If you worked while in school, what did you do? - page 4

Hello I should be starting school in the Fall (fingers crossed, mailbox on constant surveillance). Any way I am interested in what kind of jobs people have/ had to pay the bills in the mean time. ... Read More

  1. by   emily_mom
    Let's see, I waitressed every weekend 6A-3P and then worked as a CNA. Currently, I am a Student Nurse Intern in Med/Tele/Oncology. Love it (ok, not everyday), but I've learned so much by working hands on with an RN. Supposed to only work 2 days/week, but our new schedule has me 56 hours/2 weeks!!! Starting my last clinical rotation and still in all of my community stuff....want to cry right now....
  2. by   CraftyLPN
    I worked w/ the mentally challenged in their homes. Which was really nice because during that time I could study too!!
  3. by   luvbeinganurse
    I worked as a caregiver in a private home, about 40 hours a week, mostly Friday night through Sunday. It was great because I could study as long as I wanted into the night after I had my little lady in bed - she was 97. And she also slept on and off during the day.

    The odd thing is that I was making only $7.50 an hour, but it seemed to go a lot further than my nurses' salary does! Can't quite figure that out.
  4. by   NurseRachy
    i work as a service supervisor at the local supermarket and love the people i work with, but hate the manager's!!! The staff are not seen as people, only dollar signs which really ruffles my feathers!!! Yes... can't wait to get outta there... really should look for another job.
  5. by   NRSKarenRN
    Since age 16, I taught music to beginning organ students--$10hr in 1973-- was great wage . Decision to go to nursing school was that patients were available 24/7--didn't take off for holidays or summers as students did. Didn't think I wanted to work as lounge entertainer nights if I had kids, so nursing school chosen.

    Also worked 2-3 night shifts in local nursing home (fantastic RN's to learn from --they were glue that kept the place going) and had great learning experiences. Another survivor of hard work.
  6. by   Beetlejuice
    I worked two jobs. I pumped gas and light auto maintenence at a Shell station and worked nursing home as aide wiping butts.
  7. by   DebsZoo
    Last edit by DebsZoo on Apr 20, '03
  8. by   Tweety
    Fresh out of high school my parents supported me. I did that for a year and dropped out.

    Many years later when I went back, I worked at Pizza Hut at night, and the last six months of nursing school I was a CNA.
  9. by   Whisper
    I am doing my training now, My first job was Mcdonalds, but whne I changed store the new manager was evil, cut my pay, demoted me and wouldn't work around my full time course!

    So then I worked as and AN with a care agency, going into peoples home doing washes and dressing, I did 4 shifts, and they never range me back...( intresting note, if they ever do ring me they will have to pay me more, so I am ot holding my breath)

    Now I work in a hotel, as a waitress, normally sunday breakfast and any extra hours I can fit in,( I love american clients, as they are about the only customers that leave tips)

    I want to get on the bank at my local hospital as an AN, but they are dragging their heels, and by the time that is sorted I will hopefully have qualified, (touch wood)

    Oh, and I also do the odd agency shift as an AN when I can fit it in!
  10. by   whipping girl in 07
    I had several jobs during my years in college:
    waitressing, "old lady" sitter (lots of study time), CNA (for a summer, hated it), and part-time office assistant on campus (occasional study time).

    When I returned to school after taking off a couple of years to stay home with my baby, I was fortunate enough to not HAVE to work, so I worked the dinky on-campus job to fill the hours that I'd have as breaks at school (not big on going to the library for a couple of hours in the middle of the day to study) and make a little extra spending money (and trust me, it was a LITTLE...I don't think I ever deposited a check, always just cashed it :chuckle ).
  11. by   Love-A-Nurse
    didn't work while in lpn school and on and off while i am in rn school.
    my hat is off to all of you who did work and go to school.
  12. by   researchrabbit
    I worked two jobs. I was a research assistant 32 hours a week. In addition, I assisted a quadriplegic gentleman 2 mornings a week. PLUS in my "free time" I was a normal control for gastric studies. Still don't know how I did it!
  13. by   zambezi
    i worked as a clinical coordinator for clinical drug trials...very interesting, though lots of paperwork...it was in a neuro clinic and the neurologist was good about having me come and observe interesting patients...and i was able to do some traveling also...it was relatively easy to work it around my school schedule....also worked at a tennis club on the weekends...got paid for doing homework...