Anyone ever work full time while getting their RN? - page 2

Hello everyone! I got accepted into my school's nursing program, and will begin in October (2006). Classes/clinicals run for 8 weeks at a time. For example, I will have class Monday and... Read More

  1. by   rds007
    I am starting a RN program on Moday (so excited!) and was worried about working also. I am a CNA working homehealth, so I plan on studying the nights I work. I will work three 12 hour shifts a week-I'm hoping this schedule works out for me.
    Good luck in school. You can do anything you put your mind to!!:icon_hug:
  2. by   ZASHAGALKA
    I did it, but you have to know when to choose your priorities. For example, I would normally consider 'required' reading to be 'guidelines'. I'd skim through 100 pages in 20 minutes and make up for it by placing more priority on class notes.

    I also worked nights, and that allowed me some time to 'study' after things settled down.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  3. by   PRINCESS RN
    I worked full time and went to school!! It can be be trying at times but know your limits. Congrats on your acceptance and be very easy on yourself. DO NOT let anyone discourage you and tell you what you can't do!! It's an amazing journey but is also life changing. I thought I knew it all before nursing school and found out I didn't. Get ready to change how you think and work with problem solving. I found out they didn't teach us a whole lot about critical thinking in our twelve years of school. You can do it:icon_hug: !! Lots of Luck and God BLess, PRINCESS RN
  4. by   Harleygirl
    Yes.
    I worked as an LPN/Charge Nurse in a LTC facility while I went to school full time. I am married and had three teenage boys at home at the time, but through the grace of God, I finished and passed my boards two years ago.
    I was blessed to have an employer that understood and scheduled me how I needed (I took off my clinical days as I had to drive quite a distance for some clinical sites).
    Yes, it was difficult. Yes, I didn't see my family very much, but looking back, it was what I had to do and when you are determined (and a little stubborn!) you do just fine. Just like some of the previous posters, I just wish I hadn't waited so long to bite the bullet.
  5. by   Soonstudent
    I'm starting my second year tomorrow. Work Friday Saturday Sunday, Class Monday, Wednesday from about 9-1, preplan afterward for clinicals on Tuesday, Thursday,seven days for the first six weeks, then six days a week. Had the same schedule last year. It's hard for the first two weeks or so, but then you get in a rhthym and it's not so bad. By the way I work three twelves in the hospital, which is enough to get tuition reimbursment and benefits, can cut down to 24 hours a week if I needed. I do get small student loans every semester. You can do it, it'll go by fast.
  6. by   santhony44
    I worked full time as an LPN while in my ADN program. I worked 3-11 and 11-7 and quite a few weekends.

    Of course I was a lot younger then! And married but no kids.

    It's pretty common to find people working full time and going to school. You just have to want it bad enough!

    I was able to work part time when I went back for my BSN. I had kids so that was much better!
  7. by   deleern
    I've been doing that for the last 3 years. I worked full time Nights until this last May, and now am working days. I graduated the LPN Program in 3 semesters, and did all my Pre requirements and Co requirements last year as well as 2 of the RN classes. all I have left is Clinicals and 1 class for the next 2 semesters. Just don't look to far ahead. just do one day at a time!!
  8. by   VRGirl
    I am in the same boat you are - I will be working full-time and going to school full-time. Do I want to torture myself that way? No. But I have no choice in the matter so I will do whatever it takes. Good luck to both of us!
  9. by   JaxiaKiley
    I'm probably going to have to work full time while I am in school, so it is encouraging to see that it *is* possible!
  10. by   fleur-de-lis
    You guys are my heros!! Seriously, I have been debating if I should take a part time job to have some extra spending $$ while doing an accelerated BSN program. I realize how fortunate I am to have a hubby that carries the financial burden, but your posts makes me want to buck up and bring home the bacon too!!! Best of luck to you all.
  11. by   middleageNP
    For those who managed to finish RN school while working full time, I admire your tenacity. I don't know how you did it, but kudos to you all. I think I'd have a nervous break down if I had to work full time and going to school. RN studying is difficult enough without having to work, much less adding a 40+ hr work load. KOW TOW to you all for being able to do both.


  12. by   LoriAlabamaRN
    First of all, I DO NOT RECOMMEND MY METHOD!

    That said, I worked as a CNA from 11p-7a during school. That left me an hour to get to my 8am class, and classes were over by about 2:30. Some days that meant I had a whopping 7 hours of sleep before my night shift, but other days it meant I had to change into clinical clothes and go to clinical from 3-11. Still with me? A fast drive over to the hospitalwhere I worked, change of scrubs in the bathroom, and back to work from 11-7. It was not easy. It was a nightmare trying to study, the only time I could was at work and if I were caught studying at work I would be written up. (evil DON). So I would write tons of index cards, keep them in one scrub jacket pocket, sneak a peek and put it in my other pocket if I knew the answer.

    I rarely slept. For an entire semester I had a 72 hour stretch each week wehere I could not sleep at all the way work, school and clinicals lined up. I would drink 24-36 diet mountain dews a day, plus red bulls inbetween. I do NOT recommend this at all! My last semester I collapsed and was found to have a fever of 104.4, and was septic from an ignored UTI (who had time to pee?) I spent a fun two weeks in the hospital. I had to retake that final semester but I didn't have to work during it (my grandparents who are multimillionaires but thought I should "work" for my education finally took pity on me and paid my bills for that final three months.)
  13. by   Bala Shark
    I was wondering..I mean traditionally, if you go to a school full time in a traditional setting, the college would not recommend going to work 40 hours a week..I mean this is for any major in college..I know some of you who work 40 hours a week, your grades might suffer because there was not sufficient time to study..Not everyone is superwoman in going to school..Some nursing students need time to study and absorb material..I assume you cannot do that if you dont have time because you are working 40 hours a week..Please dont let this thread make it possible for regular students to say that they can do this..I remember my friend in nursing school, she worked a lot of hours and could not study that much; she was put on probation for low grades..After she cut her hours, then she was doing very well in nursing school..
    Last edit by Bala Shark on Aug 21, '06

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