Life Expenses in Nursing School? - page 3

by sarolarn2b

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Alright ladies and gents, I've fumbled with my academics in the past by trying to balance work and school to keep a roof over my head. I recently lost my job and am getting back on the horse for school. I'll be finishing up my... Read More


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    Quote from sarolany
    catdawg, I am in the same boat as you- I'm the sole provider for myself, I can't really just quit my job (unless I get crazy good financial aid that extends into my living expenses- HA!)
    It's a really good idea to look into alternate shifts, I hadn't put too much thought into it. I would do nannying, but I don't have much in the way of legitimate childcare experience, so I don't really think I'd get hired for it (I did create a sittercity account just in case, though)
    What do your classmates do in a pharmacy?

    carakristin1- if I lived closer to my family I'd definitely stay home, but when I moved away to college back in 06, I never went back home! My life is in another state now, so I'd rather try to stay here than move back- I have spoken to a few school back home though, so it IS an option. A backburner option, but still on the table.

    flying_ace2- thank your lucky stars, girl! You're doing something right :-P good for you though, you drew a good straw with him
    The two nannies I know didn't have formal experience either. The families just needed someone trustworthy at a lower cost than some "professional" nanny the others are pharmacy techs. I think that's probably helpful to them when taking pharmacology lol. At this point I'm into anything, in any field, if my classes start to interfere with my current job. If I ever see anything interesting, ill let you know!
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    I applied to a few pharmacies for a tech position and I do have the sittercity account, I've been looking around for work but as far as the nannying goes, I live in NYC and it seems if you want to be a nanny or babysitter (and in some cases even pet-sitter) you need a master's degree
    I'll take what I can get at this point, I'm going nuts here, but I'd just like to keep it relevant to nursing/school and something that I'll be able to continue once I start nursing school
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    I worked full time through getting BSN and MSN. Really more than full time looking back on it. i worked every weekend at my full tjme job, then taught clinicals 8 hrs per week for LPN students. it was not by any means easy, but you learn to do what you have to do to make your dreams come true. I also have 2 young children , 5 and 8 now. I managed to make it to most every sporting event or anything else that they participated in. I will say that I learned to live on 3-4 hours per sleep. I just had big dreams for my family, so I did what I had to do! I managed to make it through all of that with a 3.5 GPA, so you can do it- you just have to put your mind to it!!
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    In my state (Massachusetts) there is a program where you can be on unemployment if you are in an "approved training program" to make a new career. There are certain criteria.
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    This is exactly what I was worried about cuz these programs don't leave much spare time
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    Quote from ale022
    i worked every weekend at my full tjme job, then taught clinicals 8 hrs per week for LPN students.
    How did you get to teach LPN students? Did you get an ADN and then do a BSN program? This sounds like a cool idea, but I don't have an associate's so I don't know if it's an option. It probably varies by state too, but it's an awesome idea. I figure the closer I can work to school, the better! And if you can be working full time, work part time teaching, and raise two children.... I think I can manage just one job and school. Maybe since now I'll actually be studying what I want to do it'll be a bit easier to focus on it than it was in a program I never wanted to be in...
    ryanalice- I think we have something similar here in NY to so I'll have to look into that as well.
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    I work for in-home non-medical caregiving company. I work night shifts and sometimes 24 hours shifts. It's super easy stuff. It's like getting paid to study. You just keep an eye on elderly woman in their homes, pick up their slack in the daily living areas which generally include making meals for you both, running a load of laundry every once in a while and doing medication reminders. Most of my clients are very self sufficient physically but have terrible memory issues and I am there more to just orient them when need be. A lot of the time they just want to do crossword puzzles and watch tv so you have plenty of time to study. The studying is not against the rules or anything slick either, it's totally acceptable. You are even allowed to sleep at night. They pay like $8-15 an hour depending on where you live, and are always hiring.
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    I am a mom to 5 young children. I got accepted to the ADN program fall 2013. I have no choice I have to work part time as a PCT at the hospital 2 nights a week 7p-7:30a. We shall see how well it works out. I have no choice I have to work and I have to do nursing because this is my passion.
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    Quote from MommaTy
    I am a mom to 5 young children. I got accepted to the ADN program fall 2013. I have no choice I have to work part time as a PCT at the hospital 2 nights a week 7p-7:30a. We shall see how well it works out. I have no choice I have to work and I have to do nursing because this is my passion.
    Like you I have no choice I HAVE to work. I have two kids and we need health insurance and I also need to bring a check in to pay my living expenses. I work full time as a PCT in an CCU at the local hospital and will actually celebrate my 9th year there this July. Currently in my 3rd semester of NS this summer and can't wait till July 2nd (Finals 7/1). Good luck
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    I am going to stay working full time while I do prereqs. When I enter the bridge program next fall if my work will not let me drop down to very part time, I will get a PRN job in LTC. I am using this year to pay off all small debts and get my 4 year old through costly preschool. I used to stay home so I know we can live off my husbands income alone if I do have to quit. Worst case I will take a 5k living expense loan out. We live frugal anyways (we work towards being debt free) so it won't be that big of an adjustment to tighten our belts a bit more.


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