I could use a little advice guys. =)
For a little background...I am a new LPN. I graduated in May, passed boards the week after and was offered 2 jobs over the summer. I started working in a doctor's office as a Shot nurse in July, which was an amazing way to step into the world of nursing, learn the system for charting, all of the vaccine information, etc. Then, in a stroke of luck, in September one of the doctor's nurses left to pursue a more acute position and I was asked to interview for the job, which I was eventually offered. I work for an amazing female doctor with 20+ years of experience. She loves to teach (often has a PA student and/or Med student with her) and is very respectful of all of her staff. My nursing supervisor is a true advocate for the nurses and I feel very lucky to be in such a positive environment. Even when I was brand new, nervous as hell and asking basic/"dumb" questions, everyone was always willing to help.
The problem? I want to continue on in school, first with an ADN, then BSN and eventually looking at NP programs. I'm really nervous at this idea of doing both work and school FT. I only work 4 days/week, but those typically have been 10 hour days. Going part time would not be an option unless I went PRN, which would mean I'd no longer be this doctor's nurse. I'm so grateful for the position and all that I am learning everyday so I really don't want to even consider this option.
The programs I've been looking into are online and "hybrid" programs in order to work around my schedule.
I'd love to hear others' experiences in a similar situations, especially if they were in online programs. How were you able to manage your time, not to mention the stress? Any tips?