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by Peter Peter (New) New Student

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Hi, I plan to start an accelerated nursing program next year. I was told that the workload will be heavy and I should avoid work. Which I plan to do, however, I have rental properties that I manage. Would having rental properties and dealing with repairs/maintenance be too much on top of nursing school. Of course those repairs and maintenance are only from time to time. 

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NICU Guy has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in NICU.

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There are going to be weeks that you are going to be really busy with school and there will be weeks that will be a normal week. I would have someone else that you can utilize in case the repair and a really busy time period hit at the same time (unless your renters are very understanding).

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Another thing to be mindful of is having to answer your cell phone if you're in class & there is some type of rental emergency going on.  I'm pretty sure the instructors are not going to like it if you have to keep getting in and out of your seat to tend to your phone.  Don't even think about texting or having the ringer on while you're in class or clinicals for that matter.

Just something to keep in mind.

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I put clauses in the lease and provided names and contact info for tenants to contact for emergencies, particularly plumbers for burst water pipes, etc.  If they sit around while the place floods because your phone is turned off (as it should be) while you are in class or clinical, that is on them.  Alternative is to hire a property management firm for the duration of nursing school.

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1 hour ago, Mergirlc said:

Another thing to be mindful of is having to answer your cell phone if you're in class & there is some type of rental emergency going on.  I'm pretty sure the instructors are not going to like it if you have to keep getting in and out of your seat to tend to your phone.  Don't even think about texting or having the ringer on while you're in class or clinicals for that matter.

Just something to keep in mind.

Definitely plan ahead because you're not going to be available 24/7.  But also, be up front with your teachers.  This is how you make your money to have a home.  And there might be some emergencies where you have to have your phone out and be ready to answer.  But also remember that there's some teachers that love the power over you, and if you're waiting for a phone call from your doctor letting you know if you have an uncurable cancer or not, you better not have that phone out.  And I've seen people make students leave, like 5 year olds, for having their phone out reading the e-textbook along with lecture.  While the kid sitting next to her was playing scrabble, but that was OK, it was on a laptop.

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