I have two friends that I take classes with...all of us are entering the nursing program this Fall. The three of us are married and are fortunate to be in the position of having spouses where working during school is an option and not a need...for which I am forever grateful.
However, the other two are significantly younger than me, one is 21, and the other is 22, I'm 36. We met at school, they are very serious students, so despite the age difference, I have no problems meeting them for lunch or dinner to study for some pre-reqs we are currently taking. It has helped all of us.
The three of us, have about the same study habits...I just quit my part-time job b/c of an upcoming summer class (API & II) which will run from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 pm....M-Thurs and run for 10 weeks, of which they are attending as well.
Both of these young ladies have, within the last two weeks got a job at a local hosptial...one is a Patient Care Technician and the other will be doing admissions...one is working 30 hours a week, and the other 20.
My concern is neither one of them was working before, and I cannot even imagine working even one day a week with the upcoming summer course load, and nursing school
starting this Fall.
Maybe I'm being mother hen...but I was like, "Are you SURE you guys want to do that?"
No doubt, working in a hospital would be beneficial...but I just couldn't imagine working during this program if you had the option not to.