Starting nursing school- new baby! help!

  1. My nursing program is set to start this fall, however I will be having a baby this summer in June. I was considering pushing back starting it a semester so that baby would be older and assuming it would be easier to handle everything. I also have a 4 year old who will be 5 this year.
    However, my program does not run during summer and if I start 1 semester later I will have 2 summer breaks instead of one until I can graduate/test for NCLEX. If I start this fall, I'm done in May 2015 and if I start Jan '14 then I'll be done in December 2015. It wouldn't be such a big deal if I didn't want a new job ASAP! I know I can work as a nurses aid after one semester of school, but roughly how much do they make? I support our entire family with my current job.

    Should I take the time off to get a better start and spend more time with baby? I know GPA isn't the most important thing in nursing school but I hear each semester builds on the last.
    I have asked friends and family and they all give me conflicting opinions, so I really need some advice!! Thank you so much for reading!
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  3. by   rnmama999
    As an RN and also a mother, I believe that babies need their mother. Once you start school you may not have enough time to care for your little ones. Push nursing school a year or two if you can. The job market for new grads is terrible right now and I still know classmates from my graduating class of 2008 that still cannot find a job. Best of luck to you and your family!
  4. by   Philly_LPN_Girl
    I think you should do what is best for you but I will tell you this, a new baby and nursing school can be done Ive seen plenty of women who were pregnant in nursing school, had their baby, and went right back to school within a few days and still graduated. Although my daughter was 6 months when I started my nursing program last Sept Ive done well in my courses and still am. Besides, everyones situation is different I dont work. Good Luck