School of Nursing: Policy on Student Employment


School of Nursing: Policy on Student Employment



Advise School of Nursing students on risks to academic progression if employment exceeds recommended thresholds.

Scope of Applicability

All matriculated School of Nursing students.


Introduction and Principles

Many students who are enrolled in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill) School of Nursing (SON), at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, find that they need to work; however, it is often difficult to accommodate the demands of academic and work schedules concurrently. It also is acknowledged that work in a clinical or educational setting may enhance the student's academic and professional development. Where possible, it is the intent of both the faculty and the Office of Academic Affairs to encourage students to balance the demands of school and work in a way that promotes optimal learning and healthy lifestyles.

The SON has established guidelines for how much and to what degree it employs students within the SON. To this end, students should not be employed at a level that will compromise their academic progress. While the SON cannot control how much students work outside of their student role, the faculty do get involved when outside employment interferes with academic responsibilities and performance.

Recommendations on Employment Outside the School of Nursing

Full-time students are encouraged to limit their work activities outside of school as much as possible to insure they can meet their academic responsibilities. In the past, experience has shown that full time undergraduate students who attempt to work at greater than 30% time are highly likely to jeopardize academic performance. RN/BSN undergraduate students may be able to manage more outside employment but are advised to make these decisions judiciously.

The same principles, in general, apply to graduate students. While a student taking 3-4 credits of academic work is likely to manage full-time employment, experience again has shown that this becomes questionable when the academic workload increases. Full-time graduate students are encouraged to work no more than 50% while engaged actively in coursework.

All students for whom a reduction in employed hours may create a hardship are encouraged to seek public and private funds to support their educational program. The UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Scholarship and Student Aid is available to assist with the pursuit of public scholarship funds as well as federal grants and loans (919-962-8396). The SON Office of Student Affairs (301 Carrington; 919-966-4260) will assist with identifying potential sources of private funds for which a student may be eligible to apply.

Funding support from the SON is limited; an annual call for applications is made each spring for fall dispersal. All eligible students receive printed and electronic notification of the process and are encouraged to apply. Funds have been secured from a variety of sources and represent both merit- and need-based opportunities.

Employment Within the School of Nursing as GA, TA, RA, or Teaching Fellow

In general, graduate students will not be appointed at greater than 50% to work as a Graduate Assistant, Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, or Teaching Fellow. Levels greater than 50% will likely affect student academic progression. Exceptions to employment at a level greater than 50% within the SON require the approval of the appropriate Program Director and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and are more likely for part-time students.



Contact Information

Policy Contact

Kacy McAdoo - Assistant Dean, School of Nursing

Important Dates

  • Effective Date and title of Approver: Approved 11/27/2001 by the Academic Affairs/Administrative Council to take effect fall 2002


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