I am an RN, BSN that started a job a few months ago as an RN case manager. (I've had a year of hospital experience too, but an 8-5 M-F job was too hard to pass up!) My current job requires no nights, weekends, or holidays and it came with a substantial raise compared to hospital work. I have the flexibility in this job to work part time or full time, but if I quit or take more than a month off, I lose the job.
I am currently in a 5-year part time FNP, DNP program. This requires 6-9 credits a semester. I have completed the first year's courses: ldrship/mgmnt, EBP, foundations of nursing, and quality and safety.
Next year I will be taking mental disorders, healthcare policy, physiology/pathophys, health assessment, and pharmacotherapeutics before getting into the practicums and primary care courses
So far my graduate school program has been way easier than my undergrad program - I've been getting A's at the U of Iowa and spending 5 hours a week... this is ridiculous! I am HOPING it gets harder and more valuable! I have been working full-time, going to school part-time, and am wondering if anyone has had a child while working and going to school? If I had a baby right now with this workload, I know I could do it. What I am concerned about is having a new baby while taking pathophys, pharmacotherapeutics, and health assessment. If I planned it out where I got pregnant this August, I would have a baby in May and for the first 9 months of the babies' life I would be doing completely online coursework, working full time, and having a baby. (but my classes would be pharmacotherapeutics, health assess, and pathophys). It isn't until my last two years of grad school that we put in 1,000 hours of practicum.
I also have a very supportive husband (who wants a baby badly!) who works full-time as a cop and makes enough to pay bills (not enough to have spending money as well, though - I hate being broke which is why I want to work!) Though my husband does want a baby, he is leaving it up to me as I am the one who will have to be dealing with grad school simultaneously.
So, here are my options, which do you recommend?
Option A: Go to school part time, work full time, and not get pregnant
Option B: Go to school part time, work full time, and have a baby
Option C: Go to school part time, work part time, and have a baby
Option D: Go to school part time, quit my job, and have a baby
If you answer, could you tell me which option you would choose and if you have had personal experience? Thanks!