Hi snowmyst. Sorry to hear about your mother passing away. Similar to your experience, after being a caregiver for my dad and grandmother, who both passed away during the past few years, I decided I wanted to become a nurse. I’m 37 years old and just got accepted into the HCC nursing program starting this fall. Personally, I will be treating nursing school as a full-time commitment, and will probably only work one day a week while in school (and hopefully more during the summer). Many people work more because they don’t really have a choice, and I know it can be done. But if you can rearrange your budget so that you can get by with less income for a few years, it will probably help you get better grades so that you can get into the nursing program you choose. Since I knew that getting into the nursing program at HCC was so competitive, I talked it over with my husband and we decided that I should cut back on the number of hours I worked so that I could actually read through the textbooks and study (not just cramming before tests). I managed to maintain a 4.0 GPA, but I know a lot of other smart and dedicated students who had to work full-time, care for young children, etc., and couldn’t study as much as I did (and that’s probably why they had slightly lower GPA’s). I told my husband that if I didn’t get all A’s on the prerequisites, I might not get into the nursing program. He reluctantly accepted it when, instead of spending time with him in the evenings, I shut myself up in my room memorizing anatomy and microbiology terms, etc., so that I could get those A’s.
After seeing so many people on this board who are really good students and people who deserve a chance to go to nursing school getting rejected because of the limited number of seats, I would highly recommend that you take your time with the prerequisite classes. Allow yourself enough time to study and digest everything so that your GPA is high enough to get into the nursing program of your choice. I don’t know anything about SPC, but HCC offers a nights/weekends nursing program. At HCC there were usually a few people in their 30’s and 40’s in my classes, however the majority of students seemed to be straight out of high school or in their mid-twenties. But don’t let your age hold you back. Maturity is a plus in the nursing field, and you should follow your dreams. I wish you the best with your goal to become a nurse.