If you are considering a career in Nursing I strongly suggest you consider going as far as you can educationally speaking.
When I first decided to go into the field of Nursing I was unable to attend Nursing School right away. I was in the process of taking my pre-requisite classes when I learned I was pregnant with my oldest son. The school I was attending made it very clear you can NOT go into “Clinicals” if you’re pregnant or if you have a child younger than 1 year old. The reason behind that school of thought is:
- Liability: The state and the school would be liable if you were to hurt yourself while working/ attending clinicals off site at various hospitals.
- Children ages 1 year and under require many doctors’ appointments that require time off from school.
The school was funded by a state sponsored program. The rules were very strict and the program extremely advanced. During the one year program you were only allowed to miss 5 days of school. So, I decided to attend a nursing assistant program while I was pregnant with my son. The nursing assistant program was only 1 month and guaranteed employment if I completed the program and passed a written test and a clinical examination.
Compared to nursing school the nursing assistant program was a “breeze”. It taught basic knowledge of how to care for a patient. Things like how to change an occupied bed and an un-occupied bed. Basic hygiene care for patients and things most adults should already know.
I often look back on that time as a learning experience and a means to an end. I completed the course, found a job at a nursing home where I worked until my son was born. Once my son was 6 weeks old I convinced the Dean to allow me to sign a waiver of responsibility/liability and I attended nursing school. I completed nursing school with top honors and later went back to school for my Masters in Nursing. A decision I will never regret. The way I look at it, if you’re going to do something, get all of the knowledge about that profession that you can. Along the way obstacles may and in my case “always do” line your path. Remain true to yourself and to your dreams a delay does not mean an “End”.