I am 30 years old with 3 children. 2 in school and 1 at home, she is almost 3. Anyway to tell you a little about myself, I am currently a stay-at-home-mom and will have to return back to work when Kaelyn starts school. My problem is that I do not have an education and you know what that means, the jobs out there for me are jobs I do not want. I have done many things such as: waitressed, cashiered, been a receptionist, etc. These are things that I just do not want to do!!!
My husband thinks I would make a great nurse. At first I thought I will just try it out and become a LPN but I have talked to a few nurses and they say, "Do not waste your time, go all the way!!"
I did graduate from high school but my grades were horrible. But like my husband says, I never really had to apply myself because my parents did not care if I made good or bad grades so my motivation was terrible. But he has sooo much faith in me, I am just sooo afraid of failing. I will be taking the ACT in March so that is what I am focusing on right this moment.
I guess my ??? are this. What do you think of someone going to school after being out for 12 years? What do you think of someone entering nursing that had trouble with school, especially MATH?
- Regarding going back to school later in life.
It's no big deal. Do not worry about it. About 1/4 of the "kids" in class will be over 25 yrs old. It's just a fact of today's society.
I quit trucking in 1990 (25 yrs old). Went to school, and made it all the way through and got an MS-Comp Sci degree.
Sure, I stumbled along at first - until I got my act together. But I was determined that I could do it. And with a little luck and determination, I did.
- What you need to do.
1. Start taking a class or two (non-nursing) at one of your local Community Colleges. The cost is cheap, there will be LOTS of folks in the same situation as you (someone to talk too), and it will give you time to develop study skills. If you find that you need to repeat a course two or three times (in order to develop your study skills and mental discipline) - you won't ruin your chances of getting into nursing school.
2. If you do good at this Community College. See if nursing school will accept their credits and continue getting your pre-requisites out of the way.
3. If you do bad at this Community College. Then stop and do a re-assessment of your life. And make a decision.
4. You will find the discipline of maintianing a study schedule to be a lot easier at this stage in your life than before. It's a maturity thing. You know the consequences if you don't study.
5. That being said. You will want to study 1 or 2 hours per day for the easy classes (History, Psychology, etc). You will want to sdudy 2 to 3 hours per day for tougher classes (Math, Chemistry, Anatomy, etc.). So adjust your course load according to your personal situation.
6. You said math was hard.
Well, the reason you find it hard was due to your bad study habits in your youth. If you put 2 to 3 hours a day EVERY DAY!!!!! then you will get through the math.
You should be at the point in your life where going to the library is just like going to the grocery store. You just do it.
Most math textbooks are tough to read. So what you do is go to either your local library or Barnes & Nobles and start doing research on the types of problems you are having difficulty with.
Also, use these texts as another viewpoint of solving/understanding the problem.
7. Not only does item #6 above apply to mathematics, but it applies to your other subjects as well.
- I would recommend getting a laptop and printer (laser) to do your studying with. Not good for math, but good for classes that have lots of notes/etc. You will also want to use your laptop for doing papers/etc.
- I say laptop, as you can take it anywhere with you. It's worth the extra $$. Also, get extra batteries for it.
- If you are saying you can't do the above, or are not willing to do the above. Then stop. Because you are not ready to make the committment (mentally) to pursue a college degree.
- You've probably seen the "Mario" thread about the ex-army dude who got kicked out of nursing school. You see the excuses this gentleman has been making.
- You do not want to make the same mistakes. No one is going to be out to get you. YOU and ONLY YOU determine your success or failure.
Sure, it will be an emotional rollercoaster. Sure, the kids and hubby will be total immature pain in the rear-ends at the worst possible times. You will have to just suck it all up and grin and bear it. That's life. No excuses.
If you are willing to do the above and are willing to accept consequences for your actions and not make any excuses - then I say GO FOR IT!!!! KICK SOME SERIOUS REAR-END OUT THERE!!!!!
Last edit by SirJohnny on Feb 14, '03