I'm about a year into my FNP program, and I love it. But it's a TON of work. You will just never work harder in your life, although I do remember nursing school being a lot of work. This time, it's just MORE info condensed, and from a different perspective. I enjoy it a great deal, but I'm already cutting back on work just to deal w/ the workload. I'm ok w/ that, though -- I'm lucky to have a supportive spouse and room in my budget. Really lucky. But I'm also older, and it can be a strain trying to keep up the house and I'm also still active in raising my two younger kids. At any rate, I love the challenge ...but here I am studying on a Saturday night ...and I'd sort of LOVE to be out Christmas shopping (and exercising, and cleaning my house perhaps) ....but, alas, a final on Tuesday!
I asked a professor if I had what it took to be an NP ...she told me that I would work for it, but I could do it ...she was right. It's just a lot of work. I'm only halfway there, so it's tough to see that light at the end of the tunnel yet. I've also stretched my grad date out a year longer due to family responsiblilities ...but I'll get there.
I'd say if you were younger, and had a lot of friends who were always going out and having fun ..it would be hard ...because you have to study SO much. I am also planning to completely quit work when my clinicals start. I'm also only keeping up a part time RN schedule, if at all. I'm actually taking a 5 month sabattical this coming semester.
You can connect w/ the Fitzgerald group on Facebook actually.