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by Frozen08 Frozen08 (Member)

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So my wife is applying to several accelerated BSN programs, but she/we has the baby fever bad!

We are both concerned about how school admissions committees will view this though; will they see it as a strength or a liability?

Does anyone have any experience with being pregnant/having a newborn when you applied to schools?

We have a very strong and wide support system, so we are not overly concerned about it affecting her education (please you don't need to tell me how hard it is, we understand the strain.)

Thank you for your imput

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They usually don't really consider it a liability from what I've seen. One of my friends was 6 months pregnant when she started. They'll want information like how far along she is so they can figure out things like clinicals but it honestly shouldn't matter.

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CrunchyMama works as a RN!.

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I don't think they can legally discriminate against it. It's not their business. Good luck!

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JROregon has 5 years experience and works as a Nurse.

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We have physical requirements of being able to lift a minimum amount and be on our feet most of the day. If your wife has a very easy pregnancy and delivery, she should be capable of doing the class and clinicals. Emotionally, I'm not sure how a mom is able to leave her newborn to go off to clinicals but people do it all the time for their jobs that are 40 hours a week. If you do a search on babies/pregnancy and nursing school, I'm sure you'll find success stories.

Has your wife already been successful in her pre-requisites like anatomy & physiology, microbiology and chemistry? If so, I see no reason for big problems. The accelerated programs are pretty time intensive. I also hear that newborns are pretty time intensive, especially in the middle of the night.

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I'm currently enrolled in my second year in an ASN program. I just recently found out I was pregnant. My husband and I are both happy, but I was very worried about how it would go over with the nursing program. When I talked to the head of our program she made it seem to me that I shouldn't have any problems. I can continue clinicals as long as I have a note from my ob-gyn stating I am able to and also listing any restrictions that need to be placed on me. I am due a few weeks prior to the end of our spring semester. She told me that any class I had to miss for the labor is fine, I can make it up. Also if I have to miss some of my clinicals spring semester I can make them up over the summer, and still graduate as planned. (I get to walk with my class, and I recieve my diploma after I finish my clinicals. I just have to maintain my grades in lecture. I would check with programs to see what their policies are. Also you could try finding students who completed the program and were also pregnant.

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Thank you all for your "imput" (spell checker missed that one :) )

Frozen & Wife

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