Hi all. I've come here because I'm very lost as to what my first step needs to be to becoming a nurse. I think I understand that I should first work toward becoming a nursing assistant so that I can work and continue to work toward a BSN at the same time, but I am so confused about where to start and which school to choose.
I have a high school diploma, but I am 30 years old and have *never* been to college at all. I got married and had kids young and I just recently separated from my husband who has always held me back from higher education. Now I am faced with fending for myself and I have always wanted to be a nurse and have a career that not only makes ends meet, but is rewarding and life affirming. Other than that, I really have no idea where to start.
Also, is anyone familiar with FAFSA? My brother said I should apply for it and I may be able to go to school with no upfront cost and pay it back after I graduate while I'm working, which is really the only way this is going to work as I've been a house wife and mother for the last decade.
Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated. I'm in the St. Paul, MN area and I prefer online courses because my kids are home schooled through an online public school and I will have to also pick up a part time job.
Thanks in advance!