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I was accepted for my Masters... but now what do I do

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I recently was accepted into a highly prestigious, FREE, FNP program that is offered through my company. I was super excited about this opportunity, but have been second guessing EVERYTHING. I am extremely overwhelmed with making the decision to do it, when prior to my acceptance I was 100% in. I recently spoke to a few people in the program- all who say the program is nearly impossible and that it is free for a reason , Bc you pay in other ways. 
 

am I stupid for declining such an amazing offer? It’s a 3 year, in class (traditional) learning style. However, I would have to transfer to a part time position to be able to balance work and school. I’d also have to agree to work wherever they place me post-graduation for 2 year agreement. Which is a pro and a con. I feel like it’s not very flexible and might be too demanding. If I don’t maintain a B average, I have to continue paying for the program without receiving a degree. It seems like a lot of pressure and a lot to risk. 
 

 secondly, there are many other programs where I could apply for FNP that aren’t as great as this current program, but they are more flexible and would allow me to live a little. I’m so torn. 

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yournurse has 2 years experience.

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JUST Do it. Healthcare is going towards advanced degrees. We have a shortage. If I were in your situation, I wouldn’t ask questions. I would do it, do the 2 yr contract wherever they place you. Suck it up for 2 yrs. 

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FullGlass has 2 years experience as a BSN, MSN, NP and specializes in Adult and Geriatric Primary Care.

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If  you are offered the chance for a free FNP at a good school, then buckle down and do it.  Of course they are going to ask something in return!  Having to work for them for 2 years is hardly unreasonable.  Given how many new grad NPs seem to have trouble getting a job, you should be grateful to have a guaranteed job.

An MSN or DNP is a graduate level degree and it SHOULD  be hard!!!  Put on your big girl or boy pants and do the work.  Being a provider is a big responsibility, and good for the school for making it hard.

In ANY field, getting less than a B in grad school is tantamount to failing.  Someone who can't maintain a B average in NP school doesn't deserve to be an NP.

There are so many people who would jump at the chance you've been given.  If you aren't willing to put in the work, then please do not become an NP, ever.

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LadyT618 has 15 years experience as a MSN, APRN, NP and specializes in Home Health, Primary Care.

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On 2/4/2020 at 3:50 AM, Klyver said:

I recently spoke to a few people in the program- all who say the program is nearly impossible and that it is free for a reason , Bc you pay in other ways. 
 

If I don’t maintain a B average, I have to continue paying for the program without receiving a degree. It seems like a lot of pressure and a lot to risk. 
 

I'm curious as to the reasons those people say it is "impossible." Are these people just lazy and are slackers and don't want to put in the hard work??

And like @FullGlass said, these programs are supposed to be difficult and B minimum is standard. Being a provider is a huge responsibility, one that should NOT be taken lightly.

People would kill for the opportunity to go to NP school free of charge. And if 2 years at a guaranteed position is your payback for receiving such a gift, suck it up, like @yournurse said.

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