I'm only in my first semester of nursing classes, but I'm working full time as a nursing care tech on a critical care unit that is perpetually short staffed. It hasn't been too hard so far, but we are only 4 weeks in! My shifts are 7P-7:30A, and I usually work Thursday, Friday, Saturday, but with 2 weddings in my current schedule, I'm having to work a couple of Mondays and every Sunday. Once October rolls around, I'll be back to my normal schedule.
Although I would love not to have to work full time while in school, with our mortgage, car payments, and step-son's needs, it's simply not feasible. Of course, working in a hospital also gives me an edge against other nursing students in my area as we're saturated with nursing programs
. My hospital likes to promote and hire from within, so I'm hoping to stay on my unit once I pass my NCLEX.