So, are you working?

  1. I went to orientation today for my bridge program which will start in January and it blew my mind....I feel dizzy....lol. I am curious to know if most of u guys are working thru the bridge program and if so, how much? Our classroom portion is mostly online but even then I dont know how Im gonna manage. Currently I work about 48+ hrs a week. Ill probably still work full time for the first semester (to save back) and then cut back after that to maybe 2 12s or 16s a week. I can probably manage but I fear my relationship will suffer with my long distance boyfriend who just recently became a live in! And at the end when we do practicum, I seriously doubt I can work at all bc we have to work 36 hrs a week for 2 months at the hospital following our preceptor and wont know their schedule until they do. So even if I can work one day or two, I wont know till the last minute when Im available. Im feeling very overwhelmed!

    I just keep telling myself, its only a year and I can do anything for a year! umpiron:
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I still work full-time, even though my husband has said he's willing to support us both. But i love what i do, and that's why i want to stay full time as long as possible.

    But i'm doing school part-time, though.
  4. by   luv4nursing
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    I still work full-time, even though my husband has said he's willing to support us both. But i love what i do, and that's why i want to stay full time as long as possible.

    But i'm doing school part-time, though.

    Thanks for the reply Marie...
    Anybody else?
  5. by   AntFlip7395
    I am working weekend only option at my hospital, 24 hours/week. I still get full-time benefits with tuition assistance. Money is tight, but we're making it! I still had to take out a small loan though, and since my fiancee is in school full-time, he has loans and grants too. I still feel overwhelmed without the weekends to study, but I have no choice.
  6. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    weekender here. Fri-Sun (12 hr shifts) finishing pre-req's. Will apply to 2 programs in Jan that start in the summer. I hope to keep working as much as possible cause if I drop one of my days, I loose my weekend shift diff (ouch) The closer program starts with 5 days per week clinicals, the one that is much further away has theirs 4 days per week.

    I am married and my Dh has offered to get a second job if necessary, so we will see what happens.
  7. by   Elle.p.enn
    I'm in a LPN to BSN program and am at the end of my preceptorship. I worked 16 to 24 hours throughout, mostly 8 hour shifts, on top of the 3 twelves with my preceptor. I'm a little frazzled now, to say the least, but it went pretty well.

    The hard part for me was completing the assignments, we had a huge concept map, and various other papers.
  8. by   luv4nursing
    Quote from Elle.p.enn
    I'm in a LPN to BSN program and am at the end of my preceptorship. I worked 16 to 24 hours throughout, mostly 8 hour shifts, on top of the 3 twelves with my preceptor. I'm a little frazzled now, to say the least, but it went pretty well.

    The hard part for me was completing the assignments, we had a huge concept map, and various other papers.
    just wanted to say congratulations! you are on the final stretch!
  9. by   Dabuggy
    I was wondering the same thing. I start orientation at the hospital on Jan 9th, for 4-6 weeks and it is full time. After that I am weekends only, midnights. My RN program starts on Jan 15th. 2 days a week. Friends and family are telling me that I can't do both. I'm looking at it as more of on the job training. I think I would learn more talking to the RN's and getting their view on things than trying to figure it out on my own.

    Dabuggy
  10. by   luv4nursing
    Quote from Dabuggy
    I was wondering the same thing. I start orientation at the hospital on Jan 9th, for 4-6 weeks and it is full time. After that I am weekends only, midnights. My RN program starts on Jan 15th. 2 days a week. Friends and family are telling me that I can't do both. I'm looking at it as more of on the job training. I think I would learn more talking to the RN's and getting their view on things than trying to figure it out on my own.

    Dabuggy

    I understand what you mean...many are telling me I cant do it as well, but I think it may be more stressful to take the cut in hours/pay than to just grin and bear it lol. My program is online except for one clinical a week and for the first 6 weeks we have lab once a week for skills check offs, etc. I work in home health also so I tend to have lots of down time during my shift (Im at work as I type this lol) to get school work done. Luckily I have a laptop and an internet connection at my main case. I cant get a connection at my other case, but this one is a small child during the day so not much down time there. My plan is to work 3 days a week....2 16's and one 12....or 2 12s and one 16 depending on how things go. At least this way I have 4 days off (well 3 if u count my 12 hr clinical as another day).

    I kind of need to work to save some money back because during the last 3 months of the program I dont think Ill be able to work. We have to do a 36 hr a week preceptorship and we wont know our schedule till our nurse knows what they are working each week. There will be no way to keep any type of work schedule. I may be able to do one day a week, we will see. But just in case I want to have 3 months living expenses saved by the time that rolls around so I wont be stressed out about how Im going to make it at the end. I should have it saved already, but I was half expecting not to get into the transition on the first try bc of the competitiveness and number of applicants. It was a pleasant suprise but its going to take some creative scheduling to stay afloat!
  11. by   SouthernLPN2RN
    I worked FT up until summer semester when things got too hectic. They cram a 14 week semester into 8 weeks then, so it was tough to find nights I could work. Keep in mind that a lot of nursing instructors will get you for working if they find out about you working FT. I never saw anybody who worked PT have a problem, but the FTers did. Good luck!
  12. by   Dabuggy
    I started to put diseases/conditions on 3-5 cards. I'm taking up to 5 per ch to lessen the work load later. I can use them at clinicals and at the job. It is easier for me to relate a pt with the condition to answer a question than to try and remember the disease/condition outright.

    I found what I thought was the perfect job working weekends. But others tell me, any work is too much during the RN program. I'm in a part time RN program and with driving to class the extra day, being in class and homework for that class, working 20 hours is less work for me.

    I guess we all do what we have to do. For me 1 less class and clinical per week lessens the knowledge overload. I get to the point where I just can't remember anymore information.

    Dabuggy

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