Am I being realistitc? Turning 40, 5 kids & wanting to go to Frontier Midwifery Schoo

  1. I have always wanted to do this and got as far as getting my associate degree in nursing. I have always been in OB/ post-partum or peds and I really feel the need to go back to school. BUT, I have children ranging from 3 months to 16 years. My son will be a senior next year and if I go back, I won't be able to work extra to help pay for his college. I hear the program is great but vigorous. I do plan on going part-time but I am concerned with the week long stay the first semester since I will still be breastfeeding my baby. Has anyone else gone through this program with kids and being older? I only work per-diem and usually put in 1 8hour day a week, so I am thinking I shouldn't have a problem doing the course load required for part-time.

    I plan to take the women's health practitioner program and I worry about being 44 when I graduate. Will anyone want to hire me at this age with no practitioner experience? And of course, I worry about getting a loan of about 33,000 at my age as well. Oh, why does this have to be so hard?

    ANY advice would be helpful.....Thanks
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    post-partum nurse; from US
    Specialty: 10 year(s) of experience in pediatric/post-partum


  3. by   RNLaborNurse4U
    quite honestly - you'd fit right in! I'm a Frontier student (just completed my first year in the Bridge program), and have 3 children, as well as working 32 hrs/week.
  4. by   RNLaborNurse4U
    Also - you can bring your breastfeeding infant with you to Frontier for the 5 day Bound portion. You can also bring a care provider for your infant, for when you are in classes/breakout sessions.
  5. by   CNM2B
    Quote from RNLaborNurse4U
    quite honestly - you'd fit right in! I'm a Frontier student (just completed my first year in the Bridge program), and have 3 children, as well as working 32 hrs/week.
    I second that! I am 37 and have just completed my first year of the program! I have one child and work part-time. I am a part-time student in the program and find it manageable. Not easy, but manageable! There are quite a few students older and younger than me, and most of them have children. If it is your dream, then you are never too old! Good luck!
  6. by   ibambamama
    Go for it! Life is long - Even if you don't finish until you're 44. The average age of retirement is 65 - that's over 20 years of practice you'll be getting in!
    And it sounds like Frontier is the perfect place to be
  7. by   kidsrn70
    Thanks guys for all the advice. I'm still thinking about things. I'm sitting for the Lacatation exam this summer and looking into other options as well.
  8. by   RNLaborNurse4U
    Take your time! Frontier will always be there :-)
  9. by   bzmom
    I don't mean to "butt in" on this conversation; but I do have some questions that maybe you folks can help me with! I am considering application with Frontier for the May 2011 begining class (maybe earlier). I, too am 40, work full time (although in a very "cushy" job) and will be down to 1 13 year old daughter at home (my boys are 23, 20 & 19). I was really concerned about my ability to carry the full time school load AND work (I can't drop hours or quit). So, I have some questions of those of you that are "in the thick of it" so to speak.

    1. How many hours do you spend on homework/studies each week?
    2. How difficult was the acceptance process?
    3. Do you feel that the education you are receiving is a good quality?
    4. What would you change about your program?
    5. What is the very best thing, in your opinion about Frontier?

    I will graduate in May with my BSN from Liberty University and am not able to enroll in Frontier until I have 1 year paid back to my employer for my current scholarship award.

    I really appreciate ANYONE who is willing to take the time to respond to these questions as I evaluate all of my options. So far, I really like Frontier, and it would take a lot of bad feedback to change my mind.

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