Working while attending school?

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    Well I plan to start LPN school this coming october. I will attend evenings and weekends on a part time basis. Right now, I'm just preparing for the Nurse Entrance test coming up real soon. I was wondering if any one worked or are working while attending school??????? I know its best to not work if possible. But In my case, I have to work because I live alone and have bills and no help... If any one have worked, whats the best shift or hours? Right now, I work as a CNA at a nursing home . I think they are pretty flexible with hours. My classes will be Tues, Wed, Thurs from 5pm -9pm and Sat. 8a-4p.... And i work from 11pm- 7am....(i really like this shift) Any suggestions will be helpful... thank you

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    Hi there,

    I graduated from LPN school in April of this year and I worked all the way through the program. Several of my classmates worked FT as well. It's tough, but manageable. The girls that were working 12-hr shifts seemed to have the toughest time. If you have to work, then that is what you have to do. Proper mindset and determination helps alot!
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    I will be working through my program also. I haven't decided which job yet though. I currently work in real estate and I also waitress Friday & Saturday nights. I will probably go with the waitressing so that I can get out of RE.

    We can do it!
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    What kind of jobs are out there for nursing students?
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    Quote from mchanrice
    What kind of jobs are out there for nursing students?
    In my experience mostly CNA/STNA jobs. Some people worked in nursing homes, others worked in a hospital. Some people (myself included) did home healthcare. The great thing about home health is that you can absolutely create your own schedule. I found that to be a better fit, but I did not get as much money.
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    Quote from fireflyLPN
    In my experience mostly CNA/STNA jobs. Some people worked in nursing homes, others worked in a hospital. Some people (myself included) did home healthcare. The great thing about home health is that you can absolutely create your own schedule. I found that to be a better fit, but I did not get as much money.

    Does home health include medical benefits for yourself? I am planning to start LPN schooling in the fall and am having to work as well. I don't have my CNA as of yet, I believe I can sit for it once I am in school for a certain period of time.

    What licensure do you need for home health?

    Thanks for your input!
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    Quote from DawnfromKC
    Does home health include medical benefits for yourself? I am planning to start LPN schooling in the fall and am having to work as well. I don't have my CNA as of yet, I believe I can sit for it once I am in school for a certain period of time.

    What licensure do you need for home health?

    Thanks for your input!
    It varies from place to place, but where I worked you didn't even need to be state tested (STNA). They would hire people that were not state tested and let them work as homemakers or home health aides. As a homemaker you would go in the person's house tidy up, and cook them dinner that sort of thing...

    It's difficult to get FT hours working home health care, especially if you have limited availability. Most of my home visits lasted 2 hours. I had others where I spent 4 hours in the home. So in a normal week in nursing school I would work about 25 hours, with some of those hours being picked up PRN.

    Also, the agency I worked for did not offer benefits other than more on the hour for filling in (PRN).

    And yes, you can take your STNA exam in the second quarter (I believe) of nursing school.


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