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Hi, all!

Happy Thursday!

I'm trying to get everything in order to (hopefully) enter the nursing program (ADN) and had a question about clinicals. At what point did you actually begin taking them and will it be possible to keep the job that I have now while completing them?? It's full time and the hours are set, 7:30-4:30 M-F. My hubby's trying to get me to quit when clinicals come around and just take on a part-time job but I'm a WORRIER and that idea makes me squeamish.

How are you guys/gals handling it??

Thanks a bunch! :)


manna, BSN, RN

2,038 Posts

I have an 8-5 type of job, and there's no way I'll be able to keep it when I start the nursing program this summer. Classes/clinicals for our program meet five days a week, from 8:00 am - at earliest 3:00 pm or as late as 5:00 pm - this is a BSN program, though, so I'm not sure if that makes a difference.

Lots of people work through nursing school - because they have to. It's doable, but definately not easy. Unless you absolutely have to work for financial reasons, I'd try to just do school full-time.

Good luck!

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traumaRUs, MSN, APRN

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When I was in school for my ADN - it was a bridge program from LPN to ADN and I did work full-time nights but it was very hard. However, hubby was in the first Gulf War and overseas and I had to work. All I can say is if you don't HAVE to work - try not to. Especially if you have children. Take care and good luck.

wonderbee, BSN, RN

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Specializes in critical care; community health; psych.

We began our hospital clinical three weeks into our first semester.


25 Posts

Thought you were gonna say that! Hubby's great and behind me all the way but I feel kinda bad. I mean, he's going to have to sacrifice some things for me to be able to do this (especially if I do it well) and I guess I'm just feeling a little guilty. :o


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I have all of my pre req's complete, except 1 and I start my clinicals in the Fall and I am working FT. My employer is letting me work around my school hours, so that is a huge advantage. I've been taking 7-8 credits a semester for the past year and it has been tough, but it has also been doable.



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It'd be great if my job would help ME out but, by going to nursing school, this means I'm going to eventually leave them and they aren't going to be very happy. Unnecessary drama. :rolleyes:

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