Full time nursing studies as a mother of two

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    Hello hard working nurses out there! I am a mother of two (6 and 3), 30 years old and I've been working as a legal administrator junior for 9 years. Computer, typing, cases upon cases and temperamental lawyers I have to deal with everyday is softly killing me (mentally). I don't want to be sitting on my butt for the rest of my life, typing and making lawyers happy and still Junior while I can go out there and help people who are in need! I have enough and after years of putting nursing career off due to having kids and meeting our needs it has come to a point that this is the time to get out there and make a difference. Embarking on a journey upon a life changing career. My kids are my main motivation why I want to do it now. By the time I am 35 and before my eldest turn 10 I have completed my nursing studies and yes I will study hard and yes I have done my maths...Are there nurses out there who are on the same boat as. Me? How did you manage to pull through financial difficulties...family commitments...did you ever do part time work to meet the needs? My partner works full time and I'm pretty sure government pays you an allowance to keep you going. Please any successful stories out there? Would love to hear from you!

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    MamaKrissy, It's never too late to go back to school. I went back to college when I had young kids. We struggled and ate mac and cheese for a few years but guess what? Best memories of our lives! We still laugh about those times! Fast forward 20 years and I have NO regrets. Not to sound like a NIKE commercial but...Just do it!
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    Thank you beautiful! yes I am heading that direction pretty soon...McD's Happy Meal for all of us!, canned goods and cordial drinks! .99c treat for the kids will do these days! thank you and bring it on!!
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    I will be in a similar position! I have an 8 month old baby boy, I am 34 years old. I have done science research up until this point but decided that nursing is the next step for me since the job market is more stable and more lucrative than academic research. I have been told that a strong support system is important for moms in nursing school. I am very thankful that my husband and extended family are offering to help if they can by babysitting/etc. I just keep telling myself the juice is worth the squeeze.
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    We can do this mama! with a good support system! we can hack this! Determination and focus and most of all balance.
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    I am 36. I just graduated with my BSN last July. I have 4 boys, work full time, (also worked full time during school...I did doubles on weekends until clinicals) went to class one night a week, and sometimes clinicals 2 days a week....with no family in the area to help and my hubby working part time, too.

    It was hard, but we did it. People ask me how we did it, and I say we couldn't afford not to!
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    Wow!!! Super MOM!! That's amazing!! This is soo true....we couldn't afford not to.....years of studies and sacrifices are soo significant that giving up is not an easy option....I'll be working part time at the same time.....I know it will pay off in the long run....go mamas!
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    Can I just address one comment the OP made?

    " I'm pretty sure government pays you an allowance to keep you going."

    Not sure where you live, but no. The government does not 'pay you an allowance'. I you become voluntarily unemployed, you MAY qualify for welfare, but that is not what it's meant for.
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    Quote from meanmaryjean
    Can I just address one comment the OP made?

    " I'm pretty sure government pays you an allowance to keep you going."

    Not sure where you live, but no. The government does not 'pay you an allowance'. I you become voluntarily unemployed, you MAY qualify for welfare, but that is not what it's meant for.
    Ah....yes. No, the government doesn't pay for anything unless you are on welfare, or your kids are on Medicaid. If the government is involved, that means someone else is paying for you.....I'll leave that for the politics discussion forum.

    OP are you here in the US?
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    Hey mamas...I'm from New Zealand..we do have what we call here student allowance and student grant and is based on how much you and partner get every week, it's not for everybody only a small income family can avail (resident of 3 years and citizen of New Zealand only) and also a student loan to cover your school tuition which obviously must be repaid when you start working or when you enter any type of employment.......


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