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Is It Possible To Work During Nursing School?

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TheCommuter has 14 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

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Students repeatedly ask variations of the following questions: "Is it possible to work while enrolled in the nursing program at my school full-time?" "Should I work while attending nursing school?" This article will attempt to address five different points of consideration separately with the goal of helping readers make this important decision. You are reading page 6 of Is It Possible To Work During Nursing School?. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

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I was searching for a similar situation like myself and you're it!. I have a four year old son and one on the way in June. I start nursing school at gwinnett tech Aug.17 and I'm trying to make a decision to move out of my mother's house because I have two kids and one room won't do for all three of us or stay home. But I don't know if I will be able to work my full time job at1150 hr and nursing school. I in need of HELP

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Thank you for this very interesting thread! I have been deciding whether to keep up my part time job when I get into nursing school, or if it would be too difficult. After reading all these stories I'm thinking I will try to keep it, and if it gets to be too much I can scale back then, instead of just assuming it would be too hard to do both.

The article's analysis of the different factors that go into this decision was also very helpful.

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I've been struggling with the decision to work or not while in nursing school. I am a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and I worked full time while I was attending school and paid for my tuition and books out of pocket. However, I have worked with a lot of nurses over the years and most said they did not work while in school. They all had spouses and or parents that helped them. Unfortunately, I don't have that option. I plan on doing a two year program. I feel at this point my only option is to take out loans and grants and live off of whatever is left over. I do okay academically but I know I will have to put in a lot more work to be successful in a nursing program. The college that I want to attend does offer "nursing" dorms for students that are attending nursing programs. That will help out a lot if I am able to take advantage of it. I look forward to a career change; as it is what I wanted to do originally.

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OliveOyl91 is a CNA, RN and specializes in Orthopedics, Trauma.

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I've been struggling with the decision to work or not while in nursing school. I am a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and I worked full time while I was attending school and paid for my tuition and books out of pocket. However, I have worked with a lot of nurses over the years and most said they did not work while in school. They all had spouses and or parents that helped them. Unfortunately, I don't have that option. I plan on doing a two year program. I feel at this point my only option is to take out loans and grants and live off of whatever is left over. I do okay academically but I know I will have to put in a lot more work to be successful in a nursing program. The college that I want to attend does offer "nursing" dorms for students that are attending nursing programs. That will help out a lot if I am able to take advantage of it. I look forward to a career change; as it is what I wanted to do originally.

It is possible to work while in nursing school. I've been working throughout the past year of my program. If you're able to get a room in the dorms that would help tremendously. What are your work hours like? Can your schedule be flexible?

I work 12 hour shifts as a CNA and before I started my program, I asked my manager if I might be able to work weekends only (after going part-time). I've been working Friday and Saturday (nights) for the past year and pick up extra shifts when I have breaks from school. Now, one year in, it's nice because I only have class two days a week and two weekends of clinical for the term.

After my loans and grants, my school let me go on a monthly payment plan for my remaining tuition. And with each Scholarship opportunity that payment gets smaller and smaller. I think my monthly payment is around $200 at the moment.

It can get really tiring, tight, tough, and downright depressing at times, but it's doable. :)

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