I am looking to hear from anyone who did NOT work during their NP program. Currently, I attend my FNP program full time and work part time. In my program, there is not one student just going to school. All students work full or part time (well, if there is anyone not working I am unaware of it). This is not a requirement of the program, just the way it is. I mentioned to some classmates and a professor about taking time off to just concentrate on my program and was surprised at the response. "You can't! You will lose your skills!" or "You will never get a NP job with that on your resume!" Many of them said they would not feel like a nurse if all they did was go to school. Financially, I do not have to work and my Husband is always telling me to leave my job so I can focus on school 100%. He feels like FNP is such a big responsibility I should devote all my time to becoming one.
Did anyone not work through their program? Am I committing some kind of horrible nurse crime if I just go to grad school? I am just looking for any thoughts...
PS I guess I should mention that while I am a great student, I have to work VERY hard at it, and my program requires a B or higher for passing grades. This makes juggling both at times difficulty and very stressful as well, obviously... we all know how that is, right?!