Working in Nursing School
Nursing school is challenging. It could be more challenging than a full-time job. In fact, many nursing schools encourage you to not hold a job while enrolled in their programs. Nursing school doesn’t just consist of classes but hours of studying, clinical hours and labs.
So, before deciding whether or not working in nursing school is right for you, you need to examine some important aspects of your life.
- Your Support System: Before deciding how much you can shoulder during nursing school, examine your support system. If you work and study, will someone be there to handle the burden of other day-to-day tasks? Will your friends and significant other understand when you have less time to hang out with them than before?
- Your Finances: This is a major factor when deciding whether or not to hold a job during nursing school. Do you have enough savings to sustain you while you return to school? Are you willing to take on debt, or is it important to you to pay for school as you go along?
- Your Personality: We all deal with stress differently. Take a hard and honest look at how you handle multitasking and how much downtime you really need to feel good. That will help you decide if you can juggle work and school. Is lots of sleep and time for relaxing activities important to you, or do you like to be on the go all the time?
- Your Goals: If your primary goal is to get top marks in nursing school, look at your past performance in school. You will have less time to study if you hold a job, so be honest with yourself about your ability to do both. Are you the type of student who needs to study for hours for a big exam, or do you work well on short deadlines?
Nursing school is challenging but doable. Make sure you set yourself up for success when evaluating whether working during nursing school will work for you.