What are you sacrificing to go nursing school?

  1. I'm selling my house, all of my furniture, quit my job, moving out of a state where I have lived for 11 years, and moving as an adult with a baby back in with my Dad who is my sole supporter.

    I've been making notes of all of the nuttiness in my journal for my daughter...so she can know when she gets older that I did it all for her
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  3. by   BlessedMom
    Just time and money...I just wanted to reply to you that you are doing wonderful things. You should be so proud. What a great role model of hard work you will be for your daughter
  4. by   np_wannabe
    Quote from BSNtobe2009
    I'm selling my house, all of my furniture, quit my job, moving out of a state where I have lived for 11 years, and moving as an adult with a baby back in with my Dad who is my sole supporter.

    I've been making notes of all of the nuttiness in my journal for my daughter...so she can know when she gets older that I did it all for her


    Holy Cr@p!! You go girl!!! :bowingpur
  5. by   WDWpixieRN
    Congrats...tough decisions, hopefully positive outcomes!

    Please keep in mind (and take this positively, please), that you're also doing this for YOU....I'm sure you didn't mean to sound somewhat martyr-ish, but your child also needs to know how important it is that you're doing something that will make you happy and fulfilled in the long run, as well as providing a living for the both of you!!

    And my sacrifice is an economical one as I left a very well-paying job that allowed me to do things financially for my kids that my husband won't or can't necessarily do....that was a tough decision to make...but at 50, I too, will need to be able to provide for myself in to my old age!!!
  6. by   WickedRedRN
    I sacrificed time and money as well. My family also sacrificed things and time with Mom. There have been times in this journey that I seriously questioned the rationality of the decision to leave a well paid job to follow this dream. But here we are at the end of the 1st stage of the journey, and the worst is behind us. Hindsight tells us it was a wise choice, just at the time it wasn't so easy to see the payoff. Our daughter is 6, she is really proud of her Mom, and I hope that the struggles we made to get here is something she doesn't recall as much.

    BSN2B...you are doing great things for your family! There will be times you wonder just why you are doing it. Just remember, it is YOUR gratification in what you do that makes it all worthwhile. Congrats!!! You will not regret this.
  7. by   BeccaznRN
    I was living in southern California at the time I was accepted to nursing school. I left behind my significant other, my job (although not some great-paying one by any means), my apartment, and everything else I knew about my life at the time in order to come back to St. Louis, live with my parents, and attend nursing school. I'll say this, for those first few months I was so dang depressed and just swimming in the work that I couldn't help but think "what in the world have I gotten myself into?" Thankfully, I stuck with it and I'm graduating next Saturday!:roll

    It goes by fast, people. And I think we'll all find it's well worth any sacrifice (or at least I'm hoping so)! Hang in there!
  8. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from BSNtobe2009
    I'm selling my house, all of my furniture, quit my job, moving out of a state where I have lived for 11 years, and moving as an adult with a baby back in with my Dad who is my sole supporter.

    I've been making notes of all of the nuttiness in my journal for my daughter...so she can know when she gets older that I did it all for her
    Right now I sacrifice a perfectly clean house and perfectly groomed yard with beautiful flowers planted etc, the neighbors are worried.... our house may turn into a slum house and drag their property value down ....I don't have too much time to volunteer at my son's school, however, I managed to bake cookies for the PTA bake sale last month. I wished I had more time for Boy Scout stuff, I would like to take leadership courses and perfect my skills in archery and continue my lessons which I interrupted at the beginning of the semester. I also had to miss the opportunity to chaparone at my son's last field trip. I don't get to hang out with friends as much and my gym sessions aren't as satisfying. I know it is nothing compare to your sacrifice, mine are just piddely things but I understand sacrifice and have done much in the past when I was a single parent with my first son what seems "eons" ago. I'd also like to have more time for sewing class and spend more time crocheting and knitting.....it will all come back though. this is only temporary and NO our house will not turn into a slum house, it's just not as pretty as usual My school has priority right now.
    You are trying to better your life and you deserve lots of respect. Things are only things...you can get everything back later and some more! Good luck to you.
    Last edit by stpauligirl on Dec 4, '06
  9. by   BSNtobe2009
    Quote from BlessedMom
    Just time and money...I just wanted to reply to you that you are doing wonderful things. You should be so proud. What a great role model of hard work you will be for your daughter
    Ok, you and NP wannabe are going to make me cry!

    I just figured I wasn't alone, and wanted to start a thread to give others the opportunity to tell their stories
  10. by   RN1263
    I have one semester left! hhhmmm, let me reflect...

    1) no wrinkles or grey hairs 3 yrs. ago, but now STRESS is marching across my face & i've started to highlight my hair to hide the grey's!

    2) not much time for family or friends, so i have lost some (friends) along the way. my husband has threatened divorce a few times, if he didn't get "some" attention!

    3) my once firm butt is gone, now replaced w/ a coach potato butt from all the studying.:chuckle

    4) my sanity, at times.

    5) and of course, time & money!

    I guess nothing alittle botox, haircolor, marriage counseling, & loans can't fix!
  11. by   Dreamer-RN
    You are not alone! I have decided to sacrifice a high paying management job with a reputable company and good benefits. Many people think I am crazy to do that, especially my in-laws. I have thought long and hard with making this decision (over the past four years). I have sold my home in Virginia. My husband and I have delayed having children until I am done with school (will take about three years to complete BSN/MSN).

    Overall, I believe it is worth it. I have to admit it is scary to take such a risk because one do not know what will happen in the future. However, I know I am making the right career move and believe things will work out in the end. My husband has been a great support and appreciate what he has done and will do in order to support my new career goals.

    Best wishes to everyone in their journey!
  12. by   timinchrist
    I have chosen to remain single and stay out any kind of relationship until I finish the nursing program.
  13. by   smattles1of2
    I have to put my kids in daycare, so I guess i'm sacrificing my time with them. But it's just for 16 months, so hopefully they won't hate me too much!
  14. by   Epona
    dijmart! you make me laugh!!

    i start bsn school in jan. i have had to do a lot of soul searching on my journey. i went to college and got degrees in biology, pre med and broadcasting. i had hoped to be someone like oprah one day with my tv work... touch people's lives, educate them, inspire them and so forth. tv runs in my family. dad had worked with some big names back in the 1960's... the rolling stones, pres. nixon and on. i was good in broadcasting, and had done a mariott of broadcasting work.. from radio news host to newspaper writer to tv producer as side jobs, but was never given a break to be a full time reporter. i tried for many years and always took the "shlepper" jobs at the media outlets to work my way up... but was never given a shot. i had scheduled meetings with the news directors and publishers and got no where. it has been a very long road for me. i have been trying to make a living at this for over 10 years. so at 34 and only making $10 an hour, part time... this was no future. i recently worked at a local tv station in a fairly large market and saw the "big dogs".. the anchors on a regular basis. i think it was worse knowing i could do it and being around them and never given any chance to try. so i prayed a lot and said "ok god... where am i going??? guide me. i asked what am i doing. how can i impact people, help them, educate them?? i want to make a positive difference!" i really liked the tv field, and had hoped to impact viewers in a postive way. i finally realized, this was not going to happen. that hit me like a ton of bricks. i had run into so many brick walls. i had tried for over 10 years to make it and here i was. no where. so... my sacrifice, i guess if you want to call it that, was leaving one dream behind to start another. i shed many a tear and found myself running into church on a regular basis. there is an expression i have heard "when you are down on your knees, isn't that the best time to pray?" i guess i felt like i really could have done it, but no breaks and no one cared. who was i?? no one who needed to care, cared. they could not see that i wanted to make a positive difference. oprah is one of my heros.

    i had always loved the field of medicine (hence the two degrees in school and had planned on being a doc., but went the route of tv which my mom said i was nuts seeing what dad had gone through). so after lots of prayers, tears, deep thinking and talking with my family and my own doctors (i am a heart patient).. i am venturing into the world of nursing. i have this feeling that i will be great at it. i am a patient, i already know a decent amount about medicine, i am detailed, and organized. with my prior broadcasting skills, i write and speak fairly well. as a patient, i feel i can really relate to my patients. i also got very ill a few years ago and ended up on life-support. it took me three years to recover from the illness. i lost everything, i mean everything... both jobs, house, etc. but came back a fighter. i hope to inspire hope in the lives i touch as a nurse. as a heart patient, i have already done some pr work for the american heart assocaition using my skills in broadcasting. i will incorporate all of my broadcasting skills into my new field as a nurse. in fact, i have already been approached by them to work as a lobbying activist once i become an rn. see! i was not able to be an oprah, but i can use my new skills to be an oprah for the betterment of my patients and the nursing profession. who knows what the future holds, but it looks bright!!

    one door closes and another opens.. :angel2:

    wish me luck!! e


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