To all nursing and pre-nursing students - page 2

Wow, I see so many new people around. I have not been around in a couple of weeks but I am back now. I will be starting my last semester of nursing school on Wedensday. YEAH!!!! Welcome to all the... Read More

  1. by   hafsa44
    I really feel that everyone here is and inspiration to all that think that nursing school is hard. But believe it or not it's doable.
    My name is Khadijah I'm 27 years old and I have 4 children ages 10,6,4,and 2 and I'm in my second semester of nursing school. I started from scratch. I dropped out of high school in the 10th grade and had my first child at the age of 17. I got my G.E.D. 7years ago. Just 2yrs ago I decided to go to college to do my pre-req's for nursing I had to take remedial classess because I didn't finish high school but today I have all of my pre-req's and I never fail any of my classess. I guess what I also home school my children. So for anyone who think that they can't do nursing school you can you just have to want it. Never give up on what you want in life. I hope that I along with everyone else can be and inspiration in someone's life
  2. by   NurseWeasel
    Hey if this is the "I was a teen parent" thread, I wanna join! :chuckle I had my baby at 16, between 10th & 11th grades. That fall I went to "Teen Parent School" so I could take the Wee Weasel with me and avoid daycare fees.

    I was all signed up for a BSN program when I got talked out of it by friends and family. I remember talks of bedpans, charting, and pillpassing... in a very derogatory manner. Most of that was from people who were what I thought of as "nurses" at the time. Come to find out, they were aides. Sad, ain't it?

    I switched to a business major and graduated 4 years later. I've never really used that business degree, and I've always regretted not following through with the BSN. Last year my mom told me she'd just heard about a Fast Track program for people with prior Bachelor's degrees... in our area! I got all fired up, checked my transcripts, took the classes I still needed, applied, got in, and.... here I am, less than 24 hours from my first actual nursing class.
    Last edit by NurseWeasel on Jan 18, '03
  3. by   PennyLane
    I'm so impressed by those of you who've really worked hard to get to nursing school while juggling children, work, etc! Kudos to you!

    My name is Melanie, I'm 27, and I'm finishing up my pre-reqs for an accelerated BSN program that will start in the Fall. I graduated from college in 1997 with a B.S. in Environmental Science. I've been working at a computer company for the past 2.5 years, and just decided last summer that I want to be a nurse. I've been volunteering once a week in the SICU of a nearby hospital, and I'd like to work in the ER after I graduate.
  4. by   Just Angi
    Everyone good luck to all of you!!
    Here's my story-- I'm 29 years old, working on my second marriage. I have 3 kids, two I gave birth to, one came with my husband. I dropped out of high school to get married to the 1st husband when I was 17. Dumb thing was I wasn't preg. just wanted out of the house. Got my GED when my daughter was 6 weeks old. I worked in a machine shop for the last 11 years. Started night classes to do the pre-req's and will start the ADN program in May. It's been a long time getting here, I just thank God that He got me this far, and I know He will get me the rest of the way. My kids are 14, 10, and 6. My husband and the kids are all supportive of what I am doing. That is the best part.
  5. by   RNIAM
    Congratulations to all of you who have struggled and won! Good job and may the rest of your lives be a little less bumpy.
  6. by   essarge
    I've been coming to this board now for a couple of years and everyone has been very supportive through all of my trials and tribulations.

    I am Sue, 47 years young, and a junior and a half in a BSN program. My life has taken many different paths, but I have always ended up in health care (go figure).

    This last time I started college (again) I decided that this was the "last stop" chance and I was going to finish it no matter what. Let's see....I was married with 4 step children (two teenage boys lived with us). I was "expected" to act and deal with the children like their mother because their father didn't have the time. Between this and nursing school, the people on this board were very supportive. There were a lot of people that were trying to sabotage my career choice from every angle, but I perservered. There were times when it would have been so much easier to quit and go back to bartending or waitressing, but that's not what I wanted....I wanted nursing!!

    To make a long story short, my husband left me on May 3rd of last year. The weekend before finals (pharm, micro etc) stating that he "couldn't handle it anymore" and moved directly in with a new/old girlfriend. I set my hurt and anger aside and put all of my emotions into my finals which I passed with flying colors, much to his chagrin!

    I am now half way through my junior years and have decided that these challlenges were put there for a reason. I am happily divorced, buying the house that I live in, and a nurse extern at the hospital where I work. I have met TRUE friends through this board, at school, and at work and would not change anything.

    Bless all of you that are working toward your goal. Although there will be some challenges, there will be none that you can't conquer! YOU WILL MAKE IT!!
  7. by   TheBrainMusher
    Wow, Toyna, thanks for starting this thread.

    I am a single, childless 23 y/o who is thoroughly confused with my life I have a Bachelors in Econ after starting college majoring in chemisty and wanted to be a doctor. Was looking at going to med school, but that would take me at least 6-7 years to complete b/c I would need a post-bac program and PREREQ's before med school. I don't want to do THAT much schooling.

    I had never understood what a nurse did till I researched and now I like to educate people about what a nurse, TRULY Does. I'm planning on shadowing a nurse to see if enrolling in an accelerated BSN program is for me ... I have been in the banking industry for over 3 years, this isn't for me. I have always been interested in the sciences, and I think nursing would just be amazing!

    I get overwhelmed at times, will I make enough money to pay my bills (heavy student loan debt, plus whatever nursing school debt which is so freakin' expensive!), will have I benefits, and all those other things, being the control freak that I am! But then I realize, I think I would enjoy this, the more I think about it, something inside is almost "calling" me. I can't describe it to my parents who think I've lost it for leaving the business world for nursing ... but I'm not fulfilled in my present position.

    I am now in the process of finding a different posistion that will pay me more money while I am finishing up prereq's at a local county college for nursing school. And reading these posts, just affirm what I really wanted to know ... how I felt about nursing. I have found the support in this board that will prevent me from chickening out and being miserable the rest of my life! I'd like to thank you for that! :kiss
  8. by   FullMoonMadness
    This is a good thread. Here is my chapter; I am an LPN for more years than I care to count. I am 44 yr young,a grandmother, and my husband and I are busy spending our childrens inheritance.I started my transition LPN to RN last night. It is an internet course. I will then join the traditional students for the last two semesters and will graduate in December.I have wanted to do this for so long,but many times,life happened. I myself had a recent health scare and was afraid I would not be able to attend this semester.I work on a telemetry floor in a coastal city that thrives on cardiac challenged snowbirds. I love the experience that i get at work(learn something new every day)and I love the people that I work with,but I do know that once I have My RN,I will be exploring new avenues.I am so excited to finnaly be here. I love this board. Good Luck to all and remember

    Its your time to shine so go out there and get it!
  9. by   nessa1982
    This is a great post, all your tips are really great and encouraging. All I have to say is Thank You!
  10. by   cakarol
    Thank you all for sharing your are all unique as are your lives and I am so thankful that I have been able to learn from you all since joining this board back in September when I started my LPN program.

    I boo hooed while reading many of your stories...for several reasons. I can relate to many of you being the number one. I am a single mother (23yo) to a *wonderful* 2 year old little boy. honestly, I wasn't all that thrilled about being a nurse when I started the program...but before having my son I was on a VERY bad path...not living the "healthiest" life you could say. He changed my life in the most amazing ways and i knew that i had to do SOMETHING if he and I were going to make I thought, "hey - how about nursing school" Besides keeping my son (I had planned on placing him for adoption) nursing school was the best thing I have ever *EVER* done with my life. i've grown a new respect for everyone in healthcare and a new respect for myself and fellow classmates...I *am* going to make a difference...I am going to have a wonderful career and raise my son in a loving environment...and that feels good. 3 years ago I never would have believed that I would be who I am today...
    I am going to graduate and continue on to get my BSN...I am proud of myself and I am so very proud of all of you. Thank you for continuing to inspire us...I need it can be a lonely road at times...

    lots of love and blessings,
  11. by   angeliiiz32
    Hi All, I'm a first time poster, but after reading all your stories was truly inspired. I'm 32, divorced mom of 3 and recently left an extremely abusive relationship. After breaking up with that guy, (though I can't say I'm rid of him!!!<insert eye roll here!>)I decided it was time to do something for ME. So I applied to College and to my suprise got in, and so now I'm following MY dream of becoming an RN. I wasn't sure how I'd juggle it all, but right now I'm doing my pre-req's and managing straight A's, of course I call these my "fluff" classes. Once I get into the nitty gritty I'm not sure I'll do as well, but I'm sure gonna try!!! Thanks Jenn for pointing me to these boards, I think this is gonna be a big help!!
  12. by   Love-A-Nurse
    [quote]originally posted by fullmoonmadness
    i started my transition lpn to rn last night. it is an internet course. i will then join the traditional students for the last two semesters and will graduate in december.

    how interesting, what classes do you take via the internet? december isn't far off!

    orignally posted by fullmoonmadness
    i have wanted to do this for so long,but many times,life happened. i myself had a recent health scare and was afraid i would not be able to attend this semester.i work on a telemetry floor in a coastal city that thrives on cardiac challenged snowbirds. i love the experience that i get at work(learn something new every day)and i love the people that i work with,but i do know that once i have my rn,i will be exploring new avenues.i am so excited to finnaly be here. i love this board. good luck to all and remember

    glad to hear your health has improved and all the best to you!

    its your time to shine so go out there and get it!
  13. by   MelH
    WOW!!! What a powerful post!! Congratulations and way to go on all your hard work!!! You deserve the best and thanks for the tips!!! You sound so wise!!! Good luck on all your future endeavors!!!!:kiss