What I am going to say will assume being an RN. Nothing is ever easy, except maybe falling off a log. Nursing schools tends to be difficult in that they try to weed out “poor candidates.” Assuming you graduate, then what? Where to work? If you want to work in such away as to make money then have extended time off for retreats, a travelling nurse agency would be a good, if not the best, way to go. The pay is good and they will often supply housing at no or reduced cost, especially if you go over seas. You would be committed to a job for 3 to 12 months and then be free. BUT to be hired for such an agency you would likely be required to have two or – better - more years of hospital experience on a medical or surgical floor, and specialized training is a big plus (the more of it the better), especially ICU (intensive care unit) experience.
Working in a hospital for a few months or a year then quitting with long periods of non-employment does not look so good when looking for a new job, which is why a travelling nurse agency is a plus.
There are also local nursing agencies where you work in an on-call basis or a monthly basis without long commitments. In big cities you can make a lot of money that way, but again the more experience you have, the better, which is why a year or more experience in one hospital is a good thing before going to an agency, especially if you can good training in the process, is a very big plus.
Also, now it is best to get training for certification as a nursing assistant (CNA) even before you start nursing school. A lot of nursing schools require that now, and working as a CNA while going to school is very helpful.
Finally, while you may get some grant money for schooling, you will likely have to take out loans, which – guess what? – you will have to pay back. While nursing can pay well, for what you want, there is going to be some serious time commitments to get into a position where you can do what you want.
Also, keep in mind that working in nursing homes, compared to working in hospital, is like living with the poor relations, probably best you can avoid it.
tilt, who has been an RN for just about 30 years.
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