Hey I am a RN, ER and ICU plus nurse management is my background. I went to school when my hubby got Crohn's for 2 reasons, I love medicine and I wanted to be able to help my hubby both with his medical condition as well as financial needs.
I have been a nurse for 29 years. I was dx with Anxiety and Depression 3 years into my career and I continued to work and go on to receive certification in Critical Care. My hubby had major surgery when I was going to school and I studied in his hospital room. Did I mention we had 4 children, my oldest was 13 when I went to nursing school.
Yes you can get to your goal. It may take time, but you will make it. The career opportunities for nursing are unlimited. I wish you the best of luck.Kitt
I haven't been on here for a long time, because I am currently going to school for Practical Nursing and I am just finished with my second term. I have crohn's disease, and had been in remission for 1 year and 16 days (my husband counts the days) when I flared one New Year's Eve. I was hospitalized for the week, and only missed 23 1/2 hrs. of school, thanks to the holiday. My classmates didn't know too much about my chron's, but we were doing clinical the days I was hospitalized, needless to say everytime I put my call bell on I had a flood of students in my room!!
Back to your question, I had been doing very well, however, my GI doc and my family doc both agree I came out of remission becaus of the stress of school. However, I wouldn't give up school for anything, if I have pain, I take pain meds when I get home. This is something I have wanted to do my whole life. I am 49 years old, and will graduate in september at 50 years old and hope to take my state boards after that and follow my dreams.
I was given advice on here when I first started school and the main piece of advise was to tell my instructors the first day, and they have been great. They understand when I have to leave the room quickly. I have done my clinials in 2 differnet nursing homes and a hospital and I make sure I don't eat alot at lunch and this seems to help.
I was told to go for it and I did and I am not sorry. So as someone once told me, :" You go girl.