Work part-time or full-time while in nursing school?

  1. Hello everyone. I'm a 23 year old male currently working on completing my prerequisites in order to apply to my local community college's AS nursing program. I work full time, and take 3 classes per semester. Once I get accepted into the nursing program I must make a decision on whether to keep working full time or go part time so I can focus on my studies more. I don't want to be in community college for 4-5 years. I want to transfer into a university and get my BSN asap. Then, work on my masters if possible.I am looking for opinions about my situation. Taking into consideration work load, school costs, cost of living, etc.
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  3. by   Katie71275
    I would say full time, no. Part time, depends on what the job is. I can tell you that if I had to worry about work also in the first 3 quarters of school, no way could I have done it. But I am also not a single young person..I am married with 4 kids and responsibilities..but I do know younger students with no spouse/kids who worked and did not do as well(or failed out). I am working now (started this summer-20-24hrs a week) as a nurse tech at a local hosp. It gives me extra money, and I can study there as well if it's slow.
  4. by   Still Standing
    It all depends on you and your situation, and the program you at. Nursing school is hard no matter where you go period, and stressful. But every program is different as far as the work load and pace. I would say, feel it out first then after your first test or first couple weeks determine your schedule, if you have to work, and have financial responsibilities, then you don't have a choice really. But if you have help then use it. Just about everyone in my class work 25-40 hours a week, because they have to, and they have kids, and other burdens as well, yes its hard, its stressful, but we get through it, because we have to, there's no such thing as failing to us. If you constantly tell yourself why you're doing it then it motivates you. Good Luck
  5. by   Okami_CCRN
    Hey, I'm also a 23 y/o male attending my local community college's school of nursing. I totally recommend dropping down to a part-time status, while I did fine working full-time and handling a 12 credit load to complete pre-reqs; I realized that when I hit nursing classes I would not be able to do the same. Our Nursing I course is 8 credits but we have class Monday form 5pm-9pm, then Tuesday we have skills lab from 6pm-7pm which we are told our patient assignment for clinical, we then have to go to the facility and read the chart to prepare for clinical which is Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm to 11:30pm. It is stressful but do-able while working part-time, I happen to work for a facility that offers PCT's 12 hour shifts which is great because I just have to work 2 days a week to fulfill my part-time obligations.

    Best of Luck!
  6. by   LCinTraining
    I work full time and it is brutal. So far it is doable, but I've given up on getting A's.
  7. by   Racer15
    I worked full time my first three semesters, but by the end of my third, I was going down to part time hours. I'm in practicum now, and I couldn't work full time. I'm in the ER on nights, so there's just no way I could manage it. After three 12's, I'm worn out and need a day to recharge.
  8. by   Lukes089
    I appreciate your opinions. I'm currently leaning towards part time work because I want to do well in my classes, not just make the grade. I have no kids, and little financial obligations.
  9. by   calinursestudent818
    I'd recommend part time for sure and then if you can manage (& afford) not working during the last 4-5 months of so of nursing school that would probably be ideal.
  10. by   RunnerRN2015
    I just got a PRN tech position so I can work as my schedule allows. There are 4 techs on my unit that attend my school (our NM is a graduate of our school) and we're all PRN. We're only obligated to work two 12 hour shifts every 6 weeks and we can also work 4 or 8 hour shifts if that's all we have time for. We self-schedule 6 weeks out so I can look at my class schedule and not work the afternoons/weekends that I need to study. Works great!