How much did you work your final year of school???

  1. 0 Right now, I am just picking up 8 hr shifts weekly, as our census has been low. I applied and have been asked to interview for another hospital to be in their resource pool, minimum 24 hours per week. It is a contracted position for 14 - 20 weeks. We could really use the money, but I don't want to screw up and take a new job and hurt my last year. I will graduate in May 2013.

    So far, things are going well, but like I said, we can use the money.

    Our instructor keeps saying people should not be working, but some of us still need to.


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  3. Visit  lynn5707 profile page

    About lynn5707

    Joined Jul '10; Posts: 46; Likes: 10.

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  4. Visit  mtsteelhorse profile page
    Are you online or on campus? I am still waiting to start school on line. I'll have to work initially but plan to cut back to the bare minimum if I can. Can you work strictly per diem without a contract for minimum hourse? It must be tough to manage clinicals and a job. Guess I'll find out soon enough! Good luck!
  5. Visit  tryingtohaveitall profile page
    I worked about 20 hours per week, though I took PTO when I could. How many hours/week will you need to do for clinicals?
  6. Visit  owlRN01 profile page
    I worked about 15-20 hours a week and everytime I was at work I was thinking about how I should be studying! I thought it was too much for me but I had an older friend in the program who worked 40 hours a week, clinicals over night 1 day a week and she survived and never complained. It's all about what you are willing (and need) to do. I needed what little money I made so I kept that job until two weeks before finals and graduation. I had been at that job for 10 years and they were very good to me schedule wise.
  7. Visit  PsychiatricNP profile page
    I think it largely depends on your circumstances - in my situation I was able to work 40+ per week throughout my entire NP program. I went through the NP program full-time (finished in 5 semesters). It worked for me, but I know it isn't necessarily the right arrangement for everyone. There were people in my cohort who were able to quit working entirely and there were a couple of us who continued to work full-time - most people did something in between (we all graduated together). I had a flexible work schedule and had some amount of flexibility in my clinical schedule (14-18 hours per week). My wife stays home with our kids, so I didn't have to worry about childcare. Good luck as you find the right balance!
  8. Visit  lynn5707 profile page
    Thanks everyone.

    This semester we need 225 clinical hours. For the first part of the semester, I have had clinicals on Mon, Tues & Thurs, class on Wednesday. By mid-November I will just have one clinical day and one class day. I will be able to bank some hours towards next semester, as I think I will have about 20-30 more hours than I need this semester. I have been working on Friday. But, our census is low, and since I am supplemental was cancelled last Friday, and I just have a feeling that more of my work days may be cancelled.

    For my last semester I need 300 hours, so about the same arrangement. 3 days of clinicals, one class day.

    Thanks for all the advice. I think I will be OK if I worked more, we sure could use the money, just barely getting by. At least it is 24 hours weekly and not 36 hours a week. I am also a little nervous about starting at a new facility, but the one I am at is cutting back to the bone. But, I also have thought of continuing to "tough it out" until I graduate as hopefully it will be here before we know it.
  9. Visit  canchaser profile page
    Im working 36 hours a week and 16 hours of clinical a week. When I am on break I work 48 hours a week. I graduate may 2013
  10. Visit  mtsteelhorse profile page
    You guys are animals! I stand in do you do it??? You must be smart and under 50, lol!
  11. Visit  Lovanurse profile page
    20-30 hours per week (10 hour night shifts). Then I'd shower and go straight to clinical.
  12. Visit  MookieBSNRN profile page
    I graduate in May and work 32 hours a week and 17 hours a week for clinicals. I would prefer to only work 16 hours, however 32 hours is considered full-time and I need the benefits. It isn't my ideal situation, but it is doable.
  13. Visit  pattyweb profile page
    I graduated at the end of August, worked 3 nights a week for a total of 36hrs/ wk. each of my clinical semesters I did clinical hours 2-3 days/ wk. granted, we don't have any children, but it was doable, and I passed AANP FNP boards this week!!!
  14. Visit  mtsteelhorse profile page
    Quote from pattyweb
    I graduated at the end of August, worked 3 nights a week for a total of 36hrs/ wk. each of my clinical semesters I did clinical hours 2-3 days/ wk. granted, we don't have any children, but it was doable, and I passed AANP FNP boards this week!!!
    Congratulations! All the best to you!
  15. Visit  lynn5707 profile page

    So did you have class time as well? For Spring semester, will have 3 days clinicals and one day of class most weeks.

    Thanks & congratulations!!!


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