I am a newly single mom. I started prereqs when my youngest was 4. At that time I had been an at home mom for about 10 years. I only took classes when my husband was off work or the kids were in school.
Fast forward 3 years, to last year. my husband left us. I decided to continue to pursue nursing. I was accepted to a full time year long LVN program which I started 2 months ago.
I cried at the thought of leaving my kids. At the thought of putting my kids in before and after school daycare, when I had prided myself in being a present and involved mom. I used to go to every single sports game. I took my kids to and from school everyday. I cherished those times.
Being in nursing school has been a transition, for me. My school does not give us a firm schedule, except that we may be in class M-F 9-5:30. We never can tell when we will get off at 2:30 or 3 or 4. It makes me angry because I want to go pick up my kids if I can, but I have to make arrangers for someone else to get them and take them to sports because I never know my schedule.
We will start clinicals 3 days per week in less than 2 weeks. On clinical days we may have to drive to a site up to 2 hrs away. We will have to do 8 1/2 hr days starting at either 6/7am or 2/3pm.
It helps that my former mom in law will take my kids to and from school everyday. They spend the night with her often. I am thankful for her availability, But it's hard in me emotionally. I don't worry about my kids, so much, tho. I pray for them to be ok in my absence.
I try to show my face at my kids school as often as I can. I drive my kids to school most days. It's hard to squeeze in quality time with my full time school schedule. I think if I were used to being a work out of home mom it wouldn't be so hard to go to nursing school full time.
I keep telling myself that moms do this all the time and my kids won't die because I'm not around as much.
Sorry for rambling. It was a long week at school and its Friday and I'm tired. /need a margarita, lol/
I have a blog about my life on nursing school you can visit if you wanna read about more mommy stuff in nursing school: http://www.anursingstudent.com/