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Working while in CRNA school...

Has 3 years experience.

Hey there! New at posting, but I've been a long time lurker on this site! Is it possible to work full-time while being enrolled in a CRNA program? How many of you have done it successfully? The reason I'm asking is because the website of the school that I have been looking in to says that it is impossible to work while being enrolled in their CRNA program! They say that the coursework is 60 hours per week! Now, I have a long ways to go before ever applying to CRNA school(currently a 3rd semester nursing student), but I was just curious! Thanks!

What school says that? I've never heard of a school that allows you to work past the first semester, and most don't even allow that.

You cannot work while in crna school nor would you want to. The workload is going to be insane.

Mully

Specializes in SICU.

My school allows you to work, but it highly discourages it. Certainly you can't work full time.

Here's a good example; one person in my class kept his job in the ICU per diem which only required 1 shift every 3 weeks. After the first 2 months or so, he quit that job, as he did not have time for it.

The standard student lives off of loans/savings/the income of a S.O. while in school. The rare, rare outlier may work one or two shifts a month.

Hope this helps.

JustForToday

Has 3 years experience.

Definitely helps! Thanks! I guess my main curiosity was stemming from wondering how CRNA students manage to maintain a household, bills, etc. whilst not being able to work while in school. So mainly student loans could cover those types of expenses to an extent? Also what is S.O.?

ICUman

Has 5 years experience. Specializes in Cardiac Cath Lab.

So mainly student loans could cover those types of expenses to an extent? Also what is S.O.?

The majority of anesthesia students rely on loans to get them through. If you could save up some cash before you enter the program that would be even better. S.O. stands for significant other. A partner/spouse can support the both of you until graduation.

missnurse01, MSN, RN

Has 18 years experience.

Family of 5 here with stay at home dad. Scraping by on student loans and retirement liquidation. One car, paid off. No credit cards. No going to the movies, rare eating out, etc. Here with max student loans we have about 2 grand to live on a month. Pay everything off and save money!!!

JustForToday

Has 3 years experience.

Nice! Thanks everyone! Like I said, I still have a long road ahead of me! But it's nice to get some idea as to the types of stressors and obligations and I need to get in order prior to getting to that point!

My sister went attended a CRNA program years ago and worked two 12-shifts per week (weekends) in an NICU. She completed the 2.5 year program and finished at the top of her class and pass her boards on her first attempt. It all depends on the individual and their time management skills, your academic abilities and support system in place. She completed her program with less than $10K in student loan. The program she enrolled in provided a generous stipend throughout the entire program. Look at programs with the least cost and if you can live at home with your parents, that will be a major cost savings. After graduating from your BSN program, try to keep your debt low (avoid buying a new car, etc.) and save as much as you can.

I wouldn't recommend that anyone work while pursuing such a program, but it can be done!

You could join the military and get paid to go to school full-time. You'll have plenty of money, just no time to spend it.

ICUman

Has 5 years experience. Specializes in Cardiac Cath Lab.

worked two 12-shifts per week (weekends) in an NICU.

The program she enrolled in provided a generous stipend throughout the entire program.

If she was receiving such a high stipend why was it necessary to work 24 hrs per week?

Family of 5 here with stay at home dad. Scraping by on student loans and retirement liquidation. One car, paid off. No credit cards. No going to the movies, rare eating out, etc. Here with max student loans we have about 2 grand to live on a month. Pay everything off and save money!!!

Not sure if you will see this but I have interviewed and am waiting on the final response and am in same situation. Was wondering if I could PM you about a few questions?

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