Thru program w/ children - page 4

I have 4 children ages 16, 7, 2 and 6mo (!) and was trying to figure out which 2 years of their life would be the best time to attend CRNA school. (I know it would have been best BEFORE I had them,... Read More

  1. by   louloubell1
    I'm still in the middle of the application process for anesthesia school. I'm 31 yo & I have 3 children & another one on the way. My husband and I are prepared for the stress we'll face with me going back to school, but we've been planning for this since I started school as an undergrad. If it wasn't for my children, I don't think I would have this goal. Let's face it: it would be nice, maybe it would even be optimal, if all children could have one parent who is at home with them all the time, but raising raising a family now takes more in the way of income than it has ever taken before. My husband has a great job as an aircraft mechanic, but things now are not like they were in the "Leave it to Beaver" days where a family could have a nice home, a car or two, send the kids to college, etc., all on dad's income alone. Sometimes it just takes more than that. I got through my BSN program with my family as my motivator, and it's because I want a better life for them that I plan to continue my education and advance my career.

    Lou
  2. by   DiannaM
    Originally posted by KC CHICK

    There is also a role model aspect here....these children will see what can be accomplished when you set your mind to it. To see a parent earn a Master's degree and graduate could be a great learning experience for that child. Show them what it means to be a strong, hard working individual that finishes what you start. Show them what kind of work and dedication it takes to be successful in today's working world.
    Anne

    Anne....
    I totally agree. That's something that I am struggling with at the moment as well .... apply for one of the 3 NP programs here in town and fight for a job when I graduate; or.... move to another city; let my exhusband/family raise my child and worry about her while I am in CRNA school. I don't know what will happen; but I feel that it is incredibly important to impress upon my daughter to follow her goals and dreams; and that women are capable of anything.
    <sigh> one of the many issues facing me as I look at the long term goals....

    Here's a question... anyone do a CRNA program as a single mom? Did you survive? Did your child/ren make it??
    Dianna

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