I have been on this board a few times before inquiring about nursing as a career. I was going to Kaplan University Online for medical assisting and that was by far the biggest mistake of my life. I wasted so much time and energy on that program but I am done beating myself up about it. I am attempting to start at College of DuPage this summer and I have been back and forth about actually pursuing nursing as a career. I am a single mother of a 1 1/2 year old. My job is really flexible but the pay sucks so I stick it out because my boss is great, I can take my son with me, and again its really flexible. Another thing my mom watches my son a lot while I am working sometimes and just need some advice about nursing school. Is it as demanding as everyone says? How are the classes and clinicals usually scheduled? Is there anyone out there currently in the nursing program at COD?? Should I go straight for my RN or attempt the LPN then do the bridge program?? I am also dealing with the fact I may have to start from the beginning which doesn't depress me too much because I am only going to be 21 this year. However, I do have a crap load of student loans already from attending two different schools. Even if people know of other careers that are good for single mothers I will be open to those too! I just need some advice about everything really I don't want to struggle forever, but I don't want to miss out on my son's life either. Thanks for reading!