I am a single mom of two children basic on low income to take care of and am also in a little debt am paying it off slowly I only get pay once a month I get SSI I don't get child sport and I want to go to school to get a career for myself a good payee so I can care for my children I do know I want to go for some kind of nursing schooling but my first goal job to have is working at a nursing school than then which to a doctor offices and then work my way up to a hospital my mane goal to work at the end is in the ER but I don't know when is the right time I don't want to wait for a year to start unless I have to but I have no idea how to start and when is the right or best time for me. oh I learning how to drive now and I live with family until I get on my feet. so I don't have it all together god I wish I did.
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A fast way to get into the medical field might be through a certificate program. Some certificate programs require that you attend class only a few nights a week and the courses last only a few months and then they place you in an intern program at a hospital or other medical facility . I attended such a course so I know this is true. Before I started nursing school, I went to a community college for a phlebotomy certificate (I learned how to draw blood) and was placed in a hospital to practice
A community college certificate is relatively inexpensive-just make sure there is an intern program so you will have a chance to practice your new skills and possibly be hired at the facility.
While you have at least someone (family) to take care of your kids, I'd say now is the time. The profession is probably going to be more congested in the future. Nursing programs are like 15-18 months :) I can't speak for myself, I am a pharmacy student, but I've heard from fellow nursing students at my school about their programs. It's great to show your children as well, how hard working and how amazing it'll feel when you go after this career and dream :)
Go talk with a career counselor and then go talk or email the programs to help set up all the things like financial and stuff. Your mind is sharp now and many places are hiring someone younger just because this is an intense career. Healthcare is very intense because it drains up your time and physical and mental capabilities. But you will be strong because it's a career that you wanted and that should make you happy :) Congratulations on taking the first step which is thinking about the future, and then now it's time to set it into motion because TIME is a big factor. BUT I've had many colleagues who are moms and I think one is a single Mom and she was the smartest in our class! She knew how to manage her time well and that is key, is time management, you CAN do it all if you plan it well :)