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

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    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?

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    I Did, I worked Night shift and did my classes on line and during the day. But my children were Grown up and my husband is a jem. He took care of the home front, and I did school.
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    Quote from nursing_88
    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?
    I couldn't manage the demands the course made on me AND work full time. Used to work shifts as an auxilliary nurse on an ad-hoc basis, never more than 1 night a week. I considered the course was my job and made that my sole focus in life. Working extra got in the way of that and I was worried it would bring my grades down.
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    Everything I've heard is that the RN program is your full time job. Some people getaway with 10 maybe even 20 hours a week. Most programs state in the literature that working full time is not possible while going to school.
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    i had both a ft job (cna) and a pt job (research asst) while i was in nursing school (ft).

    it can be done; but depends on you, the program, and the particulars of the job.
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    I think it depends on your ability to handle stress and your time management skills. I most likely will have to work while in school because I won't be able to get enough in loans to cover everything I need (sad, because I really don't need that much...but my EFC on the FAFSA was really high).

    In the past I have been in a situation where I was working full time, in school part time, commuting 4 hours each day, helping my husband with the accounting for his business, and taking care of all of the household duties (husband works about 70 hours a week). If I can do that, then I can work while I'm in nursing school.

    In addition, I'm going back to get my ADN, but I already have a B.S. in a different field. Therefore, I will not need to take all of my GRE's that are required for the program....I've already taken them (that means less credit hours every quarter).
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    I wouldn't do it, doesn't mean it is impossible though.
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    It is possible, contingent upon a lot of factors. Generally it would be best if you are singl and do NOT have any children. It would also help if you had a flexible job that would let you work less during clinical season and work more during non-clinical season and school breaks. It would help if your job was 'light', like night shift work as an in-home caregiver, that would allow you time to do some, most, or all of your studying.
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    I worked full-time and went to school full-time for about half of nursing school. It worked until I got to critical care, then I needed more time for school. It certainally can be done, I am not the only one in my class that pulled it off
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    I am in a full-time diploma program and I started out working full time as a CNA with one 8 hr shift on Friday and double shifts on the weekends. It worked until I my I got to my Med-Surg rotations and then I had to give up my 8 hr shift. When I got to my last of three Med-Surg rotations, I had to drop down to part-time and give up my Sunday evening shift. I am now working a double on Saturday and a single on Sunday dayshift. It's not too bad right now because I'm in Psyche but I just sent the DON my schedule change because I now have to drop down to casual status when my rotation is over next month because Critical Care is next and it is nooo joke! I am going to take out a small loan to get through the rest of the year (I really didn't want to do that....). I know a nurse at my job who worked TWO jobs while going to nursing school. He didn't have kids at the time. I have 3 teens and a 20 year old at home and a husband who at times is my 4th child. If you have the discipline and stamina to get it done, it's definitely doable but it wears you down.


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