Working while in nursing school depends on so
Almost all of your schools will probably let
you know that they want you to, like, cool it
on the whole job department and also
consider something, if you have to, that's
going to be really, really part-time so that
you can focus all your energy on school.
But let's be super clear, that is not an
option that is available to
everyone. And in this section, I'll give you
some tips, being someone who did work
throughout their entire nursing and NP
school process, on what I found helpful when
it came to working.
But please know there is absolutely no right
I had to work.
It was not negotiable.
I didn't have enough loan money to have a
place to live without working.
Many of you will also be in that situation,
and a bunch of you also won't.
This is a really dependent thing on what
is... What your life looks like and what is
going to be best for you in the situation
that you are in. And you're just going to
want to make it work the best you can.
So first things first?
If you have to work, find a job that will
best fit into this new
school life and schedule.
This will likely be something that is nights
and weekends, which doesn't sound great, but
it's reality. I was a waitress and a
bartender during my accelerated nursing
school program, and I essentially did school
Monday through Thursday, and then I worked
doubles Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
There were no days off, and it totally
sucked, but it wasn't forever.
Restaurant jobs are really great for nursing
school because they are super-duper flexible,
low stress, and they usually pay quite well.
And if you want to work in the healthcare
setting specifically to get more experience?
That totally makes sense. Get your foot in
the door, look into Per Diem work and fill in
your schedule as much as you possibly can.
Healthcare jobs are usually not super
flexible, but if you work per diem, it
introduces a lot more choice in terms of
what shifts you are working because you can
just pick them up here and there with what
works for you.
Your job should ideally not add stress.
Which sounds idealistic, but it's just
something that you can kind of...
You want something you can clock into, clock
out of, and know that they know you're a
student. So they know that sometimes you're
going to have to have time off so that you
can kind of move things around finals and
all your other school things.
Now, if you are not working because you need
a roof over your head, rather you just want
some spending money and some resume boosting
experience, a less intense
PRN or two weekend a month job in a
healthcare setting would be
perfect. Many nursing students get jobs as
nursing assistants in hospitals, and they
work, like, two weekends a month and then
here and there a little bit more during
school breaks if they want to.
And this gets people oriented to the
hospital setting, familiar with a
unit in the hospital, and it gets your foot
in the door to potential
jobs. Nursing school is in itself a full
time job, and you need to give it
the time that it requires.
So can you work?
Yeah. Should you?
I'd recommend working as little as you
possibly can manage, and do it at a job that
will work with you and not against you.
Flexibility and low keyness, those are huge
And next, I want to take a closer look at
the different types of common jobs that
people have in nursing school, starting with
being a CNA.
Should you be one?
Pros, cons, all that good stuff.