Who am I?

This Blog is my public journal and accounts of being in a full-time BSN nursing program and trying to maintain my sanity.  My life is bigger than school because it includes my loving husband, our two beautiful children, and our wonderful extended family.  I graduated from my program this May of 2013!  I have passed my NCLEX RN exam, and I am in the process of finding my first RN position.  I write this public journal to keep me honest with myself and find community on my path to becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife.

2 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hi,

    I just came across your blog with a google search for “nursing school is horrible.” Not entirely sure how I got here with those words, but nonetheless, I’m glad that I did.

    I’m a mother of two fabulous children and am accepted into a nursing program to start in January. I’ve worked very hard in the past two years, but only took one pre-req science course at a time. I was thrilled when I got the acceptance letter, but every since then, I’m really questioning whether I can be a full-time nursing school and still attend to the needs of my children. They are my number one priority and people keep telling me that nursing school will have to take priority over my family. I don’t feel okay with that. I have an amazing, supportive husband, but I’ve been lucky enough to spend many years as a SAHM and I’ve loved it. I’m considering not going to school because I’m so afraid of how much time I will miss from my children’s lives in the next two years. I read something on your blog about 30 hours a week not being enough study time. I don’t think I’ll make it through nursing school if I have to study 30+ hours in addition to my class and clinical time and still have time to be with my children.

    I don’t really have a question, I guess I want to know if you feel like this investment is worth the time that you’re losing with your children.

    Best of luck to you!

    • Joy,
      I can understand your hesitation with commiting to nursing school. Although I have never had the opportunity to be a SAHM, I am sure I would have made the same choice. I can tell you that the transition will be rough, and no amount of preparation can prevent the stress to come. However, now that I am approching the end of my first semester, I am so glad to be here. I had to fight hard to get here, and to stay here, and I feel like just coming to the end of this semseter is a victory. I am in a competetive traditional four year university program, your program may be differant and in turn require slightly less work. I would however expect that you will still need many hours of study a week, and lots of time away from home. I miss my family, but I am home every night to eat dinner with them and tuck my kids into bed. You stated that your husband is supportive, that is wonderful. I can tell you from experiance that this makes life better for everyone. It has made all the differance in the world for me. The real question is, how much to you want to be a nurse? I feel a call to be a midwife, and so I am doing the work needed to reach my goal. If you feel this is what you should be doing, then you will get through. If you want to be part of the health care team to aid the well being of others, then the commitment will be worth it. I am sure you will be a great nurse, but are you? I believe that if you want it to work, then it can, and everyone, including your kids will come out of your education benefited. I have learned that being a student is a way I can be a great role model for my little ones. I guess for me, it’s one part of the journey, and worth every little sacrifice. You will have to decided for yourself if this is the right time for you. Have faith, believe in yourself, and prayfully consider.

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