A lot of schools recommend that you work while taking classes. This works for some students, but definitely not all. There are a lot of different circumstances that different students face and it makes it hard to determine if they should work during school or not. So how do you know if it’s right for you?
If you are just starting NP school and you are in your first semester, I would recommend working. Historically, the first semester of school is relatively easy and they start you out slow. This would be a great opportunity to make some extra money to help pay for school!
Another option would be to work part-time or per diem if your work place allows. This is especially a great option if you are planning on doing school full-time because you are not committed to working a full work week and you can still have more days than not out of your week to study.
I personally work full-time because I like to stay busy, work is slow enough that I have down time to study, and I like to keep up with my clinical skills. I also enjoy using what I learn in school and applying and practicing the skills and knowledge in every day life. I understand that not everyone is fortunate enough to have down time to study at work, but if this is possible for you, it is definitely a great option if you don’t want to take out student loans.
No matter what you do, be honest with your manager and let them know that you are in school and you may want to consider cutting down to part-time if school starts to become unmanageable with full-time hours. Hopefully your manager will be willing to work with you and you can have the best of both worlds!