Jump to content

CQU External Nursing & Baby
Study while having a baby?


  • Please log in to reply
11 replies to this topic

#1 cp86

Posted 10 January 2013 - 01:44 PM

Hi All,

I am a newbie to essential baby so pardon my ignorance if i havent yet found my way around the forums correctly!

I got married a few months ago and my husband & I really want to start a family. The only thing is, i really want to do my Bachelor of Nursing as well! We have stopped TTC for the time being until we sort a few things out.

I have a few questions for you all;

1. How did you manage study and parenthood?

2. I am planning on studying nursing externally whilst working part time. Has anyone else done this? or done this whilst pregnant?

3. Having never been pregnant before or had a baby im worried how to manage uni study with a newborn. SHould i decrease my study load or take the whole semester off? Will i be able to manage?


Ultimately i want to finish the degree asap to get back into the workforce and start earning good money again.

Are there any study routes that I have overlooked? Such as a combination of TAFE (EEN) & then Uni masters?


Any advice is warmly welcomed!

Thanks!

CP

#2 Exhaustedbuthappy

Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:24 PM

where are you located?

Is there a reason you specifically want to do it externally?



#3 ~MakkaPakka~

Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:45 PM

Hi original.gif

I am doing  the same course (external as well)

I started the course in 2010 (so this will be my fourth year) and I only have four units to go.

When I started the course I had a five month old baby and I recently gave birth in November.  You can work around the pregnancies and births ect, I ended up pulling out of my subject (was clinical placement based) due to complications with pregnancy and I will start back in term three this year.  I was going to start back term two but the subjects I need to do are term 1 and 3.

Q1 - study and parenthood is quite manageable if you have a good support system.  I am studying with five children now, two of which are on the autism spectrum.  You need to plan your time well and again have a great support network.

Q2 - There are a lot of people doing the course that work part time, even full time, as well as some that are pregnant as well.  It is possible.  

Q3 - I had  to pull out of the semester I was pregnant due to pregnancy complications, but most people have managed it quite well (depends on when bubs is due as well).  Once bubs was born I had planned to take off the term.  I am fully B/F my bub so need and want to be around for the first six months.  You can plan to do non clinical based subjects during this time.  It all depends on how well you go with the baby.   I am glad I had taken the time off due to bubs wanting to be fed every 2-3 hours and quite clingy.

I was the same as you with wanting to get into the workforce asap.  My hubby is unable to work anymore due to health issues and is now carer to our children while I am going to be the income earner.  

If you want to do midiwfery the way to go is a dual degree where you get the degree in 4 years, instead of 3 years nursing plus another 2 years post grad, but other than that I do not know of any other ways to speed up the process.

hope that has helped






#4 B.feral3

Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:16 PM

I am an external CQU student. Not nursing though, Paramedic Science.

I have 3 kids, 2 at home and 1 at school. I am doing one subject every term including term 3 (now!!) With 2 kids I was doing 2 and 3 per term but it's too hard with a baby!! I should be working on a huge assignment now in fact but he wont let me!! I haven't taken any time off though since having my third baby. In fact, he was born mid term 3 last year and I just kept on going!!! (Studied in the NICU every day with him next to me!!)

To be honest, I find being a SAHM boring as bat crap. I like studying and feel like I am accomplishing something and will have something to show at the end of 5 years at home apart from children 5 years older.

Good luck. It can be done.  original.gif

Edited by Bek+3, 10 January 2013 - 03:18 PM.


#5 Bluemakede

Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:36 PM

This will be me this year. I'm a 3rd year nursing student (internal), baby is due during study week at the end of semester 1. I don't plan on having a break, am going to try to soldier on fulltime through semester 2 to finish. But worse case with semester 2 if it becomes to much will be dropping a 20CP (prac based subject) and completing next year instead. I'll still be trying to at least finish the other 2 non prac based subjects. Prac starts wk2 of semester 2 so plenty of time for me to evaluate if I can handle it before census date. My biggest hurdle I feel will be getting through semester 1 prac, I'll be in my 33rd week at that point, and finishing prac just after 37 weeks (it's the end that freaks me out lol).

I do have good support though, my sister and her DH live just around the corner from me and BIL is willing to babysit on an as needed basis for prac time. My parents are also planning to help out as much as possible during the semester.

I have another sister who did her nursing degree external, she took about 5 years to finish it (with masters), she had 3 children during that time. Though she chose to take 6 months off after each birth. There's also a few in my cohort who have had babies, though most seem to be november/december births, so summer to recover. But it is do-able.

#6 B0612

Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:58 PM

I can't give my perspective on parenting and studying as of yet due to being on uni break however I did study whilst pregnant.

I am an on campus student but do take on online units if I can. I found studying whilst pregnant easily manageable. I studied 3 units each sem, completed 4 weeks of prac whilst 5mnths pregnant and sat my last exams at 36weeks pregant and worked part time up until 30 weeks pregnant (finished up early due to issues associated with pregnancy affecting the safety of my work).

If you have an easy pregnancy with minimal issues you can definitely manage. I needed the mental stimulation to keep me occupied, particularly when I went on early mat leave. I have deferred my next sem to have time with the baby and will go back when he is 8months old and will only be doing 1 theory unit and 1 prac unit at a time. It seems to be all mapped out now however realise things may change and need to be adjusted.
I have completed 2yrs of my 3yr degree and will spread out my final year over 2.5yrs.

Good luck op

#7 Giota_78

Posted 10 January 2013 - 04:15 PM

I'm hoping to take on the combined degree (Nursing and Midwifery) externally. Is anyone able to send me the direct link as I am not sure where to look? Little overwhelmed.


#8 Giota_78

Posted 10 January 2013 - 04:16 PM

Furthermore, is anyone entering into this study as a mature age student? Was your entry TER based or were other factors taken into account as a mature age student?

#9 weepingangel

Posted 10 January 2013 - 05:09 PM

Giota_78 I believe the dual degree is not offered externally.


#10 newphase

Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:00 PM

Have you ever studied On Campus or Externally before? Externally isn't for everyone, just as on-campus isn't for many reasons.

Not sure where you are at re TTC, or if you have any health or age realted factors that are making it more a necessary goal in the short term, but if not, try to get a year done before having a bub...gives you that extra motivational kick to keep on moving forward once a bubba does come, because not everyone has an easy peasy bubba, the family support and as it is your 1st it is a steep learning curve in its own right.

Many have studied with babies and young ones home, as PP have attested to, it really does come down to your head space, determination, organistaion skills and which can all be healped if you have a very supportive hubby/parnter and family and friends to help out when really needed, and as the kiddies get older a day in creche or FDC is always an option.

#11 cp86

Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:36 PM

Hi,


Thank you all for your responses! You have provided great information!

Exhustedbuthappy - i will be located in WA - perth. I want to study externally as it suits work better and suits me. I studied a bachelor of business at uni full time and struggled until i balanced it with work and studied externally in my own time. Im one of those people that needs to be busy to be successfull - give me 10 hours in a day to study every day of the week and i'll just procrastinate! External study really is best for me!


Makkapakka - really great advice! Unfortantely i wont have a great support network as all our family is in QLD. but given how poor the economy in QLD is at the moment we are making the move to WA so hubby can have a better job.


Bek+3 - great advice. Im sure if you can do it with 3 i can do it with none or 1 haha


Bluemakede - Wow sounds like you have fantastic support! I feel for you being heavily pregnant whilst attending pracs - yikes! I think we might try and time our baby for the semester break! haha


newphase - yes i've studied both internally on campus and externally while working full time. I actually got better grades doing the latter. Im a wierdo! Just TTC now as i left the air force due to wanting to start a family and not feeling that i could do that there with risk of deploying etc. So it is a high priority for us, im only 27 and very fit and healthy so no health factors that im aware of. Definatly putting it off now until i've survived the first year of study. Definitaly want that under my belt!



Thank you all for your help! x

#12 Bluemakede

Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:29 PM

QUOTE (cp86 @ 11/01/2013, 12:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Bluemakede - Wow sounds like you have fantastic support! I feel for you being heavily pregnant whilst attending pracs - yikes! I think we might try and time our baby for the semester break! haha


Lol yes, try to plan for breaks, the summer one is better, though if you are able to do any subjects over summer, then winter break is alright to (and you can always drop subjects, census date is far enough away, or even just a semester off post birth. My timing was a bit of a fluke  laugh.gif unplanned pregnancy, the prac dates are horrid, but the due date is pretty good  tongue.gif

Good luck with it all, it's good that you've studied before, so hopefully will all work out well.  ph34r.gif and I hear you on the economy in QLD, nursing isn't a great field to be going into here atm lol.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Win $1000 with Sea-Band

Three lucky fans can win a Sea-Band prize pack valued at over $1000 each, which includes two Sea-Bands plus a $1000 Eftpos gift card!

Misery loves Facebook

Facebook users are often criticised for only showing the positive, fun parts of their lives. But what about when it swings the other way, when someone uses it for the purposes of ranting about their children all the time, never posting anything positive?

Toddler's adorable impersonation of pregnant mum

Little Ellis has noticed his mum is walking differently lately, and his impersonation of her is hilarious.

'Forgotten baby syndrome' can happen to any one of us

When my third child was two months old, I strapped her into her car seat, then promptly forgot all about her. But she survived, unharmed, because it was winter, and I was lucky.

Join the Real Mums Test Drive Team

Five mums or mums-to-be will join the EB Test Drive Team and discover great items at an exclusive Big W event. (Sydney only.)

Ten things I've learned about motherhood

Never take a good night's sleep for granted. There is no logic like toddler logic. Standing on Lego hurts every time. These are the truths of parenthood.

Parenting past the toddler years: what's next?

Your baby has grown into a toddler, and now your toddler is fast approaching the preschooler stage. What can you expect as a parent?

Tips on what to pack in your hospital bag

Before giving birth I read countless lists, ended up overpacking just a little, and now know what I'll actually want to pack next time.

New app keeps tabs on your kids at childcare

Popular new technology lets parents know what their children are up to at childcare - but not everyone is a fan.

21 things I love about newborns

There?s an irresistible magic about newborns. Of course they're not all smiles and rainbows, but they are undeniably cute and remarkable in so, so many ways.

Kid-friendly hairdressers: who says haircuts can?t be fun?

I?ve found some salons who boast setups ideal for children ? you name it, they?ve thought of it. All are designed to make haircuts fun rather than stressful.

Labour pain relief may reduce risk of postnatal depression: study

Postnatal depression is a complex condition, but researchers say pain relief during labour may help some women.

Why we need better support for men after miscarriage

In a recent study, 85 per cent of men admitted feeling sadness after their partner miscarried, but almost half said they didn't share their feelings at all. What can be done to help them?

Mum in business: Kristy Chong

Kristy Chong is the managing director of Australian-made Modibodi underwear and a mum to Lucas, 6, Jason, 4, and Isaac, 6 months. She shares her advice for other mums thinking about starting their own businesses.

From toddler to preschooler: a developmental roadmap

So your toddler is growing up and will soon be entering the preschooler years. Here are a few ways to frame their development that will help you understand what?s going in those beautiful, funny, clever little heads of theirs.

Mum sacrifices an eye for her unborn baby

Motherhood is full of sacrifices, but this woman has made a life-altering one - and her baby hasn't even been born.

A grandparent by any other name

A growing number of grandparents are shunning tradition and going against conventional names - but a grandparent by any other name still gives the same awesome cuddles and kisses.

Photographer captures the beauty of adoption

The love of a family is usually tough to capture on camera. This is an exception.

When labour just doesn't happen

After three healthy kids, I can?t help feeling I?ve been a little ripped off. I missed out on something I had always wanted to experience, and now I?ll never get the chance.

Be careful what you say, your baby is listening

The importance of speaking to your baby even if they are not old enough to answer back has been highlighted by new research.

Share the little things that make you smile

We're giving away a Mountain Buggy nano, the ultimate travel stroller - and here are some of the great entries so far.

Win a Mountain Buggy nano

We?re giving away the new Mountain Buggy Nano - the lightweight travel buggy! So show us the little things that make you smile for your chance to win.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win a Mountain Buggy nano

We?re giving away the new Mountain Buggy Nano - the lightweight travel buggy! So show us the little things that make you smile for your chance to win.

Be careful what you say, your baby is listening

The importance of speaking to your baby even if they are not old enough to answer back has been highlighted by new research.

Win $1000 with Sea-Band

Three lucky fans can win a Sea-Band prize pack valued at over $1000 each, which includes two Sea-Bands plus a $1000 Eftpos gift card!

The beautiful moment a baby was born at the side of a road

It's not where she expected to give birth, but mum Corrine Cinatl is delighted that her daughter's roadside arrival was captured in a series of beautiful photos.

Doctor sings first Happy Birthday to newborns

His job is to deliver babies, but this US obstetrician also has a unique way of celebrating the miracle of life.

Join the Real Mums Test Drive Team

Five mums or mums-to-be will join the EB Test Drive Team and discover great items at an exclusive Big W event. (Sydney only.)

The Nappy Collective starts new drive

It's that time of year when the dedicated volunteers at The Nappy Collective do their bit to help out mums and children in need - and they need your help.

Baby shower cake wrecks

From misshapen cake babies to questionable text, from odd colour choices to internal organ recreation, these are the baby shower cakes that taste forgot.

Photographer captures the beauty of adoption

The love of a family is usually tough to capture on camera. This is an exception.

Pregnancy progression photo ideas

Want to record your pregnancy as your belly grows? Here are some creative, fun ideas for photo shoots along the way.

The myths and facts about "normal" breastfeeding

When it comes to successful breastfeeding, there is a wide variety to what is "normal", according to new research.

Tin can craft and DIY ideas

Got a few old formula, Milo or coffee cans around the house? Use these fantastic upcycling ideas to create items for around the house and yard.

Dads meet their newborn for the first time

Emotional photos of two fathers meeting their newborn son have resonated with viewers worldwide, attracting thousands of Facebook likes and shares.

Skin safety isn't just a summer worry

Lax about the slip slop slap with your kids as weather turns cooler? Here's a reminder as to why we have to remain vigilant for our children?s future health.

Personalised baby gifts

We've scoured the internet to find gorgeous personalised keepsakes and nursery decor to record baby name and dates. They make great gifts for christenings, name days and birthdays! (All prices in AU.)

Creative sleeping baby photoshoots

See how some parents and photographers have captured sleeping babies in unusual positions and using different props.

DIY kitchen and food hacks

DIY your way to a better kitchen and make cooking easier with our clever hacks. (Some content reproduced with permission from mashable.com.)

Winter warmers for babies and toddlers

Your baby or toddler will be nice and snug in these beautiful and fun winter pieces. Most are hand-made or knitted, and they're all designed to keep your little one toastie - and adorable!

 

Mind, body, beauty, life

Making time for me

We look at your wellbeing, covering health, relationships, beauty and fashion, mind and body.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.