getting pg during nursing school

  1. Hi,
    My husband & I are considering getting pg during my senior yr so I can have the baby right after graduation & before I begin working. We really want to do this but I was wondering if anyone had any opinions about the matter? Thanks. Have a blessed day.
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  3. by   Mags4711
    I think you need to do what is going to make you happiest and what works best for your lives. I would only caution you to do some research about benefits where you want to eventually work. I know in my institution, you don't get extended sick time until you have worked here for two years. If money is not an issue, then you won't need to worry about it.
    The other point to consider is where you want to work after you graduate. If you are planning to go to an ICU or ER, many want you to at least orient on a full-time (or 36 hr) schedule. It's really hard to come into an ICU or ER setting and learn and grasp concepts on 20 or 24 hrs a week. Again, this may not be the case where you wish to work, so do some research.

    Best wishes!
  4. by   TazziRN
    Have a baby right after you graduate? Do you really want to have to worry about a new baby, the NCLEX, and a new job with a full time preceptorship all at the same time?
  5. by   Mags4711
    Quote from TazziRN
    Have a baby right after you graduate? Do you really want to have to worry about a new baby, the NCLEX, and a new job with a full time preceptorship all at the same time?
    :yeahthat: I didn't even think about the NCLEX as well. Yeppers, might want to seriously consider all of these things. Not to say it cannot be done, and in your early 20's you should have more energy for it all, but still...

    And sometimes babies do not come on the schedule you want them to, especially when your body is under a great amount of stress.
  6. by   ann945n
    We had women in our program get pg and do just fine and others who had complications and had to drop out. If this is not your first pg and your others went fine and based on those you think you would be able to go to school and wake up early then I say follow your heart. I would just caution that you very well might sacrifice graduation for a baby, Ive seen it happen a few times. will your program let you come back and finish if that happens? how supportive are they or are they mean with re entry? Weight the pros and cons, good luck!
  7. by   crazylilkelly
    thanks guys. we're still in the midst of deciding so i appreciate your insight.
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    If you have a choice, you would be far better off waiting a year or two.
  9. by   whipping girl in 07
    I got pregnant during nursing school and ended up dropping out and resuming when my son was about 2. Three of my friends when I went back to nursing school had babies and none of them dropped out (one even had a c-section and was back in 2 weeks, the most you could miss). I don't think any of them intentionally got pregnant, it just happened.

    If I had it to do over, I'd have waited till I was completely done with school. I've had 2 more kids since and both jobs I've had were very supportive and I could take as much time as I needed (within the confines of FMLA, lol).

    Good luck to you, whatever you decide.

    Konni
  10. by   fultzymom
    Quote from crazylilkelly
    Hi,
    My husband & I are considering getting pg during my senior yr so I can have the baby right after graduation & before I begin working. We really want to do this but I was wondering if anyone had any opinions about the matter? Thanks. Have a blessed day.
    Of course you have to do what is best for you. But I did the same thing. Only I started working at about 5 months at a facility as a STNA and then graduated, went on maternity leave, took my NCLEX and then when I returned to work I was a nurse and they had a position for me. It worked out well for us. That was my second baby and when I was graduating LPN school. Then when I graduated RN, found out I was pregnant for number three!! Worked good for us both times.
  11. by   southern rn
    I was pregnant during my last year of nursing school. It wasn't really a very good experience. I would have to sit in the back of the room during lecture so I could get up to go to BR to throw up. I also remember being so tired going from a morning clinical to an afternoon lecture I would sit in my car and sleep instead of having lunch, and coming home after very long days and crying. My first son was born 10 days after graduation- he will be 17 in May: The hardest part of the whole thing was going to work and leaving him when he was 6 weeks old- that was harder than any of the other stuff! Would I recommend it? No, probably not. But I also wouldn't change it. Good luck with your decision

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