Working while in nursing program? - page 2

Is it wise to work while in the nursing program? I realize everyone's different, but is there anyone with experience who can offer the pros and cons?... Read More

  1. by   bpilko111
    I believe that it truly depends on the individual them self. I worked 35 hours a week serving tables while going through my LPN program. Now, I am in the LPN to RN bridge program (with only 1 semester left!) and I am working full time still (three 13 hour shifts/week). I do not have kids, but am engaged and have a home to keep together. My fianc is Rey supportive and helps out wherever possible. My biggest issue was not grades, but getting to spend time with my future hubby. We have manipulated our schedules to the best of our abilities, but still don't get as muh time together as we would like (and we live together lol)...but hey, we realize that I'll be done soon, and it IS worth it. There are many people in my class that do not work or only work 10 or so hours a week because it is just too much for them. I think of it as a system of checks and balances, priorities, and time management :-)
  2. by   strawberryluv
    I don't work..I feel like I should but its just too much for me. My mom says I should stay home
    and study because she would be upset if my grades started to slip because I wanted
    some pocket money :/

    I figure I will pay her back for housing me when I finish nursing school and land a job. ^^
  3. by   classicdame
    you are the only one who knows what you are capable of doing. I worked full time, but did not have children or husband to consider.
  4. by   going4theko
    I just finished my first semester of nursing school (I'm in the ADN program at Westchester Community College). I also work full time as a front desk agent at a nearby hotel. It is difficult but not impossible and it defintely helps you learn good time-management skills (which is crucial for a nurse). I don't really have much of a social life but when I do have a little bit of free time I make sure to spend it with family and my boyfriend. My friends are very understanding and know that I'm not purposely ignoring them LOL. I need to work full time because I live on my own and rent needs to get paid ! It's not an easy road but as long as you remain focused on your goal, you can do it!
  5. by   AuS10
    Hey! Like you said, everyone is different. I unfortunatly am one of those people who has had to work part-time through out nursing school. I still do well in my BSN program, BUT I know that I would have done better if I had not been working. My schedule at work is set one month in advance. Depending on when I had clinicals and when tests were, sometimes I had to work the night before an exam. I work a 4 pm- 11 pm shift at a local hospital clinic. If you have to work, plan ahead. Look at when exams are. Give yourself enough study time. Don't over do it. If you start to not do well on tests or skills and you meet with the instructor, one of the first things they will ask is how much are you studying and how often do you work. It is very do-able, you just have to be smart about it. IF you plan ahead, stay on top of your school schedule with tests, assignments and clinicals- i'm sure you will manage just fine! Good Luck!
  6. by   Denroc72
    When I was in LPN school, I was a stay at home mother who attended class during the evenings and studied in the late hours. This worked really well for me at the time. By the time I started my RN program, I had just received a promotion at work as a manager. I remember a fellow peer asking me "Do you think it's wise to start nursing school when you are trying to learn your new job role?" Pure motivation for me. That was back in 2009, and just this week, I passed my boards while still holding the same job position (full-time), but with more responsibility.

    The pros of working while attending nursing school would definitely be the income earned and the ability to gain experience (if you work in a healthcare field). The cons of working while in nursing school would be the sacrifice of free time, meeting assignment deadlines, having the energy to study and retain info, and having to incorporate clinical hours into your already busy schedule. In the end, you have to know your limitations. It is important to be able to multitask, tolerate stress, have a support system, minimize procrastination, and take occasional breaks. It all comes down to what you want and what is necessary.

  7. by   vintage_RN
    I just finished my first semester and did not husband is supporting me and we moved back into my mom's house to save on bills. I finished with an A, but I did enjoy a social life along with school...something many classmates who worked did not enjoy. I was actually thinking about getting a PT job to help out because I know I could manage it, but I have been told the program only gets harder and I want to focus. Many people in my program work, and do just fine. It definitely is manageable.
  8. by   springchick1
    I work in the OR as a scrub tech and I work 45 hours a week. I am in a part time nursing program so that probably makes a difference. We have class and clinicals at night and on the weekends. I don't have an option, I have to work and it is doable. I don't have much of a life but it's just for a few years. It's worth it to me.
  9. by   NEOLUV
    I work 40+ hours a week and i am starting my last semester in january. It is doable, but exhausting. I have no choice but to work fulltime and go to nursing school. So far my grades have been good, not stellar.. But good. If you have to work and attwnd nursing school, organization is key.
  10. by   NEOLUV
    Quote from NEOLUV
    I work 40+ hours a week and i am starting my last semester in january. It is doable, but exhausting. I have no choice but to work fulltime and go to nursing school. So far my grades have been good, not stellar.. But good. If you have to work and attwnd nursing school, organization is key.
    Oh... And my fulltime job is night shift 11pm to 7 am in a hotel. I do get alot of study time at this job. That has helped tremendously.
  11. by   idani
    Has anyone ever worked while completing an accelerated BSN program?
  12. by   Nscorpiored
    I am someone who doesn't have to work and I am attending a 2 year accelerated BSN program but most of the people in my class have their own apartments, families, wives/husbands to feed so they have no choice but to work either full time or part time jobs. In my case I had a part time job before for the first full year of nursing school all the way through summer session II. Then I lost my job and I spent more time studying and focusing to keep my grades up. I find that not having a job leaves me with more time to study and focus on the necessary work for school. On the other hand, I am looking for work now in local hospitals as a nursing attendant/associate and/or PCA to help get hands on experience and to secure work after school
  13. by   Stephalump
    I don't work. I have three kids and for financial reasons I really should work, but I just can't bring myself to. I would never see my kids and hubby and I know my grades would suffer - as would my mental health.

    There are a few people in my class who wok and they amaze me. Wonderwomen(and wondermen) :-)