an exciting journey ahead...

  1. hi all...
    i was in human resources for 2 years, then moved to lone star texas for seminary for 2 years because i thought i wanted to become a counselor.

    now, i'm pursuing a nursing career as a 27 year old! i realize there are a lot of options for me, as far as pursuing an adn, second degree bsn, msn, but i also have limiting factors.

    i'm getting married in october of this year and my fiance and i are wanting to have children within the first two years of our marriage. BUT, if i were to pursue my nursing degree, it'll take me a good 3 years to complete.

    my concern is that i want to start a family at a relatively young age (before 30), but a nursing career will have me postpone maternity until i'm at least 30 or in my early 30s.

    should i be concerned about pursuing or not pursuing because i want kids in the near future?

    i guess it's something i'm going to have to process in the next few weeks/months...

    anyway, looking forward to gaining great information/knowledge and establishing connections with others on this great forum!

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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    Most nurses are mothers and many nursing students have babies while in school. It's not ideal because having a baby changes your life drastically. If you don't like to sleep. Go for it. Just kidding. When there's a will, there's a way. Your husband also has to buy into the idea that he's going to have to be hands on and very supportive.

    Good luck!
  4. by   All_Smiles_RN
    in my last semester of nursing school, i gave birth during spring break. and i made it through school and passed my boards! having a child during school or shortly thereafter is by no means an easy task, but it can be done. basically what i am saying is this, if nursing is what you want to do, go for it! you can make it work with a good support system in place.
  5. by   futurecnm
    We have people pregnant in my class (just finished up first year of a 2 yr ADN). Both are pregnant with their first so they don't yet know what they are in for I know it can be done, as others have done it. My concern would be that if you haven't had kids before, you won't know how pregnancy will affect you. I, for one, get extremely sick to the point of not being able to function. There is no way I could study, go to class, be on my feet all day for clinicals, etc being pregnant. I had to quit my job when I was pregnant. So, there is no way to know. Most people do not get that sick but many also do. If you really want to have kids before 30, I would suggest getting pregnant while taking your pre-reqs and have the baby before starting nursing school. However, that would be difficult as well. but at least you have the pregnancy part out of the way. I think most would say that ideally you would want to get through nursing school before having a baby. It will make it SO much easier. You will have more time to focus on school and it will be easier for you. Do you already have a bachelors degree? An accelerated program may be an option, then you wouldn't be in school 3 years, probably half the time.
    I personally don't think 30 is too old to start having kids. That is pretty much the norm isn't it?? I think if you were pushing 40 then I'd say have the kids immediately but since you are still so young you have a lot of time.
  6. by   positivelee
    thanks for your comments and advice.

    yes, i have a bachelor's degree in communications, which means i have to start from the ground up! i have considered accelerated bsn's, but my undergrad gpa was pretty much horrible (no exaggerations here, ) and therefore i won't even be eligible for the 3.0 gpa req's many of the local universities (that offer bsn's) have.

    what i am considering to do is to get my adn at a local community college, work as an rn for a year or two, have kids, raise 'em, then go back and do my rn to bsn once the kids are older.

    any other advice would be helpful! thanks so much.

  7. by   futurecnm
    Quote from positivelee
    thanks for your comments and advice.

    yes, i have a bachelor's degree in communications, which means i have to start from the ground up! i have considered accelerated bsn's, but my undergrad gpa was pretty much horrible (no exaggerations here, ) and therefore i won't even be eligible for the 3.0 gpa req's many of the local universities (that offer bsn's) have.

    what i am considering to do is to get my adn at a local community college, work as an rn for a year or two, have kids, raise 'em, then go back and do my rn to bsn once the kids are older.

    any other advice would be helpful! thanks so much.

    Have you taken any science classes for your other degree? I'm sure you have interpersonal communications, psych, sociology right? Having those will make things quicker. Then you only need to do Biology, (possibly chemistry first), and the anatomy/physiology series. Some schools require microbiology. I would see what classes you need to take and schedule out the next year to complete the pre-reqs. Do you work full time? You could probably get most of them done in a year and a summer if you take a couple at a time. Dont' forget to apply in the winter for the nursing school you want to go to. Sometimes people don't realize how quickly that deadline comes up. I have 2 kids and am doing my ADN right now. But my kids are almost 5 and 7, I can't imagine doing it with a baby (not that people don't we have many in our class with little kids). I will do the bsn at a later time, hopefully with some financial help from my job. I have found the ADN to be a very affordable way to get to be an RN, I won't have loans after so that will be great. Good luck!

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