Working as an ADN RN while attending school for a BSN


I am a student at a California community college with an excellent ADN program. I hear that BSN is the way to go, so I plan on earning a BSN while working as an ADN RN. The question I have is, if I get an ADN, is it likely that I can obtain a job where I can work 3-4 days a week at most? I ask because I need days where I can work on BSN school work.

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in OB-Gyn/Primary Care/Ambulatory Leadership. Has 15 years experience.

Since many/most nursing jobs entail 12-hour shifts, you would likely be working 3-4 days/week at most.

Nevertheless, I find that working on a degree program while working M-F 40 hours a week is quite doable.

I agree, it is do-able. You could also consider doing an online program if that would be of interest to's very flexible.

How likely do think it is that I could work mainly on the weekend?


Specializes in Forensic Psych. Has 2 years experience.

Almost all nursing jobs are 3 days a week, no?

And people LOVE weekend workers.

I would encourage you to look into on-line learning programs. Those programs work around whatever schedule you have. I am an ADN who is working, raising a family, and still doing very well (so far) in my BSN program.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

I'm an RN who is educated at the associate degree level. I work three 12 hour night shifts per week while pursuing a BSN degree online, so the OP's plan is definitely feasible.

Thank you for all the awesome advice. (: