I am graduating with my B.S.N on friday and start my NP program two weeks later. My program is acclelerated so this spring semester we had to take 18 credit hours, which was almost too much for me. This past month (part of summer semester) I have been doing about 40 hours of clinical a week and have classes one day a week.
I can't wait for my week of vacation.
I was wondering how diffucult juggling all the readings and clinical is during an NP program. I have two days of classes and 1.5 days of clinical for the first semester. Later in the program we have 2 half days of class and 3 days of clinicals. I have heard several times that there is a ton of reading during NP programs. I was wondering if anyone could estimate this as equal, less, or more than my current workload. I am all set to go, but I just want to have accurate expectations for the next 17 months of my life. If you have any tips on NP school vs nursing school
or biology degree please feel free to give. Thanks in advance.
Aug 3, '11
I'm starting an ACNP program in 4 wks and I have to admit that I'm now terrrified. I finally spoke with my program director and she totally scared the **** out of me. She basically told me that she thought I was trying to do too much trying to go to school full-time while working part-time. I told her that I have been a full time student for the past yr while working part time and she said grad school is more intense, etc. The way she talked to me was totally diffferent from my conversations with the admissions director.
I was able to make contact with a recent grad and get her thoughts on the program and I encourage you to do the same. I feel like she gave me some good insight on the program, although knowing the level of instensity has fueled some additional anxiety. I was happy to know they have a 100% pass rate for boards and grads haven't had any trouble finding a job. I also found out this school is big on research, theory, EBP and papers. I find it hard to think along the lines of nursing theory because they seem to be common sense to me and I don't understand why I need a theory to tell me this or that. It may be related to having yrs of practice in the unit. We just do what needs to be done. This is the problem so you need to do a,b or c. Our docs expect us to know what's going on and know what needs to be done, it isn't a theory friendly environment.
Like you, IvyICU, I've never had to study much for good grades. I pretty much studied the same way you did during undergrad and stayed on the dean's list. I guess I never really learned how to study and I'm afraid that I will pay for that now.
Last edit by sirI on Aug 3, '11
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