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post #61 of 100
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Originally Posted by ihugtrees View Post
Will I be able to get into nursing school (in about 1-1.5 years, after I finish my pre-req's) if I haven't worked in a clinical setting at all? I'm also working on doula certification right now, so I will have some experience doing that by the time that I apply to LPN school...
Not sure about our town's CC, but Edmonds CC includes clinical experience in its pre-nursing program.
post #62 of 100
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Originally Posted by abiyhayil View Post
just got to read the updates, keep chugging mamas! Unfortunately the 'word' is that LPNs are being phased out here in delaware. Our three hospitals won't even look at lpns and everything else needs experience (though I apply anyway) I've even looked for volunteer spots and nothing : (
Oh man, that's not cool . I sincerely hope you're able to find your niche soon though!

Alright student nurse mommies, gimme some input. Right now I'm taking pre-reqs (going to meet with an adviser soon to get some, you know, advise ). What I started pondering was I can get my LPN, find a better paying job. While working at better paying job, I can either:

a) keep going to school to get my RN, get an even better job than I had before, then start apprenticing with a MW or attend midwifery school

b) apprentice with a MW or attend midwifery school then go for my RN

c) some other scenario I haven't thought of yet

I also want to get my Master's down the road as well. Right now I'm thinking of going with (b). Although I don't know if I can defer student loans to attend midwifery school? Have to look into this.

Pros, cons of either scenario? I don't even think this post is really all that thought out b/c I'm supposed to be studying right now. I'm trying to write it out and think things through a bit. Just wanted to put it out there, see what ya'll thought. I can provide further clarification on anything if necessary . Gotta go!
post #63 of 100
Subscribing


Thinking of going back to school to become a RN
with the goal of becomming a lactation consultant
post #64 of 100
Mary Beth, I was in your shoes two years ago- thinking about it, not sure what I needed to do to make going back to uni happen, not sure if it would work with my family commitments, not sure if it was reeealy wanted to do now that I've finally (sort of) grown up. All sorts of not sure things were going through my head. So I decided to try it for one semester, loved it, & continued on. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
post #65 of 100
Im a birth doula, CNA, and currently completing my last prereq to apply for the LPN program. I eventually will bridge to my RN as I want to work in the ER or as a Surgical Nurse. I currently work the second shift at a Long term care nursing facility specializing in Geriatric care.

I have 2 LO's and am gearing up to try for a third at some point in 2011 (I start the LPN program in January IF I am accepted.) So yeah, I am sort of crazy haha!



post #66 of 100
abiyhayil- LPNS are not allowed to work in Hospitals here in MA either. But we are allowed and readily hired in Home Health Care settings, prisons, Geriatric nursing centers, and Dr Offices. You might try that route where you live!
post #67 of 100
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Originally Posted by ihugtrees View Post
I haven't read the whole thread but am subbing so I can later on when I don't have a sick/teething baby asleep on me :-D

So I am considering going into nursing. My background is in childcare--I've been a nanny and a preschool teacher the last few years. I was briefly a CNA, but now that I have a child, I'd really rather be a nanny until my daughter is older. She can come with me to work right now, which is sooo nice. If I was a CNA, I'd be making so little money that I could only afford to pay the cheapest sitter or daycare out there...not exactly what I want for her, especially not at barely 1 year old. So, has anyone ever gone into nursing with little actual medical field experience? Will I be able to get into nursing school (in about 1-1.5 years, after I finish my pre-req's) if I haven't worked in a clinical setting at all? I'm also working on doula certification right now, so I will have some experience doing that by the time that I apply to LPN school...

My goal is to go for my LPN first, then RN...after that, I *think* I want to apply to midwifery school, or maybe just work on becoming an IBCLC.

Also, has anyone run into any issues with going to a community college program? My local community college has a 4 quarter LPN program, then a 3 quarter bridge to RN from there, so I'm kind of excited about that.
This is sort of how my college does the bridge! Actually I think it is exactly the same!
post #68 of 100
This is my first post and I can't believe I never looked on Mothering.com for Moms going to RN school! I've been toying with the idea for awhile. I'm already a Registered Dietitian and have a decent FT job. My daughter is almost 18 months and my husband is a SAHD. I'm very close to getting in to an Associates program. I unfortunately can't do a BSN program, b/c they are pretty much all fast-track and I still have to work full time.

So, am I crazy..
1. I will be working full-time (however, the job I have allows for some study time)
2. I will be going to school 2 nights a week after work (2 full days w/o my baby ) and may have to work on a saturday or do clinicals (another day w/o my baby)
3. We will be postponing #2 until I'm out of school (I will be 35 this year)

Pros:
1. Work will pay for some of my school
2. My husband stays at home and is typically helpful

I think I will do it, b/c I have no job satisfaction. But then I think b/c I'm a RD, I could go the LC route. I have such a relaxed job, low stress, somewhat flexible hours, so why I am leaving this? My job right now, I can focus on being a mom.

Then I think I would really love working in L&D or post partum, NICU, but I really don't think I want to do anything else in nursing. The way the job market is right now, I may not be able to be picky which then I will question why the heck did I miss out on 2 amazing years of my daughters life?

I've been in classes since the spring and it has not been that bad, b/c I did study at work and then study after my daughter goes to sleep. My DH is getting the brunt of it.

Anyways, glad I found this thread!!!
post #69 of 100
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Originally Posted by lanielayne View Post
I have been taking my pre-reqs very slowly. Just finished my second semester FT online at a local college and before that it had been more than a decade since I had been in school. With 5 kids - 3 in elementary and 2 at home - it has been quite a struggle. Next semester I have A&P I and Microbiology which I am pretty concerned about. Anyone have any ideas on what I can do this summer to help me have an easier time? I have taken a medical transcription class that helped me learn some of the meanings of medical terms. Any advice?
I just wrapped up A&P 2. There are some great youtube lectures online. I loved Dr. Goodman's and UC Berkley's Anatomy class by Professor Marion Diamond. She is amazing--writes on a chalkboard and repeats everything! They really helped me b/c my class was online, no lecture. Hope that helps.
post #70 of 100
Thanks for the input, mks! I'll take a look.
post #71 of 100
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Originally Posted by mks1014 View Post
This is my first post and I can't believe I never looked on Mothering.com for Moms going to RN school! I've been toying with the idea for awhile. I'm already a Registered Dietitian and have a decent FT job. My daughter is almost 18 months and my husband is a SAHD. I'm very close to getting in to an Associates program. I unfortunately can't do a BSN program, b/c they are pretty much all fast-track and I still have to work full time.

So, am I crazy..
1. I will be working full-time (however, the job I have allows for some study time)
2. I will be going to school 2 nights a week after work (2 full days w/o my baby ) and may have to work on a saturday or do clinicals (another day w/o my baby)
3. We will be postponing #2 until I'm out of school (I will be 35 this year)

Pros:
1. Work will pay for some of my school
2. My husband stays at home and is typically helpful

I think I will do it, b/c I have no job satisfaction. But then I think b/c I'm a RD, I could go the LC route. I have such a relaxed job, low stress, somewhat flexible hours, so why I am leaving this? My job right now, I can focus on being a mom.

Then I think I would really love working in L&D or post partum, NICU, but I really don't think I want to do anything else in nursing. The way the job market is right now, I may not be able to be picky which then I will question why the heck did I miss out on 2 amazing years of my daughters life?

I've been in classes since the spring and it has not been that bad, b/c I did study at work and then study after my daughter goes to sleep. My DH is getting the brunt of it.

Anyways, glad I found this thread!!!
Have you thought about becoming a doula first?

RD's do seem to have nice jobs. Nursing is not easy, not pretty, is undervalued, but I do enjoy parts of it. The big one being that I can find real meaning in my work, but I get NO accolades from anyone else, really.

And yeah, the job market is tough, even for nurses right now so it might be difficult getting a job in your desired area. But if you know for sure that nursing is what you want to do, and are prepared to trade off a relatively low stress job for an extremely high stress, demanding on-your-feet-at-all-times job, then I say do it.

But try doula work and see if at least that part is more for you. If you love it and want to do the nursing aspect of it as well, then you have a leg up on most other new grads applying for an LD position.
post #72 of 100
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Originally Posted by geekgolightly View Post
Have you thought about becoming a doula first?

RD's do seem to have nice jobs. Nursing is not easy, not pretty, is undervalued, but I do enjoy parts of it. The big one being that I can find real meaning in my work, but I get NO accolades from anyone else, really.

And yeah, the job market is tough, even for nurses right now so it might be difficult getting a job in your desired area. But if you know for sure that nursing is what you want to do, and are prepared to trade off a relatively low stress job for an extremely high stress, demanding on-your-feet-at-all-times job, then I say do it.

But try doula work and see if at least that part is more for you. If you love it and want to do the nursing aspect of it as well, then you have a leg up on most other new grads applying for an LD position.
Thank you for your reply. Yes, RD's do have nice jobs, typically no weekends and no holidays. I think since I am the provider I want even more job security and even more chance of growth in income. I am one of those worry warts and just feel like I need more security since my husband is an artist. I also was thinking the schedule may give me more time at home, however, I could be wrong since my job right now is pretty relaxed. I also think about years down the road and if I'm still sitting at this desk doing the same thing, I'm going to scream! ha! I would have never in a minute thought I would head down this path especially once I had a daughter. I never thought I would put #2 on hold for a couple of years either. It is really tugging at my heart, but I also want to make a responsible choice for our future. I'm not kidding when I say I change my mind everyday (mainly b/c I am a mom now). I know I will kick myself if I don't try. I thought about the doula route and LC route, but really want to take advantage of the tuition reimbursement and job security I feel I may have more of...ok, i'm just rambling I really appreciate your comments as I need all the help/insight I can get!
post #73 of 100
You could get doula training and do postpartum work on the side until you get in nursing school. This way you don't have to be on-call. It's more scheduled that way. Just a thought.

I wish you the best.

What about critical care RD? We have a critical care RD. She's busy but seems pretty happy. Always moving around our unit, TCU and the other ICU we have. From the outside it does seem to be the same thing every day; calculating the needs and making recommendations. Better than a desk job, though!

Nursing is more dynamic, I think.
post #74 of 100
I just saw this thread. I'm getting ready to apply to a 2 year BSN program (I have a BA in a different field). The program, if I'm accepted, starts in August 2011. I have one year to take any prerequisites I need. So far as I can tell, I need to take Microbiology, Statistics, and a speech class. I'm also applying to a 2 year RN program as a back-up, and for that program I'd need to re-take Anatomy and Physiology because I took them more than 5 years ago, and at this school all the nursing pre-reqs must be less than 5 years old. Oh, I'm also taking a CPR for healthcare providers course this fall at the community college. I've been CPR certified before but only the Red Cross-type cert, not the one for healthcare providers, and it has been several years.
post #75 of 100
I really need to get my doula thing in check and start looking into becomming a lactation consultant.

Meanwhile I am a CNA and drowning. I also have bi-polar disorder and between my accelerrated human bio class, 30 hours a week 3-11 shift at a nursing home, and the kids both being sick, I'm going to lose my mind. UGH.

I need to get business cards made for my doula services.
post #76 of 100
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Originally Posted by MommatoAandA View Post
I really need to get my doula thing in check and start looking into becomming a lactation consultant.

Meanwhile I am a CNA and drowning. I also have bi-polar disorder and between my accelerrated human bio class, 30 hours a week 3-11 shift at a nursing home, and the kids both being sick, I'm going to lose my mind. UGH.

I need to get business cards made for my doula services.
Wow, that sounds like a really full load. I can't imagine being able to handle such a large load. Good job mama for being able to.
post #77 of 100
Oh boy. I'm exhausted. I am almost done my second semester of my MA program. I have one more semester to go. I am trying to take prereqs for nursing and I'm just finishing with psych. Also, I am completing requirements to work at patient care tech. Oh, and I'm moving in a month with a three year old, by myself to TX where my husband is.
post #78 of 100
goodygumdrops- I am with you!! I am EXHAUSTED and finding it really hard to concentrate! I have my IBCLC exam on Monday, a history exam to study for and an A&P exam to do (which I have put on hold until after Monday!) I need caffeine LOL!!
post #79 of 100
Well I submitted my "nursing intent" forms to the school! Now I just have to wait until FEBRUARY to find out if I got in. Grrr I don't want to have to wait so long!
post #80 of 100
Hello! I would like to join. Starting pre-reqs this Fall, and hoping to be accepted into a BSN-RN program. Eventually I want to get a Master's in Nurse-Midwifery. Originally I wanted to just get a CPM, but I know that CNMs have more versatility as far as where they can work, and a greater scope-of-practice.

I am very much of the mindset that birth is best when Mom is allowed to labor as quietly and comfortably as possible with as little intervention as possible, provided the pregnancy is typical (i.e. not high risk). I previously felt that becoming a CNM would make me fall victim to The System, and that I would have my hands tied on so much of what I could "allow" laboring moms to do.

While this is true to some extent, I realized that big change happens best from the inside, so why shouldn't I join the ranks of other women who are trying to make hospital birth more Mama/Baby friendly? I am a big fan of homebirth, but realistically I know that there are many reasons that the majority of people will continue to birth in a hospital (insurance, fear, pressure of family/friends, no homebirth midwives nearby/legal, etc), even if they want a natural birth.

Anywho, enough of my rant.

Any advice for a nursing hopeful?
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