Published Jul 21, 2005
So, I am scheduled to start my ANP/GNP program through Vanderbilt on August 22. I am just going part-time for now, but will still finish in two years. I am getting nervous!! Worried I am not going to be able to handle it all! You see, my husband and I have just bought our first home, and we are closing the week before my classes start. We have also just moved, so I am in the process of starting work at a large medical center-nightshift three 12's week on an open-heart stepdown. Sleeping when I get home is not a problem; he works till 3-4 in the afternoon. I'm just nervous about handling all the workload; working full-time, keeping up with school, paying on my mortgage, etc. I'm sure there are many others out there in similar situations who are doing just fine, I would love to hear from you so I'll know I'm not alone!!
Best of luck to you. I am in week 9 of my first semester. It is overwhelming, just being back in school is tough. I also work, have a home and kids in college. My husband works crazy hours so that is not a problem. You can do it. Feel free to PM me, sounds like we are on the same track.
I just finsihed school last week and I will not kid you it was hard to organize school, work, bills, the housework etc.... but you can do it. The house closing will be over by the time you start school, right? Then you wont have to worry about that when you start school. I would try to pace yourself and do a little bit each day. It helped me to do one load of laundry per day so I did not have to spend one day doing laundry the whole day. See if you can pay your bills online through your bank, that will save you time. Get some recipes for food you can make and then munch on the leftovers for the next couple days, such as lasange and soup. This is kind of weird, but I swear I felt had significantly more energy when I drank 8 glasses of water a day and got alot more done. Most important just keep repeating to yourself, I can do it! Good luck, you will do great!
CardioTrans, BSN, RN
I am in my first semester of an FNP program. I am doing it part time. It is hard, lots of reading and papers. I work weekends only doing home care, and work Flexi at the hospital. It can be overwhelming at times, lots of late nights up finishing assignments, or reading, but you can do it. Just have to manage your time between school, house, and work. I pay the majority of my bills online, or over the phone, my hubby and 2 teenagers help with the housework. It can be done, just have to make a plan and stick to it.
mom and nurse
Good to know others are nervous also. I have days when I think I must have been out of my mind to even apply part time for the Adult Nurse Practitioner MSN, especially since I work full time. Then I remind myself that these are the same thoughts I had before (and all the way through) nursing school. I plan to pray and take things one day at a time.......... I start August 29th... :chair:
I am right there with everyone ! I start an FNP program this fall and am taking PATHO and Theory. I am doing distance learning and they are supposed to send me the DVD the day after the lecture. I am PRN in the ER and only am required to work 4x/month and my daughter will be in school during the day...so I am hoping it is all *doable*. I look forward to seeing how everyone's semester goes !
Good luck to everyone starting NP school!! I start the FNP program at Vanderbilt Aug 22nd.
Well I am glad to hear from others going through the same thing. We will have closed on the house one week before my orientation starts. I am doing distance learning which only requires travel to campus 3-4 times per semester over weekend blocks, so that helps, plus my clinical rotations won't begin till next fall, so I have a year to really get into the swing of things first. I am taking basic intro classes-pharmacology, intro to primary care, and patho if I remember my schedule correctly. Anybody else work nightshift during school? I kinda hope it might be a little less stressful than dayshift, so I won't be so stressed at the end of my shift and can rest and concentrate on my studies. We have done online bill pay for two years now and love it, so that definitely helps. The only difference is that we'll be picking up a home mortgage, which really isn't that much more than renting, however, I make more $$ than my husband does, therefore I HAVE to work full-time. But we have no kids yet. So that helps. Anyway, I appreciate everyone's input on the stress of school & working, it helps to hear from others dealing with the same thing!
A good friend of mine is just finishing up her ANP/GNP program through the distance program at Vandy. She carried a full load and started last August. It was hard and she did knock her home health hours back quite a bit, but she made it! Good luck to you!
A good friend of mine is just finishing up her ANP/GNP program through the distance program at Vandy. She carried a full load and started last August. It was hard and she did knock her home health hours back quite a bit, but she made it! Good luck to you!Ann
Did your friend seem to enjoy the ANP/GNP program? Did she have trouble finding a job or is she still hunting?? I would love to hear about someone who actually came from THIS program, that would be great!
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