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Emily - posted on 03/21/2009

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When do you have time for homework?  I really need some tips.  I have 3 young children 5, 2, and 6months.  I work Part time(days) my husband works full time + some.  When I go to work the kids are at the sitters.  So when I am off, I have the kids trying to do homework, house and everything else.  On the weekends my husband is picking up extra jobs.  I should start the RN program in Sept.09, but thinking that I can't go back.... everything is too much! Do I take the kids to the sitters so I can get homework finished? I don't want to but I am wondering if this is even worth me doing.  I really want it but..... I am getting stressed, no time to sleep even...  How do you do it with 3 children?

Jacqui - posted on 03/16/2009

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I have a 4 1/2 year old daughter and am currently almost done my second year of my Bachelor of Nursing degree! It is tough but well worth it!

Also, to the post way up there, for our clinical rotations depending upon the semester they range from 1 8hr day a week to 3 8hr days a week and we don't get much choice in whether they are day or evening shifts. I work at the hospital in pediatric intensive care doing shift work right now though so that aspect is easy to work around school. The bigger challenge is daycare hours.

Diane - posted on 02/28/2009

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i AM CURRENTLY IN SCHOOL GETTING MY LPN. I GRADUATE IN FOUR MONTHS!!!! ITS HARD WITH THREE SMALL CHILDREN (5,3,2) AND BEING NEWLY SINGLE, AND I HAVE WANTED TO QUIT SEVERAL TIMES, BUT IM SO CLOSE I CANT!!!! RIGHT AFTER I PASS THE NCLEX, I AM APPLYING FOR RN CLASSES, WHICH CAN BE DONE ONLINE! AND THEY FIND HOSPITALS CLOSE TO YOU TO DO YOUR CLINICALS. THAT IS MY BEST OPTION RIGHT NOW. GOOD LUCK TO EVERYOONE!!!!

Kristina - posted on 02/25/2009

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I'm currently in my 2nd semester of a 2 year nursing program at Howard Community College in Maryland. Its a night class with weekend clinicals, so it works with people who have to work during the day. I'm hoping to go into the NICU. Wish me luck!

Leslie - posted on 02/20/2009

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Hi all, I am also new to this group. I am in one of those accelerate BSN programs because I already had a degree. Finish up in 3 short months, program was 20 months total. It has been really busy with classes during the week and clinicals all weekend, but worth it. I was like several others posts, and thought LDR was what I wanted, but clinicals proved to me that I am ICU to the core. I also gave thought to pursuing the ASN and then working while I got the BSN, but for me it was actually faster to do the accelerated & get the BSN. Probably going to work for 1-2 years before going back for the MSN...professional student! Good luck to everyone who is getting ready to start their journey.

Erin - posted on 02/19/2009

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Hey everyone, new to this group, but am also in nursing school.  I graduate in October.  There are so many options with nursing schools.  If you get your ASN you can have your employer help pay the costs for your BSN and be able to make good money while in school- the problem is you're always busy.  If you get your BSN it doesn't always mean more money- but the chance at supervisory oppportunities.  I'm getting a BSN and want to go on for a MSN- we'll see how much stamina I have left.  It's awesome to see so many people going to school for nursing- God know we need good nurses!

Andrea - posted on 02/18/2009

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I am just finishing up a Bachelor's of Business Administration as well as starting a CNA class in hopes to advance my appeal for the RN associates program.  They base applications on a point system and those points are based on how many pre-nursing classes you have completed.  I have a pretty full plate with finishing my BA, starting my CNA, continuing classes through the summer and I am hoping it will all pay off when I can finally apply NEXT spring for Fall 2010 nursing program.  It's too bad more current nurses aren't willing to teach so it isn't so hard for us to apply. 

Judy - posted on 02/18/2009

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I am finishing my pre nursing classes over spring and summer. I am taking my entrance exam at the end of this month which if I score high enough on HESI test I will start the ASN program in the fall of this year. I work full time in ICU as a unit secretary, CNA, and monitor technician. Working in ICU is really helping me succeed in making decent grades in my pre nursing classes such as A and P, microbiology, nutrition, and dosage calculations. I have a lot of tutors to help me along because most of the nurses in ICU have their bachelor's degrees.

Lisset - posted on 02/16/2009

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I'm in my third semester, I'm going for my bachelor's. I hope to either work in labor and delivery; I love babies :) or in the operating room. I plan on going for my master's after I begin working, to become a Nurse Practitioner. The classes that I'm taking now, coincide with the social work program. And if you're a nurse, it's very easy to get into that major and complete it faster, so I'm hoping that after I become an np I can get my bsw in social work in less time.

Kristy - posted on 02/16/2009

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I have been an LPN for sixteen years.I worked in L&D for eight of those years and plan on going back after I get my associate RN. I am just now working on my basics so it will be a few years.Any advice??

Tiffany - posted on 02/09/2009

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I am a senior nursing major at IWU and graduating May 3rd with my bachelors!  I had twin boys last May (right after junior year of school).  It has been tough, but it will be so worth the struggle when I am done!

Chimere - posted on 02/09/2009

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I am in a part-time evening LPN program. I finish up at the end of this year. It has been a long year..the program spans 2 yrs 3/wk. I opted to do the LPN program first so I could marticulate into an ASN program easier.

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I'm in my 4th week of a 2 year Practical Nursing program.  My husband started his 3rd block the same day I started school and it is quite a distance away so he's away all week and home on weekends.  I'm starting to feel the effects of going to school and taking care of a 4 year old and 20 month old.  I'm TIRED!!!!  I can't wait until he's done his block.   Besides that I'm doing really well.  My marks  are in the 90's except for the very first test I worte which was an 87.  I'm doing alot better then I thought I would considering I'm alone.  Now I'm scared that when my husband is home I won't study as much as I have been.

Angela - posted on 02/04/2009

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Hi there



I plan on doing my BSN nent year. Hope all goes well had to upgrade a few courses Sciences, because I had studied all Human Services courses and now I`m tired of working in that field and want a change. Can`t wait to start my degree!!!

Betsy - posted on 02/02/2009

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I also already have my ADN and am currently working on my BSN.  My employer has tuition assistance, so maybe this can be an option for some of you guys.  This has helped a lot because I am also homeschooling my 11 yr old and 6 yr old.  Since my employer pays for my school, I am able to choose better curriculum for them.  Good luck to those of you just getting started, it is definitely hard work, but more than worth it.

Shastyn - posted on 01/27/2009

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Go for your ASN or higher up.  In some states if you get your ASN and take the NCLEX test and then go for your BSN or MSN you don't have to take the NCLEX again!! 

Alicia - posted on 01/27/2009

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Hi, I applied to nursing school for fall 09. I am hoping to get in, but I am really nervous. I am going for my bachelors. This is the second time around for me in college. I messed up the first time around. It's nice to get second chances.

Erin - posted on 01/26/2009

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yeah, i'm doing the same type clinicals.. about 8-12 hours per week average. it's not too bad. the bad thing is the front-loading of all the info at the beginning.

Hadiyah - posted on 01/26/2009

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Quoting Jamie:

I, personally, have never heard of that. In my program, you have so many clinical hours that must be completed per semester and that usually adds up to 8 or 12 hour clinical days once each week. The clinical aspect is extremely important to your learning. You can read things out of a book all day long but once you see it in the clinical setting, you are not likely to forget it. I wish you the best of luck in finding a program to suit your needs.

PS Some schools do weekend clinicals, too.



Oh ok good. I was getting so nervous. I am going to check out some other schools. weekend clincials would be ideal.



Thanks.

Jamie - posted on 01/26/2009

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I, personally, have never heard of that. In my program, you have so many clinical hours that must be completed per semester and that usually adds up to 8 or 12 hour clinical days once each week. The clinical aspect is extremely important to your learning. You can read things out of a book all day long but once you see it in the clinical setting, you are not likely to forget it. I wish you the best of luck in finding a program to suit your needs.



PS Some schools do weekend clinicals, too.

Hadiyah - posted on 01/26/2009

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I want to go back to school for nursing but I've been told that in order to become a RN I need to do "Clincials" for a few months. I have a full time job and will not be able to do the clincials during the day. Has anyone done the clincials in the afternoon or nights?

Jamie - posted on 01/25/2009

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I'm in the 4th semster of an ADN program. I have 3 children, as well. It's been trying at times and I swear the program tries to make you crazy but it's all worth it. I plan to get my BSN but not until after I've had a break for a bit.

Amy - posted on 01/21/2009

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I am currently an RN in L&D and Nursery.  I did the ADN program through a local community college and have been working for the past 4 years.  I have two boys who are 6 and 2.  I am now enrolled in a BSN/MSN program at the University of South Alabama.  I am working for my NP in pediatrics.  I chose this program because it is completely online and I can work and be with my family.  You all are on the right track!  Good luck and hang in there.

Lauren - posted on 01/21/2009

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I am in my 3rd semester of the ADN program...almost done! YAY!! I have a 3 year old and a 4 year old, so finding time to study can be very hard! I plan on going to work as soon as I graduate & pass my boards, but continue with school as well. I would like to get my Master's...not sure where to go from there, I've changed my mind so much lol. But I would like to work in either same day surgery or something more along the lines of ICU or CCU that way if I decide to go to nurse anethesist school..I'll have that experience down pat.

Haddie - posted on 01/18/2009

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I just received my letter of acceptance to a BSN program yesterday. I already have an Associates for another major in which I fulfilled most of pre req's for nursing. I am due to start in the fall and am very nervous! Good luck to all of you!

Dennette - posted on 01/18/2009

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I am a single mom with a little boy who's just about two. I am in my first year of BsN program and things are going great! It's a lot of work but very worth it. As for what department I'd like to work in, I have no clue! Everything seems so interesting I want to try everything!

Kayla - posted on 01/16/2009

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I am just starting my classes to get into nursing school. My son is only three months old so I am pretty nervous. I am goign to get my ASN for now and then work part time and go to school part time for my BSN! Any suggestions?

Katie - posted on 01/09/2009

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I agree with both Heather and Amy. I too would like to get my BSN but with my ASN I can continue to work and obtain my BSN. Once you are working as a RN you don't have to do the clinical's required of non-RN students.

Heather - posted on 01/06/2009

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I am going for my Associates, there is no waiting list here, but it is very competitive. I want to specialize in L&D as well and plan on pursuing my BSN later but want to get my Associates and get my foot in the door to start. I would love to eventually become a nurse Midwife!

Amy - posted on 01/06/2009

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I am in second semester of an ASN program. I chose it because I can get my RN and start work in 2 years, then continue on to get my Bachelors while I work. That will take another 12 months- summer included, to complete. I plan on going on to get my Masters and you have to have 2 to 5 years experience to get into those programs, so I am trying to get the most effective use of time. There are a ton of scholarships available. Check out discovernursing.com for more info.

Erin - posted on 01/06/2009

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bachelor's, and from what i understand, l&d is a highly sought area. my cousin is going for associate's and it'll take her the same amount of time. the only difference is that i had more prereq's. but she was taking her prereq's for so long and had to wait for 3 1/2 years to get into the program that i actually got my prereq's done going mostly part-time before she got in. i'd recommend bachelor's. it's harder to get in, but i thought it was worth the work. just one girl's opinion, though :)

Trisha - posted on 01/06/2009

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Are you guys going for your associates or bachelors? I could apply to go through the nursing program at the community college and get my associates, but I really want my bachelors. Nursing is still in need, but getting more competitive, especially around here and in the field I want. What field do you guys want? I'm really leaning towards Labor and Delivery.

Erin - posted on 01/05/2009

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i'm starting nursing school at university of colorado this month and i'm excited, but nervous about not being home with my little one.

Heather - posted on 01/05/2009

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I am taking my Pre Nursing courses now and will be applying to the RN program in September with hopes of starting NEXT Spring ;) Can't Wait!! :)

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