Working while in nursing school



I will be starting nursing school in August at GMU, and wanted to reach out to any current/previous nursing students on what they did as far as balancing work and nursing school. I do not live with my parents, have bills, and need health insurance so I have to work. My job is letting me work every weekend, with a few hours on the day I don't have class, but people tell me that might be too much. Does anyone have any advice or could share what they did??

Thank you!

Specializes in Emergency Room, CEN, TCRN. Has 5 years experience.

I'm working full time while attending my BSN program and juggling a wife and kids. It kind of sucks, but it's doable as long as you forgo basic physiological needs like food, sleep and hygiene.


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I constantly had to work in order to keep myself busy and have a full schedule, as that is what I like. I consider myself a good student in the sense that I get good grades, but I never studied a whole ton. I guess because of that, I had the time to work. I worked all 4 years while completing my BSN, usually 1-2 jobs at a time. It's certainly not impossible! As long as you commit yourself to a schedule you create and make sure you stick with it and take lots of breaks, you can do it!

I think you will be fine! I'm in one of the top nursing schools in the country, and during the first 2 quarters I only worked once a week. After that I was able to pick up 2-3 days a week! There are a lot of students in my class who worked a lot as well! If you have great time management and don't waste any time, you will be fine!