Exploring The Pros And Cons Of Working While In Nursing School

February 2, 2015

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Pre-nursing students on placement in the maternity unit Deciding whether or not to take up a job while in nursing school can be difficult. Some nursing students may want to work in order to be able to earn a little extra money or simply to get the experience. Others may decide against so that they get a little extra free time to indulge in a hobby. And then there others who are not quite sure what will work best for them and whether they will be able to manage both at the same time. Is it better to focus on studying only or is it better to get work experience and earn some money at the same time? 

Exploring the pros and cons can help you make a more informed decision.

Advantages of Working While in Nursing School

If you do not qualify for a scholarship you may have to fund your education yourself. This means that you will probably have a lot of student loans to pay off after completing nursing school. Instead of keeping these loans piled up till you complete nursing school, you can start to contribute toward paying them off while you are still studying. Working part time will allow you to earn that little extra cash in order to help you pay off these loans. The money will also help if you have a family or simply need to pay the rent and the bills.

Better still, take up a job in the healthcare sector. This will give you ample exposure and experience with different aspects of nursing, which could help you decide on your specialization when the time comes. Another advantage of working in the healthcare sector is it gives you plenty of opportunities to network with other professionals in this field. Some organisations may also offer you a job with the condition that you work with them as a full time nurse after you graduate. Considering job hunting can be difficult, this is great for those who want the security of having a job.

If you decide to work while in nursing school, it is important to only take up a job that is manageable and will not add to your stress. It is equally important to only work with an employer that allows you to have flexible timings and gives you enough leave for your coursework exams, submissions and other school requirements.

Advantages of Not Working While in Nursing School

Not working while in nursing school has two major advantages: Time and Focus. If you aren’t working, you will have more time to rest and relax once in a while. You will be able to keep in touch with your family and friends more often and you can even take part in extracurricular activities. If you are the kind who cannot handle too much pressure, it may be better to look for activities that allow you some down time to recharge, reenergise and stay more focused on your studies and your coursework.

Remember, there is no one right answer for everybody. What works for somebody else may not work for you. It is important that you make a choice that works for you and ultimately helps you meet your personal and professional goals.