oh yeah, since it was a summer semester, i had mental health and adult health together, so for half the semester i had class 1 day a week from 8am-4:30pm, then clinicals 3 days a week, and sim labs every so many weeks on a friday. once mental health clinicals were done, i had a tuesday free from school, then i failed and had to withdraw.
the class i would have been in has 12 hr clinical days for some of their clinicals, and i hear once you get into your 4th semester, you have whatever schedule the nurse you are following has, including weekends if she works weekends. i dont know how true that part is.
I dont know if you have children, but i do and to work out daycare (800$ a month for me btw) school, clinicals, and the times im required to be at school which can change. even though they say to be at clinicals for 7:00 am, thats really like 6:30, and it depends what hospital you choose, and daycare generally dont open until 6:30, so i had to pay an extra few hundren dollars a month to put my kids in a daycare that opened at 6:00am.
i know when we become nurses we will have to make these same arrangements, but im just trying to show you exactly what school is like. Atleast when your done with school, things are a little more flexible adn dependsing on the place you work, you wont have to rearrange your childcare and life as much. not for the type of nursing i wanted to do anyways. There is so many oportunities out there. chances are you will work weekends, some holidays, some extra shifts here and there, but when you are being paid, a few extra hundred dollors isnt so bad for daycare. i had no financial assistance for school wither until last semester (thank god) and only 1 income. i couldnt get a job because my schedule changed so often every semester.
It was said to us before we even started our classes " if you have a job you will not make it through this program" there are a few who did work, and they really struggled through, so just prepare yourself. im not trying to scare you, just trying to give you what ive seen, heard, and experienced.
i am definitely willing to have my life be upside down for 18 months, and i did for 7 months, but then to have the door slammed in your face after youve worked so hard, its pretty depressing. ive been going to school since 2002, sometimes part time, sometimes full time, and had 2 babies in between, a deployment, and a move across the country, and i never let it be my excuse for not going to school, so to hear someone say "maybe i cant handle this school at this time in my life" is complete BS. i can handle it, the school just sucked in my opinion lol. eventually i will be done though