Hi Camille, It can be very challenging. It depends on you as an individual. I would also say that you have to consider the age of the children if any as a toddler will make it a challenge to study especially if they are in the clingy Velcro to Mom stage. Hopefully you have a really good support system to help with the demands of trying to keep a home, and quality family time. It can be done, sometime you have to take longer to complete the classes, but in the end you will find it to be very rewarding. The most important thing is to remember to take time for yourself. If you don't reward yourself and allow some time for you, you will find it too difficult and often times the person will drop out of school. By going to school and the challenges of a family you will ultimately learn time management skills. That is a quality that will be invaluable in the workforce. It also depends on the number of credit hours you take per semester. 12 hours vs 22 hours. It also depends on the class and how intense it is, for example chemistry, anatomy, pharmacology classes are usually very intensive and require a lot of homework and studying. A lot of nursing students will work as a nursing tech in the hospital or nursing homes to not only get additional bedside experience, but to also supplement their income. A lot of the schools are associated with a particular hospital, and that hospital will usually have limited hour positions for the nursing students. Often times that will Segway into a position upon graduation. Nursing is the best profession there is in my opinion, 33 years and counting.
Good luck Lisa
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I went to nursing school with a breastfeeding newborn, a 3 year old, and a 6 year old...by myself with no help.
I went back for the BSN when they were 4, 7 and 10...
I went back for the MSN- FNP when they were 10, 13 and 16...
Because when we have a goal, we are totally capable of making it happen. The only problem ends up being second- guessing our capability to handle life and school.
The hard thing would have been to NOT go back, and living with the regret of not doing what I knew I wanted to do. Which was get more education, so that I had more choices for me and my family.
If you already are a nurse, and you are going back for the BSN: The BSN is nothing like nursing school! Nothing. Like. It. I was very scared to go back to nursing school because I thought I would be encountering the same difficulty as the ADN program. I was wrong.
If you are talking about a BSN program in which you don't already have an RN: Just do it if this is something that has been put on your heart to do. Don't look back, and don't ask others for their opinions. Make a decision and go all in.
Best of everything to you and yours,
I hope some of these examples help you! I post daily on my instagram about my life as a travel nurse, in and outside of work, if you'd like a better idea of how I manage my time, give me a look-see.
It is challenging to work, juggle a family and work on your BSN. It is more possible than ever though with the flexibility of online schooling. Your dreams can be reality.
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It is very hard to work when you are working and trying to go back to school. Then if you have children that depend on you for the survival, It is even more difficult.
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