Anyone else working full time and college full time? - page 3

I am a 911 dispatcher right now. I work 40 hours a week(weekends and night shifts) and I am in college full time (14 credit hours last semester) Anyone else doing this and surviving. I was... Read More

  1. by   cna on her way
    I too work full time 12 hour night shifts in the burn unit at a major medical center as a CNA, go to school full time, and have a husband and two boys (9and5) one of which is a special needs child. I chose to work third so that I am only away when they are asleep and I spend quite a bit of my time with them. Its hard but its worth it all the way around. My husband puts them to bed and puts them off to school on the nights that I work. I sleep on average 3 hours a day when I work the night before but I am doing fine As and Bs across the board so far. For some people it can be done, for others it can't. It all depends on the person and on time management. Trust me, if I could get by without working I would but we require my health insurance for my oldest son especially, so I had to either give up school or work it out. My kids and husband will never suffer because of my school or my job. I will always make sure we have our time together. I have to say that I am always amazed at the single parents out there who manage to go to school and raise a family, my hats are off to you and may God bless you for all your hard work.
  2. by   SirJohnny
    inodou:

    - I currently work 40+ hours a week as a software developer for American General Finance (Evansville, Indiana).

    - I also teach two nights a week at a local technical college. Am teaching "telephony" and "networking" this semester.

    - I am taking A & P I starting in June.

    - Been studying 3 hours a day (outside of work and teaching), for a Java Certification Exam (Sun Certified Web Component Developer). Am taking that at end of May - before the A&P class starts.

    - In June I will use the time slot delegated for the Java Exam studying for the A & P class. Am hoping to put 2 or 3 hours in the AM and 1 or 2 hours duing my lunch break. Figure that should be enough to snare an 'A' for a 10 week A & P I class. Figure 15-20 hours week study for A&P I outside of actual class time.

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    - Here comes the fun part.

    - June 2004. I fly every other weekend from Indiana to New York for clinicals. And, still keep software job, and still teach. And still take care of my two persian cats.

    John Coxey
    (jpcoxey@aol.com).
  3. by   LauraF, RN
    It can be done. I worked full time and went to school for my LPN and did some of my pre-req's for RN. Now I'm a full time mom of 2 3 year olds. One is disabled. She has appointments with doctors and has therapist coming in the house 4 days a week. It is a very hectic schedule just being a mom. I also take a full course load and have been keeping a 4.0 You will learn hopefully before nursing school, if not then in nursing school how to prioritize your obligations. My family always comes first. I'm lucky I qualify for financial aid. My husband works nights and then days he is a volunteer firefighter. You do what you have to do. I wish you all the best of luck. Talk to your employer see if they will work with you on your hours to work around study time and school. You will benefit from all the hard work you put in.
  4. by   Shae
    Hi Susie- I guess my situation is a little different than some, but thought you might like to hear another prospective...LOL. I work full time nights (usually 3-12 hour shifts a week, depending on floor coverage), I am a mother to 7 and 12 y/o boys, and married. I am currently studying for my RN at home. Even with this it is sometimes difficult. It is good that I can set my own pace; however, I would like to be able to do things more quickly. In other words, my pace is not going as fast as I would like it to...LOL. Good luck to you. We have all got to do what we got to do.
  5. by   AmiK25
    One of my very good friends in my nursing class works 40 hrs/week at her "real job" (she has a degree in biology and works in a clinical trials lab), 20 hrs/week at her student nurse job, and attends nursing school full-time and makes straight A's. Granted, she is single and has no children but still, it always amazes me how she has time to do it all! I work 24-32 hrs/week myself and can never seem to find enough time to relax. Anyway, just wanted to say that it can be done!!
  6. by   B.T.H
    I'm working full time as well as going to school full time. I also have 2 children ages 5 and 3. Doing everything is not easy to say the least, but it's possible. I think having to do everything together makes it tougher, but doing this can make you prioritize your time better as well(or go nuts). I have seen people who didn't work that didn't do as well as people who did. It really depends on the individual and how hard they try or how they approach studying. I'm not the most organized person in the world, or the most disciplined either, so.....if I can do this studying the way I do then it will be easier for you if your more disciplined about studying. The key is to not waste time doing unessessary things and learning to prioritize your time well. B.T.H

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