Those who work FT and are Nursing Students... - page 2

I am just wondering, how do you handle it? I am taking a CMM class right now and have Micro in the Spring and I am hoping I get into the Fall 2007 program for Nursing at our school. I work... Read More

  1. by   destinedReeN
    Thanks Smalltown and Bmore!!! Its just good to know that I am not by myself and others are doing it..............and doing it well.
  2. by   PiperLPN

    I work full-time and take 2 classes at night towards my ADN. (I'm half-way through the program) I have a husband and 2 daughters, ages 15 and 12. I have very little extra time but it is doable. And it's only temporary! I always tell myself that semester break is right around the corner. And once the class is over, it's over forever! You do have to be organized and plan your study time. I get up at 4 a.m., 3 days a week to have total quiet time for school work. I occasionally go to the college library for a few hours on Saturday mornings. Very quiet and much easier to concentrate.

    Have you ever heard the saying, "How do you eat an elephant"? The answer is: one bite at a time. It is challenging but YOU CAN do it. :wink2:

  3. by   mbgirl81
    i'm 25 years, a single mother to my beautiful 5 yr old son, i work 38 hours a week as well as in my second semester of adn nursing. it definitely takes a lot of work, i won't candy coat the situation, but if you have a support system (husband, mom, dad, etc) and you want it bad enough all it takes is prioritizing. i also am taking 2 other classes along with my med surg nursing, and it's very tough, but you have to manage your time, and have patience. one bit of advice that i can give, no matter what happens keep your confidence. i lost a lot of confidence with my 1st semester because i am used to a's and b's. well when your life consists of being a mother and sole provider financially you cannot be perfect. so just remember, you can do it!
  4. by   Markthemalenurse
    I have to say it was tought. I would do 40 hours in three days (two 16 hour days (back to back) and then an eight hour day), then the rest of the week was devoted to school and home. Didn't go out much, which was nice because then I couldn't spend any money. In the evenings after school, I would come home and make dinner for the family. Busy, busy, busy... but worth it in the long run.
  5. by   navynurse06
    I had to work FT during nursing school, and it was not to buy $200 pair of shoes! I had to work to support myself and pay for school. I wasn't married and my parents didn't support me. At times it was very hard, esp during my last semester. But I went to school in the am and worked from like 2 to 10. I worked every weekend too. It also helped b/c I worked at a hospital so the experiences I had at worked helped me in my classes. I went to school with several people that worked FT and had childern. Each of them had help from other family members, and they made it through. Nursing school in general isn't easy. But as I look back on it, I don't think I would have done any better if I wouldn 't have worked (i graduated cum laude).
    Sometimes you have to do what you have to, and for some working anything other than FT isn't do able!