Quote from texasmommy
As I begin the applications process for nursing schools, I have one huuuuge concern - my religious obligations. I am not permitted to work/attend school, etc. from sunset Friday nights until an hour past sunset on Saturday nights because of the Jewish sabbath. I've heard that a lot of programs have 12hr clinicals on Saturdays...yikes! Has anyone "worked it out" with similar obligations?
Don't let the "irish" moniker fool you - I had my issues with nursing school and exams scheduled on Yom Kippur and such. I just went through the syllabus with my handy chabad calendar and met with the professor to discuss ways to meet the requirements of the class.
I had no trouble except for one clinical that I missed due to the first night of passover - I got an "absence counseling form". It was my *only* absence - but it was policy to give one out no matter the reason. So I included a few choice words in my "student comments" section. Then I had a chat with the dean about "cultural sensitivity". I never had a problem again.
As for working - you'd be surprised how many people will line up to switch for Xmas Eve and Day. I never have to work Thanksgiving...LOL Nurse Managers will work with you if you have to split a weekend - just be prepared to work a lot of Sundays and Mondays!
I bet if you asked your Rav, being on duty over shabbas may be something worth getting a heter. (Permission to break with "the rules")
Feel free to PM me if you want to talk more -