Homeschooling Nursing Students &Nursing

  1. Is it possible to attend nursing school and homeschool a young child (say a kindergartner through 2nd grade) as a team with DH or another family member? I am just looking for some encouragement that this can be done.

    I am also curious if nurses find their schedules conducive to homeschooling?
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  3. by   Bobbkat
    As a nursing student it would have been impossible for me to homeschool a child. I was in class and clinicals 4 days a week, all day. My daughter wasn't old enough for school, so I had to shuttle her around to relatives homes for daycare.

    The sheer workload of nursing school is crazy. I have a previous BS degree. I've always had a really easy time with school, never been much of a 'studier' per se. Nursing school changed that! I know that I still didn't have to work quite as hard or study as much as some of my classmates, but it still took major dedication.

    I guess if your husband will be home all day and is willing to do a LOT of the homeschooling it might work, but I can't imagine homeschooling a child(and I used to be a 5th grade teacher, so it's not like I don't know what goes into teaching) and going to nursing school full time.

    If your priority is on homeschooling, could you go part time in the nursing program? That would free up some time. As for the scedule of an RN, I think it could be done, depending on your hours. If you worked 3 12 hour shifts, you could spend the other 4 days homeschooling. You would get very little 'free' days though, though you may deal with that better than I would.
  4. by   NurseHopefulGA
    My thought is that while I am in a nursing program, I wouldn't be able to manage the HS myself. However, I may be able to allow other family to do so until I complete my program.

    I am looking at an accelerated RN to NP. I just want to be realistic in what is possible. Fortunately, I think my child is young enough that the next couple of years will be fairly easy to manage for my HS helper Then I can manage once I graduate. There is much to consider.

    Thank you!
  5. by   sk8inghunny
    I have 5 children and I say YES, its possible! You can do anything you set your mind to, I plan to homeschool all of mine through nursing school....with my husband's help...well I'm gradating one next I'll only be hs'ing 4.
  6. by   sk8inghunny
    I should also note that all of my pre-req's will be completed by the time I enter nursing school, that's also a big factor.
  7. by   Justanotherday
    I homeschool two children and am taking prereqs. My school offers an evening/weekend nursing program that begins each spring (the fall program is the day one). So I will be able to continue homeschooling. We are typically done with their school work by lunch time, so the afternoons will be my study time.

    One of the reasons I chose nursing was because it was something that I could do part time in the evenings and weekends until my kids are grown, then switch to full time days when the time comes. Our youngest two are 5 and 8 and I have homeschooled for 15 years, so I am pretty much a die-hard!

    If my school did not offer an evening program, I would not be able to even think about nursing school most likely. However, my husband is self employed and is often able to take our kids to work with him, so we probably could adjust our schedules if we had to. More likely, though, I would hold off on a nursing program until they were older because homeschooling is more important to me than nursing. Probably become a CNA for a few years. I could still get my prereqs done while they are young since the classes are so flexible (day, evening, weekend and online options). One of the many beauties of homeschooling is the flexibility! I see no reason why you couldn't be successful in both. Especially at the grades you will be doing, I know for us kindergarten work is done in under 45 minutes and 2nd grade only takes about 1.5 hours per day.
  8. by   vintagemother
    I wanted to homeschool and I know there are moms on here that said they do homeschool and go to school, but I can't see where I have time to plan curriculum and provide instruction as well as study. )-:

    I have tentatively decided not to homeschool my younger kids, although really want to.

    A lot might depend on your school schedule.

    Anything can be done if you put your mind to it.

    If you are an experienced homeschooling mom, you will probably already have systems in place, which will help!
  9. by   Justanotherday
    I don't have time to plan curriculum, either! I used to do that with my older boys, but I was ten years younger and didn't have as much on my plate. I now use a "canned" curriculum (Rod & Staff) which is open and go. I don't plan a thing, just flip to the lesson for the day and do it.
  10. by   Sand_Dollar
    Just some background on me. I homeschooled my children (DS age 12, DD age 16) for about 8 years. In the fall of 08 I started my pre-reqs.

    My daughter was pretty much self teaching and was ahead a couple grades. By chance, we found an online highschool for my DD that would pay for an Associates Degree, so I stopped homeschooling for this sole purpose and switched. She has already finished her first couple of college classes and turned 16 a couple of weeks ago. (All thanks to Homeschooling!!!)

    My son had some problems (discovered he had ADHD) and so I was always worried how he would do in school outside the home. But, after that fall semester when I started, I just couldn't do it. I found another online school ( that is a public school and he initially struggled. They started him at the beginning of the grade (rather than mid-year because it was Jan) and he started falling behind. I got him on some ADHD meds and it helped his focus immensely. He caught up, did 2 years in a year and a half and finished gr 6 this spring with all A's. I expect him to start working ahead just like his sister, now that he 'has caught his wind'.

    When I did the homeschooling, I initially did everything myself, but towards the end we used the Bob Jones curriculum. It was way more hands on when the kids were younger, they NEEDED the interaction and one on one. It would take hours of my day and was all I did. When I started my pre-reqs, I tried to keep it up with my son who still needed help, but just could not. He required way too much direction, and attention.

    If I encountered difficulties with just 7 credits, there is no way I could have done it with a full load, let alone NS. I don't want to discourage you from homeschooling your child, but someone's school *may* suffer... either yours or your child's, even with a team.

    There are other options out there, where you can instruct them at home and still get a good education. It was developing and walking them through the curriculum which took the majority of the time for me. Answering questions and marking work was the next. I am very happy with k12, its a free program in my state because its public. My son gets a home room teacher, meets with his class online once a month, hands in work samples and does his stuff online with me just having to mark attendance. It is more work if your child is in a lower grade.

    There are other options to also consider; there are schools that use satellite instruction, k12 has a private option where you buy the curriculum, some have DVDs and Bob Jones even has a whole grade available on an external Hard drive. Just expect, no matter what curriculum you use, it will take twice the time you thought! lol

    I am sure, if you have a great support system for teaching it can be done. There are parents who do way more! Like some of the above posters suggested, you may want to consider a part time NS or other options. We all have methods that are unique to our situations, good luck finding yours.

    Homeschooling is great!
  11. by   NurseHopefulGA
    Thank you for the great responses. I certainly have a lot to consider. My child is young, so that gives me some flexibility as well.

    I have a terrific support system, which would be very helpful for a demanding class schedule. Also, due to my child's age, the actual amount of time required to homeschool is fairly minimal. I could enlist the help of family to accomplish this or even do homeschooll in the evening, leaving my child's days free for learning experiences and activities.

    I suspect if I am interested in pursuing nursing, this is the time (due to my child's age) to do this. The work schedule of a nurse is particularly attractive for a homeschooling parent, so pursuing it now is even more important.

    Thank you again for your suggestions and advice!
  12. by   HM2VikingRN
    Moved to family forums....
  13. by   Spidey's mom
    I think the age of your child is an advantage - Kindergarten to 2nd grade is actually pretty easy and can be done in a very flexible manner without any real schedule. We were always finished way before noon - it is nothing like a public school schedule. You could parse it out over the day or week in a way that fits well with what you and your husband are doing.

    So, yes it can be done!

    I've done it and am considering it again with our youngest.

  14. by   birdcage
    There are so many wonderful things about homeschooling. One of them is flexibility. But there are only so many hours in the day. Make sure your kids aren't the ones who get short-changed.
    When I started NS, I sent the kids to public school and did homeschool during the summers. There is no way I could have continued to homeschool and still maintain my grades.
    If you are the praying kind, pray about your children's education.

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