Working with classes

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by bellavita20 (New) New

Hello everyone!

I am currently applying for CNA positions and taking prerequisites for nursing school. Right now I'm taking 3 classes - which require me to be on campus 2 times a week. I have interviewed for a 3- 12 hr shift position. How many of you have/are working schedules like this with school? How would you rank your ability to focus on work and school while doing this schedule.

Any suggestions would be great!

Jules A, MSN

Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner. 8,863 Posts

Nights, weekends and holidays that was how I did it. Not easy but doable and better than the alternative of going years without a decent income. Good luck!

It has been hard for me because the school I attend said that they recommend we don't work and that we are not allowed to go clinicals if we work 3rd shift, because it's tough on us and we are not fully able to properly take care of our patients. So I tried working for about 2 weeks and with the work load, family and work I could t do it. You will have to get I their and see how things work for you. You may have a different style of learning and studying tthat allows you to work your shifts and study 2nd do fine. But if at all possible don't overwork yourself you'll get tired and burned out quickly.

Awesomocity0

Specializes in Gastroenterology, PACU. 100 Posts

It has been hard for me because the school I attend said that they recommend we don't work and that we are not allowed to go clinicals if we work 3rd shift, because it's tough on us and we are not fully able to properly take care of our patients. So I tried working for about 2 weeks and with the work load, family and work I could t do it. You will have to get I their and see how things work for you. You may have a different style of learning and studying tthat allows you to work your shifts and study 2nd do fine. But if at all possible don't overwork yourself you'll get tired and burned out quickly.

OP is taking pre-reqs. No clinicals involved. It's the perfect time to jump in. Three days work + two days school = two days off. Ample for pre-req studying. And by the time you jump into real nursing school, OP, they'll know you at the facility, and you'll have a better chance of working part-time or PRN. :D

I understand what you're saying. Some people's studying habits are different even with "free" days. She'll have to do it and see what happens.

BecomingNursey

Specializes in Emergency Nursing. 334 Posts

I worked two 16 hour shifts back to back every Saturday and Sunday through nursing school. I had class/clinicals 5 days per week.

It sucked. But I made it and I'm now an RN. Where there's a will there's a way.

verene, MSN

Specializes in mental health / psychiatic nursing. 1,790 Posts

I would find working full-time and school full-time difficult; I simply do not have that much energy. I also need hours in the day outside of both work and school to study and to make some time for me so that I have decompression space. That being said I manage to work a half-time evening position while going to school (pre-reqs) and succeed in both school and work. The quarters I've taken a full class load have been busier, but are still manageable.