WORKING WHILE GOING TO SCHOOL

  1. HI,

    I'm 20 years old, living on my own and planning to start the nursing program in the fall 2001. I've to pay all my bills and pay cash for my school. I've talked to a lot of nursing students and they told me, it's going to be hard working while going to school. Consequently, I was wondering any suggestion on what type of full time jobs I could do without it interfering with my school?

    Thanks for your help.
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   hollykate
    The best job to have while in school is generally that of a CNA or PCA or whatever they call them. I found that it helped me in both school and NCLEX because I had seen way more patients with all sorts of problems than the students who did only school. You could also call your local hospital and ask about being telemetry certified and watch heart monitors. Doing this also gets your foot wedged firmly in the door for a position you WANT as a new grad- not just what they are willing to offer you when you graduate.
    I worked full time through nursing school and did well in school. It won't be as bad as the others are telling you.
  4. by   hanginginthere

    Hi hollykate,

    Thank you for your help regarding this matter. I always thought about the CNA but never thought or heard about telemetry certified. Now I have a second option in case plan A doesn't work. I will try to ask today in my local hospital about being a telemetry certified.

    Thanks a lot.

  5. by   JennieBSN
    The CNA thing, definitely. I waitressed, worked as a store clerk, and as a CNA during school. The CNA job was hard as h*** (nsg home...me and 18 total care patients...my back hurts just thinking about it), but it did give me a valuable perspective on the CNA's job, thus I have great respect for my CNAs and always offer to help them. I finally ended up as a part time nanny for 3 kids...that was GREAT. Once the kids were in bed, I had time to do homework. Plus, nothing like cleaning house, cooking dinner, and playing with crayons for 3 hours to help blow off stress from clinicals!!
  6. by   Yalonda1
    I also worked as a PCA while in school. It was very valuable when it came to learning about new material in class and it was about stuff that you have already encountered as a CNA or PCA. Just hang in there and you can do it.

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    Yalonda Ferguson, RN, BSN
  7. by   janine3&5
    Working in the hospital is a great idea-I've done 20-30 hours/wk all through school as a nurse intern. Also, I don't know how common this is in other hospitals, but our local hospital also uses "sitters" (hospital staff like PCAs, monitor techs, security who want extra hours) to sit with patients who need close supervision (i.e., confused patients who restraints don't seem to work for, Baker Act pts, etc.) I do this once in a while, and it's good because you can sit and study while working! It can be done, most of the students in my class work- I think you just have to know your own limits and learn good time management. Good luck!

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