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How do you support yourself while in the nursing program?

I'm asking this because I start the nursing program in the fall. I have a full time job that I now have to cut my hours and lose my benefits. And I don't have any other support. My student loans are also in default status, but I am doing a payment plan on them. But I am not eligible for finical aid. So how do I support myself on just working 20 hours a week and still have a place to stay with only myself. I really don't know how I'm going to do this. #college #nursing #jobs #scholarships #banking #grants #loans #financial

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Rachel’s Answer

You will need to focus on stress and time management. In order to manage stress you have to manage your time wisely. <span style="background-color: transparent;">You have to set a routine for yourself and stick to it for the most part. Once you get into the groove of a routine it will be much easier for you to manage your time and have enough time for everything you need to do (including relaxing). Make yourself to-do lists on a weekly basis, use Google calendar or a planner to keep track of events, deadlines, and due dates. In addition to setting a routine and sticking to it, plan out relaxing activities into your day. Or set aside a time, after everything is done for the day, that you can have "me" time. I have also personally found it essential to not only find time for myself but also make use of that time in a way that is best for me and my holistic wellness. I have found the HeadSpace app to be an essential tool in helping me relax and generally feel more relaxed throughout the day, Guided meditation, even if you have a busy schedule, will make you feel more at ease and relaxed throughout the day as a whole (not just when you have the time to relax and focus on that "me" time).</span>

<span style="background-color: transparent;">Set a routine.Use Google Calendar.Set aside Me TimeWrite weekly to-do lists and use a planner.Find a peaceful and restful activity that will help you feel relaxed.</span>

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Dana’s Answer

It's all about time management. First thing you should do is go out and get a good daily planner. I got a bunch of fancy colorful pens and stickers to make it more fun. Plan out everything from study time, gym, grocery shopping, classes, and even sleep.... that way you never will feel that gripping panic of "omg I forgot"! That way you can still work without neglecting family or school work because everything has a time slot. And yes I know we're not all Superman or women and you won't always follow it perfectly but it still gives you a guideline to how your day is going to be structured. My employers during nursing school have always been very considerate of my school schedule, but I work in healthcare so they can empathize, it's a little more difficult when it comes to non-healthcare employers. Which in nursing school it would be who've of you to get a job as a patient care tech, because after you graduate employers will see that you have that experience and it'll be easier for you to get a job as a fresh RN, not to mention how it will help in your classes because of the hands on practice.
Just breathe and remember you're going to get through this and just take it one day at a time. Just always remember school comes first, so know where to make adjustments. no one ever said nursing school would be easy, but it is definitely not impossible.