Simmons College vs Regis College Nurse Practitioner Program- BSN vs. no BSN - page 2

by gregmRN890

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Hello all! I am contemplating between Regis and Simmons college for their respective NP programs. Both have their pros and cons and what is really worrying me is the fact that Simmons does not offter the BSN after completing... Read More


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    I would be happy to elaborate on anything, and remember, this is only my experience (may not apply to everyone or anyone)!

    Workload - I my opinion, the overall workload is manageable without significant life sacrifices (at least for pre-licensure, the grad work is more significant time-wise). If you stay up with studying it shouldn't become overwhelming, but be prepared to work and to self-teach (by work I mean do 1-2 hours of work outside for every hour in class). Think of it as a full time job: if you plan to put in 9-5 weekdays, you will never have a problem. If you consider it a one day work week and don't put it effort, you will find it stacks up fast. Remember that each semester builds on the previous: if you cram to pass a test in patho you may struggle the next three semesters because you don't understand the pathology behind the problem. Study to learn not to test. That being said, you must average 74 on exams in preRN, so it can be stressful if you bomb an exam (and I think everyone does at least once in 3 years). It goes up to 83 for NP portion.

    Faculty - Some are outgoing and supportive while others are not as overt. I honestly feel they all want you to succeed. If you are struggling, they will be realistic with you. They will get you setup with a peer tutor. They won't bend rules for you. I have heard of cases were they suggest people do ABSN instead of DE, but from my own experience I have found support when needed. I advise you be proactive; find a faculty and clinical mentor as well as a student above you in the program to guide you, and do it right away. There are some key people that can make your life much easier if you develop a relationship. On the flip side, if you wait till you are in trouble an need a bailout, you may find some cold shoulders. Nursing is about being proactive!

    Hope that helps, shout if you have more questions.
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    Thanks for all this man! Such a great help!

    I am feeling really good about this program. The environment seems very welcoming and positive.

    I promise this will be my last set of questions for a while!!

    If you remember, how was the fundamentals in nursing class in the summer? Was it challenging/nerve-wracking as the first nursing class? How do students usually do in this class?

    Also, what were some your highs and lows of the NP program? What were your hardest classes/clinical experiences during your time in the program? As a male in the program, did you feel as if you were treated different as the minority?

    Greg
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    Fundamentals - I think this is a challenging class, especially if you have no prior medical experience as you need to learn terminology, the nursing role, skills and techniques, and basic patho. When I took it, they were trying a hybrid style course and from my perspective it just didn't work. They have since gone back to a regular classroom-based course and I haven't heard of similar problems since. Do the readings and ask questions if you don't understand; much of the NCLEX, as well as your future learning, comes right from Fundamentals.

    Being a guy - I have had nothing but positive experiences from being male, both academically and clinically. I will say one thing: as a guy in nursing you have a little more control over your own destiny because you stick out of the pack. This can be an asset or a drawback depending on what you make of it. Faculty will know your name first and call on you in class, know your stuff and you are off to a great start, or stumble out of the blocks if you don't. Basically if you stick out and you are a good representation you are golden, if you stick out and are a poor representation then you have a uphill battle ahead. Overall,for me, being a guy at Simmons (and in nursing) has been a great thing.
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    Hardest part - I can't really say any one semester was particularly bad, although like most things, it's all about managing expectations. The second summer semester was community, pedi, and maternity and I was expecting an easy summer for some reason and was drastically mistaken. That was a tough semester. Work really ramps up in your late second year as you move into grad work.

    Clinical - I was very fortunate to have all excellent clinical instructors and placements. There are a few instructors that make lives difficult, especially in MS1 and MS2. Otherwise, clinic is a great place to learn and apply what you learn. Most staff nurses have welcomed Simmons students with open arms as Simmons has a great reputation for having prepared and engaged student s.
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    Hello de2013!

    I have one question regarding any cases where you have seen people drop out of the direct entry program. Is there a huge percentage of people who decide to leave because of certain personal reasons or the "overwhelming academics"? Would you know of the percentage of the people in your cohort who decided to leave the program?

    Thanks for your time,

    Greg
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    Sending you a private message.
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    shane,

    the system will not let me send a private message!

    no concerns just all out of curiosity! just seeing if stresses can compromise the work ethic involved during this track. i don't want to see myself falling back because of stress. i also wanted to see if there was even "slackers" in such an intensive grad program. now finishing college, i have noticed that it is "hard to fail" and yet "hard to get an a" if you put in the work ethic involved especially with schools known for grade deflation. personally, (if i may ask) do you find it "hard to fail" and "hard to an an a" in class? are there times where you put in so much work and ending up getting a disappointing grade? it has happened to me just a few times in college, and i was wondering if this is typical in this grad program.

    thanks so much!

    greg
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    From de 2013 to BostonFNP, I see! Congrats with how far you have made it thus far!

    Like what you mentioned, this past year and a half have been much work, but I am grateful with the experiences I have had and glad that I have most of my pre-RN material under my belt. Taking the boards in January!

    How has things been with you post-NP school? Have you found a job suitable to what you wanted to focus on? Hope things are great post-NP school! Hard work pays off!

    Greg
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    I don't understand. You can start the Simmons np program with an rn associate degree this means? Someone please explain. Also how long does the program take?
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    @Bronze 2. Simmons now offers a online or on campus ADN to FNP. This program is brand new and they are now accepting applications for both. The online program is 2.5 years at fulltime, and the part time program is 9 month longer. you do not need a previous BSN degree in nursing or any other study to apply. only the ADN.


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