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For those who are working full time and going to school full time... How are you managing it? Are you getting help? Is it a struggle? How are your grades? Click Like if you enjoyed it. Please share this with others, and... Read More

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    I know how you feel... this was the hardest decision to make to actually go to nursing school. I'm terrified my husband will lose his job or something and I'll have to quit!

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    Thank you so much for your responses.

    I have been literally having nightmares about this. The times we live in, its very hard to live with two incomes, let alone 1!!! Like the previous post, I also have the huge fear that my husband might lose his job, or what if we can't make a bill payment one month, or what if any other worst possible scenario that can happen does happen??!!. I want to start school, and I know its just 2 years of struggle, and the end will make up for it. But I honestly do not have the luxury to give up working- unless I accrue a large amount of debt in the process.

    You ladies are proof it can be done. Thank you for the inspirational words.
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    I worked full-time as an LVN during ADN school. It was the hardest thing I've ever done, but I had to do it, and I'm glad I did. I pulled mostly A's and B's. I was very fortunate in that I didn't have any children, or anybody dependent upon me for anything. The only reason I worked full-time was because the hospital I work currently work at doesn't offer part-time, and I wanted to keep my foot in the door to get an RN job. Between work and school I got about 1 day off every 2 weeks. It wasn't that difficult for me in an academic sense(my prior experience helped BIG time), but it was very hard on my social life. I hardly saw my family and friends during the program. Talk about social isolation.

    I'm now working as an RN, and I'm currently doing my BSN full-time which in comparison is EASY.
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    I work full-time and am in nursing school. Luckily I work nights as a nursing assistant, in the ICU, where sometimes we have down time and I can study (including sitting with suicide/OD patients which is a piece of cake and perfect for schoolwork).
    I don't have children but do have a wife, and she's not working right now either. It's quite a struggle financially, and prioritizing my time on a daily basis is a must, but it is do-able.
    It's all about ambition, and pushing yourself to the limit while doing little things here & there to keep your stress level down. You have to run the percentages and know at least half the people in your first quarter of the nursing program don't make it to graduation within two years, refuse to accept any excuse for failure, and constantly remind yourself you're going to be the smaller percentage of those who succeed.
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    I found that blogging is really helping me with the whole experience and I haven't even started yet lol. I start in August. I would love to find more student bloggers!!! Follow my blog at
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    I did it 9 years ago, from ADN, and MSN- and my best advice is coffee, 3 alarm clocks, and the rest I plead the 5th- but it can be done.

    I would also have to give TONS of credit to my wife who also worked 40 hour weeks going to get her AS-MSW. I couldn't have done it without her, and she didn't even laugh at me when she caught me in the shower with my socks on before I realized it.

    Life Happens!

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    In an accelerated program, working full time is virtually impossible. As it is, it was hard with a part-time job of only 8 hours/week! But thank God, this is almost over!!
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    I entered LPN school a month before I turned 38, marrie,d 2 kids, full time job, school was also full time M-F 7a-330p (none of the traditional college 'breaks' or vacations, we went straight through from Mar 2007 thru June 2008). Hubby was 100% behind me and supported me the entire time, as did my daughters. Everyone pitched in to help ease the burdon of the house chores, laundry, dinner etc.

    I graduated 15 months later with high honors. Passed my NCLEX on the first attempt and had landed my 1st job even before scheduling my NCLEX.

    Now I am 43 (my birthday was last week), I'm in my LPN to RN bridge, still working full time, in school just a credit shy of whats considered 'full time'. My lowest grades are in the high B+ range and my highest are A+. Husband is still my biggest cheerleader and support system.

    I think a lot of being successful in working full time and going to school is having tip-top organizational skills. And you need to be self-disciplined enough to do what you have to do, when you have to do it. You need to know what has to be done and by when and know how to prioritize accordingly.

    While working full time and going to school full time (with or without children) is difficult, its not impossible.
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    that's cool ! get colon, and all this will come true !
    but it take high price ....... while , joking.

    technically, it would not be true, you just can focus on one thing at the same time.

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    I'd imagine it would be incredibly difficult. If you find yourself slipping, get help ASAP.

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