Quote from wesk702
cool, thanks for the info.
so if i dedicate 4 straight hours of studying everyday, will that be good or not enough?
this all depends on your program. if your program is anything like mine, the answer to your question is a "no!!!"
as the others have mentioned most of the time you must devote almost every waking moment to study. in addition programs like mine also require exams to be taken outside of scheduled class time. similarly, lab checks and clinical preparation must take place outside of normal class time. in fact, my clinical preparation includes visiting the patient outside of clinical hours to check him/her and his/her chart before my next assigned clinical day!! thus, in my case, 4 hours of study everyday would do little for me.
i think your best bet is to talk to your nursing school adviser or the director of the program. my director is adamant that a student not work full-time because the nursing program is "a full-time job".
i spoke to an academic counselor that agrees. my counselor informed me that the program i have started tries to get rid of students who have full-time jobs. therefore, i no longer have one!!
i found out all of this information before i applied. i worked for five years to better my situation financially so i could pay for school with cash and live on part-time money. i am not suggesting you do this, i am suggesting you find out about your program before you begin.
i am also suggesting that if you wish not to wait to start nursing school, look at programs that are conducive to working students because they exist. if not, look at a job that is more conducive to your learning (such as cna, lpn, nursing extern, etc.) so you can learn and practice while you work! good luck. :d