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Corrections Nurse; from US
Specialty: 16 year(s) of experience in Correctional Nursing; MSN student

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  • Apr 17

    The NP school I could obtain a post grad degree from doesn't care about the regional accreditation...just CCNE...and it's a state school. I'm good with that.

  • Mar 26

    You are just a pup! I turned 53 recently. Woulda, coulda, shoulda is my mantra! Just do it have LOTS of time to work in your field. How long for your BSN program??

  • Feb 23

    Ultimately you need to decide what area you are most passionate about. I am in a PMHNP program. Marketability is, in part, due to your location. Are you able to relocate after graduation? Do you feel drawn to FNP vs PMHNP? Have you considered getting your MSN as FNP then adding a post grad cert in pysch? Or, vice-versa? You mentioned enjoying the clinical side of nursing...ask yourself which aspect do you enjoy? I think you can create exactly what you want. This is a great place to brainstorm.

  • Jan 31

    I think WGU is probably excellent but be advised the NP program I want to apply to does NOT accept their BSN because you don't earn a GPA per se. The pass score = a 3.0 and our state school won't accept a program that doesn't award letter grades and a GPA.

    Good luck with your decision!

  • Jan 14

    I work in corrections also. It is not med/surg but it is an area of public health that includes acute and chronic care, including mental health care. Does your facility have an infirmary? Do you draw blood? Many people do not understand the area of correctional nursing. We manage healthcare ranging from lice to CHF, DM, HIV, etc. Emphasize the types of patients you provide care for. Also corrections requires a lot of autonomy in many cases. What are you hoping to do? Have you had other nursing experience? Happy to chat with you about this.

  • Dec 17 '17

    Interesting thread. I haven't started school yet and have been recruited by three different practices who are familiar with me. With our nation's new focus on mental health I think one can find a position, though it may require relocation for some. The ideal situation sounds like PMHNP-FNP to open all doors. I'm going to trust that mental health is where I need to be at this stage. Good luck to all of us moving forward to expand our education and make a contribution to society.

  • Jul 6 '17

    Also, the tuition is as follows: $2100 for the 7 course bridge program, $4800 for the MSN portion and $250 for the capstone course. Books are separate and must be purchased on your own. This tuition works out if you pay the Bridge program at $300 a class as you go, (= $2100); for the MSN portion you pay $2700 up front then pay as you go for the rest of it. So the total is approx $7150 with this plan.