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CJV Due May 16; 2 kids; Utah 159 posts
9th May '13

I am currently in a nursing program with 2 kids one is almost 3 and my second was born the first week of fall semester and haven't missed a single day and am the top of my class. It isn't a walk in the park but completely doable. Most programs in my area are an associates and once you pass the nclex you can apply and move on to a bsn at the same school. There are a lot of rn to bsn programs online that you can get done fairly quickly. As far as the vaccinations go there was a girl in my class that was anti vaccinations and had a waiver and whatnot and she was pretty much told tough shit get them done. The reasoning is that it is protecting the patients not necessarily just you. For instance the area I live in a nurse working in labor and delivery was one that was anti vaccinating and got pertussis and before she realized it had come into contact with 40 brand new babies. They had to contact every single one of these brand new moms and tell them that their baby potentially had pertussis because a nurse who was not vaccinated handled their baby. Personally I would be very upset if that was my brand new baby. The hospitals here will not allow anyone that is not completely current on vaccines work, volunteer, or do clinical rotations. So no rotations= no graduation. I don't know how other states and hospitals are but Im going to assume that a lot are the same way.

Mama Lizzy :] 1 child; Texas 5575 posts
10th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting CJV:</b>" I am currently in a nursing program with 2 kids one is almost 3 and my second was born the first week ... [snip!] ... rotations= no graduation. I don't know how other states and hospitals are but Im going to assume that a lot are the same way."</blockquote>




I can understand why they would be so hard up on it. I am actually up to date ( maybe not meningitis) but there was a whole slew of vaccines on the requirements and some of them I don't know if I want to take the chance with.



I guess I am more worried about missing out on my son's childhood then anything....:/. How is home life right now as a nursing student?

CJV Due May 16; 2 kids; Utah 159 posts
10th May '13
Quoting Mama Lizzy :]:" <blockquote><b>Quoting CJV:</b>" I am currently in a nursing program with 2 kids one ... [snip!] ... I am more worried about missing out on my son's childhood then anything....:/. How is home life right now as a nursing student?"

The first 2 semesters I kind of breezed through don't get me wrong I still spent a good chunk of time working on school but not nearly as much as others in my class. I love school and have an amazing memory. I remember everything so it doesn't take much studying for me to ace tests. I'm the one that throws the curve and don't mind being hated for it! I don't get as much time with my kids as I did when I wasn't in school but I feel like I still spend a lot of time with them. I just started a new semester this week and its going to be a busy one since it is short and packed so I may be missing my kids this semester. I get everything done asap and work on things that are due later in the semester immediately so i don't have a whole bunch at once. And I do it all when my kids are napping or after they go to bed at night so when I am home and they are awake I spend that time with them. I also devote a day every week to absolutely no school and do whatever my kids want to do all day.

Mama Lizzy :] 1 child; Texas 5575 posts
10th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting CJV:</b>" The first 2 semesters I kind of breezed through don't get me wrong I still spent a good chunk of time ... [snip!] ... spend that time with them. I also devote a day every week to absolutely no school and do whatever my kids want to do all day. "</blockquote>



Wow you sound like you have a great system going!



I have a great memory too....well at school anyways....I forget my keys all the time

CJV Due May 16; 2 kids; Utah 159 posts
10th May '13
Quoting Mama Lizzy :]:" <blockquote><b>Quoting CJV:</b>" The first 2 semesters I kind of breezed through don't ... [snip!] ... sound like you have a great system going! I have a great memory too....well at school anyways....I forget my keys all the time"


Hahaha I am the same way I remember everything except where I put my phone, keys, purse etc! My husband says he is going to glue my keys and phone to my hands so I cant lose them anymore! :) At least I haven't misplaced the kids....yet.

.Sweet Dee. 1 child; New York City, NY, Hong Kong 4479 posts
10th May '13
Quoting CJV:" The first 2 semesters I kind of breezed through don't get me wrong I still spent a good chunk of time ... [snip!] ... spend that time with them. I also devote a day every week to absolutely no school and do whatever my kids want to do all day. "


Oh you sound just like me! Except I'm in an LVN/LPN program. We don't get curves :/ And everything is packed. I have a great memory, hardly ever study and everyone hates me for it, so I know what you mean!
OP I agree with everything she said. Even if you have exemptions most programs will want you to be vaccinated. I was up to date but still had to get the meningitis vaccine because of new rules, people staying in dorms are at a higher risk for it. I'd say if you're not someone that has to study alotttt then you will still have time with your child. I stayed home the first 9 months of DS's life and now he goes to daycare full time while I go to school full time with clinicals 3 days a week. We still spend plenty of time together throughout the week and the whole weekend together typically.
Make sure you're ready to wipe a lot of butts at first and smell some VERY strong smells without letting your patient know how bad it is. The simple fact of being able to help someone who is sick gets me through it though...it is so rewarding.
Good luck...I hope you go all the way to CNM! I want to work in labor and delivery as well.

CJV Due May 16; 2 kids; Utah 159 posts
10th May '13
Quoting SaraSaraBoBara:" Oh you sound just like me! Except I'm in an LVN/LPN program. We don't get curves :/ And everything is ... [snip!] ... it though...it is so rewarding. Good luck...I hope you go all the way to CNM! I want to work in labor and delivery as well."


There's not much of a curve left once I'm done with it! :) Love getting 95-100 when the average is in the 70% before any changes. Not any classes that curve this semester but not to upset about it. I don't think there should be curves personally! If you cant do well on a test and are depending on a curve I REALLY don't want you to be my nurse! My cohort learned real fast not to depend on a curve cause I screw it up everytime.

The Honeybun's Mommy Due October 3; 1 child; Texas 955 posts
10th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mama Lizzy :]:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Moses.:</b>" Not sure about the actual questions, but no you ... [snip!] ... to work in birthing centers ideally....ugh that just made me kinda think they might enforce it more heavily around nb....:/"</blockquote>



I Am A RN In The Nursery And I Do Not Have Tdap Or Hep B Vaccines....But I Am Exempt. I Had A Severe Reaction When I Got Them At 15. I Am The First In My Area To Have This Issue The School Took Care Of It For Me, But Took Them Months! I Do Not See Someone Being Exempt From Vaccinations Being In Healthcare, Other Than A True Medical Reason.

Mama Lizzy :] 1 child; Texas 5575 posts
11th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting SaraSaraBoBara:</b>" Oh you sound just like me! Except I'm in an LVN/LPN program. We don't get curves :/ And everything is ... [snip!] ... it though...it is so rewarding. Good luck...I hope you go all the way to CNM! I want to work in labor and delivery as well."</blockquote>



Thanks!



It makes me nervous because I am so anti vaccines :/....my long term goal is to do home births/FSBC as a cnm ....I would be much more considerate of just going to school for my CPM but I wouldn't really have a fall back if I burn out....where as a CNM I would have my BSN ....
I am so in love with everything that goes with midwifery except being on call 24/7/365...which is another reason I want to go for my CNM not to mention better pay/benefits*sigh*...



Do you know what fields you want to work in?

.Sweet Dee. 1 child; New York City, NY, Hong Kong 4479 posts
11th May '13
Quoting Mama Lizzy :]:" <blockquote><b>Quoting SaraSaraBoBara:</b>" Oh you sound just like me! Except I'm ... [snip!] ... reason I want to go for my CNM not to mention better pay/benefits*sigh*... Do you know what fields you want to work in?"


yeah it seems demanding but...again...so rewarding. I want to work in labor and delivery, but as an LVN I can only do scrub for c-sections and maybe scrub for vaginal deliveries. I wouldn't get to do a lot of patient care. And the people that get those positions as LVNs typically keep them so there aren't any openings around here for it right now. I love surgery but hate general surgery (boring) so I'll probably just be a night floor nurse or possibly scrub nurse until I get my RN and can work in L&D.