We received another “ask me a question” and this one comes from Mother of 3 and here is what she asked:
“Hello, what an amazing website. I happened to stumble on it when i was googling “how to manage in nursing school.” My main question is about nursing school. I am going to be applying in the fall, so i am just hoping to get in. I am 47 years old with three daughters 20, 17 and 14.
I have wanted to go to nursing school for so long and have been taking all my science prereqs for about two years. I already have a business degree from along time ago, so i have had to make up all the science. i am getting close to applying and i am really starting to feel unsure.
My biggest concern is that i am not a good multitasker at all. i have taken one science class at a time and done really well, but i have been able to just focus on one thing. i get overwhelmed soooo easily and i am just terrified that i wont be able to keep up and still have a family. I will only have one daughter left at home and she will be driving, which will help, but I am so worried about neglecting her and not giving her the same amount of time I did my other girls.
I have really felt God calling me to do this, but i already feel guilty about studying for this one class, let alone a whole program. I have just got to learn how to do more than one class at a time and not totally stress out. do you have any older women in your class with families? I know i have asked about a million questions, but I really appreciate this site and your help.”
Mother of 3, thank you so much for your question and I apologize about the delay. All of your questions are terrific questions and stuff that every potential nursing student should know.
First of all, the list of blog pals you see are people who also have a blog that I’m cyber friends with and they are linking to my blog so I am doing the same.
I totally understand your concern about managing nursing school and a family along with being a multitasker. First let me address managing nursing school and a family. Yes, there a several older women in my nursing class who are married and have like 4 children who all live at home (no joke or exaggeration) and plus I have older women in my class who are single moms with kids. They all have made it through the program and have done really well. So yes it can be done and managed. I understand that you want to spend time with your daughter and not neglect her and I think you can do both nursing and be a great mom because many nursing schools offer the option of going part-time or taking many classes online.
I think the part-time thing may be good for you for two reasons. One you will only have to juggle one or two science classes at a time (making it easier on you) and two you will have a lot of time to spend time with your daughter. However, if you don’t what to do part-time but full-time you can also do it. It will just take a lot more of you learning how to manage your time very well. Yes, nursing school will keep you busy but not every second of the day and the time that your not busy you can mom and daughter time. I would make certain days of the week special time for you guys to spend time together. For example, Fridays after you have class could be the day you two go out to eat and shopping or watch a movie. I just want you to know it can be done and it is not impossible because you can still have a great relationship with her.
Now about the multitasking. I think multitasking is something a person learns how to do…..it’s not something your born with. If you worried about not being a good multitasker don’t worry because you will learn how to do that in nursing school, especially in your clinicals. It takes time to learn and I’m still learning how to do it every day. Yes, I get stressed sometimes about it but I pull through it and try to be better next time.
You said that you feel God is calling you to be a Registered Nurse RN so I would do it. I wouldn’t let all of that stuff talk you out of being a nurse because it is just your brain trying to scare you out of it lol. Sometimes as humans if we feel doubt or nervous about something we try to cope with it by telling ourselves we aren’t good enough. I felt the same way when I was in nursing school and questioned if nursing was even for me. Glad I stayed with it because I LOVE it. There are so many opportunities.
Mother of 3, thanks again for your question and I hope I helped you out. Good luck with everything and God bless.
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