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    Career and Baby!

    There is no reason you would have to work part time just to have a baby, that is unless you want to. I worked full time for 4 years with my first. I had some guilt in the beginning about it but quickly learned that I am not suited for stay-at-home type lifestyle. I needed to work for my own well being. Once I realized this all of the guilt faded away and my time home with my daughter and husband was wonderful. Daughter #1 went to daycare full time, and is now in preschool full time and it's great. She loves school and I love work and we all cherish our evenings and weekends together. Fast forward today and I have an almost 4 month old. I choose to work 32 hours instead so I can have a little better work-life balance but am still considered full time and don't feel that my career is suffering at all. My advice is to find good childcare and recognize where you need the extra help. I have virtually no family near to help and while it can be challenging it's not really a struggle, so the fact that you have people willing to help 24/7 puts you miles ahead of the game. What exactly is it that worries you?
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    Work-life balance?

    I can vouch for the work-life balance as an NP being greater than that of an RN. I'm a new grad NP working for a FQHC in the southeast. I'm mainly practicing in women's health, but am seeing about a day a week of primary care as well. I chose a 32 hour contract instead of 40 to achieve greater work-life balance. Granted, I get paid less, but the time home with my kids is worth more than money. Still, the pay is twice my RN salary. I work 3 full days and 2 half days a week. I am off every weekend, holiday. I have 4.5 weeks of vacation, CEU time, and the autonomy I was craving. On a standard full day, my last patient is scheduled at 3:30, which means I have admin time is from 4-5. I routinely leave at 4:30 as I am usually able to complete all of my admin tasks, read labs, refills, etc. during lunch. I think If I were seeing more primary care patients, I would have to stay until 5 to stay caught up with all of the labs, referrals, diagnostics, etc. I just don't order a ton for my OB and GYN patients.
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    2019 Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program

    I got a second check also- only applied for Nurse Corps.
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    2019 Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program

    Nurse Corps here. Fingers crossed : - |
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    2019 Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program

    Hello all! First time applicant here and just received a credco credit check today. FNP DTI 130% Site score 16, tier 1 FQHC. Has anyone else received the credit check or know if this is good news?
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    HRSA nurse corps repayment 2019

    Hello all! First time applicant here and just received a credco credit check today. I believe this is who checked in passed years? FNP DTI 130% Site score 16, tier 1 FQHC. Has anyone else received the credit check or know if this is good news?
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    Psych NPs and COPD/CHF/CKD/etc clinics

    This is the model where I work. We are a FQHC and are recognized for excellence in interdisciplinary care. We have integrated behavioral health (psychologist, psychiatry and pmhnp) and community health (case worker) in every pod of the clinic, whether that be primary care, women's health, or peds. Psych is utilized in so many different ways for us. If consult with psychiatry is needed, our behavioral health team is the patient's "in" and due to demand, will be scheduled in a couple of weeks. However, if the need is urgent, the primary care provider can consult with the psychiatrist or pmhnp to prescribe for the patient same day. In addition, we have a feeder program for patients with substance abuse problems. It truly is a fantastic model and, as others have said, is at the essence of a medical home. The downfall for us is that the need for our services is greater than our ability to provide, so we stay pretty darn busy. I figured all FQHC's were like this, but maybe not?
  8. Sorry it's been so long since you asked those questions, I don't check often. I'll still respond, though. Yes, I'm a TN resident...East TN. I am doing the program completely online. I didn't apply elsewhere. If I had waited a little longer I probably would have, but I wanted to start as soon as possible so I didn't have to keep putting other areas of life on hold :) For me, full time has been 3 classes per semester (or more, if you count clinical as separate classes). Group projects are minimal. I have had maybe 2 group projects total. As for Tuition, I believe it is closer to the $5xx rate. And yep, I'll share the FB link with friends in the program! Finding preceptors has got to be THE MOST stressful part of the whole program, so be very cautious and plan VERY early!
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    Did you do all readings in FNP school?

    I wondered this myself before beginning my FNP program and the answer is really dependent upon the course and your learning style. For example, the theory and research type courses can be easily handled without the text book. They are great for reference, but I never get too upset if I don't complete all or any of those readings. As for the core courses (FNP, Women's Health, Peds, etc), which I assume you are referring to, it sure does help put things in context. You can only absorb so much from short-hand or bulleted text on a power point. Further, it isn't just the textbook that is "required reading". The algorithms and evidence based practice updates are often (or should be) provided and need to be studied as well. Like you, in undergrad I mostly reviewed the power points and you-tube videos to clarify patho and graduated top of my class. However, grad school is a different beast and I have found that while incorporating methods best suited to your learning style helps enhance the learning process, it isn't helpful as a substitution as much of the test content comes from the textbook. Also, you may find that once you're at this point in your career that you actually want to read the textbook so that you don't miss anything. There is just SO much to learn and responsibility is high, but you'll find a rhythm that works for you. Best of luck to you.
  10. well that was a lot of typo's, was using my phone. Oops! And let me clarify, I went part time at work so that I could go full time in the program. All in all, the first 2 semesters I spent 2 days a week at work and 3 8 hour days "going" to school. That way I still had enough time for my little one and hubs in the evenings and weekends. I actually feel like I still have a life, so in that aspect, it is very doable. The biggest drawback I think is the online assessment class. You get no exposure to real patient presentations/abnormals/pelvics/skills etc. And because it's online, I have that constant feeling of wondering if I'm learning enough but that's probably normal across programs. Anyway, there is the feedback! Happy to answer more questions and would love to hear from others who are farther along in the program!
  11. I am a current MTSU student and the change from ecampus happened this summer, so the effects will take place as we start fall classes in a couple of weeks- to be honest, I'm not sure how they are really going to impact our program. I will try to answer your questions... 1) time commitment is as much or as little as you can put in. I say that because it isn't difficult to pass the classes, however I don't feel like just the information presented is enough for our education. I went part time (1-2 8 hr shifts a week) so that I could put in more time learning. I have been taking a full time course load. The "fluff" courses don't take much time (roles, theory, etc.) just jump through hoops to answer discussion posts and write a few papers. The main courses (pharm, patho, assessment) require much more time. I would say I spent 10-15 hours a week on each of those. I haven't taken clinical classes yet tho- not sure what to expect. 2) testing so far has not been proctored. They are not supposed to be open book but I know that happens. Tests are timed song you don't know your stuff already you won't have time to look stuff up. 3) I think there are Facebook groups- not on FB so I dunno what kind of support they offer. Overal, I recommend th program. I have definitely done my own research and supplemented my education by reading things not assigned because in my opinion, it's necessary as an online student. Be sure you have preceptors already lined up though! Purchase a review bundle like an old Hollier CD to help focus you throughout the program also. Finally, connect with a student from your class and exchange numbers. That was one thing that has been immensely helpful. Navigating online programs is difficult! Go for it! If you put in what you want out then I think it's a great program!
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    Nclex RN passed with Hurst!

    So sorry I didn't see this post until now. I assume you've tested already- how did it go?
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    Nclex RN passed with Hurst!

    My school used Prep U (nclex 10,000) and I renewed my membership to have access to those questions. I did like it, very similar to ATI. I also used the Lacharity priority book but didn't get through the whole thing and, quite honestly, didn't do that well with those questions. They were hard! Rachel, RN
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    Nclex RN passed with Hurst!

    Yes, they are worded similar to Hurst q review questions more so than ATI, which to me, felt a little more straight forward. The beginning of my test was very similar in difficulty to Hurst, and the answers were pretty obvious. As the test went on, the questions didn't necessarily get harder, but the answers that I wanted to be there for me to pick weren't there. (If that makes sense?) It was harder to feel confident that I was picking the right answer...but apparently that's good and those are passing level questions! Good luck on your test! Practice questions are your best friend in preparing. Feel free to holler with more questions. Rachel, RN
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    Nclex RN passed with Hurst!

    Thank you! I actually didn't study medications. I felt as though I had been exposed to the most common meds throughout nursing school and couldn't find a rhyme or reason in studying them so I just didn't. It worked out, because I only had 1 med. Keep in mind though, we no longer get both generic and trade on the nclex. Keep up with hurst though and know your core content! Good luck it's a doable test! Rachel, RN