Quote from IrishIzRN
Part time is 4.5 credits needed for aid. So in the 2nd year there is an issue the first 3 quarters. So I'm taking 3 classes that are part of that certificate I mentioned. The 4th class needed I'm taking as the elective listed for first year summer quarter. It all works out in the end.
I worked L&D and was a sub school nurse when I applied. Call your local school districts and see about being a sub! I didn't want a peds position near home because the units are slow...though I did go to peds on some occasions to help out.
Where do you live? I'm in PA and really not far from campus. I don't know how it works if you are states away with clinicals. The aid for clinicals that we may see...I believe is local. They made it clear that not everyone will benefit from this grant they received.
I'm 37 now and will graduate (hopefully) in 2 years at 39. Even if you had to miss your goal by a little...you are still a very reasonable age to become an NP.
Oh, I am giddy because I will be beating my goal! This is good news
Although I am patient. I don't mind if I do take longer. I'm just excited it might not!
I was just looking at the curriculum and trying to figure it out in terms of number of credits. I don't understand why google isn't being fruitful on this, but the best I can find is the conversion of credits being 3:2. So basically, and please correct me if this is wrong because I can't find it anywhere, full time would be 6 credits, since on the semester system it would be 9. I looked at their certificate options and liked the Aspergers one. Wish they had an ADHD one. ADHD is very much a special interest of mine. But, we are talking about not needing extra credits until 2 years from now. Maybe they'll have the acute care option by then!
Our peds unit is the biggest ghost town. I have to tell you.... all of our BSN ped clinicals were pretty lame. We were only on the peds unit 3 weeks, and 2 out of the 3 we didn't have patients. Around here, schools, primary care, and home health are where the kids are. My very first application will be sent to the BOE. They're always hiring sub nurses, and they hire their full time staff from their sub staff. You know what would be an amazing future? Getting in as a sub, getting hired full time, then scuffling over to the school based wellness center when I'm finished with my PNP. Ahhh the stuff of dreams
It's there, or private practice. I have had several heart to hearts with my kids' pediatrician, and I think I may apply there and other local primary care offices. Might be nice to get acute care, just for the sake of being able to maybe take on-call hours.
Where do you see yourself when you finish?
I'm in MD, btw. Drexel lists that you should be licensed (RN) in NJ, PA, or DE. If I can't arrange for clinical placement locally, MD is compact, which means I should be okay in DE if they want to send me there. The commute will suck, but I've got plenty of time to figure it out, and really, what's 2 days a week for a year when it opens so many doors afterward? Philly is 2 hours from where I am, and so are the furthest points in DE. I can figure it out, and thankfully hubs is super supportive. (I think he likes to keep his eye on the prize - the bottom line being a better salary and place in life.)