Anyway. In the past week or so, DH has thought about getting out of his current job (he's in the parts department of an automotive dealership). He applied to somewhere different in the industry and got a rejection email a few days later. Since then, he's been thinking about things and approached me last night about "continuing" his education ("continuing" in quotes since I'm not sure where he could pick up) and becoming a nurse.
I have no idea how we could do this, or if it's even possible. Even just getting into school alone would be a challenge, since everywhere I've looked, the minimum GPA to apply for nursing school is a 3.0. DH's GPA is 2.3. His most recent semester was the spring of '04 (and that was his A&P and medical terminology classes so they're going to be too old anyway). Then people are telling me that "nobody" hires associate's RNs anymore and you have to have a BSN. I don't know if he could start over from the beginning or if his old-ish credits would still count negatively and get averaged into his GPA. (The school he was at was in Oklahoma and we're now in Texas.)
Then there's the financial/time aspect. I don't know how much of this could be done online, but if DH were to quit his job to go to school full time, we would need some way to make up his loss of income in addition to school expenses. I can do some work, but it's not going to be nearly enough to make up the shortfall, and I've heard that student loans will only be given for school-related items and not for living expenses.
We've heard rumors about being able to get an associate's RN, then start work while continuing school and getting the BSN (and possibly the hospital or whatever sponsoring the continuing school in return for an agreement to work there for another X number of years after graduation), but again, that would mean that first he would need to get into school, make an appropriate GPA in all his classes, and then pass the NCLEX.
We were so excited while talking about all this last night, with the response we got to our Facebook posts, but now that I've looked at his transcript, I feel like this door is starting to close on his foot before we've even gotten it open enough to see what's inside.