Job and school, need advice....

  1. Hello all, this forum has helped before, so I'm hoping it will again!

    I am currently in LPN school and I work as a CNA every other weekend 14 hour shifts each day. I have three kids, and a husband and all that jazz. I want to quit my job and focus on school, but don't want to burn any bridges. I'm afraid to talk to my nurse manager, because they have already said that I can't be per diem and I have to work 40 hours in a two week time span. We are also very short, so they are not going to be happy. I'm actually calling in tomorrow (first time ever) because I'm so exhausted from school all week. Any advice? I love my job, but just can't do both. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

    Thanks

    Marie
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   AntFlip7395
    If your family is able to financially survive without you working this job, my advice would be to give your two weeks notice and respectfully quit. It doesn't sound like your place of employment is a healthy atmosphere, and once you are licensed, you should not have any problems procuring a job.
  4. by   pagandeva2000
    I say the same. You will have more opportunities as an LPN, and if you can afford it, risk the sacrifice now, than regret it later. Nursing school take every bit of our energy.
  5. by   Tweety
    Do what you have to do to get through school. Make that your priority for the moment.
  6. by   SuesquatchRN
    School. If that DON won't be smart enough to keep a good aide by letting her go PRN forget her.

    Hey, are you from NYC? 'cause we used to double dutch!
  7. by   agldragonRN
    Quote from dbledutchs
    hello all, this forum has helped before, so i'm hoping it will again!

    i am currently in lpn school and i work as a cna every other weekend 14 hour shifts each day. i have three kids, and a husband and all that jazz. i want to quit my job and focus on school, but don't want to burn any bridges. i'm afraid to talk to my nurse manager, because they have already said that i can't be per diem and i have to work 40 hours in a two week time span. we are also very short, so they are not going to be happy. i'm actually calling in tomorrow (first time ever) because i'm so exhausted from school all week. any advice? i love my job, but just can't do both. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

    thanks

    marie
    you think financially wise, your family can make it without you working? if you do, then don't work and just focus your 110 percent for school. i am in my last semester of my 15-month program and i have worked full time and still working f/t since the beginning because i cannot afford not to work. it was hard in the beginning but it is doable. heck, i am not even good at time management and i am making it. although, i am always jealous of my classmates who do not have to work while in this program. i think there are only two of us who work f/t. so go ahead and quit if you can afford it.

    angel
  8. by   LPN4U
    I just applied to a LTC position that is causal shift. So its not or shouldnt be stressful for me. I as well have 2 small children 3 yrs and 6 yrs and a loving supporting husband. I since I'm still in school looking to bridge to the RN and the college net as back up plan. Seems like the right choice. Good luck with your decision.
  9. by   Lovely_RN
    If I understand your post correctly you're worried about the nurse manager being mad at you for quitting.

    I'm going to be blunt so excuse me in advance....

    You need to do what is best for you and your family and if that means quitting so that you can focus on LPN school then so be it.

    If you are scared then practice what you are going to say, build up some nerve, and then quit. Be pleasant, polite, and give adequate notice because you may need a reference in the future but stick to your guns and do what you need to do. Also let whatever comments they have to say or any attitude they may have toward you in your remaining time roll off your back.

    Don't fall for that line about being a team player that employers love to feed us all because trust me...the nurse manager isn't worried about you as a person (if she was she would let you go per diem) she is concerned with having enough staff.

    If there ever came a day when there were too many CNAs she would not hesitate to cut your hours or let you go completely. Now don't get me wrong the manager has a job to do and it's not personal it's business.

    Unfortunately, the nurse manager doing her job conflicts with what you need to do to handle your business (which is being an LPN student).

    Quote from dbledutchs
    Hello all, this forum has helped before, so I'm hoping it will again!

    I am currently in LPN school and I work as a CNA every other weekend 14 hour shifts each day. I have three kids, and a husband and all that jazz. I want to quit my job and focus on school, but don't want to burn any bridges. I'm afraid to talk to my nurse manager, because they have already said that I can't be per diem and I have to work 40 hours in a two week time span. We are also very short, so they are not going to be happy. I'm actually calling in tomorrow (first time ever) because I'm so exhausted from school all week. Any advice? I love my job, but just can't do both. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

    Thanks

    Marie
    Last edit by Lovely_RN on Oct 24, '07

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