I'm working full time in nursing school and it's pretty awful. My job (I work in quality assurance, as a laboratory technician), lets me use my vacation (3 weeks per year) as well as personal time (48 hours per year) in tiny increments, if necessary (1 hour & 1/2 hour chunks, respectively). So I go to clinicals, and make up the hours on my job at unconventional hours (7:30pm to 11 something, or 6am to 8:30am, etc.), after every one's gone home, or before they come in. I'm in my 2nd semester doing this and it's really wearing on me. Nightmares, nervous stomach, sweating episodes, depression, etc. Sometimes I feel a little envious of the patients I take care of (because they are laying down, get to take naps). Kidding.
I'm LIVING for Spring Break. I try not to look too far ahead (like this fall & next spring) or I would feel even worse.
My plan works for me right now, since my job is flexible and I've been there a while. But I could see how some jobs wouldn't have that flexibility. But now I'm starting to worry about externships, and how I won't be able to do one over the summer. :uhoh21:
Sorry, guess that wasn't very encouraging after all. :chuckle