Working throughout a NP program?

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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 born 2/11 . How do you balance work, school and family? Is part-time school the way to go?

    TIA
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    Congrats on the birth of your daughter. I am currently in a part-time FNP program with 2 kids and I work full-time. It is VERY difficult. There is no way I could be in the full-time program. I average 20-25 hours a week on homework/studying and that doesn't include actual class or lecture time. Good luck with your decision.
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    I agree with Brylyn. I'm not saying you can't do full time school and full time work, but it's gonna be difficult. I have 2 kids and went to school part time and worked full time. Did my hours on nights Fri, Sat and Sun then school/clinicals during the week. It was tough.
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    I'm in a psych NP program. The first year I and one of my classmates (in a similar situation as yours) split into two part-time years. I work part-time (anywhere from 12-35 hrs a week), she works 40 hrs a week as a single mom with a 1.5 year old daughter. We are both about to lose our minds, her definitely moreso than me. NP school is not med school, but it is still very demanding of your time.

    I dunno how your program is structured, but our last year has to be done full time. I do know that there's not a very good way to work full time in our program, even with 12s. I have grappled with this myself... you think you can find the time physically, but can you find it mentally? Are you going to be able to handle schoolwork, and 2 full days of clinical a week, find adequate time for sleep, and take care of your daughter? That's a lot of schoolin... and you need to succeed!
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    First off congrats on your little girl! Listen, I am in awe that you are a single mom and working a full time night job AND choosing to go back to school. I have a 2 year old and a 6 month old. I quit my job last year to go back to school b/c I knew I couldn't handle all of it. I even decided to go to school part-time. You are blowing me out of the water! My opinion is that you should do part-time school. In my program, part-time only extends my graduation one year...what's a year, really? It will go by fast and maybe you can save some sanity. I hope you have a good support system, it's so hard to balance all of it!! Good luck!!!
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    I am currently entering my final semester of a PMHNP program and I have worked fulltime and gone to school fulltime throughout the program. I am a single parent with two kids that are now 9 and 7 years of age. I started my program in Fall 2009 and will be done this August. I currently work overnight 7p-7a but I did work 7a-7p for the first year of my program. It has been tough but it is possible. I am going to go down to part-time or not work at all for the summer semester, which is my 360 hour practicum. Anyway, good luck with whatever decision you make.
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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!
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    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
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    I am also considering full time NP school (not in -yet!) and working FT. My problem is the stress of my job. I have a very stressful PT job- but with great flexibility in schedule and pay. Someone suggested I switch to nights, but I'm not sure my body could handle that. To take a less stressful job would be much less pay. If I had a great job with low stress, that might be worth it to work FT. But then I don't know how I'd have time to do school. My child lives with her dad and I only see her about once a month, so I don't have the day to day parenting to consider.

    One thing I would suggest that you consider: your darling new baby will only be a baby once. Is it worth all the time and effort right now?
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    I am a single mother, have 2 semesters left for my FNP, and also have 2 children (little girl born 2/18 . Personally, I couldn't see myself working and going to school full time. But I am doing accelerated part time for DNP, and it has worked out well. I had to quit 3/12s at the hospital and do home care (for scheduling reasons). It's rough but it will all pay off at the end. Just try not to consume yourself with school and work. There should be certain days that are just for the children :-)


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