Balancing Nursing school and work

  1. I am in my first year of nursing school here in ohio. I just got a new job with a cell phone company and they need me to be able to work 24 hours/week. I have heard from some new grads that I won't be able to work that much. Any tips? How many hours per week did most of you work outside of school?
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   Christie RN2006
    Its doable, but very hard! I worked anywhere from 0-40 hours a week while I was in school. Are you able to do homework or study at work during your downtimes? I was able to and that helped a lot!
  4. by   KBoo
    Quote from Christie RN2006
    Its doable, but very hard! I worked anywhere from 0-40 hours a week while I was in school. Are you able to do homework or study at work during your downtimes? I was able to and that helped a lot!
    yes, I think there is a good chance that during down time at work I can study some. Thanks for the input!!
  5. by   gitterbug
    You will have to stay super organized. Time once spent on sleep may become very scarce. I worked every weekend for 2 years, 16 hour shifts, and went to school full-time. It was the hardest thing I ever did but it paid off and all of your efforts will too. Good luck.
  6. by   LatinGirl
    It is definitely doable. I just graduated from nursing school, yay, and I worked the entire time. I worked at a hospital on nights 24-32 hrs a week, went to school and took care of my three children. It's hard, but if I did it you can too. You will have to make sacrifices to get through it, but it will be well worth it in the end. Good luck!!!!
  7. by   futurepeds
    I admire people who are able to do this but I was unable to do it myself. That is why I am going back at age 31. I do not need to work now so hopefully that will work better for me. But truly some people can and do it all the time. Good luck!
  8. by   pbrookes
    Hi, yes it is definitely doable. I just graduated from nursing school last week.
    I worked a 40 hr/week job the entire time and attended class/clinical at night and on the weekends. I also have two young kids. I would not have been able to do it without the support of my husband that's for sure. The bottom line is that working and school is not easy but if you are focused and determined to be a nurse you can do it. You can do anything you put your mind to. Good Luck!
  9. by   SarasotaRN2b
    Is it doable? That's a totally individual question...for some yes, for some no. Also, for some there is just no choice...if you want to go for nursing but you need to work, then you need to make the needed sacrifices.
  10. by   KBoo
    thanks all !:smiletea2:

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