So there are two reasons to have a job in nursing school one is money in two is for the experience.
What’s up everyone, I’m nurse Blake and in this video I’m gonna answer one of the most common questions, should I work while I’m in nursing school?
Now I’ve received hundreds of letters from you guys like dear nurse Blake should I work while I’m in nursing school? I’m just kidding I don’t receive any letters but I do get a lot of social media messages that ask me this question, should I work while I’m in nursing school? Can I work while I’m in nursing school? When it comes to working while in nursing school there’s really not a wrong or right answer. I just can’t tell you yes or no because it really all depends on the person. Some people want to just focus on school and they don’t necessarily have to work. That’s great, just focus on school but some people need a job or maybe even want a job and I think there’s two reasons why nursing students should have a job in nursing school.
One is for the money. I get it. We have bills and a lot of them from our Amazon Prime account to paying for Netflix every month. And that’s just like the basic stuff.
If you have to work to pay the bills that’s okay. I went to school with a lot of people who worked and were in school and they did great.
The second reason I feel that someone should have a job in nursing school is for the experience being in health care throughout nursing school gives you a whole lot of experience. You get hands-on experience at the bedside. You get to talk and communicate and collaborate with health care teams. A lot of what you learn in health care in a health care job can benefit you greatly in a nursing program. And my personal experience, when I was in nursing school I worked as a patient care tech, neuro-ICU, part-time nightshift, and it was probably one of the best decisions I made in nursing school because I got so much experience and I really believe it helped me in the exams. It helped me in clinical, it helped me in lab. So if you are considering a job in nursing school for the experience, go into healthcare. And a patient care tech is a perfect job for that or a certified nursing assistant. These are great positions. You don’t have to work full time. In this job you can work part-time or you can even work per diem so one day a week or maybe three shifts a month. So this job can be flexible and it can be flexible with your school schedule. And when you’re in a patient care tech role, a lot of the managers and leaders know that you’re in school, so they understand that the schedule is complicated and that the schedule changes every semester. So they’ll probably be flexible with your job which is also an added benefit.
If you need a job for the money that’s okay. You don’t have to feel bad about that. Now working full time is gonna keep you really, really, busy. So when you’re in nursing school, your main goal should be to finish nursing school and pass the NCLEX. You never want to do anything that compromises that because when you’re in nursing school, it’s a big investment. It costs a lot of money and you never want to get halfway done or two months from graduating and then a job interferes with that. So make sure you balance your time out wisely and you put your priorities in order with nursing school being on the top of that list.
If you need a job and maybe full time’s not for you, you can work part-time and that’s great too like I said I worked part-time and it was a great fit for my schedule it really just depends on the person so you have to know yourself do you just want to focus on nursing school or do you need a job or want to get a job for the experience there is no right or wrong answer to this question it really has to be your choice and whatever choice you make back behind it a hundred percent. Don’t get a job for the experience and think to yourself when you’re going into shift, I hope this is not take time for my school.
You know if you want to get a job for the experience you have to own it alright. So focus on your job and then focus on school and sometimes when you get breaks at work and you’re a patient care tech, you get to study, which is awesome and you’re getting hands-on experience. So this can really benefit you.
Another plus about getting a job in healthcare isn’t in nursing school is that if you apply and get a job on a unit you’re interested in for being a nurse after you graduate, that’s great because now you have contacts and I bet that unit you’re working as a tech, I bet that unit you’re working as a patient care tech may even consider hiring you after you graduate nursing school. That’s a huge benefit.
So if you are looking for a job, make sure you apply somewhere that interests you, that piques your interest in the job that you may consider after you graduate.
So the question should I work in nursing school, well, it’s up to you. There’s no right or wrong answer and if you have to work for money, I get it. I understand we hug hot pills and they have to get paid so the choice has to be yours and whatever decision you make I’ll be happy with it for you or whatever decision you make I stand behind you in that decision is that good. Does that make sense? Okay, so don’t let anyone tell you don’t work while in nursing school. Alright you are in control of your own experience. You are in control of your own journey and to be successful at it, it has to be your choice a hundred percent. And you gotta stick with yourself. alright. So be confident in whatever decision you make. Whatever decision you make is gonna be the right one.
Well thank you guys so much for watching. I’m nurse Blake, I hope this video helps answer your question about getting a job in nursing school. You can find me on Facebook and Instagram and make sure you subscribe to my channel. Click on that red button down below and also leave a comment let me know if you’re a nurse in school and if you’re working and how that’s going for you. Keep me updated thank you guys so much for watching. I’m nurse Blake and have a great shift
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