Advice on Working and Going through LPN Program?


Hello, everyone!

I am so glad that I found this forum-- I begin my LPN program in August and am very nervous! But, unfortunately one thing I am really nervous about relates not to the program itself, but to making it through financially-- I put off going to school last fall when I got in because I couldn't afford it, and this year when I reapplied and was accepted I couldn't pass it up. Does anyone have any advice on whether it's really feasible to work, at least part-time, and go to school? It's really a necessity for me-- I am trying to get into a 2nd or 3rd shift home health job that I could be flexible in and work nights and / or weekends. Has anyone else out there had to do this? Let me know what you think. :o


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Hi Sarah. Let me first say...Welcome :). I certainly understand your need to work. I'm in the same boat. I jst began my LPN program this past March and I was very concerned about working and going to school at the same time, but it CAN be done. My program is an intensive, part-time evening program (18 months). We attend classes from 6pm to 10pm Monday thru Thursday eveing and every other Saturday from 8am-3:15pm. It's a LOT of work, but I'm managing. I also work 3days a week (including every other weekend) as a secretary in an extended care facility. I could not afford to quit my job so I opted to go from full time to part time and attend an evening program. I also postponed admission to an RN program last year because it was a very expensive, full-time, day program and I could not feasibly handle it well. In any event, it IS possible to work and attend school. You just have to find the right combination for your particular situation. I wish you the best of luck and I know you'll do well.

Can't wait 'til Aug '06!!!


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I was suppose to start school this August i to was forced to put it off b/c the bills have to be paid. I could of got loans and what not for school but that wouldnt cover morgage,elec,food,etc..So I'm saving up this year putting money away and hoping to go next year. I'm only 22 so I should be okay for next year. Also, I would think with the huge nrsg shortage they would make school a little cheaper maybe its just me. Good luck to the both of you. Oh, I plan to work part time while going to school as well. Tiffany

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