Help! How Hard & How Many Hours?

  1. Hi.
    I'm considering going to nursing school. I am scared to death after reading the posts about needing to forget that I have any sort of life outside of nursing school. I have two girls ages 9 and 12. I dont have custody of them but I am afraid that if i go into school that I wont have any time at all to spend with them after school or on weekends for 3 or so years ( going to CC for an ADN and getting prereq). Is this really the case? Realisticly, how much time should I count on banking for going to class and studying? In this senerio I wouldn't be working. My job would be school. I am an average student. Am I talking 60hrs a week or am I talking 80-90? I know that no one can give me an exact answer, but if it is 60 or less I would think I would still have time to see my kids and be a part of their lives. I want to better myself and be able to provide a better life for my family but I'm not sure i'm willing to go forward if it means that I will be forced to be completely absenst from my childrens lives. Is it realistic that I might be able to count on studing or going to class between the hours of say 8am-6/7pm m-f and have a good amount of time on weekends to see the girls? Any insight anyone could provide would be exteremly helpful. Thanks so much!!
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  3. by   Altra
    You'll probably get a variety of different replies, but 60 hours sounds reasonable to me. However, you may not have much flexibility to choose those what those 60 hours are.

    Class & clinical schedules vary widely from school to school - be sure to meet with representatives from the nursing program at the school you are applying to to get a clear picture of their expectations. In urban areas, hospitals juggle multiple nursing schools to provide clinical time for each - there sometimes is very little flexibility.

    My program was strictly M-F, daytime hours, except for some limited clinical rotations in the evening (3-11). Other students seek out programs that involve evening/weekend hours, leaving their days free.

    Here's hoping you find a good fit - good luck to you!

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