Full time work AND school?

  1. Interested to see if any LVN/LPNs are planning this during their transition to RN? If you have actually done this and made it thru (with your sanity and marriage) intact, your comments would be appreciated.

    I'm hoping to work as much as school/studying will allow but realize I need to be realistic.

    Thanks,
    Kris
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  3. by   ZASHAGALKA
    I worked f/t during school. I DID it, but it probably tanked my marriage, so, I'm not a great source of input for you.

    But I have to say, one of my co-workers last night is SO not a Lidge fan. When the 'stros couldn't put together an insurance run in the 8th, he says, loudly, "No way Lidge holds on to a one run lead!"

    What I want to know is this: how can you have the lead off batter on base in most of 9 extra innings and never bring one across!!!!!

    ugh!!!!

    Astros fan here too (I was THERE for Clemen's 18 inning save!)

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    Last edit by ZASHAGALKA on Aug 16, '06
  4. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    frustrating game, couldn't stay awake
  5. by   jodyangel
    Kris, I plan on working fulltime altho I'm looking into a weekend program because I won't be able to handle fulltime during the week. I am working pool now at a facility but have several other nurses in front of me waiting for weekends. They have you work 2 12hr shifts and pay you one more..so that would work for me. Otherwise, I will have to keep working pool *with no health insurance* to get thru this year.
    Yeah I have bills and we live on our Combined salary. I did it all last year while taking fulltime prereqs so I think it will work out fine.
  6. by   NurseWeaver
    I work Fulltime Fri, Sat, and Sun 12hour night shifts on med-surg, and go to School T,W, Th. I also have 5 and 6 year old boys, and my marriage is intact. I have maintained an A average and will be done in December.
    Now, with all that. It is very hard and most of my classmates work PRN or partime. But I have to work full time. You just do what you have to do.
    Hope this helps!
  7. by   jodyangel
    Thanks NW. I just left a voice message with my work asking them if it would benefit me if I went with one of their strange plans they have there. They use to have a program where you worked 2 days a week and were considered staff. Now the only benefit to Me would be that being staff I would get paid doubletime for any extra shifts. And right now they're hurting for staff.
    What I'm trying to figure out is how I can make the most money working the smallest amt. of time and a weekend incentive program is the best bet. But there may be more options...I just like the incentive cause it allows you to make a fulltime salary on weekend hours.
    Ok well keep the input going. Most of us need to keep our income up...I live in NJ remember LOL!!
  8. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    I am currently working the weekend program (fri-sun, 12s) Thanks for the comments- it's encouraging!
  9. by   Older LPN
    It can be done. I worked full time PM's as a CNA when I went to LPN school and had two children at home at the time. I am now almost finished with RN program and am working 24 hours per pay period plus whatever I can pickup and we all know, you can always pickup extra hours! LOL
    I have been an LPN for 13 years and an "old doll" to boot.
  10. by   Jules A
    I worked 30 hours per week during LPN school and plan the same during the bridge program. It is hard but I will say that in my class of 30 the students that didn't work or worked really light hours did not get better grades than those of us working more.

    Just a heads up I'm not sure if they are all this way or I just got lucky, lol, but my program had zero regard for our time. There were so many schedule changes that I'm still confused, classes would run late, mandatory meetings would be held during what should have been a break etc. This blew my mind but the good news is you get used to it and somehow manage to make it through. Jules
  11. by   tdotson1012002
    I have worked 40 hours and also went to school full-time. I am married and have 2 teenage boys. The lady I worked for ran a group home and my main job was to take care of a client that was a tube feeder and on oxygen. She worked with my school schedule. I also was responsible for taking the clients to doctor appointments. The Doctors all worked with me. When I did LPN school I did not work. It was a strane on my marriage but happy to say that we have been married for 17 years. I have 2 more years to go for my BSN. There are times when you wonder if it will all work out, in my case it is working out.
    Teresa
  12. by   traumaRUs
    While in LPN school - I worked full-time as a medical transcriptionist and then changed to unit clerk at a hospital. In RN school, worked full-time in a NH. Also had two kids, and a hubby. Still have two kids and a hubby.
  13. by   Bala Shark
    When I was in LPN school, I did not work at all...It is funny thou..It seemed that school consumed all my time..I had to go to school on monday from 8 am till 5 pm...Then on tuesday and Wenesday it was 7 am to 3 pm..Then on thursday and friday from 8 am till 12 pm..I had to study a lot and if I worked, I think my grades would have suffered..The school recommened that the students should not work that many hours or the grades start suffering...I know this one girl who worked many hours and she got low grades..But she reduced her hours and then did well..

    Everyone is different...Also, like more intelligent people do not need to study that much and they can do other stuff like working whil in school....
  14. by   suebird3
    yeah, i did it, too. i'd done alot of the pre-requisites early on while an lpn, but wasn't sure where i'd be getting the rn. did take a 'temporary leave of insanity' from work during med-surg (don't ask....). other than that, worked/studied/slept/schooled it seems like 'forever'.

    suebird

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