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Hello everyone!

I'm new here!  I am currently working in the finance industry and hold a Bachelor's and an Associate's in Criminal Justice/Psychology.  Way back when, when I first began college I was a pre-nursing major.  I had a few friends in grades above me get rejected from the nursing program (I was at Virginia Commonwealth University at the time) and self-doubt got the best of me and I decided to change my major instead of trying to get into the program.

Now, 10 years later, I am unhappy in my career and with my chosen degree choices.  I always come back to the "what-if" of nursing school.  I truly wanted to become a nurse and I believe I am in a place now where I can do that.

I am about to turn 30 and have a 10 month old son and another baby on the way.  My husband is in the military and we've made the choice that I should move home with my parents so that I can have a stable environment to go to school and I can have a consistent support system and help with our kids as I take on this adventure of going back to school.

I feel very confident in my choice but I often wonder, what if I go back and retake all of these courses (the nursing programs I've looked at require a certain time frame for many of the classes that I've already taken, and I don't fall within it) and I still do not get in.  I won't have the luxury to just pick up and move to another state just so I can get into a program.

I feel like I am lucky that I am moving back to the area that I am (Hampton Roads, VA) as I will have 3 local choices that I know of for nursing programs.  Ultimately, my goal is to obtain my Master's in Midwifery and there is also a program for that at the local University as well.

I have big aspirations.  I just hope I'm not taking on too much.  I'm nervous.  Sorry for rambling but I felt the need to reach out to see if anyone had the same doubts!

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My situation is similar, I was actually in nursing school about 11 years ago, I ended up failing (by 2points) in my third semester and at that point, I just gave up rather than trying to retake that class over again. I went on and got a bachelors and master degree in different fields, but haven't continued working in those fields. One of the things that was consistent while I was in nursing school and after was wanting to work with kids. Recently a boy I'm a caregiver for started having increasing health concerns, which got me thinking about nursing school again. When we had to take him to the children's hospital for a possible reaction to new meds, I found myself sad that he might be sick/hurting, but excited to go to the hospital because I had always wanted to work in the hospital. This was my reminder that this has always been something I was interested in and I decided I should just go for it. As much as I was dealing with a lot in my personal life in nursing school the first time and feel like things are much better now. I do worry about being successful. I can definitely relate to your concerns. 

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