The random ramblings of a perpetual procrastinator. These are the life & times of a nursing home CNA navigating the ups & downs of living with someone who's living with a disability. A sometimes amusing, sometimes bittersweet look at my journey into real adulthood.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The next step.

Some of you may remember how much of a loser I am from my recent post.

Although I would like to just sit around eating ice cream & feeling sorry for myself, there is a Plan B.

Plan B is another nursing school I applied to, this one for an LPN instead of RN.

And while it's not what I really want to do, it's the option in front of me (& actually may be better in the long run).

The LPN program takes a year & a half, compared to the 3 years the RN program would have taken.  So in a year & a half I'll be able to get a much better paying job, & money won't be so tight when I ultimately decide to go back for my RN later on.  Plus, I'm hoping I can transition to working part time so I can spend more time at home with DJ, as he'll be needing more help as time goes on.

At the end of the day, as my MIL put it, "a nurse is a nurse is a nurse."  And she would know, because she is one.

So, instead of sulking & eating ice cream, onward I go.  Well, I'm sure there will still be lots of ice cream, but that's besides the point.

The point of this seemingly pointless post is to say that I'm scheduled for a placement test for the LPN program on February 2nd.

The test starts at 8:00 AM.  I'll pause why you shudder.

Seriously?  8:00 AM?  Don't they realize that some of us work until 11:00  the night before?

Guess not.

In any event, it starts at 8:00 & is scheduled to take 3 1/2 hours.  This just keeps getting better, doesn't it?

So, at 8:00 AM after a long night of work I have to go take my first real test in almost a decade - a test that my future is actually depending on.

Can you tell how confident I'm feeling?

The school suggested a picking up a GED book to use as a study guide, so my co-worker/fellow applicant & I are headed to the bookstore tomorrow to pick it up.

I've never taken a GED test before, but I did graduate from high school.  And, contrary to how I'm probably making myself sound right now, I am pretty smart. 

I can do this, right?

I don't have a choice.  I need to do this.

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