If it helps ease the tension any...a lil about my story...For many yrs I was a single mother and as most of us are these days, a non traditional college student. I started on the ASN track, but being so competitive to get accepted, I simply majored in Science at a local community college to get all my general education out of the way. Needless to say, ten yrs have gone by, a grandson, & two stepsons later, I finished that degree
. I have also been a Certified Nurse Assistant for eight years, the course was a prerequisite for the RN program, so I figured why not get certified and work in the field to gain some experience, right? In the meantime, I applied to a different school and was accepted, but due to health issues and small children at the time, I was unable to finish. I reapplied to the same program this summer & was reaccepted. I must admit, being that this is my second go at this program, it will not be as difficult for me opposed to the newbies lol since I'm already familiar with all the skills, clinicals, and lecture, but needless to say NO nursing program
is "easy." Brace yourself, it is hard work, takes a LOT of self-discipline, and you'll have to find creative ways to stay motivated or you'll get bored, burned out, and ready to quit. But keep in mind, it's all worth it in the end and it's very rewarding! Stick with it & make this next yr your priority!!!! If you have children, have backup for your backup for childcare. have reliable transportation and a backup plan for that too...(if you've never heard of Murphy's Law, I promise you'll soon learn what that's all about because whatever can happen, WILL happen during you nursing school adventure). Find positive ppl who support your decision and I'm sorry to say but eliminate any negative ppl from your life(at least until you've graduated lol). I made tons of flashcards and took notes even when it seemed I was the only one writing in class. Coffee became my best friend and frozen pizza and ramen noodles were a staple in my home! I studied with my children, they drilled me and helped make study time fun lol. O!..almost forgot, make "youtube" your friend, look up things you have trouble with, bt make sure you double check to make sure the info is accurate...get yourself an updated version of "Taber's Medical Encyclopedia"...I call it the bible for nurses. If you can get your hands on a med-surg book, GET IT, IT'S GOOD AS GOLD IN THE NURSING WORLD! And if you have any, bug your nurse friends for any helpful tips and go over some skills with them in your sparetime. I start(again) on September 4th as well....Sorry my post is so long, but Honey goodluck and God bless!!!!