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    Hey all, this is my first time in the education section. I was wondering if anyone was in an forum program now, entering one soon, or already practicing as an forum. I'm going into a Family forum program at the University of Maryland this fall. I'm a little nervous about it because it's been almost 10 years since I've been out of school. And secondly, grad school is a whole different story. I'm only going to be working part-time because I just couldn't imagine working full time, taking care of my family, and going to school full time.

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    Congratulations! I just completed my studies and earned the dual designation forum and CNS (Clinical Nurse Specialist). Check on the nursing support thread to see my story. When I started the program I tried to keep my full time hours, but I realized very quickly that it was way too much. I cut back to only one shift per week and toward the end, I was working maybe one shift every other week. Be prepared to read all day and night, form study groups if you can. My program focused alot on research and there were also alot of papers to write, presentations to make and alot of speaking (leading groups and presenting). Some of my classmates and I purchased epocrates and received a decent discount. It really helps to have some type of PDA access and there are quite a few free programs online (Diagnasaurus is a good one I'm told). I've applied for a position (NP) and am awaiting the interview. I also plan to take the Board Certification soon. Congrats again, and wishing you much success in your academic pursuits!

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    Congrats to you! Yeah, I figured that working full time was a bit much. Some of my co-workers did work full time and go to school, but they did weekend alternative. I am not able to work every weekend like that. I'm thinking of actually going per diem by next semester, or even the summer. I heard the program at UM was no joke. I'm NOT looking forward to the research and papers and presentations. But I know I'll be okay if I just remain consistent and study. I already bought one of the books for a class I'm taking this fall and plan to start reading it before hand.

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    Reading ahead is a great idea. In the beginning I was able to do that but after a few weeks it got more difficult as exams and other assignments were due. A few of my classmates (very few) were able to maintain their full-time status at work. They used PET (personal education time), vacation time and sick days. The few who have done this were carrying their families' insurance and were the sole financial support for their families. If your circumstances allows you to work per-diem or not work at all, that would be best. I attended UCLA and they have a very demanding program. Again, best of luck. Feel free to PM me anytime, especially after you start. UCLA had a mentor program (second year students were "big sisters/brothers " for first year students) however, the second years were so busy and stressed that I rarely heard from my "big sister". And when I became a second year student I was equally busy and stressed. Now that I'm done, I have alot more time to lend support, so please don't hesitate to contact me.

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    yYou should check the latest nursing support thread. There is a student there by the name of Wakulu(sp). She just finished from Coppin University and she is returning to Coppin University to get her forum also.

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    I am in a graduate nursing program right now. I am in year two of three. Yes, you should check out the nursing support thread, there are a few of us over there!

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