Does anyone recommend working 60 hrs a week and going to Nursing school full time? I'm a Home Health Aide and I find that I have the time to read and study while my client is watching tv or sleeping.
What do you guys think?
Jan 13, '13
That doesn't sound like a good idea.How would you do your clinicals and when would you sleep?
Last edit by loriangel14 on Jan 13, '13
Ability to study at work helps but there is more to it than study hours.
Most nursing schools are very inflexible as far as timing goes - especially clinical hours. They usually don't have a choice due to the limitations of available times/places to do the clinicals. It is common to have odd schedules like very early in the morning or late into the evening and to have a different schedule every week, or at least something more complicated than one schedule the first half of the semester and another the second half or to have different schedules alternate weeks.
Another complications would be the lack of lead time in doing the required homework. A common scenario is: even if you know you will be writing a care plan for each clinical, you won't get the pt information needed to even start until a few hours before the clinical. Even if you usually get 3 or 4 hours of study time at your job, you probably can't count on it for sure.
You could probably do the prereq classes while working that job, assuming you are normally on top of things.
Edit to add: assuming you could fit the hours into a week. Out of curiosity: 168 hours in a week - 60 work = 108 - 56 sleep = 52 - 3 showers/brushing teeth = 49 - 12 class (for prereqs, nursing school is usually more) = 37. That leave 5 hours per day for sitting on the toilet, grocery shopping, laundry, exercise, travel time anywhere you go ... assuming you eat at work or in class and don't need to study or do homework at all other than at work.
Hm, you would need to be REALLY on top of things and probably still need to live with someone willing to do all the shopping/cooking/laundry/getting gas or extra pencil leads/etc.
Last edit by Saysfaa on Jan 13, '13