I'm a pre-nursing student/career changer. I'm hoping to get into an ABSN program, with the goal of working a few years as a hospital nurse (hopefully L&D), and eventually going into midwifery. We're also hoping to have one last baby (we have two kids already). Currently tying decide if I we should try to have a baby now (baby would be 1 year old when I start an ABSN program), or shortly after I start work as a RN.
My questions are - which is more intense/time-consuming: nursing school or working full-time? I assume the hospital shifts are very intense and exhausting, but for those who work three 12s, do you "take work home with you"/work beyond the 36 hours, or is the rest of your week actually free? And if school is more intense than work, is it still doable with young kids?
FWIW, all else being equal, we'd rather have the last baby now for a host of personal/financial/health reasons. Nursing is my dream career, and I hate the idea of being distracted by pregnancy/taking a maternity leave soon after finally landing a RN job. Plus I have two kids already, so I'll being juggling school and motherhood regardless (what's one more to add to the chaos BUT
I could much use the perspective of people who have actually been to nursing school and worked hospital shifts (read: I don't know what I'm talking about!)
I know this is a highly personal decision; I just really need opinions from people who have been there. Thank you!