Is It Possible To Work During Nursing School? - page 3

Students commonly ask variations of the following questions: "Is it possible to work while enrolled in the nursing program at my school full-time?" "Should I work while attending nursing school?" ... Read More

  1. Visit  sugarmagnoliaRN profile page
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    Great article!!! I'm finishing up my ADN in May and have worked through the program, mainly because I didn't have any other options. It's definitely do-able so don't listen if someone says it's impossible - it'll suck for sure but it's not impossible! A point worth mentioning in terms of coping with distractions (last point in the article) is that if you are at all able to get a job as a CNA/PCT, that's best for nursing school. During the first year or so of school, I transitioned to a new (part-time) position in the office I had worked in full-time for about 2.5 years (totally unrelated to healthcare), and it's been difficult to switch gears constantly from thinking about school to thinking about work. As a PCT, everything you are learning is 100% applicable once you finish school. About 4 months ago I started working PRN as a PCT and I'm going to part time next week & quitting my office job... could not be more relieved!
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  3. Visit  DizzyLizzyNurse profile page
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    Quote from Lolita34
    I will be starting a BSN program in August and I am very nervous about not being able to work. I am an elementary school teacher now and I'm doing my best to save as much as I can to get through the first semester or two without working. Thankfully my husband is supportive but we have three kids. I just want to make sure financially we will be ok. The posts on AN really helps me to see that it can be done.
    Can I ask what made you want to switch from teaching to nursing?

    I worked 2 nights a week as a CNA (8 hour shifts) for my LPN. For my RN I worked full time nights (5 8 hour shifts). It was brutual but I pulled through. I will be starting my BSN in the fall and I plan on working full time (3 12 hour shifts a week, nights) which shouldn't be too bad. The program I'm doing is all online.
  4. Visit  Lolita34 profile page
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    Quote from DizzyLizzyNurse
    Can I ask what made you want to switch from teaching to nursing? I worked 2 nights a week as a CNA (8 hour shifts) for my LPN. For my RN I worked full time nights (5 8 hour shifts). It was brutual but I pulled through. I will be starting my BSN in the fall and I plan on working full time (3 12 hour shifts a week, nights) which shouldn't be too bad. The program I'm doing is all online.
    Nursing was my first career choice but circumstances didn't allow me to pursue it. I like the hours and time off from school but I need a change. I love the opportunities nursing has to offer as far as the many different fields to work in. Sometimes I wonder if I am doing the right thing but I will never know unless I try.
  5. Visit  christinesbaker profile page
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    That's a really splendid article because there are many students who think the same.
    Last edit by TheCommuter on Jan 18, '13 : Reason: edited
  6. Visit  Kencanwin profile page
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    I am currently working full time but it only because the pre-reqs are online and in the evening, once the program begins I will be leaving my full -time job and working a part-time desk job that will allow me to "work" and study at the same time. Luckily my wife has already done the math so it will be a tight 4 semesters but in the end it will be worth it.
  7. Visit  Clandry225 profile page
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    I appreciate your honesty. Being a single parent as well, this really gives me hope. You're such an inspiration. May God continue to guide your path. Be blessed!!!

    Quote from Lauraash
    I am a single mom to 2 kids (6yr & 7mths). I am in 2 quarter of nursing school. I have worked full time up till Feb 1. At which time I will start 32 hrs a week. Its not easy, but IM trying my best and know I won't be given more than I can handle. In my own opinion, one must do what they must do to survive. I have no one I can move inn with. I know I can't survive with 2 kids on 12.45$ an hour. I know in my brain, and most days in my heart, that 2 yrs of sacrifice to finish my ADN is worth it for myself and my babies. I have to work. I don't have the option not to. But BC I have my kids, and they rely on me, my motivation to multi task, work, school, cook, clean, etc. most definitely helps me push forward. I think everyone has to find that one thing that lights fire under their butt, and hold onto it with all your might.
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  8. Visit  Mandy0728 profile page
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    I've posted a similar thread like this one before. Since its summer, I work full time about 50 hrs per week & when fall semester starts, I'll be working 10 hours per week. I also have a 6 year old & we have my boyfriends 9 year old on the weekends. If I get accepted, I'll start the BSN program in January, in which I plan to quit my job of 8 years. I'm nervous to not have a job, but I need to have the time to study & spend time with my son on top of classes and clinicals. I'm thankful that I get a lot of grants & scholarships plus I take out the Max amount of loans each sem to live off of. I also get food stamps as well which really help plus my boyfriend makes decent $ as well. We're both nervous for me to quit, but in my situation, it's the best thing. Good luck to you!
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  9. Visit  missx profile page
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    Those who are able to do this, you rock! Very inspirational.
    Last edit by missx on Apr 5, '14 : Reason: no comment wanted
  10. Visit  MedicalPartisan profile page
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    Not working during nursing school isn't an option for me, so there is no choice but to make it work.
  11. Visit  Stephalump profile page
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    I worked 3 12s and went to school 3 days a week. Totally exhausting but possible. I never had a weekend off but possible. Rarely saw my kids...but possible. And then, before you know it, you're done!
  12. Visit  MedicalPartisan profile page
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    Quote from Stephalump
    And then, before you know it, you're done!
    I've always found it curious that as difficult as every nursing student says school is, they almost always say that the time flies and it's over before you know it.

    I guess I'll see in a month!
  13. Visit  Stephalump profile page
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    Quote from MedicalPartisan
    I've always found it curious that as difficult as every nursing student says school is, they almost always say that the time flies and it's over before you know it. I guess I'll see in a month!
    Time flies when you're running around like a headless chicken!
  14. Visit  EatYourVeggies profile page
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    I worked full time during my BSN program as a nursing assistant for a home health care company. I did private duty for only one patient and if he did not want to go anywhere for the day as long as I got my tasks done I could work on my homework when there was down time. I originally took this job in the hopes that I could get into a hospital as a C.N.A but I applied for quite a few jobs and never got called : / so even getting a tech position can be difficult even if you have employee referrals.


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