i am currently enrolled in an ADN program about to finish my first semester. I am in a position where right now, financially I do not absolutely need to have a job while in school. However, I am considering applying for a job as a Patient Care Assistant in a hospital just to try to get my foot in the door somewhere networking wise, so I have a better chance of getting hired as an RN when school is finished. Obviously, this will impact the amount of time I have to study and may affect my grades.
In your opinions, would someone like myself be better off not working and getting the highest grades possible or would I be better off taking a job with potential networking opportunities at the potential expense of lower grades? I do not have many inside connections in the Nursing world currently. I do wish to get my BSN, which is necessary for many jobs, so I need to get accepted into a program after school. As it stands now, I do not have plans to go for my MSN or DNP after that, but that is pretty far down the road either way. Thank you in advance.