I too was angry, matter of fact went and visited another peer and discussed this issue prior to completion.
But as I typed anger again surfaced.
First please believe I am one of the strongest advocates for women being women (not some mans wife)
After 27 years of hearing words similar to yours I have had the experience to see the outcome.
I apologize for any "personal" inferences made they were not directed at you, just my venting my frustrations on a situation of the working conditions (mandated by men) placed upon a select group of women called nurses that took damn good care of me and Robis believe me when I say you need bow to no man. Nor should you feel guilty for deciding to do something for yourself.
my only objection was the fact of you assuming your husband would have to take on a heavier load. I can see now I was wrong and if push came to shove you would continue school and do whatever it took to "maintain the integrity of the family unit." which is the primary goal of a Nurse.
I believe you will be an excellent nurse, just don't bow to any male supervisor's dictations. That is why we are working manditory overtime to begin with.
How they (the male figures that be) introduced this was by offerring 3 12 hour work days for 40 hours pay.
Now it is 4 12's plus 8.
A word of advice (understand if you refuse to acknowledge any advice I offer) but NEVER work an 11pm to 11am. Come sunrise your brain says it is time to turn off and for the remaining 4 hours you are in a position of extreme liability.
I forget that at 59 I have seen so much more and try to warn rather than aggitate.
You will do fine but don't let them work you to psychological unrest. That is what effects the famiy you love.
My web site is precisely about the future and to help those at wits end because of loss of self through our compassion and caring for others. Once they know you really care they will use you to death. http://retirednitenurse/homestead.com/index.html