maddiesmommy, the first step is getting your pre-nursing core classes out of the way. (English, Math, Anatomy, etc.) Most technical schools will allow you to do the majority of these classes online, which works with your schedule! You can also do them at your own pace and take them on any day or night you choose.
After you complete your core classes, most schools require you to take an entrance exam. (NET or NLN) Your score from the entrance exam, combined with your GPA from your core classes, determines if you enter the LPN program. Most programs are competitive, so do your best with the core classes and entrance exam to ensure your acceptance.
Once in the LPN program, your schedule is pre-set, meaning you're required to be at school during the week during certain times, and you're required to complete clinicals. I'm in the LPN program now, and my schedule is M-W 8am-3pm, with clinicals on Thurs. 7am-2pm. Next quarter, my hours change a little because of more clinical time. M-T 8am-Noon and clinicals on W-Th. 6:30am-7:00pm. Don't forget to schedule study time!
By the time you make it into the program, your kids will be a little older, and where there's a will, there's a way! LOTS of women complete the LPN program with families and work demands, it's all a matter of being creative with your family schedule.
Some schools offer part-time LPN programs as well! Granted, it takes a little longer, but that might be a good option for you too!
Good Luck, and don't worry about your shyness. Follow your dream!!! :angel2: