OP: Working not only depends on the person, but it depends on the program. I think you need to contact your program and see what the advisor suggest. There are programs that cater to people who work full-time. My program does not.
There are several people who, during orientation, ignored my Director's warning about working full-time and have since either quit his/her second job (some people work full-time and then some) or have cut back on his/her hours after our first exam! My program is insane and non-conducive to more then 16-20 hours/week of work.
Please understand that programs that are not conducive to full-time work are full-time jobs. It is not just study time you need to have in order to survive in many nursing schools. You also need time to prepare for labs and clinical, which may include visiting patients (at the site), practicing skills (at the lab), doing extra work/projects related to the current material (sometimes in the lab), all outside of normal school hours.
Plus, there may be a limited number of hours in a day the lab is open. There may be only so many hours in the day someone is available to sign you off. There also may be only so many hours you can do related activities and study. On top of that you add work, taking care of family... Do you get the picture? Thus, the time it takes you to prepare for your pre-requisite courses to get an "A" is not
the same amount of time you will be putting in to get an "A" in many nursing schools.
Someone mentioned watching TV while going to nursing school if he/she does not have a job. I don't think so!
Anytime I have to study, I do! I only visit this site to take a break and learn!
Normally any time I have to do nursing school related activities, I spend doing nursing school related activities
. My peers seem to be doing the same. Any other time I spend doing the things I listed above.
By the way, I only work part-time but that is because I have managed to pay off all of my debts (CCs and Cars) before applying to nursing school. However, I do have some good news.... I know some students who have great bosses and are able to get flexible hours, thus putting nursing school first. Some even manage to study on the job. Maybe you can look into that if you cannot find a nursing program that is conducive to full-time work? Good luck.