going to be training as a nurse

Amy - posted on 03/24/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Ive just given birth to my son just over 2 weeks ago and im due to start university in september where ill be training to be a childrens nurse.

My son will then be 6months old and will be able to go to the nursery at the university.

Was wondering if anyone had any good advice of how they cope working/training fulltime and having children.

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Tammy - posted on 04/25/2009

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God bless you....I did not have any children when I did my education. Don't forget to take care of yourself and if fulltime is too much, then take some summer classes to lower your load a bit. Your son will not be little forever, so as ambitious as you are remember that you have your whole life to be a nurse but the time he is little will go by faster than you can imagine. Get help from family or close friends who can provide some consistancy for him. Remember no matter how much help you get, there is no replacement for you.



I am a mom of 3, I home school my children and I work per diem (0-16 hours/week) as a nurse practitioner. I am very busy but my children are growing very quickly and my priorities are different now that I am a mom. You can do both but you may have to pick what is more important in order to focus on that. Having too much on your plate will make you stressed and ineffective at both. I tell people I am a full-time mom, part-time NP (I go to work to think of things other than mommy stuff....keeps my brain working)and a full-time home school teacher (learning never stops, it happens all day everyday). My philosophy is that parenting is a F/T job w/ mandatory overtime and no vacation. Once a mom, always a mom.....moms need to do other things, but being a mom always comes first becuase we make sacrifices for our children. When they are sick, we cancel our plans. When something special is happening, we are there.



Be very organized, plan ahead and remember that although you are trying to establish a career for you and your son, his health is your number one priority over your academics. We must care for ourselves and our family or we cannot care for other people and their families. Your example will be what he follows when he is older and it is an example to your patients and their families as well.



Eat well, get plenty of rest, exercise whenever you can and take some time out each week just to socialize with a friend or fellow nursing student. Take one thing at a time. As you complete your courses, check them off in your college catalog, so you have a sense of accomplishment. If you will be cooking for yourself, then plan your meals ahead and save left-overs. Pack healthy snacks so you are not tempted to buy vending machine food for quick pick-me up when your brain needs more energy. Try not to get too addicted to caffeine and if you have family who offer to bring you meals, take them up on it (as long as it is not fast food).



I am excited to hear how it goes for you and I pray you will be successful in whatever you. Success is different for each person, but may you feel fulfilled and see that your efforts are fruitful and rewarding.

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