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Study Tips from an adult re-entry student nurse. With five kids. And a husband also in school. And we have a dog. And a guinea pig and a hamster. Read: we are busy people, ain't nobody got time for... Read More

  1. by   rac1
    Quote from AdaKate
    I know this is over 6 months old, but I wanted to ask how you manage mothering 5 plus nursing school? I am about to apply for an ADN program and I'm an Army wife and mother of 4! I know it will all be worth it, but I want to do it with as much grace and intentionality as possible!!
    Hi!
    I don't know if anyone with five kids knows how exactly they manage that life and nursing school - but you kind of just plod along and moving forward as you do.

    I think it depends a lot on the ages. When I started they were 6-15. My husband and I have always been pretty proactive about chores and manners and hard work so the kids have always been part of cooking and cleaning. They also understand what "quiet time" is - because I always had a quiet time during the day. So I think for me, I had a lot of things already in place that helped me to be successful at school as well as them to be successful at moving forward during the day without me right by their side for every little thing. My program was also a weekend program so I was available Mon-Thursday to take them to school and pick them up. Friday, Saturday or sometimes Friday, Sunday, or sometimes Friday-Sunday were school days and I was usually gone all day long. My husband stepped in on those days.

    One huge help in gearing up is to purge your house. If you're not super organized, or have just fallen behind on getting rid of old clothes (yours and everyone else), old cups, pots and pans, paperwork, furniture, garage messes, etc....just do all that now. Purge, purge....your time gets away from you and you will choose family time over cleaning and purging on most occasions. So try to go through each room of your house with a fine-tooth comb right now. Another way to organize before you begin is to menu plan. If you can shop Walmart grocery pickup, start now, and add your most common items to your favorites list and plan to simplify what you eat by using instant pot or slow cook recipes a lot more. I also made sure that I studied after kids went to school, and when they got home I spent time with them, spent time cooking good food, and then studied again after they went to bed so that they had plenty of time with me and I wasn't checked out totally.

    Bottom line? Get super organized right now! You really can't over-organize yourself and your house, and household routines! Get your kids involved, even 2 year olds can start to understand how to get rid of toys they never play with, how to clean up after themselves etc. Make sure you have good morning and bedtime routines in place now, and if you don't, implement them.

    Good luck to you!!
  2. by   Nawkole
    Thanks! I definitely needed this!
  3. by   yshiff
    Hi. I'm starting a nursing program in a few weeks, re-inventing myself so to speak. Would mind elaborating on your strategy of NCLEX practice questions? Where can we find such practive questions? Are they arranged by topic, i.e. are there questions specific to Nursing I, or must one rifle through a whole test to find the relevant questions?

    Thanks for the help.
  4. by   rac1
    Quote from yshiff
    Hi. I'm starting a nursing program in a few weeks, re-inventing myself so to speak. Would mind elaborating on your strategy of NCLEX practice questions? Where can we find such practive questions? Are they arranged by topic, i.e. are there questions specific to Nursing I, or must one rifle through a whole test to find the relevant questions?

    Thanks for the help.
    Look up some nursing apps for your phone NCLEX-RN is a good one, not expensive, and really worth it. All the "Success" books will provide NCLEX style questions too. So look for "Fundamentals Success," to start. Or just do a simple google search.
  5. by   NuggetsHuman
    Thanks so much for this article.

    I'm working full time in a job where I just got a promotion to reflect the massive growth we've experienced and are about to experience again, managing our medication assisted treatment program in a primary care setting. Crazy busy job. And because I'm a little nuts, I'm keeping about 3-5 psychotherapy clients in the group practice that's been my side gig.

    It's nice to know I'm thinking in a helpful direction with NCLEX "question of the day" apps on my phone. I spend a fair bit of time commuting on the bus. Unfortunately I can't read books without getting car sick, but most of the time I can read in small bursts off my phone.

    Starting my first semester in three weeks, and I really appreciate the suggestion to purge and organize as much as possible now. I know I'd do well to get a bunch of meals made and stashed in the freezer, clean out the Closet of Doom, etc. Just reaffirming my commitment to do so after reading this!

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