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How did you maintain school and work?

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purple*11 works as a New Grad Lpn.

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classicdame works as a Hospital Education Coordinator and adjunct nursing.

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I worked full time thru-out ADN, BSN and then MSN. You have to have good study habits and plenty of support OR you have to have good study habits and be very selfish about your time. I pretty much trained family and friends to only call me during certain hours and NOT to expect me to do impulsive things like shopping (could not afford it anyway). Once I was graduated they were all there smiling because, in a way, they contributed to my success.

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I work 24 hours a week (two 12-hour weekend shifts) as a nurse's aide in a nursing home while going to school for my LPN. In addition, I have a five-year old and four-year old at home. My husband is also a full-time student. Most of us in my LPN program do work and several of us have children; two ladies in my class each have four children and work pretty much full-time while doing the program. I actually think it's a good idea to work at least a little while you are earning your degree. You have a better chance of getting a job when you are finished. It can be done; just learn to manage your time wisely. I'm in my third term of the LPN program and carry a 4.0 GPA on top of having kids and a job. Good luck.

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TheCommuter has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a CRRN, now a case management RN.

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I worked 32 hours per week while attending school full time. I always had Monday through Friday off because I worked two 16 hour double shifts every Saturday and Sunday as an LVN/LPN in a local nursing home. I would use my days off during the week to attend school.

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