What are you sacrificing to go nursing school? - page 4
I'm selling my house, all of my furniture, quit my job, moving out of a state where I have lived for 11 years, and moving as an adult with a baby back in with my Dad who is my sole supporter. ... Read More
Dec 27, '06Joined: Dec '06; Posts: 1,379; Likes: 2,141I am sacrificing a very well paying job (50K a year) with great benefits to go to nursing school full time. Although I am going on an educational leave, I have to adjust to the loss of income. I am also a single mother of a 10 year old son. I have decided to let him live with his dad fulltime for the first semester to see how things go.
I have been doing a lot of prayer, asking God to lead me in the right direction. I am giving up a career I have worked hard at for the last 13 years to accomodate the lifestyle I am accustomed to.
I am hoping it is all worth it in the end.
Dec 27, '06Occupation: RN Specialty: 4 year(s) of experience in Medical-Surgical, Hemodialysis ; From: US ; Joined: Apr '06; Posts: 331; Likes: 89Darn it someone already said that they're sacrificing their sanity. :chuckle
I have no problem sacrificing everything, but I do feel guilty for asking my family to sacrifice. Granted my daughters are young and don't realize that other families go to movies, buy non-generic groceries, and take vacations, but I still feel guilty. I do know that this long and winding road journey that I'm on will pay off in the end and that somehow makes this quest bearable.
Dec 27, '06Occupation: Clerical Asst Joined: Jun '06; Posts: 313; Likes: 33i'm not sacrificing nearly as much as most other people on this thread, but to me it still seems like a lot. i'm giving up my independence by moving back in with my mom (but i know i'm so, so lucky that she's letting me live with her while i go to school) & i'm giving up spending as much as i'd like to... i'm saving, saving, saving up money for school so that i can quit working full time & concentrate on nursing school 100% of the time.
Dec 27, '06Specialty: Clinicals ; Joined: May '06; Posts: 222; Likes: 40I am sacrificing my love life and like so many other people, my sanity. I can't maintain a healthy relationship because I am insane. And to think, I haven't even began my program yet.:uhoh21:
Dec 27, '06Occupation: SICU Nurse Joined: May '06; Posts: 120; Likes: 17Quote from dijmartI have one semester left! hhhmmm, let me reflect...
1) no wrinkles or grey hairs 3 yrs. ago, but now STRESS is marching across my face & i've started to highlight my hair to hide the grey's!
2) not much time for family or friends, so i have lost some (friends) along the way. my husband has threatened divorce a few times, if he didn't get "some" attention!
3) my once firm butt is gone, now replaced w/ a coach potato butt from all the studying.:chuckle
4) my sanity, at times.
5) and of course, time & money!
I guess nothing alittle botox, haircolor, marriage counseling, & loans can't fix!
Dec 27, '06Joined: Oct '06; Posts: 10I loved all your answers!
This is what I am sacrificing:
a) No more teaching children in the church, I had to resign also from helping with retirements or Bible summer school.
b) No more homemade Mexican desserts or cooking that requires long time; hot dogs, canned soup and frozen taquitos are the menu when tests are on the way!
c) No more "Friday Night-Out" for my husband and me, though we try to go out at least once every month! (otherwise I will also need counseling as djmart )
d) No more "out of the sudden" weekends trips to the beach. the last two we did I had to take my books with me! (studying on the beach was good though!)
e) No more shooping sprees; there is no time and no money left after paying for books and classes!
f) No more gym, walking in the morning with friends, or making appointments to cut my hair.
g) No more handcrafts; I used to make special presents for all my children's teachers; to give to my students in the church, and for my friends.
h) Forget about volunteering in my children's schools or classrooms; no more involvement making games or events, no more helping in the Fair Book or Santa's Store....
i) No more long vacations in Mexico to visit my family ( I have not gone to Mexico since I began my pre-requisits)
However, as others have said, I now do my homework with my daughters; my son and husband are very proud of me. My family and in-laws thought that I was crazy, yet, a few months ago some of them have returned to school as well.
We now enjoy every little moment we can share; we have learn to look for sales and mail rebates. We no longer go to eat out every weekend, but my husband cooks in the grill outside every saturday and that is a new tradition.
As for the weight and my hair, I finally decided to eat more carefully (no more quick-food), and I had an appointment to fix my hair two weeks ago. I have promised myself to lose weight and take care of myself. My husband is my best support, so he deserves a wife that keeps herself in shape as well as the grades in the school.
Yet, I know is for the best!!!:redpinkhe
Dec 27, '06Joined: Mar '06; Posts: 3I am sacraficing time with my family alot. however, xmas break allowed us to really catch up and all i have left is 7 more months and i will finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. it will be worth it.
Dec 31, '06Occupation: Student at Ivy Tech; Taking pre-requisite courses for AS Nursing Program; Goals involve obtaining my BSN From: US ; Joined: Sep '06; Posts: 55Quote from Epona:yeahthat: and then some!Dijmart! I am a patient, I already know a decent amount about medicine, I am detailed, and organized. I write and speak fairly well. As a patient, I feel I can really relate to my patients. I also got VERY ILL a few years ago and ended up on life-support. It took me three years to recover from the illness...but came back a fighter. I hope to inspire hope in the lives I touch as a nurse.
No serious illness requiring life support here, but I've had enough surgical and other related diagnostic procedures to make a person's head spin. I'm a true professional patient like you and feel that I have a ton of life experiences to bring to the profession.
Good luck to everyone with their nursing career endeavors!
Jan 2, '07Occupation: Student/mother/wife! Joined: Jul '04; Posts: 816; Likes: 67A journal is an excellent idea. I have an online blog where I post about clinical, lecture, skills, test etc.. It's mainly for me, a diary of sorts I'll have forever, but the public can read it also. If you want to check it out it's: My Journey as a Student Nurse
As far as sacrifices...I've sacrificed spending time with friends, family, taking care of my home like I'd want, eating right, getting enough sleep and on and on...BUT I keep telling myself...it will be worth it in the end...and it will!
Jan 6, '07Occupation: Bodily injury examiner Joined: Dec '06; Posts: 40; Likes: 3among other things I am sacrificing ( time w/ my son and husband, a good paying job, friends ect,) I feel the same way as daughterofruth, I would not be able to live w/ the "what if"
Jan 10, '07Occupation: Sattelite Systems Engineer Joined: Nov '06; Posts: 24; Likes: 1We just paid off all our bills so I am quitting my good paying job to take a night job (full time) as a telemetry tech (more than halved my pay).
The biggest think I am sacrificing is SLEEP.
Jan 11, '07Joined: Jan '07; Posts: 58I'm so thankful someone came up with this because I feel I'm temporarily sacrificing my entire life to go to school as this has always been my dream.I'm giving up my new home and newly found independence after only a year of being on my own.I'm putting my wedding on hold for a few more years and my fiance and myself are moving in with grandpa(my grandparents raised me)who happens to be the biggest critic I know.I'm selling most of my possessions, giving up my dogs(which I consider my children)and adding more debt to my existing load to pay for school.I sold my car and lost my CNA job due to scheduling conflicts interfering with school; leaving my fiance to cover all the bills including paying for most of my education.To top it off I recently lost my grandma who was very dear to me and considered her as my mother and am recovering from an accident related injury.It has been a very long hard road to finally begin persuing my dreams and I realize that this will be one of the best experiences of my life.I am very sad from all the sacrifices that have had to be made but very excited at the same time.So to anyone who feels that there are too many obstacles standing between and your dreams,don't give up for your time will come sooner than you may think!!!!!