Need advice

  1. I know the answer to my dilemna, I just need validation. I graduated from a known to be over-the-top difficult (by comparison) ADN program in May. I started taking an online Critical thinking class in August, which I finished this week. I planned to start a Bachelor's program in the Spring because I thought it would be a good thing. Now, I'm tired. I work 2 jobs, a total of 52+ hours a week. I need to study more to become the best DOU/Tele nurse I can be. My youngest ( a girl whose dad walked out 4 years ago before I even started nursing school) is a smart young lady, well-adjusted in spite of it all and developing boobs all of a sudden. I don't need a Bachelor's degree right? I plan to quit one of my jobs in January--the one I've been at too long-- and keep my real nursing job (DOU/Tele) that I started 2 months ago. I'll pick up some per diem infusion nursing work for a little extra money but with less required hours. What does anyone think? Some people keep saying I need to go get my BSN. Why? If not BSN, how about CCRN? What is that like?
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  3. by   Daytonite
    I say, take care of your daughter first. The only thing the BSN is going to do for you is shoot you up into a management position. You need time to hone your skills as a new RN. You'll have plenty of time to get the bachelor's degree later. You can always start picking up a class here and there rather than going back to school full time right now. You're in So. Calif. You'll never want for a job!
  4. by   metalmom
    Thank you Daytonite. That's exactly what I wanted to hear.
  5. by   traumaRUs
    I totally agree - your daughter will only be home so long and needs Mom right now. BSN and CCRN can be done later.
  6. by   mom23RN
    Quote from traumaRUs
    I totally agree - your daughter will only be home so long and needs Mom right now. BSN and CCRN can be done later.
  7. by   llg
    There is nothing wrong with waiting a little while before returning to school. In fact, it sounds like waiting may be the best thing for you and your family right now.
  8. by   rnin02
    Just to agree with everyone else, take a break! School isn't going anywhere, take your time.
  9. by   moongirl
    Children grow too fast. One minute they are 2, then next 16. enjoy her while you have her. The degree will be there later
  10. by   wildmountainchild
    The lone voice of dissent. Someone had to do it.

    I say get the BSN. There are acclerated programs out there for people who already have the ASN. If your daughter is getting boobs then she is old enough to see mommy work for a difficult yet attainalble goal. Nothing teaches the value of hard work like, well, hard work.

    Education is so important for women. It alows us to be free to lead our own lives and not rely on men. I would want my daughter to see that I value education. I just think it will be harder and harder to go back. There will always be reasons to put it off for "one more year."

    When I was growing up my father finished his degree and followed his dream (artist). I was (and am) so proud of him for taking that leap, scary as it was, and teaching by example that studying and good grades were important.

    Just my opinion though. In the end only you know what is best for your family.
  11. by   BrnEyedGirl
    Stay home w/you daughter,..she needs you,..especially now that she has boobs!!! BTW mine just got out of the shower one day w/breasts and pubic hair,..I swear they weren't there the day before,....isn't it amazing how fast they grow,..even when your in school and not watching!!! Stay home for now,..she and her breasts need their Mommy!!!

    Merrry Christmas!!!
  12. by   metalmom
    Thanks all. Good points indeedy. We will take it one day at a time. I think I want to take some cardiac nursing classes that aren't so demanding on our time. It will set a good example for my daughter while enriching my cardiac nursing career.
    Merry Christmas to all. I'm working on Christmas day but my daughter is in good hands with her older brothers, their dad and stepmom and the rest of my family. I will hook up with them p 1930. My poor cardiac patients will need me more, I suppose.