Can i have a job during the nursing program? - page 2

Hey everyone :) I applied for Macomb Community Colleges nursing program this winter and am still waiting for a response. I have a 3.9 GPA and a 92 on the HESI, so I have high hopes that i got in! I am looking to buy a house and... Read More

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    Quote from turnforthenurseRN
    There are people out there who work full time, go to school full time and have little ones at home...and if they can manage, so can you.

    I worked enough during school to pay my bills. If you can, get a job as a CNA, PCT, nurse tech or equivalent. I worked as a PCNA (patient care nursing assistant, I was not an STNA or state-tested nursing assistant as they call them in Ohio) and I was making $12.50/hr PRN. I then found a job as a nurse tech where I was able to do more and the commute was MUCH closer compared to the PCNA job...I did take a pay cut, I think I started out at $10.50 or $11 (I don't remember lol) but it helped pay my bills and I also got some very valuable experience. I worked anywhere from 8-20 hours/week depending on what I had going on during school. I picked up as many hours as I could during the summer time and saved money.

    When there is a will, there is a way!
    Yea, this is how I'm doing it too. I worked FT as a CNA up until this final semester while doing the RN program, the second year with a little guy at home. Basically it's time management and mind-over-matter, though you will sacrifice sleep along the way. The experience you pick up working as an assistant, especially if in a hospital, will help you understand the material much more as you go through the program.
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    You have to know yourself. Sure many can say, I have seen it done, but it's all on you. What is your history of working? What is your habits of studying, what is your performance? For myself I used to work full-time but I have found that I cannot work a full schedule because of the academic workload and trying to stay on top of my skills and provide for my family with time and money. I decided to work half-time, so I got to school M-F and work 12 hr Sat-Sun. In my program, many who have said worked full-time, dropped because they felt overwhelmed. Of course I live in a military town so many our military spouses.
    Note on the house - I honestly don't think this is the best time to buy a house. I would rent cheap until you become a RN. If you start having financial difficulties you may need to pull overtime to pay for the house and then end up dropping due to your financial obligations.

    I'm not trying to discourage you, I want you to analyze your situation and yourself, and figure out what will be best for you. The most important thing I have learned is not to compare myself to others. Just because they can do it doesn't mean i can do it, everyone is unique in their own way.
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    thank you so much! i have a job at beaumont as a cna so i will continue that job, hopefully it works out! that's pretty much what i need to do, work to pay bills and hopefully this summer save up enough to help out. the experience is extremely important so thats why i figured cna is the best bet, just like you! thank you again
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    the working saturday and sunday thing is probably what im going to have to do, it makes the most sense. i am working as a cna at beaumont so the experience there will help me as well! thank you so much for your advice, worst comes the worst i would have to take time off of work for the schooling! the house thing is becoming more and more of a no to me also. like you said, renting cheep sounds like the best idea because the last thing i would want is to lose a house :/ thank you again, and best of luck
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    Quote from ImKosher
    You have to know yourself. Sure many can say, I have seen it done, but it's all on you. What is your history of working? What is your habits of studying, what is your performance? For myself I used to work full-time but I have found that I cannot work a full schedule because of the academic workload and trying to stay on top of my skills and provide for my family with time and money. I decided to work half-time, so I got to school M-F and work 12 hr Sat-Sun. In my program, many who have said worked full-time, dropped because they felt overwhelmed. Of course I live in a military town so many our military spouses.
    Note on the house - I honestly don't think this is the best time to buy a house. I would rent cheap until you become a RN. If you start having financial difficulties you may need to pull overtime to pay for the house and then end up dropping due to your financial obligations.

    I'm not trying to discourage you, I want you to analyze your situation and yourself, and figure out what will be best for you. The most important thing I have learned is not to compare myself to others. Just because they can do it doesn't mean i can do it, everyone is unique in their own way.
    the working saturday and sunday thing is probably what im going to have to do, it makes the most sense. i am working as a cna at beaumont so the experience there will help me as well! thank you so much for your advice, worst comes the worst i would have to take time off of work for the schooling! the house thing is becoming more and more of a no to me also. like you said, renting cheep sounds like the best idea because the last thing i would want is to lose a house :/ thank you again, and best of luck
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    Can you? Yes. You can do anything you have to. Should you? Work as little as you are able. I am finishing up my 1st year of the program at OCC and have been working fulltime as a PCA at a hospital. I was really worried about working during the program and even asked people in the class ahead of mine if it was doable beforehand. I was told that everyone in that class who continued to work fulltime ended up dropping out. Well....I have been working fulltime and have maintained a 4.0! BUT I am TIRED! I am getting burned out! We have 10 more weeks until summer vacation and I am counting down the days. I need a break. I am in either class/clinical 4 days and I work 12-hour shifts the remaining 3 days. I am studying/doing homework when Im not doing either of those things. I am going all day, everyday of the week. Its exhausting. I do it because I have no choice. I have bills and a mortgage plus I like to eat. I bought a house last summer before I started the program. For me it was a better option than renting because I found a great deal and only pay half of what I did in rent. I am extremely lucky because my husband is super supportive and we do not have kids. So, my personal advice is: if you have to work then do it, especially if its in a hospital, etc, so that you 'll have a foot in the door. But seriously work as little as you can. You'll just be better off mentally, because nursing school takes a LOT out of you. Good luck!


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