How many hours do you work while attending nursing school?

  1. I'm currently unemployed and taking prereq's for nursing. I have money to pay for school (over $9,000 from the military) to get by ADN will cost about $5,000 that's for EVERYTHING, supplies, books, all of that. I wonder should I work when I get into a nursing program? Or should I just try to tough it out without a job. I do want some extra income besides my husband's. Let me know what you all think!

    Last edit by Rootbear76 on Apr 11, '03
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  2. 29 Comments

  3. by   essarge
    If at all possible, nursing school is much easier when you don't work because it takes a lot of time for studying. Discuss it with your hubby and see how he feels about the possibility of two years without an extra income.

    I started school and was working full time. I am now a junior and have had to cut back to one shift per week. Luckily with the grants and scholarships, I can squeeze by.
  4. by   delirium
    I work 40 hours per week, no exceptions, except the weeks that I work OT.
  5. by   Mimi Wheeze
    I admire anybody who works and goes to school.

    Even though extra money is always nice, I have the luxury of not having to work while in school. (No, we aren't wealthy by any means) I have a hubby, son and home to take care of. By the time I'm done with school, my son will be old enough not to need mommy around as much. I consider myself blessed to have the choice.
  6. by   Momto2Boys
    I work fullime and attend school fulltime. I also have 2 youngs kids and a hubby (he is considered my third kid ) But I would really like to stay at home if I could.

    The choice is yours. I would suggest a part time job though.
  7. by   TeresaRN2b
    I private messaged you
  8. by   EmeraldNYL
    Loans, loans, and more loans!! Tuition reimbursement anyone? I barely even have time to sleep, much less work. HA HA HA!!
  9. by   CindyJRN
    Hi Just Wondering,

    As a former LPN, AD student and current BSN student, I agree with the posters who said don't work. But since I also live in the real world, I know that this is not always an option. I am working 12hr shifts, 2 on 3 off, 3 on, 2 off. I didn't see what your current status is (LPN, or student), but if you can work at least part time, some hospitals like the one I work for hire nursing students as unit coordinators or part time operators. Gives you a general overview of the hospital. Best wishes on whatever you decide to do.
  10. by   MelRN13
    I worked full time while working on the LPN portion, but now I work about 30hrs a week (as an LPN) and love it! It gives me more time to spend studying and with my family......but even if I could afford not to work, I think it still would because it's good experience for the future.
  11. by   emily_mom
    I try to average 24-32 hours max a week, but this week it's 6 days....so prob over 50 hours. Hope to cut back soon when they get more staff (HA).

    I also have a little one at home and a big little one. While I would love to just go to school my 5 days and be done, the experience has been wonderful. I have learned so much that helps me in school = not having to study so much.

    Kristy
  12. by   NurseDianne
    I work 36-40 + week, I go to school M/W/F, Do Employee Health T/Th, work 3-11 Mon or Wed night, and work 7A on Sundays......whew.........tired as hell.........but it will be worth it......just takes some juggling......
    Gary works Tues/Thurs/Sat 7A and goes to school M/W/F.....he's taking more hours so........
  13. by   New CCU RN
    I am working on a BS in Biology.... I work 36 hrs on the weekend (Baylor plan which is 36 b/n Friday 7A and Tuesday 7A) But I won't work Mon nights because of school. I have classes all day Tuesday and Thursday. Wednesday is my relaxing/study day!!!!!! It is pretty hectic but I really can't afford to do it any other way. It is nice having Tuesday, Wed, Thursday and one of the weekend days to concentrate on school and the other three days to focus on work. So far....its working out.
  14. by   Gator,SN
    I work 24 hours a week except every third weekend I work 36 hours. (2- 12h shifts Sat&Sun)
    Can't wait until this is over!

    Gator

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