Nursing School while still working? - page 2

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Hello, I am asking about this on the general discussion board in order to get the feedback from those of you that have been out working in the field a while, in contrast to the people still in Nursing School. I have long... Read More


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    I am a full time nursing student. I have open lab on Mondays from 8-4, class on tuesdays and wednesdays from 11-2, and clinicals on thursday and friday from 6:45-1:00. I'm not sure what other students have, but this is my schedule for my ADN. That being said, after the first month of school, I am finding that I'm in school for more than 40 hours, while studying or writing care plans for about 3-7 hours a night after school. I'm currently working about 12 hours a week and that is even stressful enough! Some of my classmates work full time but they are not doing so well. When we were accepted into the program, we were warned that only about 2-3 people graduated while working full time- in the entire time the program has been available at my community college,( which has been about 10 or more years). They told us we will not be successful if we work more than 20 hours a week. So, please keep that in mind when you think about your availability to work full time. Sure, it is doable, but are you going to be skating through with your grades, barely studying and not knowing how to properly complete your skills? Or do you want to take the time to study your skills, pass your validations on the first time, and not stress about time management. Good luck to you with your choice!
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    It really depends on how you learn. If I read your post correctly, you've got at least *some* college under your belt, so that helps a lot. You know how much you had to study to get the grades you got.
    The classes aren't, "easy", but they aren't overly hard, imo. At least, the pre-req's and first 2 quarters weren't (that's how far I made it before I dropped out; outside school reasons). You will have to do some seriously studying, but I always thought that the, "2-3 hours per hour of class" was asinine. If you're in class 3 hours a day, four days a week, that's 12 hours of class, plus, 24-36 hours of study! I personally studied probably 12-20 hours a week, max. Depends on the class and how well I felt I was grasping it. Again, you know how you learn. Some people it takes a little longer, while others pick things up pretty easily. Good luck!
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    First of all, my hat is off to you for pursuing a career in nursing. It is not an easy journey.

    To address your questions, I think that you can go to nursing school while working part time. I don't know what kind of hours you work at your current job, but flexibility in your work schedule will be a godsend.

    When you are doing your pre-reqs, I must honestly state that most of this learning is rote memorization. Microbiology is at once conceptualizing the essence of growth and proliferation, while also requiring you to know factual information that is the 'meat and potatoes' of the science itself.

    Anatomy and Physiology is also the same type of learning. You can conceptualize the physiology part, but you MUST know the anatomy aspect by memorization.

    Once you get into nursing school, the conceptualization part of your brain will be doing a happy dance! Most of what you will learn is comprehension and implementation.

    There are many grants and scholarships that you may qualify for that you don't even know about. When I was in nursing school, there was a $1500 grant that was awarded to a qualified student who showed interest in oncology nursing. There was another that was offered to students that lived in XYZ county. And yet another that was offered to students who were affiliated with student government activities.

    I don't know if I was the typical nursing student or not: I studied CONSTANTLY. I would review my notes at red lights, for gods sake! Nursing school consumed me, and I thought of little else....but I always kept in mind that there was light at the end of the tunnel. I knew that my commitment was on the one hand unyielding, but on the other hand, temporary. What I mean is that I pretty much walled myself off from distractions for 4 years, knowing that I would be able to enjoy life after I was done with school. Do you think that you would be willing to do that?

    I wish you only the best, and truly hope that you find your educational journey to be challenging, enlightening, and rewarding. It feels great to cross the finish line when you graduate and pass the NCLEX. Once you start your first job as an RN, there are many hurdles to jump, but you can do it.

    Nursing is a wonderful profession, in my opinion. Even with all of the pitfalls, frustrations and demands that it entails, I still cannot imagine doing anything else. It is a humbling profession. At my core, I still say a quiet prayer of thanks that I have been blessed with the mental and physical faculties to provide nursing care to so many; I remain...FULFILLED.
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    Working while in nursing school is not hard, the most difficult part is maintaining a set schedule.
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    Ya know, I get so tired of people in the nursing programs telling students that they can't work and be successful. Plenty of people do it.

    I'm not saying it'll be a cakewalk, but it's certainly do-able. I've managed damn near a 4.0 in my pre-reqs while working OT regularly and managing a family with for young kids...baby is about to be five and older three are finally all in middle school. I had to start out all over again b/c I went to a for-profit for my LPN and no credits would transfer. The first time around we had two under two, I was going to class/clinicals Mon through Thurs 8 hrs a day and working 2 12-hr night shifts a week...and breastfeeding to boot...and graduated top in my class.

    Nursing classes start for me in the Spring, and I'll be either working OT at the hospital or going to have to get a second part-time job to cover the expenses. I've got more going on family-wise as well, what with kids in sports/drama/choir etc...so I've just gotten myself comfortable with the fact that my grades might not be up to my usual standards.

    IMO, nursing school isn't easy, but it's not like going for a degree in astrophysics. Figure out what way of studying works best for you, give it what you can, and prove all those who say you can't do it wrong.
    Eagle2110 and Jules A like this.


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