After divorcing in 2000, I realized that I needed to finish my degree to be better able to support my 2 children. They were 1 and 3. I was working 30 hours a week, and started back by finishing up a few prerequisites. In Jan 2001, I started my nursing courses. While still working 30 hrs a week, I attended nursing classes & clinicals, averaging about 18-20 hrs a week. Somehow I still managed time with my boys. I graduated in December 2003, near the top of my class, and VP of the Student Nurse Association. I had also tutored other students in math, and worked a few hours a week in our skills lab.
A word to the wise... get to know the people in your financial aid office. They were constantly calling me with new scholarships & grants available for single parents in Nursing school. I couldn't have done it without them, and my Step-Mother, who helped with my kids.
After 4 1/2 years as a Registered Nurse, I look back at that time, still amazed that I pulled it off, and retained my sanity to boot! Keep your chins up, ladies. Determination, and love for your children will help you through this. IT CAN BE DONE!!!
GOOD LUCK, LADIES!!!