Quote from LogCabinMom
in a way I feel as if this is a now-or-never kind of thing.
o.k. let's look at this positively
first off, there are plenty of part time, half time, three-quarter time positions available. You will be a nurse, and nurses are in demand. I have a friend who works three 8-hour shift, 3-11 per week. She gets full benefits including insurance, 401k, etc. AND works at a magnet hospital no less. She makes about $32/hour, after getting her degree two years ago. The 3-11 shift would be very doable, as you could get some after school care from high schoolers or other moms.
second, as far as feeling that biological clock ticking (but now it's ticking because of career, not babies LOL), I went back to full time school last year and I'm 46. So, hey! at 38, you're still young.
Third, look at the tremendous benefit that your family will incur from you going back to school. a) your children will get a first hand demonstration of the importance of a good education. b) your children will see you studying and putting education as a priority c) your children will become more independent and self-reliant d) your children will see caring for others modeled in a very personal way.
So. I had to work through the same fears and feelings. I'm watching my kids closely (age 11 and 14, just entering the minefield as far as choices that lead to permanent effects) and I'm not taking any of the time I spend with them for granted. You and your husband will have to decide whether or not you should push on...but this won't be forever. Soon you'll be out of school and working. Ask yourself, in 3 years, will I think it was worth it?
"Wrong decisions reveal themselves in time and corrections can be made."