jensfbay 4,612 Views
Joined Oct 19, '06.
jensfbay is a RN ICU Trauma.
She has '10' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Trauma ICU'.
Posts: 77 (4% Liked)
I am a military vet and used my first gi bill for my first undergraduate degree. I also served during Iraqi freedom and qualified for post 9/11 gi bill but unfortunately expired by the end of this month.
I have thought about joining again, but I am 40 years old with two young children. I would rather pay for my loans post NP than risk being deployed again like I did 10 years ago.
People have different reasons why they don't utilize the military route to pay for their school.
Good for you for doing that! Unfortunately, many people probably have different reasons for not doing what you did. We need to support each other instead of criticizing others' decision.
I'm about to start a traditional NP program in a few months. I'm second guessing my decision or possibly thinking about postponing another year or two. I have a 3 and a 6 year old. I'm afraid of how I'm going to juggle going to school, working part time, and taking care of my children. I know that being an NP will be beneficial for me and for my whole family; however, I'm so afraid and nervous about how I'm going to be able to juggle it all. I have a very supportive spouse but no family members where I can drop off our kids. We will most likely be using full time child care - right now, my youngest is with me when I'm not working and I don't work that often. I want to be there for my kids' school and after school activities. I want to get involved in their lives and be able to volunteer in class, etc. However, I know that in the long run, me having an NP will benefit my kids as well.
I would love to hear your stories on how you juggle it and, of course, your success stories on how you managed to juggle work, family, and school. thanks!
Hello. I'm an experienced ICU nurse ready to make a change. I have always gravitated towards oncology. I have done some research and found that SCCA has a residency program. Any thoughts about my situation? what's it like working at SCCA? Are they open to training experienced RNs who do not have experience in Oncology?
How many years are you thinking it will take you to do the program part time? For me, I think 4 years is reasonable.
Best of luck to you too! Wow, 4 kids and going to school and work. You are amazing! Thank you for your realistic response. The median income for most of the NP's in my area is more than the amount that I plan on taking for student loans and plan on setting aside $1,000 a month once I start workin as an NP to pay for the loans. I'm hopeful.
I love this! Thank you all for your encouraging comments. You all inspire me!
Yes, I am. I want to hear people's input or experiences whether it's good or bad. Thanks!
If you're going to chastise me for considering taking out student loans, that won't be helpful so please don't respond to this thread with negativity. I only need helpful and constructive advice based on your experience regarding navigating student loans while in NP school. Here is my situation:
I am a 40 year old mother with a 3 and a 6 year old. I bring in half of our household income. I have over 10 years of bedside experience and work in the ICU part time. I got accepted to a DNP FNP program (no masters option where I live and no, I can't do online/distance learning). I am trying to wrap my head around how to finance my education: I'm thinking of taking only 1-2 classes per semester, work extra, maybe wait until my son is in kindergarten. Part of me thinks that taking out a significant amount of student loan would be worth it because eventually, I will be making at least twice as much as I am making now (I only work 7-12 hour night shift/month), my son won't be needing childcare by then, and I will be able to work full time as an NP. What are you thoughts? I appreciate your input.
Mom with 3 and 5 year old here stating NP program in the summer. Another question is, how are you guys budgeting school, mortgage, kid expenses? Work par time and go to school part time? Unfortunately, my supportive spouse doesn't make enough to financially support all of this. I make half of our household income so it would be a big financial strain for us.
Just wondering how the op is doing with her plans? I might be doing the same thing in a year
Thanks Mierkat for words of encouragement. can I send you a pm to ask you a few questions?
Thank you for this. I am a 40 year old RN with 15 years of bedside experience. I also have two young children, 3&5. I got accepted to a DPN Fnp program here I Washington but decided to defer due my inability to find adequate childcare. I'm hoping to go fall 2018 and I'm afraid that my studies will prevent me
From being a good mother. I'm scared for not being able to be there for them in the future. Thanks for the encouragement.
I have a year before I start FNP program and would like to take advantage of the time and the last year remaining of my VA benefits. Could you guys please help me by letting me know which schools have good quality online/distance learning Advanced Pathophysiology and Advanced pharmacology? I prefer a school that is in semester because my first choice of FNP school is in semester so that it'll be easier to transfer the credits. Thank you so much!
Has anybody in the thread started or finished the program? I'd love to hear any feedback. thanks
I'm just checking to see if any of you who got accepted have started the program. What's your experience like so far? I'd love to hear about it.
Hello. I just happen to see your post and I'm inspired. I'm wondering what you've decided so far. I'm 40 with two younger children and strongly contemplating about getting a psych NP degree
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