Need some opinions

  1. I really need some opinions from some folks who would understand.
    I decided not to take my microbiology class this summer. With two young kids (7 and 5) and a husband who is gone all the time (truck driver), I would be running around all the time carting the kids over to my mom's to watch them while I'm in class (and that is an hour away, mom, not the school ).
    So, this is what I need an opionion on from some of you seasoned folks. I am pondering not even applying to the nursing program until next fall because of this. If I wait to take micro, I will have to take it along with my nursing classes (for our program, it is a coreq, not a prereq), but I would be in nursing classes from 8-2, and would then have to take the micro two nights a week (thus another problem with the kids) OR should I put off applying until next year, take the microbiology this fall along with maybe one or two other classes and take chemistry in the spring (not required for the ADN, but will transfer for the BSN). If I do that, then apply for the ADN program next fall, when I finish in two years, I can transfer over to the RN to MSN fasttrack without having to take any extra classes (the RN to MSN fastrack allows ADN RN's to get all the way to a MSN in 7 semesters and guarantee a spot in the specialty programs, and I want to be a FNP)
    I know I am rambling, but I really wanted to start nursing school this fall, but it would be harder on my family. Plus, my baby boy starts kindergarten this year, and the first week of school they let them out at noon, thus creating another problem for me. I have only lived in this town a month, I don't know anyone I would trust my kids with.
    It sure is hard with a family!
    Melissa in Alabama
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   pkmom
    I have a 19 month old and I chose to take all my prereqs and coreqs before starting the program so that I wouldn't have to put him in day care. Do whatever works for you and whatever you can handle. I'm just finishing Micro and at this school it wasn't hard for me. But that little extra bit of work could have been enough to really stress me out so I'm glad I took care of it. Good luck
  4. by   Love-A-Nurse
    Originally posted by Momto2monsters
    I really need some opinions from some folks who would understand.
    I decided not to take my microbiology class this summer. With two young kids (7 and 5) and a husband who is gone all the time (truck driver), I would be running around all the time carting the kids over to my mom's to watch them while I'm in class (and that is an hour away, mom, not the school ).
    So, this is what I need an opionion on from some of you seasoned folks. I am pondering not even applying to the nursing program until next fall because of this. If I wait to take micro, I will have to take it along with my nursing classes (for our program, it is a coreq, not a prereq), but I would be in nursing classes from 8-2, and would then have to take the micro two nights a week (thus another problem with the kids) OR should I put off applying until next year, take the microbiology this fall along with maybe one or two other classes and take chemistry in the spring (not required for the ADN, but will transfer for the BSN). If I do that, then apply for the ADN program next fall, when I finish in two years, I can transfer over to the RN to MSN fasttrack without having to take any extra classes (the RN to MSN fastrack allows ADN RN's to get all the way to a MSN in 7 semesters and guarantee a spot in the specialty programs, and I want to be a FNP)
    I know I am rambling, but I really wanted to start nursing school this fall, but it would be harder on my family. Plus, my baby boy starts kindergarten this year, and the first week of school they let them out at noon, thus creating another problem for me. I have only lived in this town a month, I don't know anyone I would trust my kids with.
    It sure is hard with a family!
    Melissa in Alabama
    Hi Melissa,
    My question to you would be if you do decide to wait, will the situation be the same as you can possible forsee, if not, can you mom keep them through the week since the summer break is almost here?

    It is hard to decide for someone else, but we are here for you. Take a minute to weight all of the pros and cons and then decide what will be best for you and your family.

    Let us know what you decide to do.


    StephanysGetaway

    NurseLand
  5. by   Momto2monsters
    I think I am going to wait to apply to the nursing program until next year. It will ease me back into being in school fulltime and still allow for my family time. Come next fall, I will be in school while the kids are in school, which will make it easier on all of us. Plus it will give me something that I haven't had in 7 years, a little alone time during the day, LOL. Another year will just allow me to get some extra classes out of the way that will just leave me that much better off in the long run. I just tend to have one of those " I want it now" personalities. Another year won't kill me and will probably help me keep my sanity!
    Melissa in Alabama
  6. by   NurseDixie
    Micro was impossible for me along with my nursing classes.I had to drop the class at midterm. But, I am a lot older than most nursing students (I'm 45) and don't have children. I am taking it this summer, it's a 5 week program. Good luck!
  7. by   meownsmile
    I think you got a handle on it. Hang on another year and get the other stuff out of the way. Pair the micro with something that wont be so intense, and try to take the chem before the micro(a lot of schools require chem as a pre-req to micro anyway).
    Good luck, and your kids will thank you for not taking such a heavy load in the long run too. Leave yourself some time to enjoy them while they are still young.
  8. by   Joan_RN_CO
    Mirco was a class I choose not to take over a summer session and I did get all my prereq done first then do my nursing classes. The best response is weigh the pro's and con's what will stress you more and what will be the best for you.

    waiting a little longer is not always a bad thing
  9. by   maire
    waiting a little longer is not always a bad thing
    No it surely is not! I took a year off to have a baby, and I'll be back to school this Fall. Do what you need to do, your dream will always be there.
  10. by   peaceful2100
    What everyone else said is very true. Sounds like you have already decided anyway. You do what you feel is best for you and your family. I don't see waiting as hurting you, it will help you like marie said Your dream will always be there.

    Good luck
  11. by   Mkue
    Mom with 2 monsters, (that's cute),

    I think you are making a wise decision. Micro would be okay by itself in the summer, but not with nursing classes.

    I think the less stress we put on ourselves, the easier it is to absorb the material.

    Good Luck !

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