Stay at home mom wanting to go to nursing school - page 2

Hi all! I am needing some advice and some encouragement. I am a 27 year old Mom of 4 children, ages 7, 4, 17 months and 2 months. I have been wanting to go to nursing school for about 5 or 6 years now, but the timing never seemed... Read More

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    I agree with going part time! I have three kiddos at home and I never could have done the full time program. And the full-time students just seemed so much more stressed. They often said they didn't have time to study like they read the assigned material etc. They were just trying to stay afloat. Part time is an awesome option. Our school phased out the part time and I don't know of any other programs where I am that offer part time. Yes, it takes longer to finish, but it saved my sanity!! :-) I do have to admit that I wish that I would have waited until my kiddos were in school. I feel that even though I was only part time, I still missed some precious time with my kids. Those years go by so fast so I have some regrets. I was so anxious to get going on everything, but I didn't have any idea how much work the program would be and how incredibly time consuming. Good luck with your decision and with school if you decide to go! Like someone else mentioned...I have loved the sense of accomplishment and using my brain! :-)

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    This is a rather long post and I hope you will bear with me! I was a stay at home mom with a degree in elementary education (I taught for four years before having children.) I loved teaching and thought I would go back into teaching after the kids were older. Life throws everyone curve balls that sometimes alter your path in life. During the first ultrasound of our second child we knew something was terribly wrong; we were sent for testing and we were told our child had Turner's syndrome. Four months later she was born (still-born.) It was a difficult time but I was fortunate to have the most caring and considerate nurses during this experience.
    Over time I began to think about a career in nursing- but there were so many obstacles! I had a third child, I was really terrible in math and science, the finances were tight, and on and on. I decided to go to a community college at night and work on my math and science skills one class at a time- it took two years to get to the point where I was confident in my abilities. My husband and I decided that I would apply to nursing school and that if God was in favor then He would "open the door". I was accepted very quickly into a program (four year- BSN.) I won't lie- it was very hard (lots of late nights studying after the kids were in bed) and I had to take some time off due to my son's disabilities but I finished this spring and yesterday I was offered a position. I took the journey in "chunks" - bit by bit imagining myself walking on a long journey- each literal step I took advanced me closer to my goal.
    My family is my number one priority and with this in mind I believe that my children learned some valuable lessons. I think my children learned that difficult goals can be achieved through perseverance, limitations can be overcome with hard work and that you can always find a way to get the things done that are important.
    If you feel in your heart that this is a path you want to take- I would encourage you to go for it! There are many of us like you who have gone before you and finished. You can do it too!
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    Tryn2bloom, I am from PA too! Washington county, about a lil over an hour away from Pittsburgh
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    Thank you all so much for your advice, personal experiences, and encouragement! Unfortunately I am just seeing these posts now, but better late than never. I will be starting my pre-reqs this summer semester. Thank you all again! :-D
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    I know this is going to sound cruel but you SO should have started when it crossed your mind 5-6 years ago...

    Saying nursing school is hard is an understatement. You will have to successfully complete a program that some singles can't complete due to the sheer volume of work only you have 2 little babies and 2 older kids.

    IF you really are going to go for, start and don't look back. I am a single mom of 2 and if it weren't for my kids dad stepping up and watching our kids before finals or early clinicals, I would have failed out the first semester.

    You will need the support. And LOTS of coffee! GL

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