Is it possible to go to nursing school and work full time? - page 2

Hello there, I am considering a career change and going back to school for nursing. I will have to take all of my pre-reqs like A&P and Stats. I think I can take those in the evening and still... Read More

  1. by   LiveYourDreams
    I worked 20 hours a week while taking my pre-reqs. I started with full-time, but had to cut back because I did not have enough time to study. I want to stress how important your pre-req grades are. You need to be able to give 100% because grades can hinder you from getting into a nursing program, seeing how it is so competitive.

    I took anywhere from 12-19 credits and still managed to maintain a 4.0 G.P.A while working part time. However; I am single, have no kids, and basically had no social life while accomplishing this. It did get a little rough the 2 terms that I took more than 3 classes. I use to research my teachers, trying to get ones that had a teaching style that meshed with my learning style, and I also wanted to stay away from any really hard teachers, simply because I didn't have the extra time to dedicate to their classes. Good luck to you.
  2. by   Spatialized
    It is possible, but it isn't pleasant. Sleep is a foreign thing when you do so. I did it because I had to, working 2 jobs, combined full-time through the end of school having worked 1 job full time the first year. It sucked, weekends were non-existent and I had to make time to study, but when you need to do things, you'll figure a way out. That said, would I do it again? Ummm...h*ll no! Lucky for me though, my wife is a rockstar and we didn't have kids, so your mileage may vary.

  3. by   purplefetish
    If you have a computer with DSL and a home phone, you can do what I do It is a customer service job in which calls are routed to your home. It's actually a pretty fun job at times; and you can study between calls. Hourly minimum wage pay and work whenever you want. Just have to make sure its quiet. I start school May 2010 and this is going to be my job. Hope this helps!!!
  4. by   MNRN2009
    I took all of my general classes before starting the nursing program. I did those part time in the evenings while I worked my Mon-Fri full time job. I was lucky enough to get accepted to a nursing program that had evening classes as well. So I was able to continue to work full time while going to school full time. It was hard and I wished I didn't have to work but I made it. It can be done.
  5. by   lilwbprincess
    When I went through my program I was working between 12-24 hours per week as a CNA and at times it was rough. School takes a lot time and potentially one could work full-time if their program allowed for it. My program was M-F, all day, most days. So I would say play it by ear unless you need to tell your employer now.