The person giving her assessment told my daughter to go ahead with her plan to get an RN, but not to stop there with her "educational potential" as he called it.
~Cam in Washington
The financial and lifestyle ramifications of this decision (and the sheer amount of schooling) should also be talked over by student and parent together--and perhaps with a nurse and/or physician friend. This may be a crass way of looking at a such a big life decision, but it will affect how your child lives his/her young adulthood and how and when he/she will be able to start a family and raise children.
My husband is a physician, currently in his last year of residency and facing three more of fellowship. He had enough "educational potential" to lead him to a prestigious out-of-state college and then medical school, which left him with a mortgage's worth of student loans which are racking up interest during residency. The average debt after med school (for his graduating class) was about $200,000, so students will be starting out their adult lives deeply in debt. Painful, yet doable, if you specialize, but tough if you want to be a family physician or generalist, who make significantly less money. Also tough if you even entertain the desire to stay home with children for any length of time.
Going straight through college, medical school, and residency (mostly 3-4 yrs, excluding surgery residencies), one will be about 29-30 before being eligible for a "real job" (32-33 for those who decide to specialize). Residency caps your time at 80hrs/wk of work (averaged over a 4 week period), fellowship has no cap on work hours. Balancing work and family is tough for everyone, especially tough for residents/fellows--especially if the spouse has an equally demanding job.
Thinking about how your student pictures his/her life (being the primary breadwinner, being part of a two-earner family, working part-time to stay home with children, etc) and how work fits in to that picture should have a big impact on this decision (ie, if you end up with hefty loans but only want to work part-time to be with children, will that be feasible?).
I don't know much about nursing as a career, but I do know my sister in law will graduate from college as an RN and be ready for a good, in-demand job. If your student's interests seem to be pointing to being an RN but nagging doubts remain ("why not go "all the way" to the MD?"), thinking clearly about how his/her life will play out for the next 6-10 years may be enough to put those doubts to rest.
Dear Lee, This is a question that I had to face myself and many factors go into making any career decision. As a homeschooling mother and wife and physician, there have been times that I wished I had decided to be a nurse instead. As I look back, I can see that the Lord has been guiding me and that gives me confidence to know that I am in the right career.
Hi Lee..I am a fellow nurse as well and I really appreciate your thoughtful insight regarding this topic. Thanks!
Filling out college applications can be stressful for students and parents alike. One thing you don't need to stress about though, is whether or not you need to include your
Parents need to keep the academic records for their teens after graduation . They may be needed for further education in 5 years.... or 10 years... or 30 years after the children