Working throughout a NP program? - page 2

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Hi everyone, I've just been accepted to a psych NP program (Northeastern) and I'm looking for some strategies to successfully make it through the program. I currently work 3 -12s overnights and I'm a single mom (baby girl... Read More


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    I'm not in a NP program yet but I just completed my RN-BSN Completion program in 10 months while attending full time (13 credit hrs in Fall, & 17 credit hrs in Spring). I'm a single parent of a 10 yr old and 16 yr old. I worked part time (2 12s/wk w/ occasional extra shift) as a critical care charge RN on the night shift throughout the program. It wasn't easy but I made it work. I figured it would be better to cut back on work so I could complete my program more quickly. My sister helped me with the kids a lot but I missed field trips and school programs. I'm lucky that my kids supported me going back to school. They were and remain my motivation. They give me high fives when I get an A and remind me to get off the phone when I have homework, lol!! I plan to continue working part time while attending school full time when I start my ACNP program. I'm taking advantage of the summer off to work more and pay off some bills.

    I'm not trying to be insensitive, but your daughter will not remember these next few yrs but she will remember the life you will be able to provide for her when you complete the program. Just think, you will have more control of your practice, better hours and better pay. Remind yourself of this every day and you will make it. Good luck, you can do it!!
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    Quote from jamesy7
    Thank you all for the responses! Depending on the financial aid package/loans I qualify for I want to cut back on working, if I can swing rent and childcare, my mother watches her for now, but she wouldn't be able to watch her while I work and go to school.
    I'll be entering the psych NP program as well, apocastastasis and msjoseph. Can't wait
    I'm excited for you, and I hope it's a great and worthwhile experience!
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    I'm in a FNP program and I believe I'll have to leave my job once I begin clinicals. I currently work four 8/HR shifts (10/HR most days) with no weekends or holidays. I am either going to take time off or take a pool position so that I'm not locked into any hrs or days. I figured going back to an ER would be the best bet. My husband & I will have to tighten the belt for the next year & half but it can be done. I rather do that then stress over school. I wish you luck & whatever you choose to do will probably be best for you & your family.
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    I don't have children, but I worked full time through most of my program. I also worked 7p-7a every friday, saturday and sunday. I did clinicals on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, school on Thursdays and homework whenever I could fit it in (one of the benefits of nights is that I could often find time to read a bit). My boss was nice enough to let me take a vacation day or two each schedule and that made a HUGE difference. Just a day to catch up on laundry and life in general You've made it this far, so I know you'll do great in the program as well! Good Luck!

    This is an excellent idea. I don't have any children either and I work nights too. I plan to attend grad school in the fall for FNP. And this is an good game plan to work every FRI, SAT & SUN, clinicals on TUES & WEDS & school on THURS. I hope I can align my schedule this way, though, when I begin....
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    I agree with the above poster that your child will be less likely to remember you being in school when she is so young. however if you were to wait til she is older, you'd be likely to miss more of her life such as school activities etc. You may be the one that feels like you missed out on moments of when she was a baby because that time flies. If you can get over your own guilt, I think you will be fine and your child wont be affected at all. I am going into my second semester of full time FNP program. I have an 8 year old and a 5 year old. I work part-time however I do have a very supportive husband that is our primary bread winner and my mom also lives with us which is a big help! I went to nursing school after I had both my kids. My daughter was a baby and my son was 3. Nursing school was more time consuming to me than NP school. Then again maybe I will feel differently once I start clinicals. Good luck. I definately say get school out of the way as quick as you can so you can reap the benefits sooner and move on with your life!
    Last edit by Le-Lee_FNP on May 30, '11 : Reason: add
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    I was accepted into FNP school, I'm pregnant and have a 2 yr old. I currently work 4-10's, no weekends or hoildays. I'm thinking about not working or maybe doing home health. I personally will not be able to work full time, raise a 2yr and a newborn and go to school part-time. I think mentally I will be exhausted.
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    Congrats on your baby girl! You have received a wealth of information from posters', and I will echo just a couple things. I am a single mother of two (9&13), attend FNP school FT and work FT (3/12's), it is hard but doable, with prayer and focus. You have got to realize that your life will be in a triangle (family, school, work), anything or one that does not fit inside this triangle must be put on hold until you finish. Good luck to you and God bless!
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    Very difficult to work during program. I have to work now due to increase in the cost of gas and food. I am going to be working agency starting next week. I am very worried about learning my way around a new hospital .....and taking full time coursework.
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    I just met with my advisor and since I will be working FULL TIME (3 twelve hour shifts) then I should go to school part time. I will be working FRI/SAT/SUN and going to school and studying the rest of the week. I think this is doable. We shall see.


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