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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

Treat School Like it’s Your Job

Many people are tempted by online nursing schools because they think the curriculum will be easier than traditional in-the-classroom schooling, like the difference between an open-book or closed-book test. Wrong. As online schools become more mainstream, their reputations are at stake. As a result, the curriculum at online universities and colleges can actually be more intensive than what you’re used to.

If the way you attend class is at home via your computer, treat it like any other kind of school. Give yourself a private area to study where loved ones or the TV can’t distract you. And if you’re attending classes after work in an actual classroom, don’t be tempted to skip out because of an unforeseen distraction. It’s really true that a large part of success is showing up. Miss one class and it’ll be easier to miss another. And another…

Don’t Go at it Alone

You can’t make your friends go to work for you, and you definitely shouldn’t copy anybody else’s homework. Still, it is almost impossible — and definitely foolhardy — to work a full-time job and go to nursing school at the same time without any help. Let people you trust know that you’re going to need some support.

Whether it’s a relative picking up your daughter from soccer practice or your spouse taking over dinner duties, it’s extremely important to accept help when offered, and to ask for it when needed. One person can only handle so much, and your true friends and loved ones should be happy to help as long as they aren’t being taken advantage of. Reward them with small tokens of appreciation and remember to thank them after you’ve reached your educational goals.

And finally, remember that you can do it. You can work hard during the day (or night) at the hospital and still have the ability to focus on your schooling. It won’t be easy, but the payoff can be tremendous. Just make sure to understand what exactly it is you’re working toward, focus on time management and build a solid support system you can lean on when times (and classroom assignments) get tough. If you can do those things, continuing education is an investment in yourself that’s sure to pay off.

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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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