Quote from thrashej
Just wondering if there are any out there that went thru nursing school and DID NOT hold down a healthcare job? Currently I work FT in medical claims (no clinical stuff) and will drop to PT to attend nursing school. I make more money in this job than I ever would in any other entry level clinical healthcare job. Right now the advantage is not having to learn a new job while adjusting to the demands of nursing school (school starts July). To me, that is a big plus! I think quitting now and having the stress of a new job on top of school starting would be hard!
If you had/have a job outside of direct patient care, how do you think it affected you? Pros and cons. Will I still be able to suceed in nursing school without a direct patient care position?
I am thinking I will hang with my job now until 2nd semester or so and then try for direct patient care when I can make over $10 an hour (maybe!):stone and when I feel more confident to "jump in" to that arena. What do you think?
I am currently a full-time nursing student, married and have 2 part-time jobs and another where I volunteer at. The first is at my local grocery store at the deli department and the other as an administrative assistant for a construction company. I am also a volunteer as an office aid at my local humane society. The pay well for both is just minimum wage. I barely make enough to pay a few bills and books for school. Everything else goes on my student loans, which I will start paying off after I graduate. My husband takes care of the rest of the bills.
I do not mind working outside of the healthcare field while in nursing school, because in my mind I know it is temporary unitl I finish my education and fulfill my dream of becoming a nurse. It is well-worth the sacrifice. Although you gain valuable experience while working in the healthcare field and attending school, it is not a possibility for me. I have no experience as a CNA, and cannot leave my jobs to go to CNA classes, or anything related. I used to work as a Pharmacy Tech, but the pay was also low with the added inconvinience of not having the flexibility or liberty to work around or modify my schedule, so it had to go.
I think that if not working while attending nursing school is not an option, then you have to do the next best thing to accomodate your priority (School) into your job(s), in whichever field they may be. At least that is all I can do for myself and accept that it is the only route I can go for now.
PROS: Fits my School schedule work during the day, School at night.
Able to work 40 hours and full-time student.
CONS: Missing out on the healthcare related experience.