hello!! I'm hoping I have some words of wisdom for those single parents out there wondering about time management. i am a single mother of one child, a 3-year-old girl. she was born when all that I had left of nursing school was the Clinical INP (Integrated Nursing Practicum). That was 8 hours a day for 9 days. I was in labor with her on my last day of regular clinicals, but managed to get through the whole day with no problems. My instructors were nice enough for me to make up the time ahead of time. The rest of my class did their "regular" clinicals 2 days a week, I went 3 days a week. then, when she was 2 weeks old, it was time for me to do the INP. My daughter's father was in the Army National Guard at the time, and it was then that they had to do their summer 2 weeks, so he was gone, too. Fortunately, my mother and older sister were able to take some time off work to come and watch my daughter while I finished school. I won't lie, it was very exhausting, not to mention that my daughter was 3 weeks early and had a digestive problem, so I had to get up every hour and feed her 1/4 ounce of formula which she immediately vomited back up. Sound like reflux? the doctors didn't think so. anyway, I did manage to finish school and cried like achild at graduation, but it was well worth it. along the way, there have been some challenging days, but now I work full time and raise a very inquisitive child. I am looking at going to RN school now, and I think I will be able to do it, if I go part-time. those of you who are considering it, it is quite a balancing act, but just like any new thing, you get used to it. time management is something that comes naturally to me, and I think the art of multi-tasking helps greatly. Also, I think that because she is old enough to understand when I need some time, it makes things easier. study when they're sleeping, or in the tub, or staying at a friends house, or whatever. have your notes with you wherever, you may be surprised at when you'll find time to read over them. And, even if you feel like you are not learning anything, you are!! I mean, hey, did that NCLEX book make sende to anyone? Not me, but reading in it and studying it is what really helped me with the boards. Sorry, I didn't mean to ramble and spill my life story, but wanted to let you know that it can be done. Organization is the key.