Can i have a job during the nursing program?

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    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 was wondering if i would be able to handle a job during the nursing program. Is anyone in this program that can help me out? Thanks !!!
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    Personally I quit my job before entering the program because I had a very demanding management position and my husband and I discussed cut backs to survive off one income so I could focus on my studies. That's not to say it can't be done!! A lot of my classmates work although they often seem tired and pressed for time. I think if you're going to work you need to be able to prioritize and have good time management skills. It doable but make sure you allow yourself enough time for your studies and some down time good luck on your acceptance.

    Eta- I am not in your specific school/program but thought I'd offer my two cents for what it's worth lol
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    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!
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    I know others who work and go to school. I work as little as possible because its incredibly tiring. Like other OP's said, if you have to work.. It can be done but my personal opinion, work as little as possible ad devote your time and brain power to your studies!

    GL!!
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    I worked and went to school and it was tough! Not saying you can't do it but it's really hard. I had to time management alot but found studying for exams hard due to pressed time.
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    If you need to work try to work in an area related to nursing and that will be understanding to the unusual hours a nursing student can have. Personally I do not recommend working if you can help it because there is enough to worry about...currently I work 15 hours a week on campus and it is managable so you might look into a work-study program
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    How about finish your first semester and see then if you think you can take it on? Myself and most of my classmates work, and where I'm from the only new grads getting hired right away are the ones who already work for the organization. You can work per diem and set your own hours.
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    I work 24 hours a week and I know many people who worked through nursing school. It's hard though, and you really have to be on top of things and have time management skills.

    If you're going to work I'd recommend trying to get a CNA, tech, student nurse intern, etc type job. You'll be learning a lot that will pertain to nursing and they are usually more flexible and easy going about nursing school than a job say in retail might be.
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    I worked full time through our nursing school. Not sure how tough your will be, but let's just say I had a LOT of sleepless nights. I made it through, though, and passed boards the first time.

    Good luck to u!
    Anne, RNC
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    Sure you can. I work full time as a CNA, 3 shifts a week, 12 hours each, all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. You must be disciplined and FOCUSED, and willing to be tired! Very do-able though. Nursing school isn't that hard, it's just gobs of information in a short amount of time so it can be overwhelming at times. Don't be afraid, if you want it bad enough...you'll get through it! Good luck.
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