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'Is it worth doing a 3 year nursing degree when I have 4 small children?'


Do you have any advice for this student nurse?

“I need advice! I’m at a fork in the road of which way to turn. I’m trying to decide between doing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) 3 year degree or a 2 year Registered Nurse degree. I have all my pre-reqs for both but I have 4 small children aged from 2 to 8…

“Any advice from full-time Moms would be great, I haven’t met a Mom who’s a student nurse yet.”

Marjorie, USA


Do you have any advice for Marjorie?



Readers' comments (11)

  • I would do the course that allows as much time as possible to qualify with as little stress as possible. Man, 2 small children are hard work never mind 4. You must put your children first as their childhoods will be gone before you know it and you will look back at their years and remember the stressful time you had trying to fit all that studying and late nights in. Can't you wait until the children are a little older before you embark on this course?

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  • I have 4 children 8,6,3,2 and I'm doing bsc adult nursing degree. It's hard at times but not a constant struggle, if you really want to do it, go for it, it really is worth it. My tips are have a strict bed time routine so you can study whilst the kids are in bed and tip number two is, find a brilliant childminder who you trust because that is half the battle. If you know that they are well looked after, it makes you and them feel better about you not being there as much as usual. Good luck in what ever you decide

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  • i Waited for my kids to become a bit independent. before going back to school cause I didn't have much support. if you have some sort of family support, It will be nice to go for the 3 years program. Going back to school is definitely hectic one more year won't make much difference as you will fall into a routine a couple of months after you start.

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  • I am 39, 6 months into the MSc pre reg mental health nursing course (which takes 2 years) and have 4 kids. The eldest is 20 and is herself at Uni and has left home. The others are twins aged 14 and a 4 year old (with Down syndrome). While I can say I am loving my course and the placements, it has only been made logistically possible by a very supportive husband who is also a student and able to ferry the youngest to nursery every day. My decision to do the 2 year course as opposed to the 3 year was made primarily because I wanted to be out working sooner rather than later. I remember the struggle doing my first degree when the kids were younger. If my kids were currently the same age as yours, I would have chosen the 3 year nursing course to make the load a little lighter on myself. Although I was warned at interview stage about the workload, it is quite another to be immersed in it 6 months later. I am not a fan of people saying "If I were you..." because it generally means "If I were me in your body..." which is unhelpful. However, it would seem that have time on your side. Ensure you have a good support network to keep you buoyant. After all, no student can go through 2 OR 3 years without facing illnesses, appointments, family crises etc at some point. With time on your side, make it that little bit easier on yourself...and the best of luck!

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  • Do the Open University course. Takes 4 years and 2 months but you will have all the flexibility you need. You will be required to complete 15 hours of placement a week but only for about 35 weeks of the year. You will be able to set your own off duty - easy to juggle student life around private life rather than the other way round. You will be studying theory at home when you want. Its really easy and theory is not as hard as people say it is. The OU provides great support all day long and your tutors are always a phone call away. One thing for sure if you really want to be a RN dont put it off till your kids are older!!! Do it now!!!

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  • hi Marjorie, iv had to go back to college to gain the relevant qualifications as my others were out dated to be able to apply for uni for sept, I have three children and waited till they were a little older 8,13 and 18 and now feel they are at the age where they do not rely on me as much. I've just turned 43 so age is no problem. good luck

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  • Go for it. I have two kids, two jobs and i'm studying to be a nurse. It is hard I'm not going to lie, but I'm seeing a different side to humanity that makes me feel what I can contribute is worthwhile. Good luck.

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  • Absolutely, go for it!

    In September I will be starting either a 3 year BSc or a 4 year MNursSci, depending on my grades from my current college course. I'm also a single mother to 2 boys, aged 10 and 7 (the eldest also has autism). I've waited a long time to return to education after having my children in my late teens and I don't regret it at all. I have no doubt it will be hard, but the reward I will get from it, showing my children that hard work pays off and becoming a qualified nurse and helping people, and being able to provide a better life for my children than I can on my current administrator salary will make it all worthwhile.

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  • I am 40 and have 6 children in total 4 are under 6 and two teenagers that still love at home. I have just done the access to get into nursing and going to uni for 3 years to do the degree. I have routine for my children and set times for me to study with a purpose set up area to work. Do it for you and for them

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  • Mum's make great nurses and nurses make great mums - go for it!

    Unfortunately I am not a mum but know well from experience with many colleagues and as the daughter of a wonderful loving, competent and caring nurse.

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