Essarge said in another thread:
Just wanted to pop in and offer a little advice.
While you are in school the studying is rigorous and the hours are long. If you don't have to work, I would strongly suggest that you don't. School carries with it allot of stress and to add the responsibility of job on top of that is allot to carry.
If there is any way that you can get out of working through financial aid etc. then go for it. If not, keep your hours to a minimum and by all means let your employer know that you are in school and that they will have to schedule you around that.
I agree. I work part time (switching to PRN or PerDiem October 6). My schooling comes first. Work knows that, I know that and my hubby knows that.
Sep 7, '01
I work 2 jobs. My jobs are not hospital related, so I volunteer whenever I have a chance. I am on call for a large hospital as a 3-lingual ER med interpreter. They provided the training. I get to work with docs and nurses. They are very friendly. Work is not busy.
It would be nice to go to school full time. But like a lot of second degree students, this is not an option for me
So I had chosen a school that offers evening and weekend nursing classes. Which is great help. Living in the city, and close to the work and to the school really help too.
Second degree students also don't get much financial help. So school is my treat!
Monday-Thursday: I work as a gemologist. Weekends: I organize and promote special events. The hours are long and irregular, but that's fine with me. Good practice for weekend and night shifts later on
I also get to learn a lot about people & social skills, which I think is important for the nursing job later on.
When do I study? That's the question! I study at lunch breaks, at dinner time, before going to bed. No TVs, no movies, & no parties for 2 more years. (I need 4 more hours each day. LOL). And will see after that. Not missing them a bit.
My bf and friends know that school is important to me. That doesn't mean it's easy. But I handle it. I know many BB members work harder then me, many of you have kids and you have to travel distances each day both for work and for classes.
I will be getting a pay cut when I become a nurse. But taking care of patients is what I want to do. I am willing to work very hard to get there. Like all of you. It's possible.
Best wishes, Christina
Last edit by eventsnyc on Sep 7, '01