Is it Possible to Work While Going to Nursing School?

Going to nursing school without working at an outside job is hard enough. But is it possible to go to school while working a full-time or part-time job? For students who are dedicated to becoming an LPN, RN, or other type of nurse – there are few things that can stand in the way, job included. Sometimes it’s about choosing the right type of job.

RegisteredNurseRN.com published Good Student Nurse Jobs for Nursing Students While in Nursing School, an article that discusses the best jobs for nursing students:

“Finding a good job as a student nurse and knowing if it is possible to work and go to nursing school can be difficult if you do not know where to look for a job, especially if you are new to the health care field. There are plenty of  nursing jobs on the market that can be filled by nursing students.

Granted, they won’t get paid as much as aregistered nurse salary but anything is good while you are in school trying to get your nursing degree. Plus the experience will help you get some experience and may be get your foot in the door at the place you want to work. You have to start somewhere, right?”

Among the jobs the site points to as appropriate for students in nursing schools are:

Certified Nursing Assistant-assists the RN and LPN with patient care (bathing, toileting, ambulating, feeding, etc)

Patient Safety Companion- basically a person who is hired to sit with a patient to prevent them from harming themselves.

Phlebotomist- draws blood and collect certain specimens.

Hospital transporter-transports patients to testing throughout the hospital” (Read more.)

The nursing magazine Scrubs wrote up a very good article about really deciding if working full time during nursing school is obtainable. According to the publication, deciding to go to nursing school while being a full-time employee (nurse or otherwise) is a challenge and should be carefully considered. They advise students to really check their own expectations first:

“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.” (Read more.)

In modern times, there a plenty of people going to college while working a regular job. Many workpart-time and some work full-time, but they all share common challenges in their schedules. Between work, school, and personal obligations, there is not much time left for their own pursuits – except working and college that is.