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Is it to stressful?


Can you be a Part-Time CNA and go to school to be an RN without it being too stressful?

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 15 years experience.

There really isn't one right answer to this question. There's a lot of other things that influence whether one can manage working and going to school. What is your support system like? What is your personality like? What are your study habits like? Are you willing to make sacrifices in some areas to concentrate on others?

I worked nearly full time, except for my last semester, in my pre-licensure program. I graduated with honors. However, I lived at home with my parents, single, no children, and didn't have to worry about bills beyond gas in my car, tuition, and books.

I worked more than full time (OR job that requires on call and a fair amount of either staying late or coming in during the night) during my MSN program. I sacrificed my entire social life (not that I have much of one anyway), shelled out money to a service that provided prepared meals that all I had to do was heat (healthier than the frozen dinners at the grocery store, about the same price, and more variety), and paid a cleaning service to take care of most of the cleaning needs. I also chose an online program because I could work it around my schedule rather than working my schedule around school (online isn't an option for you at this point though).

It's really more about you than it is about what everyone else can do.

VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych. Has 20 years experience.

I worked part-time as a CNA in the hospital while I was going through nursing school. It was one of the best things I ever did, because I learned a lot and got a good perspective on med/surg nursing. I had support though, my husband was sort of a stay-at-home dad who was also going to school, and my sister watched the kids when we were both away. Both of them made sure I had time to study, and they cooked and cleaned while I was at work. It wasn't easy, but it was doable. YMMV according to your support system, whether you have kids etc. Best of luck in your endeavors.

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