Working while in nursing program? - page 3

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Is it wise to work while in the nursing program? I realize everyone's different, but is there anyone with experience who can offer the pros and cons?... Read More


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    I work in the OR as a scrub tech and I work 45 hours a week. I am in a part time nursing program so that probably makes a difference. We have class and clinicals at night and on the weekends. I don't have an option, I have to work and it is doable. I don't have much of a life but it's just for a few years. It's worth it to me.
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    I work 40+ hours a week and i am starting my last semester in january. It is doable, but exhausting. I have no choice but to work fulltime and go to nursing school. So far my grades have been good, not stellar.. But good. If you have to work and attwnd nursing school, organization is key.
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    Quote from NEOLUV
    I work 40+ hours a week and i am starting my last semester in january. It is doable, but exhausting. I have no choice but to work fulltime and go to nursing school. So far my grades have been good, not stellar.. But good. If you have to work and attwnd nursing school, organization is key.
    Oh... And my fulltime job is night shift 11pm to 7 am in a hotel. I do get alot of study time at this job. That has helped tremendously.
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    Has anyone ever worked while completing an accelerated BSN program?
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    I am someone who doesn't have to work and I am attending a 2 year accelerated BSN program but most of the people in my class have their own apartments, families, wives/husbands to feed so they have no choice but to work either full time or part time jobs. In my case I had a part time job before for the first full year of nursing school all the way through summer session II. Then I lost my job and I spent more time studying and focusing to keep my grades up. I find that not having a job leaves me with more time to study and focus on the necessary work for school. On the other hand, I am looking for work now in local hospitals as a nursing attendant/associate and/or PCA to help get hands on experience and to secure work after school
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    I don't work. I have three kids and for financial reasons I really should work, but I just can't bring myself to. I would never see my kids and hubby and I know my grades would suffer - as would my mental health.

    There are a few people in my class who wok and they amaze me. Wonderwomen(and wondermen) :-)
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    I have no choice. I've worked 25+ hours a week to pay for nursing school and my bills. It's a struggle and I but off more than I could chew during a couple semesters. Just so what you think you can so. Many jobs work well with students schedules and can help you by giving you less or more hours. My best advice is to look ahead at your schedule and request off work or request less hours on weeks you have a test coming up or a busy week. That way you aren't stressed trying to do it all.
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    Sorry iPhone autocorrected a lot of my post!! Grr 😒
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    Anything is possible if your heart is in it. I was a full time athlete and I worked a job on campus while I was a full time nursing student. You just need to make sure your employer or other commitments are willing to be flexible when nursing school demands pile up...and they will. There will be days you need to take a mental health day!
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    Quote from MDG0407
    Anything is possible if your heart is in it. I was a full time athlete and I worked a job on campus while I was a full time nursing student. You just need to make sure your employer or other commitments are willing to be flexible when nursing school demands pile up...and they will. There will be days you need to take a mental health day!
    I will add that I was also in a BSN program.


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