Hello, I'm Robin. I'm new to the forum. I've been working as a State Tested Nursing Assistant while attending nursing school. My company recently went through many organizational changes and a lot of people quit or were let go. So, since staffing has been especially slim, I've been working full time hours (without full time benefits) while trying to go to school. I'm in my last part of generals and it's still a pretty heavy class load. I know it's nothing compared to clinicals, so I need to learn how to manage my work schedule/stress with school before I get to clinicals!
I'm working way too many hours to keep up with my work the way that I want to (I'm usually an A student and I'm pulling low B's and high C's right now...). I know that aid experience is great for clinical matriculation, but aren't grades more important? I find it difficult to address this with my employer. I've brought it up to all 3 of my bosses on multiple occasions but due to the dire staffing situation, there isn't much they can do. And I love my patients so much that I feel guilty trading shifts, requesting time off, calling off etc. (I've only called off once in the 3 months that this has been going on).
When I'm not at work, I'm thinking about work. I'm worrying about the patients and the staffing situation instead of studying with my full attention.
Anyone who has worked as an aid or as a nurse continuing nursing education- do you have any advice for managing work stress and school work?? I don't want to quit my job because they need reliable workers and I need the money. I don't want to quit school because it's taken a lot to get there and it's too important to me to finish. Thanks!!