Well…even though she is nursing school, the decision is still not solid. Part of the difficulties…a steady boy has entered into the picture and nursing school hasn’t been very challenging for her.
She’s been a CNA for two years. After working for only a couple weeks there, a patient coded and she performed CPR. She loved the action. That got her wanting to be a EMT so she took EMT classes and volunteers doing that. Right now with nursing classes, they are taking vitals, learning to talk with patients and that type of thing…things she has already done. All of this leaves her, honestly, a little bored.
Being bored plus a boyfriend that won’t be area next year has her mind wondering…and that wondering mind has lead her to checking out different options…an RN…a BSN or maybe still a paramedic. Each day I see her it changes. For awhile as mom, this worried me. Will she finish school?? What do I do to encourage her to stick it out?
She knows she’ll stick it out and get her LPN where she is, but next fall, all bets are off.
I was concerned about it and a little frustrated until I took time and listened to the whole dilemma once again. She loves her boyfriend. They’ve been dating four months now and to be honest, we love him too. I know I hated going to college and being away from my boyfriend (now husband). I can understand that. I can also understand that I set an example to my kids. I put my husband’s job first and I followed where he went…she thinks she wants to do the same. Part of me balked at that and then part of me loved that. That’s tradition family and to be honest, I like traditional family. What I didn’t like is that I thought that meant her settling on a career that wasn’t her potential.
Then she sat me down and showed me all the options there are for nursing programs now days…who knew?!?!? There are online programs, hybrid programs, on site programs…programs through hospitals-programs through colleges. I was still skeptical thinking ya..that’s only in the city. Nope. Those on line programs seem to work with rural areas too. This made me breath a little sigh of relief.
She might go for nursing…she might be a paramedic. She might get an RN…possibly a BSN. Whatever she decides there are options…and there are options to advance in the future. Besides…I am 47 and I don’t even know what I’m doing for sure. How is she to know at 18. I am just thankful that there are many more options for her than there ever were for me.
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