working your way through NP school

  1. Good Morning all!

    I was wondering....is it possible to work your way through NP school? and if you did it, how many hours per week/shifts per week were you able to work while maintaining your sanity??

    I was just wondering if this was possible (I need that tuition reimbursement) or if I need to look into some other source of funding.

    TIA.
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  3. by   Life_Saver
    hello, which np program are you going into.
  4. by   Life_Saver
    It is suggested that you not work during np school, but there are people that actually make it while working. I hear that they work at least 24 hours for a 2 week pay period with various schedule. Meaning working graveyards, evenings, and days when POSSIBLE.
    It really depends on your employer, they may let you have kind of schedule or not.
  5. by   akoster
    I did an outreach program at Graceland University. Where you did classroom long distance and set up your clinicals where you live. I took 2 classes at a time and worked evenings. I went prn to do clinical hours because it would have taken forever to get my hours done part time. It worked out really good for me.
  6. by   MikeyJ
    Also, check to see if your NP school offers their courses online. I am not an NP student, however, the NP program related to the School of Nursing where I attend offers almost all of their courses online. I am sure a program such as that definitely allows for the students to work outside of the program.
  7. by   ERNP
    I worked full time until the last year when clinicals started. Then I went part time to make more time for the extra clinical hours I wanted to do.
  8. by   np_wannabe
    Thanks for your help everyone.

    I know LOTS of people who have worked full-time while going to school part-time earning their MBA, and some of them weren't even the sharpest knife in the drawer (if you know what I mean!). It meant putting in about 55 hours per week, but it seems like if they can do it, I can do it.

    I was just wondering if anyone here HAS done it with NP school.

    Thanks again y'all!
  9. by   traumaRUs
    I worked full-time while doing my APN. I had worked at this hospital for 10 years when I went back to school and had over 600 hours of PTO...so I used that in 2 week increments to do my clinicals. I would take 80 hours of PTO and do 100 hours of clinical.
  10. by   prairienp
    Quote from sistermike
    also, check to see if your np school offers their courses online. i am not an np student, however, the np program related to the school of nursing where i attend offers almost all of their courses online. i am sure a program such as that definitely allows for the students to work outside of the program.
    be careful of the online course lure. yes, courses do fit into your timeframe and allow flexibility. many students do well, many do not, depends on what type of learner you are in these situations. the best situation is to go to school and focus full time ( i didn't say reality) on studies. faculty suggest 3-4 hours of study each week per credit taken. taking 10 or more credit per semester will not leave room for work. take the time to learn and absorb what is being taught. enjoy the academic experience, you have the rest of your life to work.
  11. by   Spacklehead
    I'm in a NP program now and work a weekend program. All of the other NP students in my classes work either full or part-time.
  12. by   santhony44
    I was told that I would not be able to work all the way through my program.

    I really didn't have a choice. I worked at least 20 hours a week. I had been at that hospital for a long time so was able to carefully choose a job that would work around school and clinicals.

    Out of 6 of us, only two of us continued to work throughout. The other one had worked at the same hospital for years also and was long-time manager of a unit that could run well without her daily presence. Like another poster, she took PTO one or two days a week to do class and clinicals. The other four students were able to quit their jobs but she and I got through our classes and clinicals just as quickly and with about the same grades.

    It's not easy but it can be done. (Of course I wouldn't have done it if I hadn't had to!!)
  13. by   BChapp3182
    I am just finishing my first semester in an FNP program and work full time plus some. I'm taking 3 classes including advanced physiology and am able to do it without any problem.
  14. by   prairienp
    Quote from bchapp3182
    i am just finishing my first semester in an fnp program and work full time plus some. i'm taking 3 classes including advanced physiology and am able to do it without any problem.
    you must be quite gifted, most students would struggle. most graduate programs expect 3-4 hours of study time per week for each credit taken. with three classes at 2-3 credits each you would expect 18-36 hours of study time outside of class time each week. combined with a full time job + some you have: work = 48 class, time = 6-8 , study time= 18-36 resulting in at least 72 hours committed and as much as 92 hours every week. unless you live at work or school you need to add another 10 hours of transportation time every week. when do you see your family?

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