I just graduated from phase one of the ETP (Entry To Practice) program at Columbia in May. It began last June and went through the beginning of May. It was a lot of work, especially in the beginning when we had the most classes and a lot of new information is being taught. It wasn't unbearable in my opinion, although a lot of work and study may be necessary to be very successful. I also don't have kids or a family that I have to take care of; if you do, that could factor into everything. You might not get to see your friends as much as you like, but it is only a short amount of time. I worked per diam as an ICU tech (a job I held before starting school) occasionally--maybe one weekend a month (two eight hour shifts) and during holiday breaks. I preferred to have most of my time free for school assignments and RELAXING! Don't forget school can be stressful and it is important to take time for yourself to unwind and do things you like to do. I was also lucky to form friendships with the other people in my clinical group--great people who understood what I was going through and were so helpful!!!
I hope I helped answer some of your questions, although I went to a different school from the ones you listed...Good luck with your applications!!!!!!!!!!!
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I am applying soon to 2nd degree nursing programs...downstate,nyu,and stonybrook. I dont know a single person that has finshied an accelerated nursing program. I want to know how hard was it really? Was it unbearable? Were you able to work Part time?? Anyone can give me feedback and what school they went to