working in nursing school

  1. I know there are people who work in nursing school, and I know that some schools suggest students not to work. Is it harder to work in nursing school? I would really appreciate the advice.
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  3. by   sandytoes
    Quote from marshay601
    I know there are people who work in nursing school, and I know that some schools suggest students not to work. Is it harder to work in nursing school? I would really appreciate the advice.
    I think it depends on a lot of factors. Are you single? Do you have kids? Do you NEED to work? Or just want to for experience??

    I have 2 small children and I work 1 day a week (prn) as a pct. I do it both for the money (not a lot lol) and mostly for the experience.

    There are a lot of flexible jobs out there for students. I personally waited until my 2nd semester to look. I wanted to get my feet wet 100% in school first and then had a better feel for what would work for me.

    Good luck
  4. by   marshay601
    I don't have any children, but I'm engaged. I'm not sure how working and nursing school is going be. I want the money and the experience.
  5. by   Duttygal86
    I've found it difficult to maintain a job during the semester simply because the area I live in the population here doesn't value education, which translates into managers who are extremely inflexible when scheduling shifts for students. I tend to find work during breaks and summer and hope that it pans out a few days a week during the semester, but it never does
  6. by   marshay601
    Thanks everyone that gave me advice. I will probably see how it goes. The school told me I can sit for the cna/Lpn exam during my first semester in the ADN or rn program. Maybe I will see how that goes.
  7. by   ChickEBoo
    It certainly is harder to work and attend nursing school - as it would be to do any two things at once. However, you do what you have to in order to make it through. I worked two jobs (one full time and one part time) and had a new baby. I didn't plan for all of that but I made it. I was also more organized and dedicated for doing that.
  8. by   rock hopper
    Everyone I ask indicates "No". However, I work p/t for a hospice company (around 12-20) hours a week, just on the weekends. This gives me enough money to pay my phone bill and have some spending money each month.

    My plan is to save around 20k this year before heading into a BSN or ADN program this fall, and use that as my rent/gas/food money, with the aforementioned p/t work just to supplement for extra expenses (and there will be extra expenses). I'm single though so I can't imagine how tough it'd be if you had a s/o to support or had kids.

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