Quote from RobCPhT
I might be in quite a dilemma and I need some advice. I recently finished all my general required classes at Columbus state. Beginning next year I will start my core nursing classes. The problem is that I work full time as a pharmacy coordinator in LTC . They are flexible with classes, but I still need to get my 40hrs in. Does anyone have any suggestions about clinicals, loans or anything that would help me out. Since half of my coursework is done I will be taking 2-3 classes a quarter, but I need to pay my bills. Will this be too much? Anyone worked full-time in school? Please advise.
hi. I don't know about the RN program, but I just completed the LPN program there, while working full time. It was tough, I can tell you that. And I've heard that the RN program is a much tougher program to get through. (i'm hoping to start in next year, doing the lpn to rn)
I was lucky at my job in that we get 14 hours a month ALB time, that we can take anytime. So during the quarters that the classes weren't too bad I just worked like crazy, and took a day off here and there, and saved my leave so that I had just under 2 weeks going into our final quarter, which was hell.
I tried to take off a day a week, or at least a day every other week, since between work and school I was working 7 days a week. (all day clinicals sat and sunday)
I think that if you are organized and determined, and if you understand that you basically won't have a social life (i had people calling me to ask if i still lived in the area since they hadn't heard from me) then you can do it. Just keep telling yourself that it's only for X months, then it will be over.
I don't know if you are already getting loans, but you can go to the financial aid office and tell them you want an Unsubsidized loan, and all you have to do it sign a form for it, and they direct deposit it to you. Usually about $1000.00 per quarter, which can really help when you have to take more days off to study, and can't use all your vacation time. -I know you're not supposed to do this, but if it helps you get through school, then is that really bad?
Anyway, I wish you luck