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  1. I don't think you fully understand what I typed. I work BECAUSE stay-at-home mom is not a paying job. The reason I'm going back to school is so that I can BETTER support my family, just as I have for the past five years. And just because we live with my parents right now does not mean I'm not paying them for it. That is not leeching. Not everyone has the same life situation as you. Putting others down is not 'giving advice'.
  2. My situation is a little unique, but I would appreciate any advice while I try to decide between a rock and a hard place here. I am an RN-BSN in North Carolina. I have 3 years experience, 1 in ICU and 2 on a step-down. I am currently enrolled as a post-bacc grad student and just started classes on Monday that are pre-reqs for PA school that I did not do for nursing school. I struggled with the decision to do NP or PA, because I already have everything I need for NP, but have been unable to get into a program as of yet. My GPA is a 4.0. The average candidate has 7 years experience, which is not something I can get any faster. In order for me to complete all the pre-reqs I need for 7 out of the 12 PA schools here in NC, I'll need to do 2 classes per semester for the next 3 semesters (Chemistry and upper level Biology classes). I am currently PRN working every other Saturday, hoping to switch to days so I can work more with school Mon-Fri. We are essentially broke. Financially, we are both in university, living in my parents guest house, have one car, and i have medical bills and grad school to pay for. My husband is currently looking for part-time work while he finishes his Chemistry degree. The dilemma here is that my husband and I (25 and 23) want to start a family. I was diagnosed with endometriosis in August and had two endometriomas, one tumor, and my right ovary removed in September. My GYN said the endo was going to come back and in his opinion, it was going to go straight for my only healthy ovary I have left and recommended I get pregnant ASAP. I go back to the doctor next week, hopefully to see if I have anymore endometriomas growing. I want to try to have children now while my ovary is still healthy, as I will probably end up with no ovaries in the next 2 years. Though I really would prefer to do PA (I'm really enjoying the chem and bio classes), I am unsure as to whether I can be unemployed for PA school for 2 years and fund both grad school and a toddler. So my brain tells me to quit school now because I already have everything I need for NP school, work full time as a nurse until I get into NP school, then work part time in school. But that would require being admitted into an NP program and giving up on PA. I've discussed this heavily with my husband. He wants me to do what I feel is best. Right now with such little income, it's hard to make ends meet. If I get pregnant, we'll need to get a different car, health insurance for a baby, a bigger house, etc. I want to keep pursing PA school, but financially find it difficult. And I wouldn't mind NP, but can't seem to get into a school because I don't have a decade of experience like everyone else trying to get out of the bedside. Honestly, I feel like my purpose in life is to be a mom, and I want it more than anything. But stay-at-home-mom jobs can't pay the bills when it's a fat chance that hubby will be able to do it all for us. And I DO NOT want to be a bedside nurse for the rest of my life. Basically my question here is, if you were in my shoes, what would you do?
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