So I just thought I’d give a little description of my week for those moms who are considering nursing school.
Each quarter we have a 5-6 week clinical rotation, which includes 2 eight hour shifts per week. During those weeks in addition to clinicals, we usually have 1-2 days on campus with lecture and/or lab. After our clinical shift we have LOTS of paperwork. Right now it’s a few hours of writing concept maps and researching drugs when I get home from the hospital. Needless to say, my home slowly unravels during the weeks we have clinicals. On average, during clinicals, I usually spend 30-35 hours on school/clinicals/studying–about 24 hours of that away from home, and the remainder doing paperwork and studying at home.
When we are not in clinicals, we usually spend more time with labs and lecture. My time commitment those weeks is probably closer to 15-30 hours, depending on the week, with half of that on campus, and half of that studying at home.
I still make dinner 4-5 times a week, albeit much simpler meals. My kids have friends over after school a few times a week at my house, but I try to limit their extra-curricular activities like rockclimbing and soccer to Friday afternoons and the weekend so I’m not driving them around midweek. (That’ll change this Spring when swimteam begins again).
My house is somewhat presentable which means all the public rooms are tidy, but the non-public areas get worse and worse as the quarter progresses. I’ve bought more socks/underwear/jeans for everyone so we can get by on doing laundry only on the weekends. I do grocery delivery. Funny guy gets the girls to school 3-4 times a week, which means their hair looks…interesting sometimes…but nobody seems to mind. They eat school lunch. I try not to think about that. I try really hard not to think about that. Shudder. I am there to pick them up after school 7 times out of 10. (That could change when I get an evening clinical rotation). I jokingly said to a classmate that I’ve had to lower my expectations for myself this year, but it is actually true. And it’s working for me.
We still entertain occasionally. We still ski on some weekends. There’s still plenty of time to hang out, as long as it’s not a weekend before an exam. And I do usually get in 4-5 hours of studying on the weekends, much much more if there is an exam on Monday.
Overall, I would say that nursing school is not as tough as I expected. As far as content, I thought A&P and Microbiology were far more difficult. But the time commitment, as a mom, is tougher. Every day is different, so I’m always having to check my schedule and juggle things around. I’ve had to get used to not getting my kids off to school. Funny guy has really stepped up, and I think his support is crucial to our survival. And I’ve had to get used to not being there for everything like I always was before–I’ve missed the girls’ field trips and class parties, I’m no longer the room mother, I don’t volunteer in their classrooms as much. But we’re all getting along fine, for the most part.
Almost 1/3 of the way done!