2 questions?????

  1. I have two loaded questions for all my Allnurses friends. Ok first one....I will be completing all of my non-nursing curriculum in the fall and I plan on appying for the ADN program then. There are apperently 4 semester of clinicals. Do all of these have to be done in different semesters of can you do 2 of them in each semester to get done sooner? I am sure it is different in each school but I am curious.
    Second question....I am 28 and have lived on my own for a long time.....I have seriously thought of moving back in w/ the parents while I am in school so that I can work less and study more. Plus I don't think my car( '95 grand am) will last for 3 more years....so a new car might be needed. Anywhoo.....I get along great w/ my parents so that really isn't the prob. I guess I kinda feel like a failure that at 28 I would have to live w/ my parents. But dang I would have no bills and could actually still have things and spending money. If I tried to live on my own and do all this I would be sooooooooo poor and tired. I guess I am worried about the whole transition thing. I mean hello PRIVACY!!!! What if I actually got a date....lol. Of course that would be the time I found one....lol.:chuckle Any way I guess I am just looking for anyone who may have had to do this and can advise me?????
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   babynursewannab
    As far as I know, the clinicals build on each other to some extent, so most schools don't double up.

    And, as for the living with mom and dad...heck, if I could, I'd do it in a heartbeat!

    Good luck.
  4. by   renerian
    Yep clinicals go back to back. If you get along good with your parents that is great. I had to do it once and I felt the same way but sometimes you have to take a step back to take a big step forward.

    renerian
  5. by   colleen10
    Hi Hidi,

    For your first question, I don't think school would let you double up on your actual nursing classes/clinicals. As my school puts it, the nursing curriculum builds from simple to complex, so classes must be taken in a specific order/succession. Plus, eeeekkkkssss!!! the thought of two nursing clinical classes!!! The thought almost gives me a heart attack!

    As for your second question I would say that if you get along with your parents and THEY wouldn't mind you moving back in, then, I myself would probably do it. After I graduated from college and moved back in with my mum for a couple months before finding an apartment it really wasn't all that bad. I think it was actually easier living with her as an adult than as a child because she respected that I was an adult and gave me more privacy. I think the hard thing was that I didn't have my own stuff. All of my furniture etc. was in storage and I wasn't even staying in my "old room" because she had moved to a new house and I was in the guest bedroom. So, I felt kind of akward for a while.

    I don't think you should feel like a "looser" because you are 28 and want to move back in with your parents. I think it is a smart move if you can do it, it will allow you to save money, possibly work less, and not feel so strapped for money or time. Heck, any move you can make to keep down school loans, etc. you should try.

    I don't know where it's like where you live, but here in Pittsburgh it is absolutely the worst place to be a person in your 20's because there are absolutely no jobs for new grads and even if you did get a job years ago by now you are probably laid off and can't find another. I know tons of people in our age group (I just turned 28 myself) that have had to move back in with their parents because they don't have a job and no income to be out on their own. Plus, some of my friends have gone back to school and are saving money for tuition and books by living at home.

    So, I don't think you should feel bad and you are certainly by no means a Looser.

    Good Luck and take care and PS, I have a 92 Ford Taurus that keeps on tickin', I too am concerned about her lasting another 2 years but God willing and by the power of my mechanic I think she'll pull through.

    Col
  6. by   dianacs
    It couldn't hurt to ask the school you are interested in about the clinicals. A lot of nursing programs have a "track" where you have to take the required classes in a certain order at a certain time. Still, there may be room for flexibility. Sometimes they are willing to work with an individual's situation so long as it doesn't conflict with that clinical's prerequistes. But a lot of nursing schools are full to the brim, so it may also depend on the number of students in the classes/clinicals you wish to take outside of your designated track. Good luck.
  7. by   NurseDixie
    Our program doesn't allow doubling up, either. As for moving back w/your parents--You go girl! You'll be glad you did. There is a lot of studying. I don't work, and it's all I can do to keep up w/studying,paperwork,etc. But, I am a nontraditional student. I'm 46, but I'm keeping up with the young'uns so far. I have 1 more semester to go, will graduate in Dec.
  8. by   Hidi74
    Thanks guys......I actually checked w/ my school after I posted and they said NO on the doubling up.......oh well. I do feel better about the other thing thanks to all of your imput!!!!
  9. by   opalmRN
    Hidi74,

    I can see by your second post you already have the answer to the clinical question.

    As for moving home, my kids have moved in, moved out. I don't mind at all. Well all respect each other's privacy, there are four adults living together as I see it. Obviously my husband and I do have a few rules, like do your share or find another set of parents to abuse and just as we tell them if we would be away overnight, we ask the same of them.

    If I could have moved home when I was younger I sure would have but I don't think my mother would have tolerated being locked in the closet!

    C
  10. by   essarge
    As far as moving in with your parents, I feel that it would be a good move. On the downside however, it will affect your financial aid. They count ALL income in the house toward your financial aid. Please check with your financial aid officer before you make your final decision and weigh it out from there.
  11. by   camkib
    When I was a little girl my mother would always tell me that I could live with her as long as I wanted and whenever I had the need, as long as I either went to school or went to work.

    I had to move back in at 28 with 2 children
    ... I didn't feel like a failure, but I sure felt loved!
    Last edit by camkib on Mar 6, '03
  12. by   SingingNurse2
    I would definitely move back in as you have already heard from the others, but a little more advice - set up the ground rules from the beginning: who does what, buys what, cleans what, pays for what, etc. I have seen both of my brothers nearly destroy their relationship moving back in with my Mom because they enjoyed "being taken care of" by Mom so much that they ended up totally wearing her out by never contributing their share. Love is a verb, not a noun. :kiss I think it sounds like a great deal for you and wish you lots of luck!

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