Should I quit my job?

  1. Hi all,

    I am now in my second nursing semester (2nd of 4 semesters) and I am really contemplating quiting my job and just using my time for school. I work a full time job and so does my husband. I don't believe that we can live just off of his paycheck. This is why I work full time and go to school in the evenings and Saturdays.

    Are there any of you out there that have stopped working to go to school? How do you manage? Did you take out loans? Do you just live off your partners check? What options are there for someone like me?

    Right now I work full time M - F and go to school at night for 3 1/2 hours twice a week and go to clinicals on Saturdays. The rest of my time is spent studying. Although I study a lot, I don't feel that I am learning all that I need to learn because of the time constraints.

    Please help.
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  3. by   shellsgogreen
    i'm not all that sure i can help you, but i'll try....
    working part time might be the way to go, less hours, frees you up for study and you would still have some source of income.
    i had to start working less after my first semester - i just felt so overwhelmed and was running from one thing to another without applying quality to anything. so i took out a student loan, and now i am even more careful with money.

    best of luck to you
  4. by   amybethf
    I start NS in Aug. and I haven't worked since 2004 as to stay home and take care of my 2 small children; my 'job' has been to go to school. It has been a struggle, but that is the drive behind me finishing school, I don't want to live off of one paycheck forever. And I have $250.00 student loan payments every month until '22 for a previous degree! YEEESH!

    I would suggest to sit down and look at your budget and see what expenses can be scaled down. See how much is coming in/going out. It might be a very tight sqeeze and u may have to depend on your credit card for some things. Consider taking out a loan. Or if it just can't be done, look into a P/T job. I know in our nursing program, they tell the students to quit their jobs but that is not realistic for most people.

    I wish the best of luck in accomplishing your goal to be an R.N. You've come so far, hang in there, everything will work out!
  5. by   WDWpixieRN
    Try to cut back your spending and then at least cut down to part-time....I understand the feeling of not being there 100% for anything....I ended up quitting my first week of the first semester as I knew there was no way I could go to school full-time (only option) and maintain my sanity!!

    I think with the serious nature of this education, you owe it to yourself to give it your all, or as much as you can....I still have student loans I'm paying for my first bachelor's and ended up taking out a Sallie Mae Tuition Answer loan to help ease me through NS....the hardest part is cutting back on things I'm used to just being able to buy because I want to -- less Starbuck's, things for my granddaughter, and handing money over to my college-aged took awhile for me to figure out I was broke!! But it's only temporary!!
  6. by   Jules A
    I agree with the poster that said suggested checking into cutting back a bit on your hours. For kids right out of high school whose parents are supporting them and they want to go away to college for the social experience and enjoy it as a young person before they get serious about life I think its just fine to have school be your "job".

    As an adult, and this is just my opinion of course, I don't think it makes sense to quit work for school. I could have quit work, lived off my husbands income and used savings for tuition but I just couldn't stomach going in the hole like that. I was able to make about 75% of my usual income and I am very happy with that decision. As far as I'm concerned there is NO good debt and working toward my family's future is too important not to do as much as I possibly can while I'm physically able.
  7. by   jov
    Quote from nystudent
    i although i study a lot, i don't feel that i am learning all that i need to learn because of the time constraints.
    work expands to fit the time alloted for it

    those who don't work (or don't work full time) will make the same statement you did - i don't feel i am learning all i need to learn because of the time constraints.

    you have two options:
    "pretend" that you are working part time and see if you can live off his check and your "part time" check (and bank the difference for a trial period-- say six months)


    if your grades are holding at b's, just do what yer doin....
  8. by   JaxiaKiley
    I'm trying to work part-time and go to school. Maybe you could just cut back on your hours and see how that goes?
  9. by   jbjints
    I work full time 5 days a week and go to school 4 days a week, is it hard? ABSOLUTELY. Can it be done? ABSOLUTELY. Believe me when I tell you that I come home from school missing those days of just working and going home to do what I please but I know that when I make it to the finish line it will be one of my greatest accomplishment's.

    My wife is a full time mom (more power to her) so we live on one salary and it is difficult but we manage. You and your hubby need to have a sit down and see if you could manage to live on his salary.

    I burn out every semester but I somehow make it and manage A' and B's. good luck to you and hang in there.
  10. by   NY Nurse
    thanks to all that replied!

    i have been a 4.0 student up until last semester which was my first clinical semester. (to bring you up to speed... i have finished all my pre-req classes and only have three more classes to go and then i graduate).

    well, this last semester (nursing fundamentals) i received a b-. the professor was actually bummed that i, a 4.0 student, got a b- in her class. (well, that didn't make me feel great). she knows that i ate, slept and breathed nursing school (along with work of course). i am not a novice at this. actually, i am not very far from graduating so i think that i manage my time very well. i haven't seen a movie nor gone out to dinner since august 2006. (two things i love doing with my husband and family).

    i guess the only reason i've started thinking about quitting my job is because i so vividly remember burning out last semester (to the point of crying and crying) and i am really dreading that again. so, i wanted to know if most people were in my position and quit their jobs to spend all their time on school and also to know if it was even feasible.

    again, thank you to all that replied... i am going to sit down with my husband and see if switching to part-time work will work for us.

    (and thanks for letting me vent - only all of you on this board understand what i am going through)