Students not working while going to school....

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    So I have decided not to work while I go through the BSN program. I would like to hear from others who have or are doing the same thing. How are you getting through financially? Loans, parents, or other? I am a non-trad student that will most likely be taking out a few loans here and there to get me through, but I feel this is necessary to keep up with my course work. How about you?
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    ... I don't know how anyone could hold down a job and get through nursing school... I know I couldn't. Not with two kids, a house, a husband etc.
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    I've been a stay at home mom and live off my husband, lol. I can't imagine working AND going to school! It's hard enough with kids and doing school work.... just want to wish you luck!
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    I performed what I like to think of as the ultimate sacrifice to get this done. (read that as sarcasm) I moved my entire family and a good portion of my household into my parents' house. The rest of my house is in storage. That way I didn't have to ask my parents for loans, take out any more student loans, or work while I am in school. I work during school breaks (luckily I have a prn job that allows for this). My parents of course made more of a sacrifice than we did, but we do help out around the house quite a bit. I do all the grocery shopping. My husband does any home maintenance chores that need doing. And my parents like my husband more than me anyway.

    We are all very busy people, both my parents work full time, as does my husband, kid is in school, and I take my classes at night so I can do my homework and studing when there is noone here. And between the three of them, there is always someone home when my son is home. Of course sometimes I don't see my son until the weekends, but I know that he is being taken care of.
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    I quit my job before I started my BSN program. My husband makes enough to support us and pay the mortgage/bills, so I am grateful for that. I also take out some student loans for tuition, books, etc. as I don't qualify for financial aid. I think you made the right choice; I'm doing really well and can't imagine having to add work stress to the demands of NS. Good luck!
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    Quote from Equinox_93
    ... I don't know how anyone could hold down a job and get through nursing school... I know I couldn't. Not with two kids, a house, a husband etc.
    It can be done. I worked full time, have a husband and three small children as well as my own family and close friends to keep up with
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    ... I don't know how anyone could hold down a job and get through nursing school... I know I couldn't. Not with two kids, a house, a husband etc.

    I wish I didn't have to work full time. I am a divorced mother of two, I work full time and cannot even get enough financial aid/loans to cover my entire tuition so thankfully my parents help with that. It would be nice to be able to completely focus on school but I only attend part time at night and I am fortunately that I have a job that has very low stress and allows to me to study while working if I need to. I think the majority of the people I go to school with work full-time and have a family, it is possible (I hope)!
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    Trust me, I def struggled with the decision to quit my job of 11 yrs for something that may not happen anyway. That was the hardest part for me. I tried to juggle home, 2 kids, a fiance, nursing school and my job for a year and thats about all I could take. I have always been the type of person who loved to work and have my own money and friends however I finally came to the realization that something had to go and I didnt want to sacrifice my family or nursing school so my 11 year employment had to go. Besides nursing school, I feel it like having 2 full time jobs. Im divorced but luckily my fiance has been helping out with my bills, which was extremely hard for me to have to ask someone else for money but I had no other choice. I have taken out a little bit of money in student loans but its not a lot and it wont take a long time to pay off, every little bit helps. I graduate this May and am so glad with my decision. Good luck to you!
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    I am in prereq's and I work FT, I can only take 2 courses a semester because of it. I do blieve that I will have to quit working at least FT in order to make it when I get to nursing school
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    I am working 32-40 hours per week while going to school full time. I work on the weekends, 16 hours Saturday and 16 on Sunday. Sometimes I pick up an 8 hour shift during the week. It is hard because when I go to bed on Friday night I say goodbye to my family until Monday. But, I feel really blessed to have such an opportunity and I must work. So, I tell myself that this is temporary and I do what I have to do. It will all be worth it when I am done.
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