Quote from emetts
Hi there... I've seen your contributions on several CCN FNP threads. Were you working full time when you doubled up on the early classes? Any family commitments? Just trying to get a heads-up on what I'm getting into, as I will start 500-level courses in March. Thanks in advance!
Yes, I work full time night shift in the ICU (three 12-hour shifts per week). My kids are grown and out of the house now, so I have lots of time to devote to school. I am only doubling up the non-science courses (theory, informatics, policy, research, etc.). Once I get to Patho, I will go back to one course per 8 week session (2 courses per semester). Some people do double-up on Patho & Pharmacology, but I personally feel those are too important as foundation to race through by doubling up. Doubling up on the didactic portion shaves off 6 months of time, which takes the program from 2.5 years to 2 years. Not too bad. Once you finish Pham (508), you can no longer double-up, starting with 509 (Advanced Health Assessment).
I have heard that they changed NR 505 (Advanced Research) and it is a killer of a class, with 6 page papers due every week, 3-part DB posts (including instructor/peer responses in each part, so you're posting 6 to 9 times per week, with scholarly references). I'm a bit anxious about the amount of work I'll have taking 505 & 506 at the same time. But, I've been doing fine with 501 & 512 together, so I think it will be manageable, just a much larger volume of work.
I am able to self-schedule, so I purposely schedule myself Fri, Sat & Sun so I have Mon through Thur off to focus on school. It works out great and will give me ample time off for clinicals during the week. I may drop down to part-time or per diem at work if I feel that it's just too much to continue my full-time schedule when clinicals start. We'll see. So far, so good. I am able to participate in rounds with the med students voluntarily and I learn so much from shadowing on rounds in the ICU. While I can't use my ICU rounding hours for my clinical time (has to be family practice oriented), I like having the extra hours and I learn so much from the attending physician during rounds.