RN to NP education. How did you manage it?

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by Nurse2B in TN Nurse2B in TN (New) New

I will be graduating as an RN next year, and at 51 years old with no retirement in place, I'm seriously considering NP. But, I need to work as soon as I graduate. Were any of you able to work while pursuing NP training?

Julius Seizure

Specializes in Pediatric Critical Care. 1 Article; 2,280 Posts

A lot of people go to school part time and work at the same time, but school will take longer. At this point, are you sure that it's worth it?

rninme

rninme

1,237 Posts

I worked full-time through RN, BSN and MSN-FNP. Takes some creative scheduling and support of your workplace but it can be done!

rninme

rninme

1,237 Posts

A lot of people go to school part time and work at the same time, but school will take longer. At this point, are you sure that it's worth it?

I just finished an MSN-FNP at 55. Total of 5 years for BSN completion through MSN. Age is just a number ;)

nursemel326

nursemel326

Specializes in Family, Pediatrics. Has 13 years experience. 13 Posts

I worked weekend-option while going to school full-time. Not working was not an option. I did clinical hours through the week and studied early morning/ late night. Just a word of caution that you may find some course work more difficult without having bedside experience, which may require more study time on your part.

Nurse2B in TN

Nurse2B in TN

6 Posts

Had to chuckle when I read your post, but in reality its something I'm considering.

sirI, MSN, APRN, NP

Specializes in Education, FP, LNC, Forensics, ED, OB. 18 Articles; 13,668 Posts

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BostonFNP, APRN

Specializes in Adult Internal Medicine. Has 11 years experience. 3 Articles; 5,564 Posts

You have made a big investment, don't shortchange it. You first year in practice is very important and shouldn't (IMHO) be mixed with also trying to learn a completely different role.

BeachsideRN, ASN

Specializes in NICU, Trauma, Oncology. Has 8 years experience. 1,722 Posts

You have made a big investment, don't shortchange it. You first year in practice is very important and shouldn't (IMHO) be mixed with also trying to learn a completely different role.

I love this statement and is a concept I have been trying to get my mom to understand. Background - I'm finishing my ADN in December, already with 2 contingent job offers. I have a previous science bachelors and a masters of public health. My end goal originally was FNP and I was going to go straight through. But then I actually started nursing school and I "got" why everyone says you need to practice as a nurse before you can be an advanced practice nurse. This past weekend my mom was asking if I had started applying to FNP programs [emoji23] then I explained to her that I needed to get at least six months before considering starting (the program in interested in requires some non clinical courses that I may start after 6 months) but really at least a year to get my footing in nursing before trying to be an FNP. Additionally, I might end up divorced if I go back to school that quickly. Plus, I'm not really sure that I want to be a practitioner anymore. I have endless possibilities ahead of me

scoope23

scoope23

126 Posts

I love this statement and is a concept I have been trying to get my mom to understand. Background - I'm finishing my ADN in December, already with 2 contingent job offers. I have a previous science bachelors and a masters of public health. My end goal originally was FNP and I was going to go straight through. But then I actually started nursing school and I "got" why everyone says you need to practice as a nurse before you can be an advanced practice nurse. This past weekend my mom was asking if I had started applying to FNP programs [emoji23] then I explained to her that I needed to get at least six months before considering starting (the program in interested in requires some non clinical courses that I may start after 6 months) but really at least a year to get my footing in nursing before trying to be an FNP. Additionally, I might end up divorced if I go back to school that quickly. Plus, I'm not really sure that I want to be a practitioner anymore. I have endless possibilities ahead of me

Are you interested in going back into public health? I did my MPH before nursing school too and you're right... Opportunities will certainly open up to you once you're done- no matter the direction you end up taking.

littlepeopleRNICU

littlepeopleRNICU

Specializes in NICU, telemetry. Has 7 years experience. 476 Posts

I'm in school full-time and am going into my third semester. I've worked full-time the whole time so far, and that schooling includes clinical time.

BeachsideRN, ASN

Specializes in NICU, Trauma, Oncology. Has 8 years experience. 1,722 Posts

Are you interested in going back into public health? I did my MPH before nursing school too and you're right... Opportunities will certainly open up to you once you're done- no matter the direction you end up taking.

I'm not really sure! I have many open connections with previous employers and the pharma companies I worked with on trials. I'm sure the research bug will bite me again. But I really do want to work for at least a year bedside before jumping into another education program. Every single one of my professors keeps saying "the world is your oyster" once I graduate and get into nursing so I am very hopeful. God knows I need to catch a break. Mama gotta pay back that way too expensive MPH loans [emoji23][emoji23][emoji23]