Understanding the pros and cons of working while you are in nursing school

October 21, 2014

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Many nursing students struggle with making the decision of whether or not to work while they are in nursing school. A lot of students have families to take care of, rent to pay and various other responsibilities. But does it make sense to work part time while you are in nursing school or should you sacrifice a few years and put all your energy into nursing school so that you excel and better your employment prospects after you graduate?


Here are the pros and cons to both sides of the coin.

Working while studying

On a nursing placement in Africa An advantage of working part time is that you earn while you learn and you gain a lot of invaluable practical experience while doing so. This could help you with developing your practical nursing skills while you are still studying the theoretical aspects.  

Working part time also means you will be able to earn a bit of extra money while you are studying. This can be extremely useful. Nursing school is not cheap and any extra money can help to fund your tuition. Financial aid is not always easy to find and even the amount of aid provided often does not cover the entire cost of your education. Working part time can help you cover part of these costs.

Another advantage to working during this time is that a number of places will be more than willing to employ you full time once you graduate from nursing school because you’ve beat the ‘no experience’ dilemma. This means that you do not have to worry about looking for a job after you finish studying. In fact, certain facilities even offer contracts where they will fund part of your education and let you work part time as long as you commit to working with them for a minimum amount of time after you graduate.


Not working while studying

Even though the monetary factor is a big one while you are in nursing school, there are a number of things that you will miss out on if you are working. First of all, working part time may affect your GPA. If you want to do well in school, you need all the time you can get to study.

Secondly, you will have no time to yourself. This means you cannot afford to sit back and relax or meet family and friends. Working part time can be very stressful and it can be difficult to juggle so much at once.

If you decide not to work, you will also have the opportunity to take part in school activities or you can try getting into the student body or join certain clubs. This will not only be a lot of fun and add a lot to your social life but they are also great achievements for your resume.

Whether you work or not will often depend largely on your financial status and ability to handle multiple things at one time without compromising on your education. If you need the money and you can handle both simultaneously, working is a good option. If not, or if you want to enjoy your time at nursing school, you can choose to sit back now and work after you graduate.