Nursing Student and Working Fulltime

  1. I don't have any kids and a couple of friends I know said they were able to do it. I just want to see what everyone else feels about it? WHat are some other options? Have any of you became a CNA after first term? Ive been working so hard to get here and I would hate to think its impossible. Are there any suggestions for places to get loans while in school? Help! Any suggestions or advice is super helpful...Im currently going to be attending Los Angeles county college of nursing and would love to get any feedback for that program as well. Thanks!
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  3. by   Shawn91111
    Will be starting Nursing School in August. I work full time, 12 hr days, 3-4 days a week, plus have a wife and child. It's all about the person, their habits, their time management, their families understanding, and pushing through.
  4. by   meanmaryjean
    Quote from Shawn91111
    Will be starting Nursing School in August. I work full time, 12 hr days, 3-4 days a week, plus have a wife and child. It's all about the person, their habits, their time management, their families understanding, and pushing through.
    You haven't started nursing school yet.....
  5. by   Double-Helix
    I didn’t work full time, but probably 30 hours a week. I still had some spare time, so I could have worked more. The biggest barrier will be finding a job that is flexible enough to work around your school schedule. Nursing clinicals can be evenings, weekends, different days each semester, etc. You have to have an employer who is willing to let you switch shifts as needed. You may have to adjust to working evenings or nights at times as well. If you study effectively and manage your time well, it’s doable.
  6. by   NurseJu19
    Thanks for all of the feedback, I will keep you guys posted on how it goes. Im going to try and cut back to 32hrs and work weekends until I cant. Does anyone have any suggestions for student loans? I don't qualify for financial aid because of my current income..... @shawn91111 where are you going to start your program?
  7. by   CardiacDork
    Quote from NurseJu19
    Thanks for all of the feedback, I will keep you guys posted on how it goes. Im going to try and cut back to 32hrs and work weekends until I cant. Does anyone have any suggestions for student loans? I don't qualify for financial aid because of my current income..... @shawn91111 where are you going to start your program?

    Perhaps a CNA income would allow you some loans? Just being realistic.
    Also as a CNA you may be able to pull two 16 hour shifts on Sat and one on Sun for a total of 32 hours leaving you the rest of the week. Hopefully if you get a weekend clinical you could work a weekday.

    Keep in mind that your current job has to be flexible for RN school which means lectures and clinical at any times provided to you...

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