Any student nurses out there?

Shannon - posted on 08/13/2009 ( 53 moms have responded )

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Hey there! I'm here in a tiny NC town starting my final year of Nursing school. I'm also a single mom and I work 5 nights a week. Looking to see if anyone else is out there. Thanks!

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Jennifer - posted on 09/03/2009

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I keep a picture of my family in my locker at work and at school. Whenever I have a break, or before I go on lunch, I take a look in there and remind myself why I'm doing what I do. It gives me the strength and determination to keep going.

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I attend Southeastern Louisiana Universtiy and am in my last semester of pre- recs and am waiting to find out if I got into Nursing school for the fall. I am going for my Bachlor of Science in Nursing (RN). I will find out in April! Wish me luck!!!!! Who Dat Go Saints!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kati - posted on 01/24/2010

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I am from a tiny town myself, and found out I was pregnant about 2 weeks before being accepted to my college. Found out in November that I had gotten into the nursing program. Had a baby 2 days before Christmas, and started nursing school this spring semester on January 14th. :) I have amazing support from the hubby and my mom...don't know how in the world I'd ever do this without them!!

Kristina - posted on 01/24/2010

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Hey Shannon I am also a nursing student, single mom and juggle a job too. I am happy to say that I am in my last semester of RN, but not time to take a breath yet, a lot of hard work to do! I have three amazing kids who have adjusted pretty well to having a mom that is incredibly busy and half the time can't remember anything. I've learned through the years that sometimes you just have to let things go..ie the house doesn't have to be cleaned and vaccuumed everyday, you don't have to have a 3 course meal every night, and sometimes laundry has to wait... It's a rough road and I'm sure you're exhausted, I know I am, but it WILL get better!

Grace - posted on 01/20/2010

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hey,
im also finishing my course in nursing....i admire working students....im a mom of a 1yr old girl....good luck to us!!!

Erin - posted on 01/18/2010

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Hi i am just starting my nursing schooling well I started last summer. I also am a single mom I have twins that are 5 1/2 that have recently been diagnosed with ADHD and a 4yr old that goes to a special school for children with mild to moderate disabilities because his speech is not very understandable for his age

Shannon - posted on 01/18/2010

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Thanks Shannon for posting this question. As a student nurse almost finished with my LPN year, it has been a relief to know that I am not alone in my stresses/worries. I hae 2 teens which make it a little easier to find the time to study. They have been a huge help picking up the slack here at home, helping with laundry and cleaning. Best wishes to all of my fellow Student Nurses!

Jessica - posted on 01/13/2010

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Hi I'm Jess & I just started school for my ASN. I'm 28, married to a wonderful husband & we have a beautiful daughter named Lillian Rose (8/1/08). I'm a Massage Therapist & I just wanted a career change so I'm taking the plunge & going back to school!!! Good Luck to all of u powerful women!!!

Melissa - posted on 01/09/2010

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I am in my 5th month of a 12 month LPN program and work weekends at a local resturant. I have a 11y special needs child and a 13 y. Good Luck.

Charlotte - posted on 01/09/2010

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im a student (learning disability) nurse in the UK studying full time, working part time nights on a weekend and im a single mum to my 2 year old son bobby. i was coping fine juggling all 3 until i started placement now i find myself working 40 hours mon-fri 20 hours on nights at the weekend and them im straight into another 40 hour week with only 1 weekend off a fortnight and hardly any time to spend with my son. ive tried reducing my contracted hours but my employers are totally unsympathetic and wont allow me to do so until they have 'recruited' new staff (which may take a long time). its really stressful but my nursing studies will give me the wage increase i need to allow me to work part time again and be there for my son when he starts school and for all the years after. the 3 years i spend barely seeing him are just a necessary evil.

Andrea - posted on 01/06/2010

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I am a student nurse too! I live in Chattanooga, TN and I am in my 2nd semester...crazy going to school, having a new baby, and I plan on working 2 days a week (at least to try it out- if I can't do all three, i'll lose the job)...Anyways how are you handling juggling school work with baby?

Alicia - posted on 01/05/2010

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I am about to take my NET exam I finish my prereqs this semester. My son is 4 he loves going study with me. He is so intrested in the bones. I am gettting my RN at a community college my BSN at ASU and my masters which will be my CNRA in glendale AZ. My son will be 12 by the time im done but it will totally be worth it

Priscilla - posted on 01/05/2010

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hi, i have three more semesters of nursing untill i graduate as a RN. I also work part-time at a gas station. It's hard but it's worth it.

Heather - posted on 01/01/2010

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Quoting Bekki:



Quoting DAE:

Hi, Im Dae and living in Miami, FL. Im actually TRYING to get into Nursing School :) this is my last semester of re-reqs and it is almost impossible to get into a few schools for this coming Spring since I am JUST finishing my last Science class..If I can make thru Chemistry... I have no idea how I will. Uggg I dont even know where to start to begin to make sure I get in but the school I am in now are ONLY taking you if you have a 3.8 GPA damn near impossible. Then everyone I know is going thru the LPN program so they are guaranteed to get into the transition RN program... But I just dont want to waste anytime and just go straight into the RN program. I may have to go to school an hour away in order to get into one for the Spring. Hmmm.... Decisions Decisions... I am a mother of Three... Soon to be 16, 3, & 6 month old next week. Hubby works and helps on most days I go to school... But, I am glad to read everyones stories, glad to see others are in the same shoes... :)





If im not mistaken you cannot get into an RN program without being an LPN first. You cannot get into an RN program without showing aptitude of an LPN in every state either you need to have taken the LPN training courses and pass the NCLEX PN exam, or take the full college semesters and pass the NCLEX PN test.. either way you have to pass the state boards before you can go on for your RN.





Actually- it must vary by State.  I live in Illinois and I am in my 2nd year of AD-Nursing for my RN only.  I have never taken any LPN Program or NCLEX PN.  We dont have any state boards to pass before going for our RN.  We have to take/pass the NCLEX-RN after our RN schooling to become a registered nurse in our state- but that is the very last step.  I was accepted into the nursing program by application and what pre-reqs I had completed and my GPA.

Christine - posted on 12/21/2009

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I start the clinica part of my nursing program in the fall, if evrything goes as planned. There is a nursing student group!

Shaneka - posted on 12/21/2009

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I'm 21 years old, and my son just turned 1 year old on Friday Dec. 18th. I'm not in the nursing program yet but I am just taking my pre-reqs right now. I find it hard to work full-time and go to school. I feel like I never have time for my son and @ times I get extremely sad. I just know in my heart it's the best thing for the both of us!

Michelle - posted on 12/15/2009

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yes, i am! im not in the nursing program yet but im going to school full time and working full time, its sooo hard but it will be worth it in the end :)

Amber - posted on 12/14/2009

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Lisa, I wouldnt need to be licensed as a practical nurse, its just an option, not a requirement to become a RN. I was mainly thinking it would be good experience during my 2nd year of clinicals. Also, some of the many reasons Im going for my associates vs a bachelors is because I would get the same pay, school is three times cheaper, and I will be done in 2 years. With young children I dont want to have to spend more time and money on school then I have too. Hope it goes good for you. Personally, Ive thought about entering a RN to MSN/DNP program after my kids get a little older.

Lisa - posted on 12/14/2009

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I am currently applying for the BSN program here in my state. I don't need to have an LPN at all. Once I complete the BSN, I can study to pass the RN licensing exam and obtain an RN.

Amber - posted on 12/14/2009

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Hi Shannon! Im from Wisconsin and Im enrolled in a ADN program as a nursing student. I work at a local hospital in their acute surg/neuro unit (similar to med/surg). I plan on taking my NCLEX-PN test at the end of my first year of clinicals so I can work as a LPN during my last year of clinicals. I figure it will give me some good experience working as a nurse before becoming an RN and give me a slight pay increase in the process:) I would love to work with children either in OB, NICU, PICU, Peds, etc. How about you?

Lisa - posted on 12/13/2009

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Well I am starting the RN program in January. I have 5 kids and my husband was laid off last year from the oil riggs. He has a job now that keeps him gone often and contributes little. Most of everyday life is on me. I am scared I am to old and not going to be able to juggle everything.

Melody - posted on 12/12/2009

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I don't know about your state but here in New England there are plenty of ADN - RN programs that do not require the student to be an LPN first but do have other req.s including passing a nursing entrance test. Of course , it is very competitive to get in, with at least 10 or more applicants for every spot and plenty of wait lists.

Bekki - posted on 11/28/2009

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Quoting DAE:

Hi, Im Dae and living in Miami, FL. Im actually TRYING to get into Nursing School :) this is my last semester of re-reqs and it is almost impossible to get into a few schools for this coming Spring since I am JUST finishing my last Science class..If I can make thru Chemistry... I have no idea how I will. Uggg I dont even know where to start to begin to make sure I get in but the school I am in now are ONLY taking you if you have a 3.8 GPA damn near impossible. Then everyone I know is going thru the LPN program so they are guaranteed to get into the transition RN program... But I just dont want to waste anytime and just go straight into the RN program. I may have to go to school an hour away in order to get into one for the Spring. Hmmm.... Decisions Decisions... I am a mother of Three... Soon to be 16, 3, & 6 month old next week. Hubby works and helps on most days I go to school... But, I am glad to read everyones stories, glad to see others are in the same shoes... :)


If im not mistaken you cannot get into an RN program without being an LPN first. You cannot get into an RN program without showing aptitude of an LPN in every state either you need to have taken the LPN training courses and pass the NCLEX PN exam, or take the full college semesters and pass the NCLEX PN test.. either way you have to pass the state boards before you can go on for your RN.

Bekki - posted on 11/28/2009

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I am a married mother of two graduating as an LPN in 2 weeks.. not going on for my RN since i don't really want it. Double majored for my accelerated bachelors in psychology. It's a hard road being in school with 2 kids but if you got the motivation you will be just fine.

Cindy - posted on 11/22/2009

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Hey my name is cindy and I live in Australia. I am attending university to become an RN I have done 2 semesters but only part time. If I continue with part time I still have 5 years to go but Im going to do it because I have always wanted to. My advice to you would be to take it slow and dont pile on too much work load. I know it takes double the time but at least you will still have quality time with your chilldren. I have one Boy 17, 3 girls 11,13 and 3 so yes it can get tough especially when 90% attendance is required. You never know whats going to happen with kids, If its not one, its the other!! Good luck with your study and you WILL make it :)

DAE - posted on 11/21/2009

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Hi, Im Dae and living in Miami, FL. Im actually TRYING to get into Nursing School :) this is my last semester of re-reqs and it is almost impossible to get into a few schools for this coming Spring since I am JUST finishing my last Science class..If I can make thru Chemistry... I have no idea how I will. Uggg I dont even know where to start to begin to make sure I get in but the school I am in now are ONLY taking you if you have a 3.8 GPA damn near impossible. Then everyone I know is going thru the LPN program so they are guaranteed to get into the transition RN program... But I just dont want to waste anytime and just go straight into the RN program. I may have to go to school an hour away in order to get into one for the Spring. Hmmm.... Decisions Decisions... I am a mother of Three... Soon to be 16, 3, & 6 month old next week. Hubby works and helps on most days I go to school... But, I am glad to read everyones stories, glad to see others are in the same shoes... :)

Jasmine - posted on 11/18/2009

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Hi I'm Jasmine. I am a student, just finishing up my prereqs and will soon start the RN program.

Waulonda - posted on 11/18/2009

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Hi, I am a single parent and will be in third semester. I know how it feels to be at school, working a part time job, and trying to raise a kid. But it will get better one day if we all stick to it. It is a mean to an end.

April - posted on 10/30/2009

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Hi Shannon, My name is April and I am trying to get into the Rn program at my community college. I am a mother of 3; a 14 yo boy & 2 girls- 12 & 6. My husband works six days a week & it is hard for me to get study time. I feel your pain but we need to hand in there.

Tonya - posted on 10/24/2009

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Hi Shannon, My name is Tonya and I am a mom/nursing student from Union Ky, right outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. I am a mom of two boys austin 9 and Cody 6. I too am in Nursing school. I have been a RMA for the past six years and just started back to finish my RN. I have around 11 more months of school to go. The transition back to school has been very difficult, but I am currently laid off and on unemployment,being laid off has given me more time to devote to my studies though. If you ever need some one to talk to about school just drop me a line.

Christina - posted on 10/20/2009

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I am in a Respiratory Therapy program, and what saves me is doing work-study. I get a chance to do my homework without having to entertain my 3 year old daughter.

Ashley - posted on 10/20/2009

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I am in the RN program. It was rough going in the LPN but I am making now. I am glad to hear that I am not the only one going through this struggle!! It is very stressful but will be well worth it!

Stefanie - posted on 10/10/2009

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I am in my 2nd semester of the RN program. My husband works 6 days/wk. Our son is 3 and I am 6mo pregnant with #2! To say the least it is a challenge, but the end result is definitely worth it!

Amy - posted on 10/09/2009

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I finally went back to school to get my bachelor's of Nursing last spring. I'm attending a Lutheran university outside of Milwaukee. I have a 9 year old daughter, a 4 year old son, and while I am married, you could say that I am a single mom because my husband is a recruiter for US Army & pretty much works 7 days/week. I managed a large doctor's office for almost 3 years when I realized I wanted to work on the "other side"! I try to schedule all of my classes while my daughter is in school so that I don't have to pay for before/after school care for her because I am already paying a pretty penny to my son's pre-school!! I've already racked up a lot in student loans in the 2 semesters I've attended (currently on my 2nd), but I just keep reminding myself that when I've finally got that degree I'll be able to pay it back quicker!! I want to be an Ortho Nurse and work with injured soldiers since they are near and dear to my heart~ I've been married to my soldier for 9 1/2 years and have seen what can go wrong, and just want to be able to be there to help them get their lives back :)

Lisa - posted on 10/08/2009

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I feel like I am a nursing school expert so if anyone has any kind of questions feel free to ask. I attended EMT (2001) and LPN (2003) school in the Army. Then I attended a LPN-RN bridge program and graduated with an ASN in 2005. Right afterward I started prerequisites for the RN-MSN program which I am in now and am set to graduate Spring of 2011 as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I live in the Atlanta area and have 4 preschool/elementary age children.

Kiara - posted on 09/09/2009

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Hey! I'm in VA, I go to school full time to become an MA and I'm going back to work this week. My hands are tied with a premmie, his dad helps but he is also workin and going to school

Lobaba - posted on 09/09/2009

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I am a premed! good luck for you! and hope you will do great in your future career!

Sharon - posted on 09/08/2009

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I am. I am on last year of RN school. I work full time too. I have a 5 year old too.

Tana - posted on 09/08/2009

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hi i'm in my LPN year with two boys ages 3 and 6. I work prt time and am married. i commend anyone who can raise children and go to school for nursing. i know first hand how hard it is

User - posted on 09/08/2009

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hi i am a student nurse in the uk. just started 6 months ago and i find it really hard trying to fit everything in!!

Jani - posted on 09/07/2009

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Hello,

I can understand the pressure you are under. I am a mother of two elementary school children, work full time, go to school full time, coach soccer, and I am a cub scout den leader. I am in my last year of pre-requs and am hopeful of getting in to the nursing program by the fall of next year. One thing that really helps me is to have a detailed schedule of my work schedule, kids and mine school schedule, sports and cub scouts schedule all on one monthly planner and also on my palm phone (love this phone). I post the schedule on the ice box so that anyone in my family that might want to know what was going on with me is always up to date. This also allows me to check if I can fit any other activities such as bday parties and play dates into my schedule. Hope this helps, it works for me.

Linda - posted on 09/07/2009

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Hello,
I am in a tiny town of Iowa, and I am a mother, grandmother, stepmother and wife, and have started my LPN year in nursing, as of tonight I am on over load alittle stressed. No a lot of stress. Been studying most of day other than a b-day party for 6yr old grandson. Now it is bed for this old women.

Jennifer - posted on 09/03/2009

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I'm entering my senior year of a BSN program. I have been married for 11 years, and I have a 9 year old boy who is very active in Boy Scouts and Chess Club. I am an active member of the Student Nurses' Association, and organize a Domestic Violence Awareness event for my school community every fall. I work one night per week, at a local VA hospital (very rewarding). I'm really looking forward to finishing school, starting my professional life, and finally having a bank account with a green balance ;)

Allison - posted on 09/02/2009

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I am a married mother of a 2 year old boy. Going into my second year of nursing school. I work part time aswell.

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I am in my first year of an ASN program, I have 2 toddlers, and I work 7 days a week on graveyard. Good job on your final year! Congrats.

Jennifer - posted on 08/21/2009

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Hi. I am currently in nursing school, and I am also a single mom to a 4 yr old. I also started working again a couple nights a week. It is hard for me because I do feel guilty not being able to spend as much time with my daughter as I used to. I just have to keep reminding myself that I am doing this to help make her life better. How do you handle it?

Kelly - posted on 08/20/2009

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I start nursing school on Monday, Ive been a stay at home single mom for the last year, ive spent every second with my little girl since she was born last September, I dont know what im gonna do not being with her all the time... I am doing a year long LPN program at night.

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