Help!!!.. Where Should I go for Nursing School? I am really Having a Hard Time.

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    Okay here it is, I am mailing off my application for Nursing school soon. If I am accepted or rejected I will know by Mid-April. And the program starts in June, and lasts until Aug. 2006. Now the program only has 60 spots and is very competitive! Lots of people are applying this year, so I am worried, if I don't get in I need a back up plan. And right now I don't know what to do. So here are my options:

    1) I get into my first choice, and that is where I go, and be done by Aug 2006

    2) I go into another community college's program (which I may not get in to), and wait until Jan 2006 to start, I'll be done in Dec.2006

    3) Go to a Voc tech (automatic acceptance into the program, as long as you pass the TABE and have a high school diploma) (starting in june), for 18 months, and be done by Feb or April 2007 (it is really cheap about $400 total for full-time per semester, and I may be able to transfer some of my classes over, I have to check on that 2morrow, but if so I should be done sooner)

    4) Go to another "college", that is recognized by the BON, start the nursing component this Sept, and be done in Sept 2006 (automatic acceptance, as long as they get their money) (okay so what is up with this one, well they don't accept transfer credits from other schools. So even if you took some pre-req's before, you have to go through their 5 month pre-req program, and take all of the pre-req's there. This school is basically a money pit. I know that but, they do produce good nurses. So do ya'll think I should try to get them to accept my credits or just go with the flow of how they do things? I still don't know how much their tuition is, they are so secretive!)

    Help me please, if you have more than one option fo me please list them, in the order that you would go with. And before you make a decision please take the following things into consideration:

    -I am 9 months pregnant with my first child

    -If I go with the program, that I want to, I will not have to work for a while

    -If I go with the second choice school, I will have to travel really far

    -If I go to the voc tech or the other "college", I will have to go to school
    M-F from 8am-3pm, which means I will have to work to pay for daycare, and I have no idea, what kind of job I can get that will allow me to be a great mother, and spend quality time with my son and fiance, be great in school (or atleast average grade wise), and not go out of my mind doing it. Plus having to go to school M-F 8am-3pm for like 12-18 months, and having to work, is basically like having two jobs, and then adding mommy to the tab, is really tuff.


    *Note if I do have to work I will only work enough hours to send my baby to day care, and that is only $300 a month, but payrates are really sucky right now, down here.

    Ohh and if I go with #3 the voc tech, they have an on campus day care that is $10 per day/ $50 a week for me. Which would make only $200 a month for me, but I would still have to have my baby is some other kind of day care when I work.


    What should I do?????????:uhoh21::uhoh21::uhoh21::uhoh21::uhoh21::uhoh21::u hoh21::uhoh21:

    And even if you don't reply thanks for reading, it feels so good to be able to express myself and stop holding all of this in!!!...
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    "If I go with the program, that I want to, I will not have to work for a while"

    This option sounds the best. Besides, you baby is gonna grow up so fast that you may regret missing out on so much. Careers can wait, a human life is MUCH more important! There is royalty w/being able to be a SAHM (stay at home mom). I was able to do it w/ my 2nd and 3rd kids and I have NEVER regretted for a single minute.

    Ultimately the choice is yours. But I have to say, until u hold your sweet baby in your arms, u won't be sure of what to do. But follow your heart and do as u feel is best for you and your baby.
    Good Luck and Congrats!
    ~MJ
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    Hello Mom LPN Student!
    You have so much going on right now, no wonder you needed to put it all down!
    Quote from New_Mom_LPN_Student
    Okay here it is,
    1) I get into my first choice, and that is where I go, and be done by Aug 2006
    Well, first ...might... be best, but, only you know how busy your brand new baby time is going to be so, maybe this would not be the best option.
    Quote from New_Mom_LPN_Student

    2) I go into another community college's program (which I may not get in to), and wait until Jan 2006 to start, I'll be done in Dec.2006
    The risk of holding out for another waiting list seems dodgy but, what could it hurt to throw in an application early? Back up plans seem wise, (unless of course there is a ridiculously high application fee.

    Phew, lets see, as a former transfer student I am pretty much against the choice you mentioned that will not accept any of you current transcripts which include your pre-req coursework!

    The choice that has the realistic daycare sounds good. Was the cost okay?

    A major factor in your choice would most certainly be your support network. Is this your first child? Congratulation no matter if it is or isn't.

    Twice I have had classmates give birth during the middle of the semester, (they actually calculated that it would happen, one at midterms and one at spring break). These ladies returned to school and finishe dout the semester. The second actually brought her little one with and I was lucky enough to have her in two classes!! This semester the little one is still attending and must be the smartest academic little one in diapers!!

    Good luck!!
    Gennaver
    p.s.no one or nothing can stress us like our own perception and I hope you do somehting fun for yourself
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    Quote from wannabemw
    "If I go with the program, that I want to, I will not have to work for a while"

    This option sounds the best. Besides, you baby is gonna grow up so fast that you may regret missing out on so much. Careers can wait, a human life is MUCH more important! There is royalty w/being able to be a SAHM (stay at home mom). I was able to do it w/ my 2nd and 3rd kids and I have NEVER regretted for a single minute.

    Ultimately the choice is yours. But I have to say, until u hold your sweet baby in your arms, u won't be sure of what to do. But follow your heart and do as u feel is best for you and your baby.
    Good Luck and Congrats!
    ~MJ
    Thankd for replying. That pretty much is the best option. Tuition isn't bad, I would not be in school basically all day for 5 days a week, and I would only be in school for 14 months. So if I get in, that is where I will go. But that's just it that "IF" is a really nagging one. I know I need to have faith in myself, and eventhough I have great test scores, there are lots of other people applying this year, with test score just as good, and way better gpa's. I honestly don't think I will make the cut. Imagine 300 students applying for 60 spots, at a very competitive and well known school. I would love to be a SAHM, and this program will allow me to do that for a while at least not for the whole program though. And I just finished taking time off from school. The reason that this is so urgent for me, is because I want to be able to provide my son with a better quality of life ASAP, and I think the only way I will be able to do that is to get my nursing career started ASAP. I am such a planner, and I am really acting like what ever plans I make will stick, but once I meet this little person inside of me, all of that will change and I know it.
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    Quote from Gennaver
    Hello Mom LPN Student!
    You have so much going on right now, no wonder you needed to put it all down!


    Well, first ...might... be best, but, only you know how busy your brand new baby time is going to be so, maybe this would not be the best option.


    The risk of holding out for another waiting list seems dodgy but, what could it hurt to throw in an application early? Back up plans seem wise, (unless of course there is a ridiculously high application fee.

    Phew, lets see, as a former transfer student I am pretty much against the choice you mentioned that will not accept any of you current transcripts which include your pre-req coursework!

    The choice that has the realistic daycare sounds good. Was the cost okay?

    A major factor in your choice would most certainly be your support network. Is this your first child? Congratulation no matter if it is or isn't.

    Twice I have had classmates give birth during the middle of the semester, (they actually calculated that it would happen, one at midterms and one at spring break). These ladies returned to school and finishe dout the semester. The second actually brought her little one with and I was lucky enough to have her in two classes!! This semester the little one is still attending and must be the smartest academic little one in diapers!!

    Good luck!!
    Gennaver
    p.s.no one or nothing can stress us like our own perception and I hope you do somehting fun for yourself
    Yea I think the first is best, but the stress of worrying about, getting in or not is getting to me.

    The app fee is reasonable ($20), but having to wait a whole year to start, is getting to me. And it is so far, plus that means my clinicals will be far too.

    The other "college" that won't let me transfer in anything, is ******* me off. So that is most likely a no go.

    That leaves me with the voc tech. Which is the one with the daycare. Truth be told it is really the one that I am looking at as my most likely choice. Tuition is more than reasonable. It is close to home. And, I won't have to worry about the stress, of competition to get it. It is also the longest program (18 months), and only two of my classes will transfer over. And it will be every week day basically all day. But it is the one that I am seriously looking at right now.

    I am just kicking myself that I just didn't really committ myself sooner. If I did I would be almost done by now. Ohh well.


    Ohh and as I was thinking, after I posted last night, I remebered that there is a great free child care program, but there may be a waiting list. If I get on now, by the time August rolls around, I just may be able to get my baby in. And this program provides transpotation, which I would need, because it is kind of far out of the way. The reason I didn't think about this before is, because when I was looking for child care, I came across this free program, but I was working at the time, so I figured I would need child care for when I was in school, and when I was at work. Since I worked 11p-7a, the free program wasn't an option because they were only open from 7a-6p. But now since I am not working, and their working hours would be within my school hours, if I can get my baby in, I will not have to work if I go to voc tech either.

    I'll keep ya'll updated.
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    Okay I have more infor on the Voc tech program. The program is 16 months, not 18. The next one start in August 2005, and will be over in Nov. 2006. There also may be a waiting list, I am not sure the person that I was talking to was being evasive. I'll see if I can get more info later.
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    why not apply to the Voc Tech program and your first choice, along with the free daycare situation...then you will have a little more chjoice , hopefully! I would not atttend a school t hat did not take my transfer credits at all..you worked to hard to get them! Good luck, and most of all, enjoy your little one!
    Quote from New_Mom_LPN_Student
    Okay I have more infor on the Voc tech program. The program is 16 months, not 18. The next one start in August 2005, and will be over in Nov. 2006. There also may be a waiting list, I am not sure the person that I was talking to was being evasive. I'll see if I can get more info later.
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    All I can say is to follow your heart. I have been a stay at home mom several times. That new little baby is going to take up more time than you think. You will be exhausted the first couple of months. If you can submit an applications to the places that have waiting list and submit one to the free daycare you were talking about would be a good idea. but ultimatly I don't think you will really reach a true decision until you hold that new little baby in your arms and see how you and the baby connect and how you are feeling.

    What ever you decide good luck and CONGRADULATIONS. Children are precious.


    Angie
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    Thanks. I have more info. The school that won't let me transfer is just a money pit. It is $15,000. I am sorry but that is ridiculous for a year long LPN program. They produce good nurses, but not that good. I do plan on applying to my first choice, and the Voc Tech. I am still worried because the Voc Tech may have a waiting list, and I may not get in to my first choice, but now I feel a little more at ease. So now I will just continue on the semester, do the best I can in my pre-req's for my first choice and if I don't get in I will have applied to the Voc Tech hopefully they don't have a waiting list. I feel a lot more relaxed, than I did last night.
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    Quote from mgallant
    why not apply to the Voc Tech program and your first choice, along with the free daycare situation...then you will have a little more chjoice , hopefully! I would not atttend a school that did not take my transfer credits at all..you worked to hard to get them! Good luck, and most of all, enjoy your little one!
    mgallant:
    did u read my mind? This is the same thing I was going to also suggest!

    ~MJ


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