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I need advice on if I should continue on for nursing. I feel really burned out and stressed I had a really bad semester last Fall. My mom was sick with cancer and I had to take care of her and drive her around to see doctors and go out of town very often. I failed two classes Fall semester and am on probation for Scholarship I have this semester to bring it up. I am also at risk for losing my early admission nursing spot. I have been struggling and I don’t know if I want to do nursing anymore. But with my mom situation she probably will freak out if she learns I am doing so bad. I don’t want to disappoint her but I just feel nursing is really difficult and I feel depressed. If I switch majors would medical laboratory sciences be good by any chance? Or dental hygienist or should I tough it out. I don’t know what to do anymore I am struggling with nursing prereqs , have work, and have to take care of my mom. Please give advice on how I should manage my time I need to pull it together this semester. 

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Frankly, I think this is a particularly bad time to be making such a weighty decision, given the stress that you're under with your mom's illness.

What might be best would be to take a leave of absence to focus on your priorities (which I can't imagine would include school at the moment).

It's impossible to tell you how to manage your time without really knowing you. One thing that would apply generally, though, is to find ways to capture small bits of study time. Flash cards for use while standing in line or waiting for class to start, for example, or making audio review files that you can use while driving.

And focus on making each moment count... either in passing time with your mom and caring for her or in doing school activities. Everything else should fall away. Seek to make every minute count.

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It sounds as if you're not in actual nursing school, but taking prerequisites?   I would suggest stepping away - whether that means a leave of absence or just taking a break w/ o an official leave of absence.

Nursing school will always be there.  You can reapply and get in when things are more settled

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I agree with what the following users suggested.  Take some time for yourself and caring for your mom.  The right time will come for nursing school.  I was in the exact same position last year, my mom just passed away of cancer last June.  And I just applied for nursing school this year!  So your time will come, just be very very patient.  Trust me.  Good luck and I wish your mom the best health!

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You have a lot on your plate. Nursing school requires a lot and based on what you're going through, you may not be in the right space to be successful in it. As previous posters mentioned, nursing school will always be there. I think that if you are currently struggling with your prereqs, nursing school will be too much at the moment.  Take this time for yourself and get back into things when you're ready.  It takes a lot to recognize the need to step back.  Don't be too hard on yourself!

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Also, if you're questioning lab, or dental hygiene, take the time off to decide if nursing is really the one you want to do.  All 3 are cool in their own ways and all 3 can make great money.  I'd figure out the one that you like best.  Maybe see if all 3 will let you shadow and get an idea of the real world of each, because all of them have a very glamorized public perception of what the jobs are.

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