Monday, August 10, 2009

Contemplating

I was at work Saturday and got talking to one of the girls in registration.  She mentioned that she was in the nursing program and that IHC (Intermountain Health Care) is paying for all of it.  I guess as an employee of IHC if you sign a contract saying you'll stay with IHC for a year after you graduate, and continue to work at least 24 hours a week, they will pay for 100% of school.  If you don't, they still pay for 70%.  I'm sure many of you know that I was really wanting to do a Rad Tech/Ultrasound program after I graduated from BYU-Idaho.  I found out that IHC does cover it as an outreach of Salt Lake Community College.  The program is 6 semesters, and basically year round.  I'd start Fall of 2010 and be done in the Summer of 2012.   I did apply to the Rad Tech program at ISU my sophomore year of college.  To my dismay, they only accepted 8 students a year at the time and needless to say I didn't get in as I only had a 3.6. 
I wouldn't apply to the program at SLCC until this coming Spring but I am really wanting to do it.  Marshall and I have toyed around with the idea of him starting some sort of business to have him be at home with the kids while I go to school.  I know if I go back to school, I don't want the boys with babysitters all of the time.  He's being really supportive of the whole idea, which I knew he would be.  He's just awesome. Part of me feels extremely selfish as I know I should probably just stay home with my boys, and it would mean we probably wouldn't have another baby for quite some time, meaning Rowan would probably be 4 or so.  It's so weird that I'm really aching to go back to school, as I haven't really had the desire since I graduated BYU-I 4 1/2 years ago. I love healthcare, and working in the setting, but it's frustrating for me to be in the setting, doing paperwork, and hardly making anything when I have a 4 year degree.  Plus I'm really intrigued with ultrasound and would love to do something much more hands on.  I'm afraid of not getting in, or getting in and having it be really intense, but I'm tired of having regrets that I never did the program and I think now would be as good of time as ever.
I guess I've just been thinking a LOT about this the last couple days and needed to get my feelings off my chest.  Who knows what will actually end up happening, I may not go back to school at all, but I'm REALLY wanting to.

10 comments:

Sara Birch said...

My SIL was just telling me about this program as she was looking into getting a job with IHC to pay for nursing school. Life is too short to have regrets. Sounds like a good opportunity to me...but of course you do have to take into consideration your family. Tough choice!

The Howe's said...

That would be so cool. I would love to go back to school too, there is something about learning that is so fun. Good luck.

Jeralee .... Is Living It Up said...

Go for it. The farther you get away from school, the harder it is to go back. The more kids you have when you decide to go to school, the harder it is to balance home and school life. You are YOUNG! You still have lots of baby bearing years in you. I say go to school.

BTW, I was your age when I had my first baby.

I think it sounds great getting to finish something that you have wanted to do. And if you are able to do it without going into educational debt, all the better!

Avry and Justin said...

I agree with Jeralee. If you don't do it now speaking from experience it is a lot harder when your kids get older. I have a friend who did this program & she LOVED it. She is doing her year right now & works only 2 shifts a week. She said they are really flexible. :)
I say go for it!

the milners said...

The VT message this month is about being a life-long learner. If there is something out there that you want to learn more about, you will be blessed for seeking that knowledge - even if it means going back to school to find it.
"Your talents will expand as you study and learn. You will be able to better assist your families in their learning, and you will have peace of mind in knowing that you have prepared yourself for the eventualities that you may encounter in life." -Pres. Monson

Colleen said...

Oh Tiffany, what an opportunity! Something you really want AND to have it paid for?! I say go for it. Sweetie, I do nursing school part time with FOUR kids, you can do it! I'm ready to sit for my NCLEX for my LPN, so I'm halfway there already, time really goes by quickly. AND, you're MUCH younger than I am, so you'd adapt so quickly =)

Marshall said...

I say go for it, Tiff - spread your wings and fly. We'll figure out a way to make it work. *

LIFE IS GOOD! said...

You know me. I am all about embrassing the moment and if its something you really want to do and you have your husbands support go for it.

Snedakers said...

I think if any a time to do it, now would be it!


How are you doing? I heard you were sick? We missed you guys at the reunion.

Katie S said...

Go for it!!! I remember this program from back when I worked for IHC in HR. It's a great opportunity. Take advantage of it!!