Hello everyone! I have been visiting allnurses.com's discussion board for several months now and have thoroughly enjoyed it. The discussions have been very helpful at times and have made me doubtful at times. You see, I was admitted into nursing school last fall on the eve before registration. I was not expecting to get in until fall 2004. As you can imagine, my life was completely turned around! I accepted the spot at the college, quite my job as an elementary school teacher, switched my daughter to a new school closer to the college, and swithced my son to a new baby-sitter that was also closer. Although my husband was all for my going back to school, he had no clue as to how difficult these changes were to the rest of us! I quickly began to feel guilty when my daughter was unhappy with her new school and my son screamed and cried the moment we rounded the corner to the baby-sitter's house. I never had much time for my children because I was always studying. I also began to feel very distraught when I no longer had my own money and was completely broke. I hated asking my husband for money-I know it sounds crazy! Finally, in mid-November last fall, I dropped out of the nursing program with the highest average in the class. EVERYONE begged me not to do it. I decided to go back to teaching, my little niche. I quickly remembered why it was that I did not want to teach school for the rest of my life! I have now gotten my "ducks in a row" and will be starting the nursing program this fall at the same college. I have been accepted into the program, have applied for every scholarship
and loan imaginable, and have gotten my son into the college's excellent child care program. Also, my daughter is now happy with her school! I WILL NOT GIVE IN THIS TIME-I'M GOING TO DO IT! I now realize that things happened too quickly before and I was not prepared. I now know what to expect and have learned some ways of being able to make time for my family while being a successful student.