Can You Work While Getting Your BSN?
Of course you can! But if you are a working RN, you may be wondering how much you are taking on if you work while going back to school for your RN to BSN degree. Check out the video below from our nurse Shanna Shafer BSN, where she talks about what it was like to work full time while going to nursing school.
What Is It Like Getting Your RN to BSN While Working Full Time?
“I was able to work while I got my BSN degree, and that was one of the most important pieces that I considered when I started looking for a program. I was working full time as a burn nurse when I decided to go back to school to get my Bachelor’s. So, it was important to me that I was able to attend classes and still be able to work.
I was working rotating shifts, both day and night shifts, when I decided to go back, so it was essential that I find a program that offered classes during the day a couple of days per week, so that I would still be able to sleep and eat and take care of my family. I continued to work full time the entire time that I completed my Bachelor’s program. It didn’t cause too much undue stress.
Most of the clinical times were arranged one day a week. A lot of the courses had online components, so I was able to test and do assignments online, which didn’t really affect my working.
Overall it was completely manageable. I had a small child at the time, too, so I was able to balance it all out.”