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Hi, I was wondering if anyone has applied to the MGHIHP new accelerated BSN program? If so, what do you think your chances are of being accepted?... Read More

  1. by   Angie O'Plasty
    Quote from klama78
    I'm planning on applying for the DEMSN this fall for entry in Fall 09. I would really love to talk to anyone who is on the course already, so if you are please could you help
    I am going into the third and final year of the program (took NCLEX in February so am now an RN and looking for a job)--what would you like to know? I am in the ACNP track.
  2. by   klama78
    Hi Angie

    Thanks for replying! I would like to know more about the quality of teaching, the NP job prospects (as I've heard Boston is a NIGHTMARE to try and get a new grad position) and also whether IHP offer a decent financial package to help with costs. I am an international student, so not eligible for any state or federal loans, only private loans. I really want to be a PNP and eventually specialize in neonates. It's an expensive dream but one that will be achievable I hope!!! Thanks so much for any advice!
  3. by   ERICA57
    Another Question For Angie:

    What has your experience been looking for a position as an RN ..? How much do you want to work and where are you looking? Have the connections you made through clinicals helped?



    ERICA
  4. by   Angie O'Plasty
    All right, I'll try to answer people's questions here:

    About the MGH IHP: Most of the professors are practicing as well as teaching, which I think helps them give us the most useful information for practice. In the general nursing classes, there are a lot of guest lecturers who are brought in to teach their area of expertise; most of them are pretty good. I'd say the instruction is generally good; there are a few classes that could be organized better. MGH is a great place to do clinicals, and you'll have some at other hospitals too. I will say that there have been some issues people have had with the school administration; there seem to be steps being taken to improve the situation so hopefully that will help. And I'm sure things like that happen in other schools as well.

    About my job-search experience: Well, it's really been frustrating, to be completely honest--a lot of people just aren't interested in a new grad right now. I've put in applications/resumes at 7 different hospitals and haven't heard much--the market is just tough right now. However, I just got my first interview set up--put in an application this morning at the hospital where I had worked as a PCA (the posting stated they would consider a new grad with PCA experience at that hospital), decided it would be a good move to go over there and personally give a copy of my resume to the nurse manager on the floor that is hiring, and I was right--she seemed interested and wanted to set up an interview right away so we did. Even better, this floor and the one where I worked as a PCA have somewhat of a relationship as they used to be part of the same unit. So things seem to be looking up--it would be great if I get that position. I'm looking to work about 24 hours a week since I'll be going back to school for one more year this fall to finish the NP program. As far as clinicals helping with connections, I live an hour west of Boston so have been looking in this area rather than Boston, which means clinical connections don't really come into the picture other than having instructors as references. Plus, it seems from everything I've been hearing that the situation is just as tough if not more so at the Boston hospitals than here as far as new grads.
  5. by   Angie O'Plasty
    Quote from klama78
    Hi Angie

    Thanks for replying! I would like to know more about the quality of teaching, the NP job prospects (as I've heard Boston is a NIGHTMARE to try and get a new grad position) and also whether IHP offer a decent financial package to help with costs. I am an international student, so not eligible for any state or federal loans, only private loans. I really want to be a PNP and eventually specialize in neonates. It's an expensive dream but one that will be achievable I hope!!! Thanks so much for any advice!
    I don't know much about NP job prospects in Boston, but I have noticed quite a few postings for NPs here in Worcester (UMass Medical Center uses NPs quite a bit). As for the financial package, I know IHP does give some scholarships but not sure of the amount they go up to. Your best bet would be to talk to the financial aid office. I noticed you're looking to specialize in neonates--I think Northeastern has a neonatal NP program that might be worth looking at as well; IHP has peds but no specific neonatal program. I'm in the ACNP track (looking to specialize in cardiology) so don't know as much about the peds track. Sorry I couldn't help more!
  6. by   ERICA57
    Thanks so much Angie for taking the time to post these helpful replies.

    In light of the Massachusetts job situation..I have one more question I'd like your thinking on: I thought long and hard about about how (and if ) to move in to nursing (I'm 57, divorced, with an M.Ed, spent the last several years working in non-profit).

    I seriously considered getting a Master's (also considered just getting an ADN/RN)...but ultimately settled on a second Bachelor's in Nursing as a sort of compromise in terms of cost and credentials. (I'm only going to have to taking nursing courses for this 2nd degree, as all my "gen ed" requirements are transferring in).

    Is it your impression the job prospects would be better for NP's...better enough to justify the added expense of a Master's?

    Thank you so much, again,
  7. by   Angie O'Plasty
    Quote from ERICA57
    Thanks so much Angie for taking the time to post these helpful replies.

    In light of the Massachusetts job situation..I have one more question I'd like your thinking on: I thought long and hard about about how (and if ) to move in to nursing (I'm 57, divorced, with an M.Ed, spent the last several years working in non-profit).

    I seriously considered getting a Master's (also considered just getting an ADN/RN)...but ultimately settled on a second Bachelor's in Nursing as a sort of compromise in terms of cost and credentials. (I'm only going to have to taking nursing courses for this 2nd degree, as all my "gen ed" requirements are transferring in).

    Is it your impression the job prospects would be better for NP's...better enough to justify the added expense of a Master's?

    Thank you so much, again,
    I'm not sure whether the job prospects would be better or not for NPs--I think the major problem as far as RN job prospects is that most people are looking for experienced nurses right now rather than new grads--not sure if the same might be true for NPs (didn't look too closely at those postings). I think the accelerated BSN sounds like a good choice in your situation, unless you think you'd really prefer to be an NP.
  8. by   cclem1
    Hi,
    I was reading your post from awhile back and was wondering what you decided on? I have also been accepted to Regis and I have two little ones (2 and 5months). I applied to Regis because of the flexible schedule. Have you found other programs to offer flexible schedules? Do you have to use daycare?

    Thanks! I appreciate your input.
  9. by   cclem1
    Hi Adrienne,

    I was just reading your post and was wondering if you could give more detail on the program. Do you like it... is it really hectic? I have two young kids, and I thought I read that you have a little on too.. how is that working for you and do you find the schedule to be flexible?

    Thanks! I appreciate any info you have!
  10. by   malenkiyb
    Hi:

    I was in this program and I left in about 2 weeks after it starts.
    Was very hectic to me and wonder if you get other replies.

    It seems that MGH was not prepared.
  11. by   HopeToBeRN
    Hello all,

    New here, and I am interested in attending the progam at MGH. However, I am very much in the beginning stages. I graduated from college in '01 so I have to take all the pre-reqs in order to apply for the MGH program. For those who had to take the pre-reqs, where did you take them/and what places do you recommend? Also, for those in the program right now, how are you liking it so far? Any further news on the accreditation (sp?) Any info is appreciated, thank you!!
  12. by   dre617
    Hi HopetobeRN, I just started the program and I also had to take some pre reqs. Most of them I was able to get done during my undergrad at UMass, but I took Chemistry and Microbio this summer. I took Chem this past summer at Quincy College and it was an accelerated course that was only 5 weeks but very intense! I know many students take pre reqs at Bunker Hill and other community colleges (they are usually a lot cheaper than 4 year institutions!). If you are accepted to MGH, they offer all of the pre reqs except Stats. I took Microbio this summer online through MGH and I thought it was great. Hope this helps you!
  13. by   HopeToBeRN
    Quote from dre02127
    Hi HopetobeRN, I just started the program and I also had to take some pre reqs. Most of them I was able to get done during my undergrad at UMass, but I took Chemistry and Microbio this summer. I took Chem this past summer at Quincy College and it was an accelerated course that was only 5 weeks but very intense! I know many students take pre reqs at Bunker Hill and other community colleges (they are usually a lot cheaper than 4 year institutions!). If you are accepted to MGH, they offer all of the pre reqs except Stats. I took Microbio this summer online through MGH and I thought it was great. Hope this helps you!
    Thanks very much for your reply. Since I finished college in 2001, unfortunately as it was more than 5 years ago I have to take all the pre-reqs. I understand the Chemistry pre-req has to include some organic chemistry, right? So I guess that was included in the one you took at Quincy. I didn't even realize all the pre-reqs were offered at MGH, that is good to know. How do you like the program so far? Thanks for your help!

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