Working During Nursing School

  1. I'm finishing up my pre-reqs for nursing school and I'm currently on the wait list to start fall 2007 or winter 2008. I'm very exited to start, however I'm a single parent of a beautiful 2 year old girl, live on my own and would have to continue working during the program. I was thinking of taking classes to become a CNA and work during the weekends. This is going to be a lot to balance but I am determined to do it!!!

    Is anyone else out there in the same situation? Any advise would be very much appreciated.

    Thanx:spin:
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  3. by   lisabeth
    I know that would be so hard, but I think a few people have posted that they have done it. If you are determined to do it, you will do it. I am a single mom also, but am fortunate enough not to have to work. I guess you could say, I waited till the doors just seemed to open. My daughter is a teenager and so I dont really have to worry about child care, but my options are limited to applying to one school, and that is in my area. If I dont get accepted here, well, then, it is just too bad. I know things will work out eventually.
    Best of luck to you. You seem like a fighter, so you will succeed I am sure.

    Quote from Just_An_Illusion
    I'm finishing up my pre-reqs for nursing school and I'm currently on the wait list to start fall 2007 or winter 2008. I'm very exited to start, however I'm a single parent of a beautiful 2 year old girl, live on my own and would have to continue working during the program. I was thinking of taking classes to become a CNA and work during the weekends. This is going to be a lot to balance but I am determined to do it!!!

    Is anyone else out there in the same situation? Any advise would be very much appreciated.

    Thanx:spin:
  4. by   Pompom
    It is hard but it is also possible. I worked full time night shifts and went to school, had 2 small kiddos and went through a divorce. What doesn't kill us makes us stronger is an understatement.
  5. by   marilynmom
    Most of the adults in my nursing program are working full or part time. Most people HAVE to work, no choice, they are doing it and passing. I have 2 girls myself and I am not finding nursing school as time consuming as everyone told me it would be, so hopefully you will have that same experience. If you stay on top of everything (that is the real challenge of NS in my opinion! NS is NOT hard, it's the time constraints and amount of work there is to do at times) you will do fine.
  6. by   SummerGarden
    I plan to work part-time. I could not live on part-time money until a year ago so I did not apply to a nursing program until this past January. My local program is not conducive to full-time work and there are NO evening programs.

    As the other posters mentioned, most adults have no choice but to work full-time. Some adults are successful in doing so. Every program is different. If your program is anything like mine, where students who work full-time have a 100% rate of drop or fail, then it is not worth trying to go against the grain.

    Talk to your instructors/counselors and/or the Director to see if your program is conducive to full-time work. Otherwise, part-time work is not unheard of especially if you choose to be a CNA/tech. That can be very helpful in gaining needed nursing skills.

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