Parenting while going to nursing school

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    Someone I used to work with made the comment the other day that she would never have made it through nursing school, if it wasn't for the fact that she had a few kids...she said having kids actually made school easier for her, esp. in peds rotations.

    I have 2 boys, one is 11, the other 15 mos. and I don't know if I could have made it at all, although I think I would've done better in peds, like my friend said.

    Anyway, all of you who were/are parents who went to nursing school offline/on a campus I totally applaud you. You have my utmost admiration. I want to get my BSN and will have to do it online simply because I'm a busy mom/wife/whatever.

    Blessings, Michelle
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    I had 4 kids when I went to school I dont know if it made it any easier though...it did force me to focus more and I became very good at time mgmgt...I always said I was glad I was done having kids cause all the scary things I learned that could go wrong during pregnancy in OB class. Had I have known then what I know now I would have been a nervouse wreck during gestation time.
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    Well, I have an 18 month old and a 7 1/2 year old. IT'S TOUGH! Thanks for the kudos. Every bit of encouragement helps right now! Also a tip for everyone going through this.... Help eachother. Really. My friends and I do babysitting swaps. A classmate of mine was assigned a bum shift for clinicals and couldn't figure out how to do it. She was in tears and thought she'd have to drop. Well, I got a night shift and she had days, needless to say, I watch her baby on wed and thurs just to help. No money required. If we could all do something like that, how easy would it be for everyone?!?!!??
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    I think having children does make nursing school easier in my case. I waited until my youngest child started grade school and then I started college. I think that I was better able to understand a lot of my classes due to the fact that I had seen the norms of child developement, pregnancy, and as a Mom I think that at times you have to understand a little bit about psychology. Those kids will play you if you let them. Also as a mother you are use to working under pressure, having a dead line to get projects done, and having several people all yelling at the same time that you are trying to do 20 other things.

    However, being a mother while being in nursing school can be a not so good thing. I had to do a lot of all nighters to study or get projects done because the children had something that they needed help on. When one of the children was sick and you have a exam, it was either miss the exam of be stressed because you left a sick child with someone else. The list just goes on.

    Overall, I think that I did better in nursing school because I was older and a parent when I went to school. I also valued my education a lot more than a lot of the younger students because my husband and I had to pay for my schooling ourselves. I believe that being a mother makes me a better nurse also.
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    Quote from JB2007
    Overall, I think that I did better in nursing school because I was older and a parent when I went to school. I also valued my education a lot more than a lot of the younger students because my husband and I had to pay for my schooling ourselves. I believe that being a mother makes me a better nurse also.
    I agree with you. I do think that OB and Pedes was a little easier for me to identify with because I already well, had kids, and read lots of material during my pregnancies. But mostly I took school more seriously because I was paying for it and I wanted to make a better life for my family.
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    Quote from mondkmondk
    Someone I used to work with made the comment the other day that she would never have made it through nursing school, if it wasn't for the fact that she had a few kids...she said having kids actually made school easier for her, esp. in peds rotations.

    I have 2 boys, one is 11, the other 15 mos. and I don't know if I could have made it at all, although I think I would've done better in peds, like my friend said.

    Anyway, all of you who were/are parents who went to nursing school offline/on a campus I totally applaud you. You have my utmost admiration. I want to get my BSN and will have to do it online simply because I'm a busy mom/wife/whatever.

    Blessings, Michelle
    Hello Michelle,
    I have four teenagers now but when in nursing school the ages we 7, 10, 12 and 14. Now the ages are 14,16,18,19 1 girl and three boys. Nursing school was a challenge but my husband and I agreed that he would step up and take care of the kids so I could get through nursing school. This is a degree that I have wanted a long time and knew it wasn't going to happen until I went back to school.
    Debbie
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    I also went to school while raising children and I think it helped in that you really need to focus. You definitely learn the master the art of time management which also helps once your nursing.
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    My hat goes off to each and everyone of you nurses. I have three sons and I am looking forward to the journey of becoming a nurse. My sons are 18,15 and 10. I am so excited about taking my prerequests in January. I have my BA degree but I always wanted to be a nurse. I really feel that oing to school while parenting really helps your children become better students. The television is on less and everyone begins to follow moms lead and crack open a book. I am so happy to have found this site because I get great inspiration from all of you out in the field. Again,my hat goes off to you all.
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    Way to go!!!!!Parenting while going to school makes for smarter children. The television is on less and more reading is accomplished. I have three sons 18,15,and 10. I am looking forward to begin my journey of becoming a nurse. I begin taking my prerequisites in January. I have a BA degree and I am looking forward to taking my 45 year old behind into a classroom to earn my BSN degree. I feel like a child getting ready and excited about the first day of school. Education is soooo important and I feel we can teach our children by example. Great job everyone for holding it down while going to school. May God Bless!!!!!
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    School is certainly not easier while taking responsibility for children, but I found I was more motivated when I needed a better job to support my family.

    I earned an Associate's Degree in General Studies before I married or had children, and I took most of the prereqs for nursing at that time since I already had my sights on this career. But I didn't follow through by applying for a nursing program, even though it would have been an ideal time since I had no other major obligations.

    Having children made me develop the maturity I needed to stick with my goals and make wiser decisions. I believe I am a better nurse than I would have been had I finished school before I had children, if only because I learned to be responsible for others and not just think about myself.
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