Juggling Nursing School at Night and a Full-Time Job

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Hi! I'm currently a student about to graduate from a well known public university, but not with a degree in nursing. Rather, I'm planning on going to nursing school at night once I graduate with my B.S. and I have a few questions about doing so. First, I plan on using my degree to become a teacher for a few years in order to put myself through nursing school and I was wondering how that would work out, having a full-time job, but still having to do clinicals for school. So if there's any of you out there who have put yourself through nursing school while having a 40 hour a week job, I'd love to hear from you. Secondly, since I'll only have a 2 year degree in nursing, but will also have a bachelor's, what are my options for advancement? Will I be considered for promotions without going back to school? I appreciate any and all advice ya'll have for me! Thanks so much!

I teach in an evening program, it is certainly doable. I have had many teachers too and their schedule is most accommodating to an evening program.

It not easy but if it what you desire you will do well.

86toronado, BSN, RN

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Specializes in neurology, cardiology, ED.

I know several people who worked a 40 hour week while in nursing school. It is doable, but I think they found it so because they were working in hospitals, and therefore able to be flexible with their schedules (12-hour shifts, working every weekend, etc.)

Depending on what your bachelor's degree is in, it may make you more marketable for promotion, or it may not. I have a bachelor's in food service management, which does absolutely nothing for me... but with teaching experience, you would be able to apply that to patient education, staff development, etc. I think you can make it work! ;)

nkara, CNA

288 Posts

Specializes in Med/Surg/Pedi/Tele.

I'm working 40 hours nights and I will make it doable .. right now I am doing the pre-req's but once I get into the nursing program I'll be doing the nights or weekend progran for my ASN.

I do know from family experience that as long as you are pursuing the degree you will still be considered for the promotion. My Aunt has 3 degrees... teaching, nursing and I forgot the other one. :twocents:

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