Post # 1
Hi so I am a nursing student and I’ve been in school a little over seven months. I go to the evening program which is 5-10pm for lecture and 4:30-10pm for clinicals. I also have a 15 month old. Does anyone have any tricks to handling school with a toddler? My child wakes up anywhere from 5-6:30am and is like an energizer bunny! I’m feeling burnt out between classes, lack of sleep and family life. Help!
Post # 2
victorialew : That sounds so tough. Nursing school on its own is challanging, and with a toddler must be so tough. Can you do part time day care to get breaks during the day, hire a nanny, inlist family to help. Is baby’s dad helping? Cut time when possible on chores, let the house go a little, live on frozen dinners for a while.
Post # 3
what time is bedtime? can you push it a little later? (we tried this a few months ago with my now 16m old and it didn’t work, but worth a shot).
my son wakes between 6:30/7. i’m pregnant now and he tires me out. when i need him to take an earlier nap, i run him ragged at the playground in the mornings. he will usually take a 2 hour afternoon nap but days when we are really busy, he will nap for 3-3.5 hours.
i work full time during the week, but on weekends, i nap when he naps.
maybe on days you go to school, you can take a nap too while LO is napping.
can dad help out more? we are starting to look into a 2 year old program for a few hours a day.
Post # 4
I have debated pursuing a nursing career, but have the same dilemma. With your said struggle, would you still recommend it?
Post # 5
Holy cow- I don’t blame you for being burned out. Getting through nursing school was difficult enough without a kid! I remember having to babysit my niece a few times before exams and it stressed me out since I felt like I couldn’t study at all. I agree with PP, is there any way you can use a daycare or nanny or even family members to babysit so you can get a break?
kittytwo : If your heart is set on nursing, go for it. I was in an office job that I hated and never looked back. I’m in my first year working in neurosurgery and I love it. Granted, it’s stressful, but there’s nothing else I’d rather do. Nursing school is tough but definitely doable, and if you can get family to help with childcare or use daycare so you can have time to study all the better. Best of luck to you xx
Post # 6
kittytwo : Nursing school is worth it if that’s the career you know you want to be in! It is extremely challenging with a LO. My fiancé is currently the only one working in the household so I can focus and finish on time. With that being said I think I would’ve held off till my LO is in a 3 year old program just so I have time to study more and actually sleep considering both our parents have busy schedules and cannot watch our son.
Post # 7
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I had a baby my last semester of nursing school and still managed to graduate on time. It wasn’t easy but it was either finish or defer graduation 6 months and I needed to start working. I also had a 3 year old. My campus had an onsite daycare that I brought my older child to (before I had the baby) and after I had the baby, i was fortunate to have my husband, mother, and sister all rotate shifts to be with both kids at home while I was at school or clinicals.
It was very overwhelming, but school is temporary and then your career begins. Those were the hardest years of my life, but so so worth it. Good luck!
Post # 8
1. Be realistic about grades. Grades matter in that you need to know the clinical material very well, be able to practice safetly, know how to think critically, and know what questions to ask. It is also crucial that you know how to do NCLEX-style nursing exams well (which really is just critical thinking– some people say it is a stupid way of testing, but I don’t agree at all). Graded things that DON’T matter: nursing diagnoses, half-assed research projects (a real research project, sure, but…), papers on accupuncture, care plans, etc. Prioritize what you need to know to be a good nurse, and accept that you don’t have the time to worry too much about the fluff that doesn’t. I killed myself in nursing school, only to get out and realize that while being a good student is essential, I probably could have learned more and gotten more out of the experience if I focused on what I’d actually need to practice.
2. Ask for help. Nursing is wonderful in that it is a female-driven, female dominated profession. I’d bet half your professors and preceptors were in your position once. It isn’t a crutch, but letting them know when you are struggling or have a week where there is a ton on your plate never hurts. They might have some good advice or insight.
3. Babysitters. No student/one income household has the $, but it is really essential to get a few hours to yourself every week. You’ll make a decent wage soon, don’t risk burning out of nursing school and being left with that debt to save a little more $ now. Alternatively, are there other nursing students you could swap babysitting with? I.e., I’ll take little Tim saturday if you can take Joey on Sunday.
4. Everyone is burned out. It’s normal. It sucks, but it is normal. I promise there IS more to life than your nursing program, though they scare you in to thinking there is not, and there is a weird hive mindset. It all becomes a bad memory soon. You aren’t weak, it’s just a super intense atmosphere to prepare you for a super intense career. Nursing burns you out in a different way, but over time you learn how to recognize it and deal with it. You don’t have those skills yet– no one in your phase of nursing does.
5. Remember it is all worth it. Seek out clinical experiences and moments where you get to really help people. It’s the biggest rush in the world and reminds you why we all do this to ourselves 🙂