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Go to Nursing School With a Full-Time Job

Go to Nursing School With a Full-Time Job

How do you balance school and hospital life?

Steve Berman | NursingLink

The alarm goes off at 5:30 am, and you could swear you went to sleep five minutes ago. First a quick shower, followed by the finishing touches on that homework assignment due tonight over coffee and breakfast — if there’s time.

Then it’s off to work, a solid eight-plus hours of time where you’re busy with charts, rounds and other assorted tasks. At the end of your shift, your fellow nurses are heading home to their families or to the local watering hole for a cold one. You, on the other hand, are heading to class.

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Going back to nursing school can be one of the most challenging undertakings of your life. Continuing education is different than going to school back in your youth because now you have to fit schooling around a full adult life with responsibilities like a mortgage, bills, and children. But it can be done.

Follow this advice to reach your educational goals while keeping some semblance of your sanity.

Set Your Expectations

You know going to nursing school at the same time you’re working 40 (or more) hours per week is going to be tough. Now it’s time to get real about how tough it’s going to be. If you expect to get eight hours of sleep and three leisurely meals a day, you’re going to be very disappointed. Don’t be surprised if you have to pull some late nights studying. You can’t skip out on your hospital responsibilities even if you’re completely drained when that alarm clock wakes you up out of a deep slumber.

The best solution is to create a written log of how you expect to spend your time before you start your schooling. Be honest! Listing all the responsibilities in your life that you can’t afford to neglect will alert you to how much spare time you really have. This will help you figure out if combining the two is feasible and you’ll probably be more likely to avoid every nursing student’s worst enemy: procrastination.

Know Your Goals

Don’t go back to school because you’re bored or hope you’ll be inspired to some greater heights than you can imagine right now. If you don’t have a tangible reason to learn new skills or pursue a higher nursing degree, you’ll be far less likely to succeed.

Remember, nursing school can be costly in terms of money and time. Make sure it’s worth your while. Only learn new skills for your current job if it will make you a markedly better nurse, and preferably, put you in line for a promotion or raise. If you are going for a degree, have a clear plan as to how that degree is going to help your career aspirations as a health care professional.

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    MirandaM

    about 3 years ago

    22 comments

    I will have to work full time and pursue my nursing goal as well. I think a lot depends on how much stress you can deal with. Maybe try and find some human services degree online courses you can start out with, I am not sure if your school offers many. I looked into it and I can take a lot of my missing pre reqs online before starting the heavy loads. My husband is going to school to become a MD, he is working full time and going to school at night so he is very stressed out and is finding it hard to study, work, and go to school until 10 pm. I am not saying that you can't do it, everyone is different, but If you have a strong enough drive, you can do it!

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    NokiDown

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I went to a Osha 10 Hour Training and I must say that it helped me a lot.I believe that everybody can make some sacrifices and can get a nursing degree and go to school.The only problem is how much do you really want that?I don't think there are too many things you can't achieve if you really want that.

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    Account Removed

    almost 4 years ago

    This is a great read for nurses who are also attending school. Life can be pretty hard for them, but what can make it slightly easier is an online program. Yes, there are nursing degrees available online to practicing nurses. Such programs provide them the flexibility to follow their own schedule as far as coursework is concerned. Since the focus of these programs is to build on their existing clinical experience, these courses can be pursued online. Independence University offers a fully online Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree for RNs desiring career mobility.

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    captnpatchemup

    over 4 years ago

    54 comments

    This is a great bump for anyone who is still struggling with the schedule associated with going to school and working.

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