Is It Possible To Work During Nursing School? - page 5

Students commonly ask variations of the following questions: "Is it possible to work while enrolled in the nursing program at my school full-time?" "Should I work while attending nursing school?" ... Read More

  1. by   chris21sn
    Been trying to get a job for an entire year, but of course the endless cycle of "You can't get hired unless you have experience, and the you can't get experience unless you're hired" circle does full loops around me. Been trying for a year with no luck, and coming from an incredibly populated suburban-y area, with no close network of families to help, my luck has been pretty dry.

    In any case, I have gone circle, and realized that it's not the end of the world. I'm not a mother trying to support children, nor am I in my 40s starting a 2nd career. I'm 21, BSN, soon to be graduate, and I know I'll catch my break some day. In the meantime, I say, I should just enjoy the little freedom I have until then.
  2. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from chris21sn
    Been trying for a year with no luck, and coming from an incredibly populated suburban-y area, with no close network of families to help, my luck has been pretty dry.
    Are you only applying at hospitals? If so, your chances for finding work would increase if you applied at group homes, adult day care centers, jails, prisons, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health companies, hospices, and private duty agencies.
  3. by   weirdscience
    I worked about 30 hours a week. Expect to get poorer grades and to miss any "social" aspects of NS like study groups, but it's doable.
  4. by   sarolaRN
    I work 42 a week and have a 93 average right now in fundamentals, 3.54 GPA and exit hesi in 2 weeks
  5. by   rnfostermom
    I was a single mom working full time as a legal secretary while attending nursing school. I would work all day, then take the city bus to campus and have class until 9 pm 3-4 nights a week, with clinicals on the weekend. It was very hard and I didn't have a life AT ALL, but I did well and had a 3.94 GPA. I did have the support of my ex-husband, who kept the kids while I was so busy. I also took out loans -- which I regret, because some of it was used for living expenses and I should not have done that. If you need to borrow for tuition & books, I think that's reasonable, but still should be avoided if you can. If you can work in a healthcare environment while in school, that would also be preferable because you do learn things by being in that environment -- I was really a fish out of water since I had no healthcare experience going in!
  6. by   nwdreaming
    I'm hoping to get into an ADN program this fall. If I do, I have a couple grand saved but not enough to see me and my son through the 2 years. I'm planning to work part time and take out loans to supplement the rest. He is a toddler and I only get to be his mom once. I would rather have some student loan debt to pay back in a few years after school then miss this time with my son. So I'll be going to school part time and work part time.
  7. by   boblily
    I am currently debating whether or not I should work while attending school...thanks everyone for sharing your insights!
  8. by   MMC.RN
    There are some who do, but it honestly depends on you as a person and how you can make it work. Nursing school is not easy and I think you will find it difficult to work more than part time. In our program, we were not allowed to work at all during the school year and kicked out of the program if they found out that we did. I had to, my loans didn't cover my living expenses, and ended up working 16 hours a week on weekends. I was terrified that they would find out, but luckily the school never did. It was manageable, but I didn't get the grades I REALLY wanted and I had no life.
  9. by   Tjhejh
    I was searching for a similar situation like myself and you're it!. I have a four year old son and one on the way in June. I start nursing school at gwinnett tech Aug.17 and I'm trying to make a decision to move out of my mother's house because I have two kids and one room won't do for all three of us or stay home. But I don't know if I will be able to work my full time job at1150 hr and nursing school. I in need of HELP
  10. by   BookishBelle
    Thank you for this very interesting thread! I have been deciding whether to keep up my part time job when I get into nursing school, or if it would be too difficult. After reading all these stories I'm thinking I will try to keep it, and if it gets to be too much I can scale back then, instead of just assuming it would be too hard to do both.
    The article's analysis of the different factors that go into this decision was also very helpful.
  11. by   KANDIGIRL
    I've been struggling with the decision to work or not while in nursing school. I am a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and I worked full time while I was attending school and paid for my tuition and books out of pocket. However, I have worked with a lot of nurses over the years and most said they did not work while in school. They all had spouses and or parents that helped them. Unfortunately, I don't have that option. I plan on doing a two year program. I feel at this point my only option is to take out loans and grants and live off of whatever is left over. I do okay academically but I know I will have to put in a lot more work to be successful in a nursing program. The college that I want to attend does offer "nursing" dorms for students that are attending nursing programs. That will help out a lot if I am able to take advantage of it. I look forward to a career change; as it is what I wanted to do originally.
  12. by   thewhitechickoj
    Quote from KANDIGIRL
    I've been struggling with the decision to work or not while in nursing school. I am a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and I worked full time while I was attending school and paid for my tuition and books out of pocket. However, I have worked with a lot of nurses over the years and most said they did not work while in school. They all had spouses and or parents that helped them. Unfortunately, I don't have that option. I plan on doing a two year program. I feel at this point my only option is to take out loans and grants and live off of whatever is left over. I do okay academically but I know I will have to put in a lot more work to be successful in a nursing program. The college that I want to attend does offer "nursing" dorms for students that are attending nursing programs. That will help out a lot if I am able to take advantage of it. I look forward to a career change; as it is what I wanted to do originally.
    It is possible to work while in nursing school. I've been working throughout the past year of my program. If you're able to get a room in the dorms that would help tremendously. What are your work hours like? Can your schedule be flexible?

    I work 12 hour shifts as a CNA and before I started my program, I asked my manager if I might be able to work weekends only (after going part-time). I've been working Friday and Saturday (nights) for the past year and pick up extra shifts when I have breaks from school. Now, one year in, it's nice because I only have class two days a week and two weekends of clinical for the term.

    After my loans and grants, my school let me go on a monthly payment plan for my remaining tuition. And with each scholarship opportunity that payment gets smaller and smaller. I think my monthly payment is around $200 at the moment.

    It can get really tiring, tight, tough, and downright depressing at times, but it's doable.

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