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    Default Is it even possible for a single mother to study/become a nurse?

    Hey guys,

    I'm looking at trying to get back into the workforce and having a really hard time of it. I had m daughter young, and finding due to my lack of experience (i've only ever worked in cust service call centres) most of the jobs i'm finding available at the moment are for people outside of childcare hours.

    I've always wanted to become a nurse, and since my daughters just started school I've considered going to study. However, I was told by a friend that it's nigh on impossible for a single mother with 100% care of their child to become a nurse due to the hours, and even studying will be hard as placements are on rotating rosters.

    I'm just wondering if there are any single mums out there that have done it? Is my friend right?

    Thanks in advance.

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    I'm not a single mum but I have just started studying nursing this year and have a number of single mums in my classes (we are all doing it part time so only 2 subjects a term, while everyone else is doing it full time). I am married but dh works really long hours and my kids are only 3 and 4 which means a lot of juggling but it's absolutely worth it. I have my first placement coming up in a couple of weeks which is from 6:30am to 2:30 Monday to Friday for 2 weeks. My mum lives 2 hours away but I've given her plenty of notice and she is coming for 2 weeks to help with the kids.

    It is entirely possible.

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    I only think it's possible if you have a lot of support aka babysitters.

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    Well I guess that rules me out. I'm on my own, and don't really have anyone around to help. I'd be relying on before and after school care, but that doesn't start til 7:30ish and ends at 5:30 :/

    What jobs are there out there for single mothers?

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    Try a family daycarer that does shift hours/weekends?

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    I've looked into that, as have been looking for any kind of work for months but the ones in my area and surrounds are completely booked out.

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    My family day care lady mentioned she is getting her upstairs area certified so she can do overnight and weekend care for kids and that she gets an additional incentive for caring for shift workers. Specifically nurses & ambulance officers since the rate of women returning to work in these areas is quite low due to the stresses on the family and lack of out of hrs care.

    There are a few groups of family day care organisations and they always have new vacancies opening & changing. So don't let it deter you, of you really want to do it - go for it! You will make it work.

    Also who's to say you have to take a job as a nurse on shift work. There is full time nurses at most day clinics and dr surgeries as well. So once your studies are done you might not need out of hrs care
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    I tried studying nursing last year and wasn't terribly family friendly at all. I'm a single mum with no support either but the hospital I did my placements at allowed a degree of flexibility. Like if I had to leave early one day, I could just stay back later another day and make up the hours. I guess it's really luck of the draw where you end up though.

    If nursing is your passion and you definitely want to pursue that career path, what about starting off with a certificate 3 in aged care or health service assistance? You will have about 2 weeks of prac but it's far less demanding than nursing itself.It will get you some industry experience and you could eventually look at studying further to become an EEN or an RN when your DD is older.

    There are a few other tafe courses in health like allied health assistance, an admin one aimed at working in health, and possibly others?. Maybe they would be worth a look as a starting point?

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    A lady up the road from us is a single mother and a nurse, I know because she's the tenant of an old work colleague. Not sure of details but there are people out there


 

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