I'm a week away from starting a part-time practical nursing program that I would graduate from in three years, four months. My end goal is to be a nurse practitioner. I am 39 years old, and currently a stay-at-home mom with four young children and I work part time as a ward clerk.
Here in Ontario, I would have to work for a year before applying to a RPN - to RN bridge program. I would then have to go to university for close to three years full time or five years part time to earn my BScN. After that, I would work for a year as an RN and then apply to undertake my Primary Care Nurse Practioner degree. I would be roughly 49 when done, and would have had to juggle school and raising little ones for ten years.
My other option would be to continue working part-time as a ward clerk (every other weekend) for the next three years, and take distance university courses so I could apply for a two year fast-track RN program in 4 years (my youngest would be in grade one and my oldest would be in grade 5). My hubby and I would have to scrimp and save to come up with the money for me to go to school full-time AND hire a nanny to look after the kids, and household work. Money is very tight, but basically in six years I would have my BScN and be able to bring in decent money. I'm not certain as to what to expect with my kids and going to school full-time - is it realistic to think I could still be a good, attentive mom, run a household and study full-time?
Which path would you choose to reach your destination?