Post # 1
so I have been going back and forth with my plans for school in the fall. I have two semesters left if I go full-time and then I’m done. Husband is getting laid off from work at the end of april beginning of may sometime. Not sure for how long he will be laid off but we talked if he’s still laid off when I go back to school I could just go full time since he’ll be home. The only thing is, that’s still going to be a lot of work w/ this being our first! I dont know what to expect and I dont want him to have no time by himself ya know what I mean?? Not to mention I’m going for Nursing so it’s very hard and lots of studying but if he’s laid off it would be nice for me to finish next spring so I can get a job. If not I wont graduate till dec/2011. Everyone says I should just go part-time next semester because it will be too much your supposed to take 6 weeks to stay home etc. any opinions would be great but I will prob end up just doing part-time and finish when I can :/ I also planned to breastfeed and I think it would be too hard if I was going full-time lol
Post # 3
Honestly from someone who went through nursing school, its stressful! Our last quarter we were all about in tears on a weekly basis. I honestly do not feel this best time to also be taking care of a newborn. Where at in your schooling will you be at that point? Even with your husband home you are going to have sleepless nights and you have to devote a lot of time to not only studying but you need energy for clinicals. I’m trying to get pregnant now and also back in school for my bachelors RN and I will take a quarter off for when our baby, if, comes. Been there and I just know I won’t be able to nor will I want to be apart that long from my newborn. Now, I did go to school with girls who did just give birth and it worked for them, but this is solely what I would do and my reasons why. Good luck!
Post # 4
I am going to school full-time and I have a 1 year old. I went back to school the week after my daughter was born and I breastfed. My fiance worked full-time and we alternated between him staying at home with the baby and me staying at home while he was working. It was hard and it still is, but when you’re done it will feel like such an accomplishment. I have two more semester left and I can’t wait. If you want to talk about it more you can message me.
Post # 5
Honestly, I think you’re going to need to take too much time off in the middle of the semester to do classes this fall. And if you’re breastfeeding and you have to do clinicals, you may not be able to take a break whenever you need to pump. Do you have an academic advisor you could talk to, or is there a department that deals with women’s issues? They may have better suggestions about what people typically do in this situation…
Post # 6
I knew two girls in my class who got pregnant and one had her’s in march and turned around and was back in a few days. She has three kids already and had someone to watch the baby. This is my first so I dont know how it will be. I will be in clinicals I will have critical care lecture , critical care clinical and then community lecture and clinical. My adivisor said if I go part-time to do just the community cuz critical care is a lot of studying. I am waiting on the schedule so I can see the hours etc.
Post # 7
That’s so tough. I would want to stay home so as not to miss out on that precious time, but ultimately, you gotta do what you gotta do to make a life for the three of you! I think maybe you’ll have to play it by ear. I would lean toward going part time though. Good luck!
Post # 8
Is there anyway you could take summer classes either now or next summer and then be done by the time next fall came around?
I think it would be best to take the time off (or at least part time like your advisor suggested). It’s your first so you don’t know exactly what to expect as a mother and how your body is going to handle everything. Also I would be concerned doing clinicals and then coming home to a newborn whose immune system isn’t as strong as yours. If this was your second and you knew what to expect I would say give it a shot, but since it’s your first I would stay closer to home for the first few months.
Hope you can find a solution that works for you!
Post # 9
It seems really intense to me for you to go straight back to school. I’m sure it can be done some way, some how, but I’d really explore all of your options.
Beyond talking to your advisor, talk to the person at your school that coordinates leave of absences and maternity issues. I’m sure they have a person that handles all of this… To me, it would make sense that if you absolutely have to take classes in the fall, that you could maybe due a part time load.
Best of luck!
Post # 10
A girl in my microbiology lab had her baby 2 weeks ago. She stayed home for a week and came back to school. She just said, “do what you gotta do to finish!”. It sucks but I know a lot of nursing students (her, too) who have kids young and in school so it’s possible!