mtsteelhorse replied to ms smile's topic in NP Students
I am in a psych NP program and feeling the same way. I am just entering my second semester but I'm feeling very nervous about the level of responsibility and material to comprehend. I think this is perfectly normal but I definitely get where you're coming from. I was actually comforted by reading your post and the supportive responses. Good luck to you!
mtsteelhorse replied to ThisNurseIs's topic in NP Students
I started adv patho a while back as a non-degree student while waiting to apply to another school. Hopefully they have improved things. I ended up dropping the course because it was a horrific nightmare of disorganization...unbelievably so. It was a VERY challenging course but that was not the primary problem...it was all the technical difficulties and overall course delivery. Hopefully it has improved. If that is any indication of their program in general I would steer clear. Hopefully it was just a fluke?? Good luck.
mtsteelhorse replied to tseabury12's topic in NP Students
I am attending EKU but have not started clinicals yet. I like the program thus far. I was accepted to several online programs and they all required students to find their own preceptors. I recommend contacting some providers in your area and ask to shadow them. That's a great way to begin making connections.
mtsteelhorse replied to BirkieGirl's topic in NP Students
PERRLA, and to the person who finds using technology laughable...good luck! I would rather spend my time in graduate school learning the material vs. counting spaces and setting up margins. $30 when I purchased it. I used the APA manual and OWL Purdue A LOT as well. For basic formatting PERRLA is a lifesaver!
I don't know of any programs that provide this option. You could do an RN-MSN bridge program then get a post master's PMHNP. Just a thought. I'm currently in a PMHNP program. I earned my BSN online. Good luck!
Go for what you can and know you graduate in just a few months. Sometimes these events are a blessing in disguise. What about home care?? I hate it personally, but there are often positions in that field. How long does unemployment last? Can you make it on that?
mtsteelhorse replied to HurricaneRN's topic in NP Students
If you have the means to survive without working do yourself a favor and quit! You can then focus on life and school. Those kiddos need you and you'll be able to balance things better. If I were hiring and someone like yourself were interviewing I would understand that person wanted to dedicate themselves to their education. When you start clinicals it will be like a job anyhow. The balance in life is so important. Give yourself permission to live that balance. Your kids will only be young for a blink of an eye. Good luck to you! And, if you really want to continue to work find a per diem position where you can call the shots.
mtsteelhorse replied to kfitzy89's topic in Psychiatric
I attend EKU also. It is a PT program over 3 years. The courses are 8 weeks in length so there are 2 per semester initially. I think the clinical component is different. I have only completed 2 courses but I like it so far. They are well organized and prompt; and it's a legitimate brick and mortar school as well. I work FT and manage fine. I'll have to cut back when clinicals start but that's quite a ways in the future.