Quote from ashleywaiting623
I just received my second acceptance letter confirming when orientation starts, what books I will need to purchase for phase I of the program and what assignments are due already! So far I have to buy 12 books, and this is just for phase I. I have a chapter due with the workbook assignment along with it, due for the orientation days in July. I am starting to see the work load I am going to be dealing with in the future and it is making me very nervous. I start school September 3, 2009. It is M-F 7:30-2:30. I work two part time jobs, one I waitress and the other I work customer service in retail. Should I try keeping both jobs come the fall and work at least 4 times a week or ditch the one that pays less? Also how much studying should I be looking forward to (2-3 hours a day)? I just cannot wait to start and finally get into a career I want to do instead of these terrible part time jobs. Summer is going to go by so slow! Also I am in the process of getting a loan right now. Since I am only 19, and just am establishing my credit I am waiting to hear back about the loan. I am so nervous about not being able to afford books, uniforms, supplies, and tuition if I don't get the loan. Can you tell I am stressing? Please I need all of the advice I can get that will help me through those short eleven months! Thanks!
Congrats on being accepted to your nursing program! To save some $$$, you might want to see if any of your books are available on Amazon
.com in "used" condition (make sure you get the correct edition#).
Theoretically, if you want to do really really well, plan on studying for 2-3 hours per hour of class. That's not likely to happen, so if you could put in 2-3 hours/day of studying, you'll probably do just fine. Play it by ear - some subjects are easier to pick up & retain than others.
In terms of which job to keep, you might also consider which job gives you the most flexibility to change your work schedule. Starting out, you say that you'll be in class 7:30AM - 2:30PM. Depending on how your program handles clinicals, they may interfere with your work schedule. You'll need to try & figure out ahead of time how you'd handle things if your clinicals were 8AM - 6PM during the week, or nights (7PM - 7AM), or on weekends. Just in case.