nursing homes So now I'm kinda thinking this is a blessing in disguise because my ultimate goal is to be a nurse in Pediactrics (as sick children really touch my heart), but I would only be able to do that as a RN. I have a few of the pre-reqs, and I could take like 1 or 2 classes a semster to complete the rest, which probably will take me like a year and a half if I include the summer semester. I'm kinda thinking it's a better idea to pursue that route, and also - I won't have to start the rigorous full-time LPN program (they basically cram a TON of stuff into 3 semesters) that I planned on starting in Jan, which will give me a break, allow me to work more, and save more money. Plus, it's really not going to cost that much to take a few pre-reqs each semster at a community college... know what I mean?

    LASTLY, I have saved all of this money for school, as the program is about 6k total, and now I'm thinking about buying myself a nice bag, because I've been working my tail off, and haven't purchased one since when I last was posting here. I know that sounds irresponsible of me, and I'm not saying I'm going to blow my ENTIRE savings or anything, but that was one of the thoughts I proceeded to have. Does that make me bad... LOL!

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    Default Re: A Sliver Lining to a Semi-Dark Cloud

    First of all Alicia, i have to commend you for your positive thinking. Looking at the bright side of every setback gives us the strength to move forward in life.
    It seems from your post that your heart is set on being a pediatric nurse (that is wonderful. Having seen many nurses in my kids doctor's office, i would say we have a dire need for nurses who are kind and compassionate) doing the RN course even if it is longer makes absolute sense.

    I think you deserve to treat yourself to a bag
    Sounds like you have a level head and know where you are headed and are responsible enough. So the bag will be a small luxury that will give you a boost when you need it.
    Go ahead and buy your bag (make sure to work with a set budget. You don't want to blow through your hard earned and saved money).

    Enjoy yourself and wish you the very best when you start school again.
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    Default Re: A Sliver Lining to a Semi-Dark Cloud

    Thank you so much for the encouragement on school FedUp!!! I really appareciate it, because I was kinda second guessing myself. But I think you're right - even though pursuing a career as a RN would be longer, it would be well worth it in the long run. I think if I were to go to LPN school (which may not even be an option now as I mentioned above), I might put off bridging over to become a RN. So, I think I might just be better off going straight for what my passion is. I work in a nursing home right now as a nurse aide, and I do like my job a lot... but to be completely honest, I wouldn't want to spend the rest of my life wroking in long term healthcare, and that is pretty much what LPNs are limited to nowadays.

    Anyways, thanks again for your kind comments! As for getting a new bag, I think you're right Maybe I won't feel as guilty now... LOL!

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    I think you should work towards being an RN. Go for the whole thing while you're young and able to commit to it fully. As for the bag, I think you totally deserve to treat yourself! Like you said, it's not like you'd be blowing through your entire savings.

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    Default Re: A Sliver Lining to a Semi-Dark Cloud

    ^ Yeah, I agree. I think even if they decide to not close the LPN program, and I DID go... my chances of becoming a RN down the line would be less likely because it would probably be harder to go back to school, etc.

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    Default Re: A Sliver Lining to a Semi-Dark Cloud

    I have to agree...go for EXACTLY what you want and don't settle for anything less. Yes school can be long and difficult, but the reward at the end of the it is so much better.

    I'm currently in school, trying to get my degree, so I can sympathize.

    As for the bag...you could continue in your schooling and afford to buy even BETTER bags. If you can afford a smaller luxury, go for it, but keep saving up for the higher goals and the bigger/better bags.

    Either way, you have my support in whatever decision you make!

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    ^Thank you texlatina!!! School does seem very long, but I agree that the end result is well worth it. I was just really depending on this nursing program, and I think it's just not right if they decide to suspend it. UGH... like why couldn't they suspend it next year LOL. I don't appreciate the fact that this is all last minute when all of the applicants have paid to take the pre-reqs and the entrance exam ... know what I mean? BUT, on a brighter note... it just pushes me to pursue RN school, and you can do A LOT more as a RN. I guess either way, it'll be ok. Alright, enough of that lol

    If they DO cancel it, then I'm using some of the money I've saved to buy a bag

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    Well from what you said, the state is "proposing" to close them...doesn't sound like they've made up their mind. I also know that right now, states are proposing alot of cost cutting measures, but it doesn't mean that they will actually go through with it.

    Keep the faith...maybe call the state agency or your state representative and tell them you don't agree with it and that they should do something about it. I'm sure they'd love to know what their constituents are thinking. (Wow...look at me using a big word like "constituents").

    If it's any consolation, you're MUCH braver than I am in becoming an RN. I can't stand the sight of blood and needles scare me!

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    Default Re: A Sliver Lining to a Semi-Dark Cloud

    I just wanted to say that I think you should go for the RN. Yes, the time commitment would be longer, but it will be well worth it. Always go for what you want when it comes to school because it's not always that easy to go back later on if you ended up settling for less in the beginning. Even I have some regrets. Here I am in my senior year of college and I still think about how I could have done things differently. I don't regret my decision to go to school though... I just wish I would have gone when I was younger. It would have made things so much less complicated. I was lucky, I was able to go back. But it was hard! So I definitely say go for the gold and don't accept anything less. It will be more beneficial to you in the long run, even if the journey seems so very long right now.

    Oh, and as for the bag, I say go for it. You may not have the opportunity once you're in school again.

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    Default Re: A Sliver Lining to a Semi-Dark Cloud

    Your thinking is really awesome Alicia -- I so wish I could always find the class half full instead of the glass half empty most of the time --

    I think you will be a winner with either situation :)

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    Default Re: A Sliver Lining to a Semi-Dark Cloud

    Alicia, what ever happens, either the program is cancelled or not, it sounds like you are committed to a career in nursing. Being in the medical line myself, I understand the passion that you have. I'm not in pediatrics but I did enjoy my intern rotation in the unit. The best thing is when you send them home healthy and happy. If that's what drives you, go for it!
    As you say, there is always a reason something happens. I may not be in the same situation as you are, but I can certainly emphatize as at the end of summer, a few challenges came my way. I have to resit my specialist exam, I had to return back to Europe for my studies when I was really looking forward to return to my home country with my family and; my Nana passed away. There was a point that I couldn't see the positives of any of it.
    After a few weeks, with my family and friends' help, I rallied and now am enjoying my studies again.
    You appear to have a very healthy attitude about the whole thing and I'm sure you will make the best decision for your future.
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    Default Re: A Sliver Lining to a Semi-Dark Cloud

    Thank you so much to everyone for your support. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it, because I don't really have any at home (my dad wants me to put school off and work to save up $, but that's another story.

    Texlatina - I am trying to keep positive here because you are right - the decision hasn't been finalized yet, so there is no need for me to stress myself out over it (for right now). I have contacted our state Governor by writing her a very long email explaining how this last minute decision is not a good one, and that it wouldn't be fair to us future students who have already taken the pre-reqs and entrance test specifically for this program, etc. It probably won't make a difference, but at least I got my feelings out there

    Brs - I also believe that things happen for a reason, and I think if this program is suspended, it could be a blessing in disguise for me, as it would push me to pursue RN school. I can relate to the difficulty of going back to school because I've been out of school for like 5 years now and it's not easy going back. Plus I totally agree with you that if I settle for something less, it will be harder down the road to go back to school to pursue becoming a RN. But I might attend this program if it stays open because I am just worried that I won't get into RN school, and I could have this as a back up... kwim? Ohhhh... and very good point on getting a bag NOW because you are totally right - I definitely will not be able to spend $ like that once I'm in school full time, so that's another good reason (or excuse rather ) to get a nice bag LOL!

    BexLovesBagz - Thanks for your kind words! Though it's not always easy to look on the bright side of things. Trust me - I've seen the glass "half empty" plenty of times LOL. I think I'm staying positive because I know there is an alternate path for me to take, ya know? But thanks for the positive reinforcement, I appreciate it

    frbspa - You are right - this is something that I really want to pursue. I agree - this line of work is something that you really need to have a passion for, otherwise I think it shows in your bedside manner towards the patients. I work with some nasty nurses who really don't care about their patients, and you wouldn't believe the comments I've heard them make to other staff members about them So what do you do in the medical field?! Anyways, I'm so sorry to hear about your Nana passing - my grandmother passed away last year, so I know how you feel. That must have been a pretty annoying setback when you had to resit your specialist exam - have you taken it again already, and how did it go? Glad to hear things seem to be looking on the brighter side for you now, and thanks a lot for the encouragement

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    I don't really have anything to add but good luck in your decision!!
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    ^Thanks

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    Default Re: A Sliver Lining to a Semi-Dark Cloud

    Quote Originally Posted by Alicia View Post
    frbspa - You are right - this is something that I really want to pursue. I agree - this line of work is something that you really need to have a passion for, otherwise I think it shows in your bedside manner towards the patients. I work with some nasty nurses who really don't care about their patients, and you wouldn't believe the comments I've heard them make to other staff members about them So what do you do in the medical field?! Anyways, I'm so sorry to hear about your Nana passing - my grandmother passed away last year, so I know how you feel. That must have been a pretty annoying setback when you had to resit your specialist exam - have you taken it again already, and how did it go? Glad to hear things seem to be looking on the brighter side for you now, and thanks a lot for the encouragement
    I've met staff in different aspects of medical line ie technicians, paramedics, doctors or nurses that have no business being in it as the way they treat patients are just unacceptable. Every profession has its bad apples and medicine is no difference. I'm doing Masters in Forensic Pathology and have to resit my exams in January so not done yet.
    Sorry to hear about your grandmother. I still miss my Nana as she was one of the original feminist in my extended family. She encouraged me to strive for further qualifications even if it means leaving our country for years (6 for medical school, now 3 for my specialisation)
    In a way, once I pass my exams, it's a tribute to her forward thinking and support.
    Yeah, things are much better and I'm so grateful for our health, for my wonderful DH and DS, my family and friends (including here) who are always there for me and never fail to cheer me up. It reminds me that so many people are worse off and as long as I believe in myself, I can do anything It's the same for any of us, just keep believing
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