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- Mar 25, '12 by Esnooopyno answers so far, huh? i'm wondering the same thing myself. originally i planned to stop working entirely, though lately i've had second thoughts and was wanting to maintain my per diem status. i've gotten conflicting advice/attitudes from the various people with whom i've discussed this. when i went to my immediate supervisor to discuss it, i found out that she is in school full time in addition to working full time (four long days a week, four lectures on her day off) in addition to having a five year old son. whoa!!!! that's more than i could possibly handle! i have kids and already only work 2 shifts a week, so for me it's a question of whether i should cut down to one shift/week (or less) or just stop. i'm leaning towards working a couple of shifts a month if they'll let me do that.... but even that i'm not sure about.
- Mar 25, '12 by hey_suzIn my experience, most people work while in NP school. I work at a clinic that attracts RN's that want to go to school, and NP students getting clinical hours- most of them working also- so I've seen lots of people work varying FTE's while in MSN programs.
I am currently working .6 FTE while working toward my MSN part time.
In the nursing theory class I am currently taking, every week we have to apply a theory to our practice. The couple of students who are not currently working are at a disadvantage there...as well as in patho, where the lecturer asks about current practice and interesting current cases to bring interest to the lectures.
Especially if you feel that you are getting good experience, I think it's best to keep working.
- Mar 25, '12 by Esnooopyhmm. i'm certainly getting experience at work, but i've already got years of experience there. i just feel like if i work weekly i'll either have way too little time w my kids (could never help them w homework and would probably be even more overwhelmed w all the odds and ends responsibilities like paperwork from their school etc) and/or i wouldn't study enough. if i didn't have kids i could definitely see doing it. but i'm not a super-go-getter type in terms of packing in 18 hours of productivity in each day, so even then i can't imagine doing full time for both school and work.
- Mar 25, '12 by hey_suzYMMV. Why don't you talk to your advisor to see what he or she recommends?
- Mar 25, '12 by LDrnWNBI worked full time while going to school for my MSN (almost done). I will start the FNP program in August and will work part time, but I have a feeling I will eventually go per-diem because I will be required to attend clinical a minimum of 3 days per week. I am married, but with no kids. I think it all depends on the person and their ability to manage school, work, family, etc.
- Mar 31, '12 by CrycomedicCheck out this FNP program. Frontier Nursing University - Distance Education from the Birthplace of Nurse-Midwifery and Family Nursing in America
Might be a good fit for you. It was recommended to me by an MSN educator that left teaching ( poor pay ) and used it herself. She loved it.
- Apr 8, '12 by sailornurseIf there are agencies that supply RNs to hospitals this is what I did working for my BSN, worked as a "rent a nurse". Made more then hospital RNs and could set my schedule. I worked on weekends and went to school Mon-Fri. For my MSN/FNP I worked pt/prn in the ER which did not do strictly 12 hour schedules, there were 4 hr/y6 hr/8 hr/10 hour shifts. I worked about 20-25 hours per week. I started my MSN, single mom with 4 y.o. but had lots of help with child care from my parents. Plus commuted 90 miles round trip to school and to work. Had GI bill so have never had student loans.
SailorNurse, MSN, FNP
- Apr 12, '12 by msnstudentI work nearly full-time, and attend FNP school FT. I don't have children, and I have not taken out any school loans. I think most people in the program do work if they have the opportunity to do both.
- Apr 19, '12 by Mom To 4I am going to work prn when I can throughout my DNP program. If that becomes too much then I will not work at all. The faculty at Loyola axtually recommends that the students do not work during the 3 year program.