Tonight, I graduate from nursing school

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Registered: 10-05-2009
Tonight, I graduate from nursing school
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Fri, 12-10-2010 - 3:47pm

I will go on to get my Bachelors degree in January, but tonight, I graduate. It's been a very long, very hard road..... Just had to come back and check in one more time.... I hate the new boards, it's too hard to find the one I'm looking for.... I get lost finding this board every time!

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-15-2009
Fri, 12-10-2010 - 5:03pm

Congratulations!

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Registered: 07-08-2004
Fri, 12-10-2010 - 7:36pm

Congratulations!! What a wonderful accomplishment! How do you feel???

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Registered: 10-05-2009
Sat, 12-11-2010 - 2:02am
first, a full family feud during the reception following the ceremony, that was nice... UG! Tomorrow, we'll all get together for dinner, most of which I'm providing and probably also preparing. It's as if my family just doesn't get what a huge accomplishment this was for me. After the ceremony and the separating of people who should just keep their mouths closed, I came home and did the dinner dishes from the meal that I didn't eat because I had to be there early.... UG! Maybe I should just celebrate now and start drinking......I'm not a really happy camper right now
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Registered: 10-05-2009
Sat, 12-11-2010 - 2:03am
It was really strange. Right after the ceremony, I physically felt different. It was weird. But it all seems so surreal, like so what, we did this, but we still have to go back in January. It's a weird feeling...
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Registered: 07-22-2009
Sat, 12-11-2010 - 1:30pm

congrats on your graduation! isn't such a great feeling?!! you said that you start your BS program in Jan... as in next month? i hope you have at least 3 weeks in between programs.

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-22-2009
Sat, 12-11-2010 - 1:31pm
ugh... i have a similar family situation. i totally feel for you! (((HUGS)))
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Registered: 07-08-2004
Sun, 12-12-2010 - 12:49pm

No matter how poorly your family reacts, it is a huge, HUGE accomplishment. When I graduated with my BA as an adult, it was one of the highlights of my life..Seriously. So I know exactly what you're talking about. It's really unfortunate your family doesn't recognize your huge achievement, but trust me, all of us here cheer your accomplishment.

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Registered: 07-10-2010
Mon, 12-13-2010 - 9:13pm

Hi,

Just curious, was it hard going through nursing school w/kids? I was considering it, but have a toddler. Don't think I could manage until she was older. I know someone who completed RN program and she a big family of kids. She said she had to study constantly. I am a little wary because I don't know if I could deal with the stress levels. I could do a part time program, but there don't seem to be any around here.

And congratulations on graduating!

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Registered: 05-15-2009
Tue, 12-14-2010 - 10:23am
I'm sorry about the family drama. I wonder if we might possibly share a family?! It is a huge accomplishment and something to be proud of, especially since you did it with kids! How much down time do you get before you need to go back?

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Registered: 10-05-2009
Tue, 12-14-2010 - 12:05pm
I not only did this with kids, I was also a foster parent when we started and we added 3 toddlers to our family early in the program. But I had no support at home, had to take those kids with me rather than leaving them home with the parent that was here. Then, I got served with divorce papers in the 1st quarter, the night before a presentation. Got divorced right at the beginning of the 2nd quarter, plus my mom got really sick and spent several weeks in the hospital. My relationship with my oldest boy dropped off to none (he's out on his own). Started dating, bf moved in. My kids got sick. Um, yes it was stressful to do this with kids at home, and being a single parent, and my xh has made this as hard on me as he could. Studying becomes a way of life. With only a toddler at home, you are in good shape. You should just go for it, you won't regret it. You'll have to figure out how to rearrange your life around school and studying, you'll learn fast to prioritize your time. I went to school when I had a toddler at home (years ago, when I only had 1 child and was a single mom then, too). I planned my school classes so that I had study time built in while he was at daycare. I rearranged his home schedule, taking away his nap, which he was fighting every day anyway, and moved his bedtime to 7pm, then I could study after I put him to bed. That worked out really well for me. There aren't any part time RN programs here, either. Just be sure your school has NLN accreditation, if they don't, go some place else. And talk to some nursing students first, too. I do not recommend the school I just graduated from and tell everyone that asks me to attend a different school! Talking to the students will tell you what it's really like and may give you a leg up, tips, instructors to head to and avoid, that kind of thing.

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