Quote from irisRN
I worked during the day, Monday through Friday, full time. On the weekends, i did medical transcription at home. I was in school Monday through Thursday, from 5:30 pm to 10:30 (sometimes later when i was in clinicals).
NOT EASY. Very difficult. But it can be done. I graduated nursing school without debt. If anything, it teaches you how to manage your time, which is an important aspect of nursing. But its definitely something you do out of necessity. I had a home, a husband, and lots of bills. I didnt have a choice.
Oh, and i really dont think that working at a hospital increases your chances of passing the NCLEX. I worked as an MA at a doctors office, which gave me somewhat of an advantage in school, but by the time you get to the NCLEX, its the schooling your received that allows you to pass the exam (if anything, you have to separate "real life" experiences in order to answer some questions correctly).
My old school had a 99% pass rate. And only a few of us worked in a medical related field.
I agree, in that you have to learn how to seperate "real world" from Nclex. BUT, on the same hand, I have been expected to know more and teach other students some basic skills, which in turn builds upon my own! I haven't taken boards yet, but i am both sides of the fence with this issue. I think it helps tremendously, but you def need to "forget" some real world things u learn. And if i didnt have to work, i wouldn't. But i had to...32-40/week as a cna. Our instructors, too, frowned upon this...but needs need to be met. Interviews post-graduation should be easier, from my perspective, cuz you have proven ability to manage your time, and prioritize. VERY important skills, i feel.
OH, and on the other down side, I am feeling VERY burnt out!