Is nursing school making you go crazy?

  1. Hello,
    I think I am going crazy sometimes. I am going to start my prereq for nusing school in Jan but at the same time also working with a very expensive tutor to help with passing the entrance exams . At the same time I currenty working part-time at a job I hate. My job is relocating soon and if I want to stay at the same location I would have to change departments. The department that I would have to change to is even worst then the one I am currently working in. All while my husband has decide to work on is AS degree in IT (computers). I am upset becasue my husband has not decide to get his BA instead right now but later and that would limit his job offers. All of the nusing schools I am looking to go to are all out of my state. I think I am going to apply to two or three schools so I will be making a lot of trips out of town. My mother is very upset that I decided to go private nursing school out of state. She wants me to get into the local community college nursing program in our state. She does not understand how difficult it is to get into the local program and that the waiting list is 2 to 3 years. In that time I could have a complate an RN private school program out of state. Also the state that I live in is very costly and once I am in nursing school I can't work and my husband will be our only income until I finish. I have not yet told my mother-in-law and her reaction is going to be even worst. I feel as if I am going nuts . I need help once you decided to go to nursing school how deal with every day life with the presure of getting in to a nuring program?
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  3. by   mybackpages
    Nursing school is the hardest major I have ever had (others include forensic science, biochem, and eng. lit). From what I have concluded, any program is going to make you rethink your decision to become a nurse. Many students change to social work, so they can actually 'make a difference', instead of changing linens and passing meds. I don't know what to tell you, other than follow your gut instinct. You have a husband ( and therefore mother in law) and I guess their opinions matter ( I wouldn't know- I'm perpetually single- blame it on my major but do what you want. That (unfortunately) is all the advice I can give. If you need to rant, you have my name I wish you the best of luck, honestly. Take care!
  4. by   MBARNBSN
    Quote from mydee
    Hello,
    All while my husband has decide to work on is AS degree in IT (computers). I am upset becasue my husband has not decide to get his BA instead right now but later and that would limit his job offers.
    I understand your frustration. I can give you some good news regrading your husband's options. I worked in IT for many years before switching to Health Care. Your concerns about your husband having limited options based on an Associates vs. a BA/BS is not necessary.

    The IT field, unlike most career fields, does not care about degrees as much as they care about experience and one's ability to learn. Most with degrees who work in IT do not have IT degrees. So, his best bet is to work and gain experience while he attends school.

    Secondly, if you choose to move make sure you move somewhere that is projecting additional IT jobs. Otherwise, he may have trouble finding work while he attends school and after he graduates and it will not be because he has an Associates rather then a Bachelor's degree.
    Last edit by MBARNBSN on Nov 10, '06
  5. by   sbyramRN
    Hmmmmm, my husband work in IT (Consulting, currently in the energy trading industry) and has been in charge of hiring a whole team underneath him. He wouldn't look twice at a resume with someone without an BS. In fact, here in Houston/Texas, in order to get the higher paying jobs most people have their MBA. I am not real sure what type of IT position your husband is interested in, but I think major corporations recruit people with Bachelors degrees and higher because they can. JMO
  6. by   stpauligirl
    I'm not in nursing school yet and working on my prerequisites. The nature of the classes is very different than for other majors (I have majored in English in the past) The athmosphere in these very competitive pre nursing science classes is also something else....stressed students having to make that A can be a pain to deal with.
    You bet I had my moments and thought of doing something else......as a matter of fact I am having one of those moments right now even though I am very successful! Every other day I think about stopping and going back to persue my initial teaching degree. But I have come so far, I am so close.....I am not quite ready to quit yet. Maybe a few rejections from nursing school will ultimately do it. People with 4.0 don't get in for heaven's sake. If my GPA isn't good enough and it becomes too much of a pain I'll do something else.
    I am older, have an 8 year old left at home, I am from a foreign country, absolutely NO family support only a husband who is gone all week and only comes to "visit" on weekends.
    Believe me I am experiencing lots of stressors and I am pushed to the breaking point more than I care to.....
    I wish you all the best.
    Last edit by stpauligirl on Nov 11, '06
  7. by   jen1980
    I hate to tell you this but if you think your going crazy now just wait till your in nursing school. I have definetly gone crazy since starting nursing school ( this is my 2nd semester) and the only thing that keeps me going is my 7 month old son and husband we have a huge support system and that helps so much. Just know that your family may be hurt by your decision to move out of state but they will come around your doing this for you. Hang in there it's all worth it in the long run. At least that's what I'm told.
  8. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from jen1980
    I hate to tell you this but if you think your going crazy now just wait till your in nursing school. I have definetly gone crazy since starting nursing school ( this is my 2nd semester) and the only thing that keeps me going is my 7 month old son and husband we have a huge support system and that helps so much. Just know that your family may be hurt by your decision to move out of state but they will come around your doing this for you. Hang in there it's all worth it in the long run. At least that's what I'm told.
    I don't doubt you....I anticipate for things to get even worse
    I am glad to hear that you have help. My entire family is overseas and my husband's family lives in Ohio. Husband helps me when he is home but I think there is no substitute for a loving grandma or sister.
    Last edit by stpauligirl on Nov 11, '06
  9. by   HeartsOpenWide
    Wait until your actually in nursing school...:spin: :spin: If I start to projectile green vomit and my head spins I am sure some one will tell me its just part of the nursing program and to deal with it.
  10. by   MBARNBSN
    Quote from smpbyram
    Hmmmmm, my husband work in IT (Consulting, currently in the energy trading industry) and has been in charge of hiring a whole team underneath him. He wouldn't look twice at a resume with someone without an BS. In fact, here in Houston/Texas, in order to get the higher paying jobs most people have their MBA. I am not real sure what type of IT position your husband is interested in, but I think major corporations recruit people with Bachelors degrees and higher because they can. JMO
    This is true but outside of some corporate enviroments many places hire based on experience and give education a second ranking. I worked in Corporate America and for Government institutions as an IT Programmer and MIS Support. I know of and worked with several non-degreed people. I also know many with degrees (both Associates and Bachelor's) who had an education in something unrealted to IT or Engineering. This is because people in IT are usually hired because of work experience.

    I agree that managerial positions require additional education but Entry-level positions usually only require a GED/High School diploma. Thus, an Associates is good enough for most places around the country if one has work experience. Without work experience it is next to impossible to get your foot into the door.

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