Hi Blue Cat, I'm a CST and am anxiously looking forward to the end of my third semester of nursing school in a few weeks. Originally I didn't think that scrubbing for the last five years was going to be particularly helpful in nursing school, but I was surprised to find out I was wrong. You have so many skills that will translate to your new role as a nursing student.
You are comfortable in a medical setting and that is huge. After spending hours at a time across an OR table, you talk with doctors, PAs and NPs with ease, feel comfortable asking questions and know the appropriate time to do so. You're able to read body language and the vibe in a room; you know when there is a concern or things are going downhill. You've undoubtedly talked to patients either in a holding area or in the room before they go to sleep and you're able to comfort them and tell them the whole team is there to take care of them and keep them safe. You are so far ahead with medical terminology
; other students in class are going to be behind you when listening to regular conversation because almost every conversation is going to have medical terminology that isn't second nature to them yet. When everyone is super nervous about drawing up meds and handling hypos, you're going to make it look easy. And just wait for the labs that have some sort of sterile techniqe involved, everyone will be looking to you. Seriously, even if you don't put in foleys as a CST, how many hundreds or thousands have you watched? You can do one in your sleep. Did you know they use the same dressings we use in the OR during their bedside dressing changes? When you volunteer to get the 4x8s, telfas, tegas, vac dressings etc, your nurse is going to be so impressed that you'll be assisting before anyone else.
I know these things won't make lunches for you or do the laundry, but they will make it easier for you to transition and being a single mom, you already have the prioritization skills working. I know right now you're wondering how you will be able to do it all, but you're going to get into a routine and I promise you the time is going to fly by. Congratulations on starting nursing school, you got this girl!