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Career change (to an RN) and planning motherhood


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Yes, I understand not everything turns out the way you plan and things definitely do change. But I think you should have some sort of idea of what you are going to do in the near future; Even though it may not end up that way. Honestly, having a kid is low on my priorities right now and I didn't think of it much until I actually wrote down the the years of schooling in correlation to my age - that got me thinking about it!

Getting into the program isn't a problem. I've been to college before and have all the prerequisites and electives done already and my marks are high. I just have to wait for the waitlist to wittle down. I will be volunteering at a hospital starting soon to get my foot in the health care door and to see what it's like in the hospitals. In the meantime I'm just going to continue to save like mad!

Anyways, who says you can't be a super woman? There are lots of women with kids going to school or having kids while in school and they did it. Why can't others? In my opinion they are the superwomen. You can have a career and a kid - you don't have to just pick one.

Hello, I am somewhat in your "predicament." I am, however, already an LVN. But I got married DURING my LVN program (crazy I know). I was 27 when I got married. We wanted to wait until I had an LVN job to start planning for a family...and we've been "trying" to conceive for about 6 months now. I want to go back to school to get my ADN (2 year associate's degree in nursing), but am not sure when to go back.....I was hoping I'd already be pregnant by now. Just saying you can't "plan" for things to happen, and the older you get, the harder it is to conceive. I really wish we had just tried to get pregnant like right before my nursing school was out (there were about 3-4 women in my class who were pregnant towards the end of the program). But oh well. We'll see what happens I guess!

melmarie23, MSN, RN

Specializes in L&D/Maternity nursing.

Yeah, I am currently trying to convince my husband [newly married here...since this past October] to try for a baby now, and I am right smack dab in the middle of my nursing program. We have agreed to try once I sit and pass the NCLEX next June and get a job. But the more I think about it, the more I think that its silly to try and conceive and get pregnant after being a new graduate RN hire as I would have to take maternity leave soon after.

So far my persuasion skills suck. But I totally feel you on this. My clock is ticking full force here and it does not help that all my friends are having babies left and right. I can only live vicariously through them for so long before going certifiably nuts-o in the head I think!

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