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Joined Jan 6, '09 - from 'southern CA'. nursgirl is a RN. Posts: 130 (33% Liked) Likes: 166

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  • Jul 9

    Quote from aspiringrn1987
    I just started on 6/13, also after lots of research and I really like it. I think it will be a challenging program but very doable. I JUST graduated on 5/13 and obtained
    my license on 5/20 so I don't have any work experience yet. I'm obviously still in the introductory class. How are the nursing classes after that?
    I started 6/13 too! That's so funny. Professional dynamics right?

  • Jul 9

    Quote from aspiringrn1987
    I just started on 6/13, also after lots of research and I really like it. I think it will be a challenging program but very doable. I JUST graduated on 5/13 and obtained
    my license on 5/20 so I don't have any work experience yet. I'm obviously still in the introductory class. How are the nursing classes after that?
    All courses follow the same format for the most part....2 Discussion questions (DQ) each week, and then u have to reply to fellow students as well. And then a paper due on Sunday....some times 2, but normally only 1. And most classes have a group project (CLC) and its usually due week 4 or 5!! They are normally a Powerpoint presentation...should be very easy, but you may find some are slackers....want to argue on topics.....dont show up to the group for awhile.....dont do anything...some plagiarize....good times,lol I actually had pretty good groups....recommend you take the lead and ensure u keep ll communications in the group forum----as the prof can see the forum comments!
    When looking for info, don't be afraid to ask the librarians for assistance in finding material. Ensure u look over the RUBRIC to see what has to be covered in the assignment...as not all the info may be in the instructions!! Look over the Assignment requirements early in the week and ask questions....Some profs are slow to respond and had 1 prof state to the class that its a little late to be asking questions on the weekend.
    Its a pretty straight program....PERRLA is a great program for APA, well worth the $30.....And u can request profs for classes! And if you want to drop class, DO NOT post anything on the classroom..nothing!! As soon as u have done that, you will lose a certain % of the class tuition! And if u have student loans, taking breaks between classes differs than those paying out of pocket...Much more restrictive if u have student loans! SAVE,SAVE, SAVE ur work numerous times while doing it and save it in multiple places (thumb drive, cloud) As your computer will die at the worst possible time! Enjoy

  • Jul 9

    I just started on 6/13, also after lots of research and I really like it. I think it will be a challenging program but very doable. I JUST graduated on 5/13 and obtained
    my license on 5/20 so I don't have any work experience yet. I'm obviously still in the introductory class. How are the nursing classes after that?

  • Jul 9

    Can you tell me how you like the program? I'm looking into starting June 20! Email me if you can nredding0809@gmail.com

  • Jul 9

    Quote from NayNaeRN
    Thanks for the advice flames
    I recommend u start up a FB group....found it fairly helpful.....easier to communicate and pass on helpful info....I asked a few profs for permission to post about the FB group...

  • Jul 8

    And if anyone needs an incentive to get through this program, check this out...

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  • Jul 8

    Have yet to ever have a group project work to my benefit---ever. I've been lucky in having one more solid person to work with, while having to drag useless bodies along for the grade. I have never offered to do the project for the group. Maybe GCU will figure out what other schools have, that it only serves to further work those who are responsible, and lets off the hook those who are not.

  • Apr 27

    Quote from nursgirl
    After TONS of research on just about every online RN to BSN and RN to MSN program out there I finally made a decision and started at Grand Canyon University this week! Granted it's only been a few days but I'm already loving it. (Haven't had to turn in a paper yet though so I'll update after that haha) I decided to get my BSN first and my plan is to go directly into an MSN program after that [emoji4]

    If you're looking into going back to school I say go for it!
    Completed the RN to BSN program last yr at GCU....Found the online classroom very well laid out...Straight forward what has to be done each week.....Best of luck

  • Apr 23

    I'm also a student (RN-FNP) at Walden. I completed my undergraduate courses this week and I will begin the graduate courses on December 1! I have had a great experience at Walden so far.

    I'm more than willing to discuss my experience with anyone who is curious.

  • Apr 23

    I am currently attending Walden in their ASN-MSN Leadership and Management Program. I absolutely love it! I have been there for almost a year and the experience depends on what you make out of it! I feel that my professors have been spectacular. My academic adviser immediately went over the practicum requirements with me and provided me with a list of facilities that are already participating with Walden in my area. I can choose one of those or I can find my own facility with the requirements for the preceptor that are needed. i would recommend Walden to anyone! When you look up the reviews of walden some of them are good and some of them are not so good but I think it all depends on the individual and what you make of it. An online school is NOT going to spoon feed you. I like their academic rigor and I feel that I can complete the work and still have time to have a social life. The negative comments I have seen have not really been about the nursing program so this is surprising! If anyone has questions about Walden please do not hesitate to ask! My program is 19 months long because I had 2 pre-reqs to take prior to starting my program. I can't wait to be a Walden Graduate!!!

  • Apr 23

    Quote from myelin
    Mark Hill - do you work for Walden or something?
    NO...but I do attend! I have busted my hump, and will graduate in February. I am just amazed at everyone who has all of these negative opinions about a school they know nothing about, or if they did attend, they are mad because it wasn't as easy as they thought it should be. I have been a an ER and ICU nurse for 20 years, I received my BSN at William Carey University (A well respected private university), and I attend Walden because it is not feasible for me to drive an hour one way to a brick and mortar university. William Carey University doesn't have a nurse practitioner track or I would have attended there. I can tell you that attending Walden has been the hardest thing I have ever done besides surviving cancer. All these comparisons to "diploma mills" are completely asinine as Walden University has the same CCNE accreditation as any other "credible" university. They don't just hand out CCNE accreditations, and you certainly cant buy them. CCNE accreditation is the standard that almost all state BON's use as a prerequisite to sit for the state boards. So all of these "haters" should take their grievances about this worthless "diploma mill" with CCNE accreditation board, and almost all of the state boards of nursing.

  • Apr 21

    9. Lazy and/or ignorant pain management, especially when it involves labeling a patient as a "drug seeker".

    10. Whining

    11. Religious proselytizing

    12. "Nurses' station character assassination" as my favorite instructor put it.

    13. Failure to look out for the nurses who have to follow you (and clean up your mess).

  • Apr 19

    Now that I am awaiting Capstone, I can run back through the courses and state which are killers, potential killers, and just plain serial killers. I tremble at the thought that I might have to bump Nursing Research from its coveted position as the worst course of all time, so let's hope Capstone is a wrap-up rather than something that makes you want to wrap a rope around your neck.

    #1. Nursing Research: kiss your family goodbye for 5 weeks and prepare to hate your coursework (depending on your academic coach and research team). We had a good team but a coach that didn't exactly lead us in the right direction. Life is unfair, and we've all moved on since that class.

    #2. Holistic Health Assessment: What's a nail bed angle and will you ever need to know that? Here you will. Fortunately you can pick your "patient", so choose someone who can't dodge your phone calls when you need to do a 3 hour assessment.

    #3. Nursing Leadership and Management: Lots, and lots, and lots of writing on the down side. On the plus side, you get to follow your boss around and annoy them. I would love to utilize rules 224 & 225 and delegate the writing to someone else. A good learning experience to be had, but it is time consuming.

    #4. Care of Vulnerable Populations: Gain a different perspective on nursing. This class requires some legwork, but if you stay caught up, you will do well in this class. It is research and demographics heavy, but the learning curve is forgiving.

    #5. Cooperative in Nursing: If you guessed writing intensive, well, you'd be correct. Not too bad as an elective, but if your grade took a pounding in Nursing Research, this one is pass/fail and won't help re-inflate a sagging GPA.

    #6. Professional Nursing A/B: It's your first class, you're a wide-eyed newbie, and it all seems like a lot to handle. It isn't. It is writing intensive, but not on the scale of Leadership, Vulnerable Populations, or Nursing Research.

    #7. Holistic Care of the Older Adult: Sharpen up your interviewing skills and your APA know how. This one is graded close to the vest, but it lacks the sadistic glee of Nursing Research.

    #8. Health Promotion Across the Lifespan: Should promote you to a fairly easy A at the end of 5 weeks.

    #9. Medical Terminology: AKA, my other elective. For those who had to take a medical terminology class en route to ADN RN, then this one will barely cause you to break a sweat. This one is so easy that if you fail this course, you really should consider a career that doesn't involve being responsible for the health of living beings, animal or human.

    #10. (or will it be #1) Capstone. We'll see shortly.

  • Apr 18

    I am taking 3 classes per quarter in the MSN - Nurse Educator track. It has been great so far. The resources are amazing! They really set you up to succeed. I was never once harassed, but had numerous individuals go above and beyond to help me make this happen. I am very happy with my choice. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.

  • Apr 18

    Quote from nursgirl
    I'm grateful to see your posts, I just applied to SNHU and am curious about their program. Are any of you planning to go on to an MSN program after your BSN?
    Hi,

    I do not plan on going for my MSN. I think I am content with stopping at the BSN level. I think if I had wanted to continue on as an APRN, then I would get my MSN through SNHU. It is a great school and I am happy to be there. I am currently in the nursing classes and it is tough and a lot of work but it is doable if you work hard and stay organized. Good luck!


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