Hi there, and just wanted to agree with MBA2BRN, this is a great place for you to get all information and do some research. First of all I wanted to say that I am sorry to hear about your husband. I too have been through that and it sucks, I know but don't think your husband can just get off without paying child support....if you live in the United States (and actually many parts of the world) the authorities do not take child support lightly and he is obligated by law to pay you....too bad for him but that's what he has to do and in America they are serious about that--but that's a whole other topic I can right novels about. I also have an interest in becoming a Lactation Consultant while I am going through nursing school. There actually are nurses dedicated to that alone which I am sure you already know but in regards to what you were saying about the pay being inconsistent with your own business, being a nurse will probably ensure you a salary that will promise a paycheck even if for some horrible reason one day a news report comes out saying that breastfeeding is bad and every women decides not to do it (you and I both know that would never happen lol but hypothetically)...a contract with a facility is a contract and you will still get paid. And yes having those two letters following your name does give you an upper hand these days. Becoming an RN does not mean you have to stray from your passion. I have every intent on becoming a doula this summer between spring & fall semesters, finishing my RN, working in L&D, and eventually pursuing and MSN hopefully one day becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife where I hopefully will do what I really want to do and work with mothers. I understand that through nursing school and possibly through apprenticeship I will have to be faced with parts of nursing that I am not looking forward to, nor do I have an interest in but the way I see it, every life changing and rewarding moment doesn't present itself without sacrifices. For example I am currently in CNA training and I am not fond of the Long Term Care environment or geriatrics simply because I am afraid of facing the reality that these patients will not be around for so long, and I am extremely emotional that way but I have to deal with it to give me an advantage to get into my schools nursing program.
Regarding your fear of needles---girl, me too! I hate needles, on myself, giving injections....but just a heads up...that's what we have Phlebotomists for!!! WOOHOO and kudos to them for being able to do that without cringing. Yes you will have to deal with them but probably not as much as you are anticipating (like how everyone thinks all nurses do is wipe butts--not true
) Another thing I noticed is that the more and more I learn about human anatomy and physiology the easier it becomes to deal with all those "gross" things....I mean I think "gross anatomy" is the best pun ever--and probably was "intended" lol.
Now, with you being being just one semester shy of a Bachelor's Degree, my suggestion (and keep in mind it is only my opinion and there are several other options) is to finish your Bachelor's and go from there. Like you noticed, getting into nursing programs
are very competitive but you have an advantage and probably would be an easier way to get into it and quicker as you won't be spending all your time on pre-req's. Plus, as far as I have researched...GPA's matter so much more when you are awaiting entrance to an ADN or BSN program as it is much more of a competition. With your 3.0 and a Bachelors, and some school shopping, I think you would get in and become an RN in no time, and get back to working on the mommies and babies. I hope this helps you a little if at all and I do wish you the best of luck. Please keep in touch and let us know what you decide to do!