Is it possible to work full time and become a nurse??? - page 3

Hello all. I'm in the process of applying to a local university as a pre-nursing student. The question that I have for you is.....Is it realistic to work full time while attending nursing school? I'm 39 and work a full time day... Read More

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    My advice to you would not go to a university unless that is the only option. there are alot of good 2 year ADN programs which would be cheaper possibility of night classes/days and you can get it done quicker. I worked 40 hrs and did nursing school it was very tough and I had alot of sleepless nights. It can be done and many have done it. but may be tough on your family life.

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    I did it, but it almost killed me. While in LPN classes I worked full time. I took ALL of my RN pre-req's at that time as well. 23 credit hrs in first sem. I found a school 2hrs from me that had pre-req's one night a week. I was in class from 7am untill 1030pm 3 nights a week Mon, Tue, Wed. I worked night shift as an NA 12hrs Thu, Fri, Sat. Then went on for my RN through Excelsior while working TWO full time jobs, 12hr nights. I worked 2 full time jobs, watched our youngest all day (3) while my wife went to LPN school. She was a whimp---didn't work at all while in school.
    As a side note, ALL of my school was paid for by my employer/pell grants/scholorships. I am now an RN working only one job, 3-12's on nights. I make 30$ an hour with differentials and all in a low cost of living area of rural Nebraska.

    Good luck.<------You will need it.
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    Don't know where you live but my diploma program in Pittsburgh also had a 4 year evening/weekend program that would be perfect for many full time workers. After you get your RN license you can then continue on in a part-time RN-BSN program while you work as a nurse. Some of the RN-BSN programs are 100% online.
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    It wouldn't be worth it for your family.

    "Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. You name them - work, family, health, friends, and spirit - and you're keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls - family, health, friends, and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life." - Brian Dyson, CEO of Coca Cola Enterprises from 1959-1994
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    I am a Detective in a major police department. I finished all the non nursing courses before going to nursing school. I went to nursing school while working fulltime plus about 60-80 hours of overtime a month. I was 39 when I started.

    It can be done. The pain will be great.

    In the end you'll say like I did, "Why didn't I just go to med school?" because if you can do the above you'll feel like you can do anything.

    So? What are you waiting for? Get your loincloth and start building those pyramids!!!!
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    It is very possible to work full time. I worked full time, have two kids and a wife also. I will PM you my schools website as it is probably still the only school in the country that is doing a straight RN program online. It is in Texas so if you are out of state I am guessing it will cost more. Options of ADN and BSN are both available......
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    welll.... I cant find how to PM you.... the site is www.eline.delmar.edu I was probably one of the first 5 to graduate and be licensed through their program. They started with a grant from the department of education to try and help with the upcoming and current nursing shortage trying to see if a straight internet based program would work. You WILL however need your pre-requisites before you do it. you do NOT have to be a nurse prior to taking their classes..... just have your basic nursing school pre-requisites. I graduated about 2.5 years ago and have worked in Surgery since that day as a circulator, now department manager/director. I love the job..... go for it, I dont think you will regret it. Oh and there are two program paths on that site, one for ADN is through Delmar College and one for BSN which is through Texas A&M Corpus Christi campus
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    anyone know of a school in either NYC/NJ/CT that allows you to complete your BSN nights/weekends? I'm looking to get a 2nd degree so I rather get my BSN since it seems most hospitals where I live require a BSN.
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    During my pre-req's I worked full time. It was doable. However there were 2 days/week when I seen my daughter 2 hours. So I promised myself I wouldn't do that again! In the program I work 2 days/week and take our student loans and my financial aid to supplement my income. I'm so much happier. I actually get to see my family! But each situation is different. Just go with it and find out what works for you and your family.


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