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 work full time. Once I get to... Read More

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    While I was going to school for my LPN I worked as a CNA full time. I did my RN in Two years. I got all my PreReq's done and when I was accepted into the program I only had 2 days a week that i was in school. During that time I worked as an LPN

    I did LPN and the RN Program in three years while I worked full time... and in that time My Daughter got married, My son Graduated from High school and the local CC the same time as I graduated from the LPN Program. I graduated from the RN the same day as he graduted from college.

    My secret wepon was online classes. I did every class that was available online that I could.
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    "Is it possible to go to nursing school and work full time?

    by nursing_88
    Join Date: Apr 2008
    Posts: 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 work full time. Once I get to nursing school, is it possible to work? Full-time or part-time?"

    Hello Nursing_88,

    I too had a recent career change and am a returning nursing student. I decided to change careers 1 year ago, and at the time I was working full-time and had a very demanding work load. Most schools prefer you already have pre-reqs completed so these courses are pertinent to getting accepted. You will want to do well in all your pre-reqs (especially sciences). I was able to take 1-2 courses per semester. Of course, your course work will definitely depend on your work circumstances and personal situation.

    I would not recommend taking more than 2 courses if you are working full-time, especially if you still have to take science pre-reqs. I found that it was difficult for me to take 2 courses if 1 course was a science course, as these courses were more complex and demanding than others.

    Depending on which program you're trying to get into and each school's program your research, I would suggest taking core classes that are common for all the schools. Once you decide on which school you want to apply for, then take any other specific courses needed for that school. I would suggest researching your preferred schools before considering taking any pre-reqs just so you have an idea on which courses to take first. This will at least let you know what you will need even if you haven't decided on a nursing school yet. Most schools require Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Nutrition, Psychology, Sociology, and math and college writing courses.

    I am recently in my school's RN program and currently working part-time for my current employer. Luckily, this employer is very understanding with my school schedule. The key here is to communicate with your employer.

    Some sound advice from students who started last semester in the same program suggested that by the time you are in Nursing Fundamentals, to cut back on work hours or even resign entirely. You want to be at your physical and mental peak in order to get through your nursing program, so why gruel yourself over a job now that you know you will be leaving eventually? Remember, your choice in career change was made for a reason and now you need to take steps to make sure your new career goals are met.

    Lastly, manage your time well and be organized! Not everybody can work and go to school. Again, this depends on your particular situation and how well you are able to manage your life and able to put in good study time. If you haven't already got one, use a planner (paper or electronic) to manage your schedules. It will help you so much! Most importantly, you will have created daily, weekly, and monthly routines for yourself and become very well organized.

    Good luck with your pre-reqs and getting accepted to nursing school! You will be fine! All you need to do is have a game plan!

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    I would start with AP and other pre-reqs and see how you handle them while working full time.
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    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.
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    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.

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    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!!!
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    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.
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    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.

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