Nursing students who are also moms of young children - page 3

Sorry if this has already bee covered... I have a couple years of pre-reqs to worry about before even applying to a nursing program, but I can't help but worry about the schedule. I have 3... Read More

  1. by   *Bethany*
    Wow, thanks for all the replies! There have been a lot of great ideas here.
  2. by   nursecher
    I know others have mentioned it, but check into subsidized childcare. Most states offer it, and it is called something different in each state. Pennsylvania has an independant organization that offers it. The income guidelines are much higher than most assistance programs. You will usually just have to pay a co-pay. Most are $10-$50 per week based on income. Since you have alot in your household, and are on one income you might qualify. Every day care center and home day care in my area accepts it.
  3. by   eljamstudent
    I am also a military spouse in NC and my husband is deployed to Afghanistan right now. I start in Aug this year and my babies are 3 and 20 months. He will not be home for the first several months of NS and it will be somewhat of a change for the kids. I have been a stay at home mom for the past two years and my son, the 20 mon. old is really attached to me. I already have my daughter in daycare and she is doing well but I am worried about my son. Its expensive but I am hoping to get a stafford loan, and possibly help from my college, its supposed to pay half of the daycare costs because they don't have a daycare. I just graduated from online college with my AA in health admin so I was busy doing that and could not do any extra classes. I am really hopeful that I can get things done and do well. My husband may be deployed at any time next year so I can't count on him to be there at all times. I want it bad enough so at this point I feel like I have to do well. good luck.
  4. by   tbell2
    I will be starting a nursing program in October. At that time my older daughter will be 4 and my twins will be 8 months. I am so worried about the cost of child care!! It will probably cost double what I am paying for school. I have been looking on babysitters.com for affordable care and hopefully someone to come to my house. There are a lot of college students on there who are studying child care and looking for money. I am lucky enough that my parents are lending me the money for school including the child care. But I want to borrow just the right amount so I have less to pay back.
  5. by   2bnursesteph2010
    You might want to check with your school..I just found out a NS in my area offers childcare. Since I don't have children, I haven't further researched it, but it might be worth checking into.
    Also, see if you can put a post out there to students from your NS and inquire as to what they do/did, maybe they know of something or someone. Since it's graduation time, there might be some openings!
  6. by   Lovely_RN
    I have a 15 year old with autisim and a 21 month old. I am an LPN transitioning to RN graduating in April 09 (hopefully). I work 2 doubles on the weekends and I attend school full-time as well.

    My husband does as much as he can, he is good with the kids but he is definitely not a good housekeeper or cook. The baby can get kind of sticky at times lol and we are eating a lot of quick meals. The house is a sanitary but very cluttered and disorganized.

    I just overlook the small stuff and focus on the big picture. I don't go crazy over things like laundry, as long as the clothes get washed who cares if they are piled up on the sofa right? It's a sacrifice but it's entirely do able if you have good support.

    P.S sorry I didn't realize this was specifically about child care. That's what I get for trying to sneak on Allnurses while I am in the lab.

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