(Closed) Pregnancy and back to school (nursing)? Thoughts and advice please

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@HisMoon:  I was pregnant while in nursing school. My best advice for you is find an associate program that allows you to get your LPN after the first 18 months. This will ensure that if you have to put the rest of nursing school on hold you can still work as an LPN and use your nursing knowlegdge and make decent money. But I will tell you that you never know how your pregnancy will go. I was 7 months along when I had to withdraw for a semester and that summer due to preeclampsia. I did go back and finish. I worked as an LPN part time, was in school full time and had a baby. It can be done. (my husband worked full time) 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I’m waiting until I am completely done with school before TTC. 

I can’t tell you what is right for you but I found myself exhausted and sick while I was pregnant with my daughter. I was also constantly sick and had memory issues. In my current graduate program anyone that gets pregnant drops out as it has been difficult to juggle all of it.

That being said sometimes waiting until you are done with school sounds like it may be a long time and when all is done you may find it difficult to conceive. 

I do believe the old adage is true “there is no right time to have a baby”.

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@HisMoon:  

Well given your age I would suggest giving it a go now. 

However I would not discount a bachelors program as I did find a lot of my generals online. I would caution you that in my area LPN’s are not getting hired. I was just talking to a coworker yesterday about this fact and we only hire nurses with a 4 year degree. 

If I were you I would go big or go home 🙂 that is my personality.

I am in my 30’s but I only have a year and a half left to my masters so I am waiting just because of that. 

Good luck!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

@HisMoon:  I am a nurse. I did an associate program- Nursing school is hard. Almost 50% of students don’t finish. You’ll have classroom work, labs and clinicals. It pretty much like working full time for free! I barely worked while I was in school so I really couldn’t imagine having kids or being pregnant through all that but people do it. You can absolutely make it work somehow if that is what you really want, it just won’t be easy. Especially because you don’t have to work also it wil make it more doable.

I would talk to your prospective school about their policies on Leave of absense and such incase you do give brith during the middle or a semester.

Because of your ages, I wouldn’t delay TTC for school! I would def do both and take it one day at a time. Nursing is a very rewarding career and even with the weird hours it is a great job with families because you only work 3 days a week.  

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

@jessdoxy:  I agree, LPN’s where I live are pretty much unheard of. Many hospitals are even limited hiring to Bachelor degrees only because, well they can given the current economy and how many applicants they have per job posting. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

@HisMoon:  yeah it is kind of a bummer. When I got my Associate I really thought I was done with school. I have had 3 different RN jobs and was hired without difficulty but now the way things are newgrad nurses are having a hard time where I live. We just hired 6 newgrads in my unit out of 300 applicants. So they can be really picky on who they hire.. I don’t think it will be this way forever. Since a lot of the baby boomer nurses will be retiring in the next few years I hear there is supposed to be a nursing shortage again but I haven’t seen any signs of that now. I am hoping having my associate plus experience it won’t effect me if I want to change jobs but i still want to get my Bachelors just in case. It is just so hard to motivate myself to spend the money on it when I will have the same job and same pay as I do now after getting the extra degree:/

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@HisMoon:  Hi!  I’m graduating from an associate’s nursing program May 20th (hooray) and start an RN to BSN program May 28.  I have known a few people that were pregnant when I started the program two years ago and I do know that a few had to withdraw from the program.  I can’t relate as far as being pregnant and doing nursing school but I do work 20-30 hours a week and go to school almost full time and it is incredibly hard to balance the rest of life on top of that and I’m ‘B’ student.  Clinicals are difficult without being pregnant because you’re on your feet all day and I know that plenty of nurses work while pregnant but they’re not also focusing on learning a new career field.

 

My advice would be to either go to school now, finish, than TTC OR get pregnant, have the baby, than go to nursing school.  I have many friends that are in the program now that have kids and none can imagine being pregnant or having an infant when in class.  That being said, it’s only my personal opinion but just trying to give you some insight.

 

By me, no hospital is hiring associate degree nurses anymore so I chose to go right on into my bachelor’s program and will be done with that May 2014.  Everyone that I’ve talked to that did the associate than bachelor’s route has said once you pass the NCLEX your bachelor’s program is much easier because you’ve already learned the fundamentals and are potentially working in the field already.  Maybe you can ttc than?  Good luck, let me know if you have any questions I can help you with.

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I also wanted to add that at the Tech school by me several instructors were very accomodating to pregant students, one just gave them whatever grade they had when they delivered even if it was the second week of class. You might be pleasantly surprised how nice some are.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@HisMoon:  I did end up taking summer classes that were prereqs to get into the Bachelor’s program but none that were required to graduate the Associate’s program so your summers should be free

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I work at a nursing school (BSN program) and we do not recommend that pregnant students begin our program. If you become pregnant during the program, it may be ok, but almost all students end up having to drop out when they get into their third trimesters. A lot of it has to do with lifting requirements and the fact that it’s a rigorous program. If you have to miss for any reason it is very hard to make it up. I’m not trying to be a Debbie downer, but just being honest. 

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