Work and School?


Do you guys go to work and school? If so what is you scheduale?

Here is mine:

I am taking 16 credit hours this fall + 2 online classes needed for high school diploma.

I work Sundays as a nanny. And I just applied to be a cashier at a local supermarket for 30 hours a week.

I don't have any family to take care of, but I do have a pretty active social life. I need to keep a 3.5 GPA for my full scholarship. (I am a 4.0 student so its not overlly hard).

I need a job. I never want to have to trust anybody again to pay my rent for me, my schooling, or anything... If someone has the power over you of money then they can hold it against you and take it away at any time.

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 9 years experience.

you can do it! it will be hard but expect it to be!


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Specializes in Geriatrics. Has 2 years experience.

You'll probably have to kiss your active social life good-bye if you want to work and take that many credit hours. That's not to say you won't be able to go out at all ever, just not as much.

I work 30 hours/week as a CNA and am taking 10 credit hours this semester. That would be no problem, but I also have 3 kids who need my attention. I'll probably be stressed. I got my AA while working FT with 2 kids and had the 3rd while I was in school. It wasn't easy.


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Specializes in Cardiology, LTC, SANE.

I am going to school for my BSN and will be working part-time at a LTC facility as an STNA with 14 credits this semester. I want to continue paying off some of my loans while in school and get into the habit of doing it.

i am attending a private school and my classes are monday through friday 8 to 4:30 and i am working monday through thursday 5:30 to 10 and then saturday and sunday 12 through 10

I have school 2 days a week- 8 credits. And then I'll be working 36 hours a week. My hours are flexible.


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It will be a challenge but you can get through it. You will definitely have to cut back, if not give up, your active social life. Its all about putting your priorities in order. I am in my last semester of nursing school, a BSN 2 1/2yr program. I attended full time and maintained a full time job. I have no social life during the school semester, its all about hard work, but it will pay off. So I say go for it!!!!


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Specializes in Postpartum/Nursery about to enter NICU I.

I will be taking 13 credit hours and working part-time this semester about 20-24 hours a week. On top of that I have 4 kids to take care of. My plate is full but I have managed to do it through out nursing school and this is my final semester. So I know you can do it too.

NurseThis21, BSN, RN

2 Articles; 121 Posts

Specializes in Adolescent & Adult Psychiatry.

Hi There!

I really think it's possible to have a job while still in school. It works in your favor since it teaches you invaluable time management and organizational skills! :yeah:

When I was in school, I had 18 hours each semester, an honors course, a supervisory job within the Residence Halls (Dorms) which took up A LOT of hours per week, and multiple extracurricular activities. I managed to succeed in all of those as well as have an active social life (sometimes, a little too active!). :)

I wouldn't trade that experience for anything because even though it was a tad stressful at times, I can tell future employers about how I balanced everything and still pulled through in one piece! Sometimes, it really helps to have "extra something" outside of nursing school. I was not about to become the neurotic psychopath that worries about every quiz/test and mistake made in clinical! :chuckle

And it's good that you're taking it upon yourself to be financially stable on your own. Nowadays, people are beyond sneaky and greedy, so the road may be tough, but at least you can say that you got it all on your own! Nothing's better than true ownership!

I wish you the best and good luck with everything! You can do it! Millions have and millions will! :up:

NurseThis21, BSN, RN :nurse:

UIC Alumna

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