Working while in Nursing school - page 2

Hey guys I was accepted for this Fall and plan to quit from my job in a few weeks (I work in retails and absolutely hate it, I was praying to get accepted so I'll have a valid reason to quit:)... Read More

  1. by   rockexrolloh
    Quote from nursing student1988
    I'm in the same boat. About me: 19 year old female, work full time and part-time. I start nursing school in one month. I'm barely making it now on my income, and I know it'll get worst once I start. I pay my own rent, car, insurance, food, and gas. Don't depend on my parents for anything, and they don't have much money to help with anything, anyway. How would I manage to work 2 jobs while in nursing school ? I honestly have to say it'll be hard, but worth it all. I know God will give me the strength to do it. Some days I don't even feel like getting up, going to work and then school. I barely sleep, and have time to really enjoy life. I'm very determined to atleast get my LPN first, and then head back for RN-BSN. I know one day all of my blood,sweat, and tears will pay off. I'm so close, and can't give up now. So my advice, is to take each day at a time... don't give up.... pray... and trust God. And for those of you who have a spouse or parental support, please count your blessings.
    We sound a lot alike minus the two job ordeal. I'm 20 and work part time (25 hours a week) and start nursing school in 10 days. I live with my mom, however, I help support both of us. I am completely independent and pay for everything I have as well as groceries for both my mom and I, cat food/litter, and everyday necessities. There is no way we would make it without my income. We are barely making it by now! It doesn't help that I can't get student loans besides Stafford. I am terrified to work 25 hours, go to school 26 hours, and have a load of homework/studying in between but I know I can do it and I have no choice. Your post gives me courage. I hope that both of us can make it through this!! Goodluck with everything.
  2. by   KourtneiNurse
    I worked the whole time I was in school and not totally by choice. Granted my job was very flexible and I was in an evening weekend program, but it was possible. Sometimes, if you have to do something, you make a way.

    Just get a good schedule (I'd reccomend this even if you don't work) and always stick to it. Try to do everything before it gets too late then your frusterated and pressed for time. Study regularly, make flash cards, type or rewrite your notes after class, get some "Nursing Made Easy" books, or whatever it takes and take advantage of every free moment.

    You can do it. But first you have to tell yourself that you can and WILL. Good luck!!!
  3. by   kimmyp
    Nursing school is tough but I am a firm believer that you can do anything you put your mind to. Many people I go to school with don't work and some just work part time jobs. The main difficulty is with hospital clinicals for instance at my school we get to request which day we would like to go to the hospital but we dont find out till school starts and then each day at the hospital is 10 hours long. Everyones circumstances are different and unique and only you will know what is the best situation for you. Good luck in your future studies :-)
  4. by   Cococure
    hey all,
    i am in the same of as most of you. i have to work full-time while in nursing school. i don't have any other option...the bills gotta get paid.but, luckily i work as pct at winnie palmer so my schedule is pretty flexible and my manager is also - they work with your nursing school schedule because they want you to work for them after school. classes start monday for me and i will work weekends (fri, sat, sun) 12hr shifts and later i will switch to nights but still work the weekend schedule. i work with quite a few nurses that had to work-full time during school and they encourage me - they all say the same thing "be organized" and "don't fall behind on reading". i too believe that nursing school is tough and that it can be done if you stay focused on the goal...hey also can be done if its short term right? school isn't forever!!

    good luck to all
    cococure
  5. by   Florida NICU RN
    I work at a large teaching hospital in Tampa and they have a scholarship program for Nursing students. A friend of mine got the scholarship and all she had to work was 16hrs / week for full-time benefits. Worth checking in to, especially for the low hours and possible full-time benefits!
  6. by   CNAinTampa
    Quote from Florida NICU RN
    I work at a large teaching hospital in Tampa and they have a scholarship program for Nursing students. A friend of mine got the scholarship and all she had to work was 16hrs / week for full-time benefits. Worth checking in to, especially for the low hours and possible full-time benefits!
    Where can I find out about this scholarship? Thank you!
  7. by   Florida NICU RN
    I would start with Nurse Recruiting (on the 3rd floor). Good luck!
  8. by   mommabritt11
    Is this at Tampa General?

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