I know your fears because I've been there. I was 28 and married with 4 kids when I began working on my pre-req's. I, too read on this site how hard nsg school is and I was scared out of my mind. I thought there was no way I was going to pull this off and began questioning my career choice. Secretary was starting to sound really good.
I'm now about to go in 3rd semester in January and I'm still scared because it's true what they say....it is
difficult....but it's doable. Where there is a will, there is a way, always! I was a 4.0 student before entering nsg school and now I'm making straight B's and like I've said before..I'm more proud of those B's than any of the A's I received before because I had to work my fanny off to get them. It's difficult, but doable and if I can do it than I believe anyone can do it....and I mean that!
You will be given the knowledge and the tools to care for your pt's. The teachers won't have you do anything that you haven't yet learned. Of course you'll be nervous, we all were and I still am every time I enter a pt's room, but you'll get more comfortable in your role as time goes on. Don't let your fears stop you from something you want to achieve. Your kids will be so proud of you and you'll be setting a great example for them as well.
As I always say, nursing school is the hardest thing I've ever done, but it's also the best thing I've done for myself as well. I have made so many good friends in school and have had a really good time doing it and you will too. Everyone in that class is feeling the same way you are and you're all going through it together. Good luck to you in whatever you decide. :spin: