over 30 w/children please respond

  1. I have a fulltime job(a new one at a rehab center)as a NA. I am also going into nursing school this fall for my RN (might stop after a year and write for my LPN) What I am wondering is how have you handled your family/fulltime work and fulltime school. This is more for people who haven't done all of the prerequisite courses and are doing it all at the same time. I am taking it all at once. I realize that could have done the courses first but for me that was not possible and this is the only way to go(for me) I am a little nervous. I work night shift. Does anyone have a sample of their usual day? How do you fit everything in.I have done a couple of semesters fulltime but I wasn't working at the time. Sorry to ramble
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  3. by   nursedawn67
    I was fortunate when I went to college for nursing (graduated in 1999), I did not have to work (I did sell Avon then), not that we didn't need the money but we found other ways of income and just did without. I have 3 daughters who at the time were ages 8, 10 and 11. I had a dry erase board and I assigned them jobs daily. My hubby tried to help out as much as he could with cooking and cleaning. My family did this without much arguing, I explained to them that I cannot do homework and go to school, keep with my Avon selling and do all the housework and still have time for them. So they picked up the jobs they could so I could continue to have time with them. Alot of the people in my classes worked and did school and had families I don't know how they did it, I wish I did so I could help you out more. Take care, and keep up the good work! You can make it!!
  4. by   kats
    I am actually only taking 2 classes- Nutrition and Anatomy. They were they only ones I needed that were open and I could fit together. I go to classes Mon-Thurs. Fridays I volunteer at the hospital here on base in the OR. We have one son who is 13 years old and has Tourette's syndrome. This can create some problems, but since he is 13, he can also do a lot of things for himself that younger kids can't (get dressed, feed himself, bathe himself, etc.) I have been married for almost 15 years, but my husband is in the Navy and on an aircraft carrier now. Basically, I just do what all Navy wives do. We take each day at a time, make priorities of what is most important, and do the best we can to take care of everything. We also have a cocker spaniel that my son helps a lot with taking care of her, walking her, etc. It can feel overwhelming at times, but we also meet other Navy wives through the spouse support group and we try to help each other when possible too. Don't get too discouraged. I believe that becoming a nurse is definately a goal worth pursuing and one we will be very proud of when we are done and throughout our careers. Make sure to always take a bit of time each day to do something that is just fun whether that is reading a good novel, watching a favorite tv show, taking a bubble bath, etc. I know that is very important to reduce stress.
    Bye for now, Kimberly
  5. by   RNIAM
    Thank you all so much. You have no idea what your support means to me right now. I know with the help of good people I can make it.
  6. by   GPatty
    Hey Rhona~
    I am 39 and in LPN school. I have 4 children still at home, and a husband who is more maintenance than all of the children and pets put together!
    Monday thru Thursday, I am in school (either classes or clinical) until 4 or 4:30p.
    Kids get up at 6am, and we're out the door by 7:20, so I can drop them off and get to school.
    Home by 4 or 4:30, eat supper, get some studying done & get to bed by 10, only to get back up at 5 and start over!
    Fridays are basically the same, but we are out of classes at noon. I come home and take a nap till it's time to go to work at 6p. Take my books to work with me, as I work on a dementia unit in a nursing home, and all is usually pretty quiet between 2a & 4a.
    I work from 6p to 6a on Fridays and Saturdays. It's a quiet and peaceful time for me, but the only thing I don't like is that I hardly see my kids at all on the weekends.
    Husband and children help out alot! Just taught my 9y/o how to fold a load of laundry the other day! She's pretty good!
    So, you hang in there! You can do it! Anything you want bad enough, can be done!!
    Good Luck!
    Julie

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