Can you work in the LVN-RN program?

  1. Hi all!
    I am taking my last prerequisite to apply to an RN program this spring (I'm already an LVN). However, many people have been telling me that you cannot work while in the RN program. That it is too much, and so on.
    Is it doable? I have an excellent job where there isn't too much to do on shifts and I usually am able to study 4 hours or so of the 8 hour shift. I'd obviously be part time when I go to the program. I was just wondering what you all thought?
    Thanks
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  2. 21 Comments

  3. by   fla orange
    Hello NickiLaughs, I am currently a Lpn and I work about 32 hours a week while in the 2nd to the last semester of the ADN nursing program at the CC I attend. So yes it can be done if you're discipline enough to stick to your set study times. I did my clinical at the same hospital I work at, on a different unit of cousre. Yes it can be done just make sure that you set that you're going to study. Hope I answered your question.
  4. by   TheCommuter
    If you are one of those people who is not easily distracted, I think you can continue to work while in an RN program. Since you say you will have four hours of the work shift devoted to study, you are in a really good situation.

    One of my classmates worked the graveyard shift. All of the patients were sleeping, so she could study without being bothered by patients and unit managers. BTW, she did really well and graduated toward the top of the class.
  5. by   Kelly_the_Great
    Hey Nicki,

    Yes, it can be done.

    That being said, it can be really hard! Especially if you have a family and other commitments.

    I was real fortunate to be able to go part-time in school last semester (father w/terminal illness & subsequent death). Part-time for my program is like 9, 10, 12 hours compared to 17 & 18 hours.

    If I hadn't had the option of part-time school enrollment, I would've had a lifetime of regret. Anyways, just some food for thought. You gotta expect the unexpected while your in nursing school.
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    It has to be doable for me. No one's going to pay my bills.
  7. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from Kelly_the_Great
    I was real fortunate to be able to go part-time in school last semester (father w/terminal illness & subsequent death).
    I am sorry about the loss of your father.
  8. by   Kelly_the_Great
    Hey thanks, Commuter,

    I just kept prayin' & prayin' I'd be finished w/ my clinicals (preceptor called in sick on me a couple of x's, then changed her schedule & then got promoted to charge & couldn't take on students anymore) in time that I'd be able to be there for him - mom had died 4 yrs. b4.

    It all worked out though. And you know who my replacement preceptor wound up being? One of my very best friends from my LVN program who had since gotten her RN! Life is funny.

    Anyways, had I not had the option for part-time there's no way I could've worked it. Like I said earlier, I was very fortunate.
  9. by   jodyangel
    Amen Marie!! Same here. Has to work.

    Quote from Marie_LPN
    It has to be doable for me. No one's going to pay my bills.
  10. by   suebird3
    it is doable....i had to work in order to pay tuition/books/etc. of course, i do like to eat, also....needed gas.... plus, i "made too much" for any other payment idea's.

    good luck....

    suebird
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from suebird3
    it is doable....i had to work in order to pay tuition/books/etc. of course, i do like to eat, also....needed gas.... plus, i "made too much" for any other payment idea's.

    good luck....

    suebird
    isn't that just killer, to be a student and working, and being told you make too much?

    last time i was told that, i said "wouldn't know it from my end, dude"
  12. by   suebird3
    i heard the line while in lpn school, too; was told my dad "made too much." was told to say i lived w/ gramma....but my aunt lived with her, and made a bit more than my dad! go figure!

    btw...my dad went to school on the g. i. bill during the '50's. how does that register?

    suebird
  13. by   Butterflybee
    What is an ADN? fla orange went from lpn to adn. just curious. thank you.
  14. by   Boston-RN
    ADN is associate degree nurse (RN)

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