I read your post and wanted to send some encouragement.I also went to nursing school
with a 2 year old and pregnant with my second child. I was blessed to have a family member keep my dtr and husband that was supportive (however at the time in the Navy out on deployment)
I strongly believe that you fufill your dream of becoming a nurse. I know that alot of what you read here is negative sometimes, but I also believe if you asked these same nurses why they stay in this profession they will be able to give you answers that will reinforce your decision to enter this career.
I know the Canadian system is somewhat different then in the USA, but there have been some institutions here that allow you to have flex- hours, onsite daycares,you have the option of Home health visits, hospice, agencies (you can dictate the days you would like to work)some nurses work in MD offices, clinics, school health (having the summer off with thier children)
flight nurses, telphonic triage nurses,
and many other speciality areas.
There are options available, and there are real problems. We need you so do not give up!
Even with all the workplace issues I face, I am still hanging in there, because I believe that I do make a difference in the lives of my patients, even if it is small and appears "not enough"(in my own mind at times)
I am doing something physically and spiritually each time I care for those patients.
So move forward, go to school and find that place you belong and contribute to this complicated profession called Nursing!!!