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I was thinking about getting my CNA this summer. Do you think it's impossible to work part time (maybe 15 hours a week) while being in the program?
I've got to find a way to pay for housing while I'm down there, but I read somewhere on OHSU's website saying they don't recommend that bsn students work while going to school.
Everyone's different, so there's not one answer to this. I don't think I could have worked 15 hours off-campus my sophomore year. The first term isn't a terrible load compared to the rest of the year, but it feels like it because you're still getting in to the swing of everything. There's just a lot of reading and a lot of work to be done. Then for winter & spring terms, you'll be in your nursing class, plus you'll be taking pathophysiology and pharmacology. So, now you have a lot of reading and a lot of work....times 3.
To give perspective.....I worked 37+ hours a week while carrying 15 credits while doing my prereqs and got A's and A+'s. But there's a lot more work in nursing school. During my sophomore year, I worked on campus for about 8 hours/wk....at a job I could study at for half the time and that was about all I could manage.
All that being said, there are folks in the program who have children and a couple who worked off campus (although a few of them did quit as the year progressed). There's also one person in the program who works full time while in the program (but they are just brilliant!).
So, really....it depends on you.
Hope that helps!