Full time student/full time employee.. Is this possible?
- 0Jun 17, '12 by alexantxI am trying to enroll into Nursing school by the Spring Semester. I have a Bachelor's degree in Pshychology. I am currently taking my pre-requisites so that I am eligible for the program. I also work full time at a bank and have a 5 yr old daughter. Right now it seems that the only way to make it through nursing school is to work part time or not at all, neither of which is an option for financial reasons. I am not married so I survive on my income alone. I have read many articles about pursuing an education in nursing and working full time but I have found nothing that has helped me determine the right steps for my particualr situation. School websites and even advisors say that you can not work full time and attend nursing school.
Also, I would like some advice on how I can get my foot in the door in the medical environment. I get the impression that my current employer will not be very supportive once I've started the nursing program. I will need to find a new job as soon as possible. I have no previous medical experience and I would like to gain some before I begin the program. I am finding that you have to have experience in order to get experience. Any ideas?
I greatly apprecitae any advice that anyone can offer. Thank You
Poll: Is it possible to attend nursing school and work full time?4 Votes
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- 0Jun 17, '12 by 2bNurseCaiI am in a very similar situation, minus the kids. I work full time in a nursing home on the night shift. I also have a bachelors degree and decided two and a half years ago that I wanted to go back to school for nursing. I spent two years working on my prerequisites as a full time student while working full time. I am about to begin my first semester of nursing school in the fall and I will continue to work full time. It's not ideal and it's really hard, but it can be done. Good luck!
- 0Jun 17, '12 by 2bNurseCaiAlso, I forgot to add- look for work as a PCA (personal care attendant) in a nursing home. It's bottom rung, but you will get experience. Some homes will offer to pay for your CNA training if you work for them after, so that's another option. If you stay with the bank job, volunteer in your spare time. There's always a way!
- 0Jun 17, '12 by ejm123You can look into LPN not many Pre-reqs for it. Usually the program last 8-12 months. And you can bridge from LPN to RN in an additional 8-12 months. I failed my first attempt at the ADN program So I applied to LPN I'm in my last semester and
Honesty if I had realized only a few classes were needed to apply I would have done this years ago instead of focusing on having everything for the ADN. I have worked this whole time and I got to class in the evening. I do have help from my parents with my little boy. I plan to apply to
The fast track to RN that starts next may - and work as a LPN
While doing that.