I just found this website and I am so in need of help!
I am 31 years old and a stay at home mom. My daughter will start school this fall (Kindergarten) and my son has just turned 18 mos.
Although I still have time, when my son begins school I will have no degree or chosen profession. I have thought about this for a while, and I think I want to go into nursing. I would really want to go into OB nursing.
Here is where I need help:
Am I foolish to think I can go to school with young children?
Am I crazy to even be entertaining the thought at 31?
Is it fair to think that I can choose which area I go into?
Are student required to work in other areas of nursing for their appreticeship ( or whatever it is called!)
And, most importantly... do you enjoy your work & did you know that this OB field was what you wanted from the start?
Thanks in advance for you time and thoughts ...
Jun 11, '03
of course you're not foolish. I am 38, two kids 7 & 9 and 12+ yrs experience in PR & Marketing, and TODAY I had my interview for an RN programme starting in September
I have also this week started a job as a health care assistant (I think that's a CNA in the US?) on a stroke ward at a large nearby hospital and I absolutely love it.
The admissions people said there was a woman on the course last year who was 50. More than 50 % of the people on this course are mature students.
go for it!
Last edit by kermit27 on Jun 11, '03
Jun 11, '03
Scrapper What can I say? JUST go for it. I graduated at age 34 with a child and military husband who was away much of the time during which I struggled through school. MY family were 1000 miles away and so I had to rely on friends to help me with daycare sometimes. At times, I cried cause it was so hard. But, I maintained a 4.0 GPA and graduated 2nd in my class (yes, this is bragging and I am sorry, I just want to make the point not only can it be done but returning students are EXCELLENT ones).
I encourage you to visit your university and find out what the pre-requisite courses are needed for nursing and start working on them. The more classes you have done before actually entering nursing school, the better it will go for you. You know, classes like the basics: anatomy/physiology, chem, biology, microbiology, english, speech, algebra/math, art/foreign language, etc.
Find out exactly what is required and go from there. Baby steps will do it. I started with two computer courses because I was so petrified on returning to school at 31. But omg, you will be so happy when your kids and husband and family are cheering for you at pinning day like mine did. It is SO WORTH IT!!!!!!! Good luck. Keep your eyes on the prize and head up high and before you know it, you will be joining our ranks. Welcome aboard!
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Jun 11, '03