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Nursing for a full time worker, is it possible?

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by tonyluvnelly tonyluvnelly (Member)

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Hi, I'm 23 years of age and I've recently been approach with a position opportunity at a company about 25 miles from where I live. I was working there during the day from 8-4:30 as a Scheduler but will soon be accepting a position as a Supervisor on the floor for the second shift 3:00-MIDNIGHT. I have been told that because my mornings are open, I will be able to take probably a max of 2-3 classes during the Spring and Summer but only 1 class during the Fall due to the overdrive of the company during those months. This is a lot better for me then taking 1 class a semester working during the day due the availability of courses. The new position pays a little more; mid 40's.

My Question to everyone is, is Working full time and going to nursing school in the above future opportunity sound feasible?

Are there Nursing programs that fit to the working adult? Here at a community college in KANKAKEE, i hear i have to take the program as is, 3 classes in fall, 3 in spring, and so on with summers open. I really really want to continue my education and go into Nursing and later into CRNA program. Please advice!

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Nursing schools that are built for full-time workers probably should but probably don't exist. Especially for those who have a changing schedule like yours. Find a large community college that has the 'prereqs' built into thier 2 year program (thus taking A&P, Micro etc along with the Nursing classes). Look closely at the schedule. If you get the non-nursing classes out of the way can you match the Nursing course schedule? I suggested a large community college because you may need to skip one semester just to take the required course in the spring or summer.

No nursing school is going to like this! Prepare carefully and have the best pre-req grades and recommendations that you can. Best of luck.

-Craig

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i plan on doing the same thing tony, going to school during the day and working the overnite shift @ my job (from 11-7)... Its not going to be easy BUT i can't afford to just quit working.

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Hey! Wow, you got it harder though because you have to change your whole sleeping habbits. I sleep around midnight now and to sleep at 2:30, for me, seems doable because i usually cant sleep past 7am anyways cause im out of the REM sleep stage and can't get back into it. :( But hey, more power to you if you accomplish it man. There are times where i would have to pull a 60 hour week here but that is usually from Aug. to December where I might be able to take 1-2 classes but nothing much more then that.

tony

Best of luck to you!

i plan on doing the same thing tony, going to school during the day and working the overnite shift @ my job (from 11-7)... Its not going to be easy BUT i can't afford to just quit working.

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I hear the both of you! I am taking my last year of pre reqs one class at a time. If I get accepted into nursing school, I will need to quit my full-time 9-5 job as an auditor and renew my nurses aide license so I can work full-time 3rd shift in order to attend school. Can't stop paying the bills as I am a single mother.

tonyluvnelly .. you are in Kankakee? I am assuming Illinois. I feel your pain. There are no night nursing programs in the Chicago metro area . (Imagine that for such a major city)

It is a shame that in order to change careers, we 9-5 ers have to make scary life decisions such as quitting day jobs. I will be going from a well-paying, but meaningless job to one that pays 1/2 of what I make -just for the 2 years of school. By then my son will be 18 and out on his own so it will be just me and I will have to MAJORLY cut back on all living expenses.

That's the plan, so anything can happen between now and then.

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I hear the both of you! I am taking my last year of pre reqs one class at a time. If I get accepted into nursing school, I will need to quit my full-time 9-5 job as an auditor and renew my nurses aide license so I can work full-time 3rd shift in order to attend school. Can't stop paying the bills as I am a single mother.

tonyluvnelly .. you are in Kankakee? I am assuming Illinois. I feel your pain. There are no night nursing programs in the Chicago metro area . (Imagine that for such a major city)

It is a shame that in order to change careers, we 9-5 ers have to make scary life decisions such as quitting day jobs. I will be going from a well-paying, but meaningless job to one that pays 1/2 of what I make -just for the 2 years of school. By then my son will be 18 and out on his own so it will be just me and I will have to MAJORLY cut back on all living expenses.

That's the plan, so anything can happen between now and then.

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It may take you longer but get all your pre recs out of the way and your co recs too. I graduate next year as an RN. Total time 5 years. But I am doing it. It's tough and the more you get out of the way the better off you will be. Good luck to all of you!

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My Question to everyone is, is Working full time and going to nursing school in the above future opportunity sound feasible?

Are there Nursing programs that fit to the working adult? Here at a community college in KANKAKEE, i hear i have to take the program as is, 3 classes in fall, 3 in spring, and so on with summers open. I really really want to continue my education and go into Nursing and later into CRNA program. Please advice!

Firstly, wheres Kankakee??.. lol. (Just Curious!)

There is a program in my area specifically for full time working people. You must take a&p 1 and 2, and chemistry as pre reqs. Then the classes are Tue and Thurs (classes) 5p-9p, and every other weekend Sat and Sun (clinical). You end up with a ASN, but it does take 3 years to complete and you wont start clinical until your second year. Just food for thought..:idea:

Keep searching, youll find the program with the right fit!!

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HAHA, Kankakee,il is south of chicago about an hour and a half probably. :D its not a small town its actually growing :D I moved up here from Houston Texas which is way way way bigger but, eh. Well, I've accepted the second shift position here and I will be working tentatively from 2:30 (i go in earlier because im a supervisor) and work till 12pm. (I may have to work over time during the busy season (August to December) every so often. Makes it tough but i would have atleast six hours of sleep during that season and about maybe a max of two classes too. During the non busy season (Jan-Aug) i would take about 3-4 during the spring and 2 classes if not more during the summer. I will be earning 42500 salary and working as a supervisor in a Dist. Center. During the Jan-Aug time im taking more classes because work truly does slow down and i would have time to study in the office and check up on the workers frequently. What do you think? :D

Firstly, wheres Kankakee??.. lol. (Just Curious!)

There is a program in my area specifically for full time working people. You must take a&p 1 and 2, and chemistry as pre reqs. Then the classes are Tue and Thurs (classes) 5p-9p, and every other weekend Sat and Sun (clinical). You end up with a ASN, but it does take 3 years to complete and you wont start clinical until your second year. Just food for thought..:idea:

Keep searching, youll find the program with the right fit!!

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