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'Is it possible to study adult nursing with a three month old baby?'


Can you advise this new student nurse?

”I was due to start university in September, but became pregnant unexpectedly so I’ve deferred until March 2017. My baby will be three months old when I start and I don’t know if I will be able to do adult nurse training with a three month old. I know other students have children whilst at university and have managed, but a three month old baby?

”I have worked so hard to get my place in university and been at college for two years so I really don’t want to give up now.

”But with the bursaries stopping after March I don’t really have a choice.

”In college we did have people from the university come and explain about childcare and what’s available but I didn’t pay any attention as I didn’t think I would have any children when starting university. So my knowledge of the support and financial help you receive in university when having children is really poor.

”I would really appreciate any parents who have young children to give me a bit of advice please? How do you afford going to university and having a young baby and the childcare? Is it possible?

“Thank you all”

- Worried mum-to-be, Jeanette

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Readers' comments (5)

  • It's completely possible. Lots of my my cohort have young children 🙂 remember a 36 hour week on placement can only be 3 long days - so 4 off.

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  • I'm in my first year and have two children aged 2 and 5. It's hard I won't lie to you, but it can be done. You just have to be organised and plan ahead as far as possible. The difficult part for me is that the timetable changes every week, some weeks I'm only in uni a couple of days, others I'm in full-time. Also the nature of the wards is that you won't work the same days every week. As a result I've had to pay for full-time childcare as there's some weeks I need it and I don't want to lose my children's place. You should get some help with childcare costs through the bursary, unfortunately it only covers around 30% of my childcare costs. You get more help with childcare if you're a single parent, but my partner earns over the threshold for us to get more. I work part-time on the nursing bank as a HCA so we can get by, otherwise I wouldn't be able to cope financially. Even though it's hard juggling everything it's completely worth it and I'm so glad I went into nursing. Good luck!

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  • Hiya
    First off congratulations on securing your place! That is half the battle done. I am a single parent to a wonderful 4 year old, I have no family support and limited friend network, have just started my first year and it's a struggle already. The university should be able to offer you lots of help with respect to finding childcare, they may even have one onsite. Try and budget from the very beginning and if you have enough left over to set aside for rainy days that will be your lifeline. There is childcare funding available for people on low and single parent families if this applies to you. Use family support if it's available to you and don't be afraid to ask the university aswell, they want to be able to help you and will do all they can to make sure you stand in your cap and gown in 3 years time being the best nurse you can be,
    Remember that life happens and you will feel like giving up but nothing is impossible, persevere and you will be holding that degree with a very proud child next to you :)

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  • I had to stop mid way though year 2 (may 2015) as I fell pregnant in 1st year, it was hard going back (April 2106)with a 9month old baby but now I am starting 3rd year and it was actually pretty easy, as some one else said the shifts are most likely 3 long days, so it helps having the 4 days together. The only down side to this was if my shifts fell in a row I didn't see little man awake for days. I was also breastfeeding so had to pump at work, they wards were fab and really understanding. Give it a go!

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  • Your 3 month baby may want you, have you considered that. Look at it from the baby's perspective, would the baby be happy with a mother who is rushed off her feet, coming home stressed at times, being marginalised when you need to get your assignments done. I know what type of mother my children wanted and that's what I did.

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