Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Much Needed Break is Ending

Ok, so I survived Med-Surg nursing!

After a break from this blog, school, and pretty much everything else, it's back to the grind starting Monday in my maternal-child nursing class.

I've got all my tuition paid up but I'm short of funds to get my book until I've been in the class for a few days. That sucks because I technically have a reading assignment I can't even do until I get the book!

The good news: this course is only 6 weeks long! It runs from 5/17 to 6/30. That's much less intense than my med-surg course which lasted from 1/17 until 5/1. I'm pretty happy about that.

The bad news: I don't get a break in between this class and the next, psychiatric nursing. I need breaks to keep me from totally burning out.

The even-worse-than-that news: I have absolutely no idea how I'm going to approach my RN year. I still need academic classes completed to get my degree and stacking those on top of my nursing class and two jobs is completely undoable. These are the scenarios I'm looking at:
  1. Quit my full-time job and work as an LPN. Work two 18 hours shifts on the weekend, one shift during the week, and go to school fulltime and be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN in the spring of 2011.
  2. Keep working at my full-time job, do the academic classes first, then go into the RN program in January and be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN in the Fall of 2011.
  3. Keep working at my full-time job, do all the academic classes I can online, then after the final RN class, I can do finish up the academic classes that I'm not able to do in the summer (like microbiology).

So it's a tough choice and I'm really kicking it around. I'm reluctant to leave my fulltime job because I have a mortgage to make and bills to pay for a large family. Only time will tell... I'm so indecisive and it's getting time to be making a career change I think!! (That makes me incredibly nervous...)


It's just me :) said...

Decisions, decisions. You sound like me a few months back. I hope you are able to make a choice that you are comfortable with. I know how difficult the thought of giving up your full time job can be. Like somebody said to me though, sometimes you just have to jump in head first and see where it takes you. :)

Good luck.

Samantha Nery said...

I hate those no break terms urghh!! Sounds like your down to some serious weighing of the pros & cons to your scenarios! I'm sure you'll be able to make the choice that feels right!! Goodluck! BTW enjoying the blog!

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