futurernfarmer 2,396 Views
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Can anyone advise what the workload is like? How many years did you take to complete the RN-BSN? Was it stressful to work full time during the program? Was the coursework intense/unclear/otherwise frustrating? I had some surprises with my ASN program (CCAC) and am hoping to avoid a repeat experience! The other RN-MSN program I'm looking at is through Penn State.
From Wikipedia (I know, but I've been looking and looking...)
In 2004, The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in conjunction with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) recommended that advanced practice registered nurses move the entry level degree to the doctorate level by 2015. Accordingly, all APRN training programs are required to convert their master's degree to a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree by the year 2015. Although The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists approved this recommendation, it is not requiring program compliance until the year 2025.
The majority of programs will grant a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Because 45% of the nurse anesthesia programs are located in Schools of Allied Health, these programs will award a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP). The Doctor of Nursing Practice will be the direct-entry, minimum academic requirement for advanced practice registered nurses; it is a clinical/practice-based doctorate but because it is not the entry degree for the profession of nursing (which includes advanced practice registered nursing), it is a terminal degree.
 Grandfather exception
The future Doctor of Nursing Practice requirement will apply only to those who are not yet licensed and practicing as APRNs. Those currently licensed as APRNs will be permitted to maintain their current level of education and certification. Some APRNs who have been in the profession for many years have been grandfathered into continuing APRN practice and licensure even without a master's degree. For example, the first Nurse Practitioner program was created by a nurse educator, Loretta Ford, Ed.D, RN, PNP and a physician, Henry Silver, MD, in 1965 at the University of Colorado as a non-degree certificate program, and all the early NP programs were initially established as these type of certificate programs before transitioning them to master's degrees in the 1980s.
Every state has different laws, rules, regulations, licensing and certification requirements for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, thus some states may not have a grandfather clause in their State Board of Nursing laws, in particular as it may relate to transferring a license from one State to another. The US National Counsel of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) continues to work on a collaborative muti-state compact licensure agreement for advanced practice nurses to be able to work in multiple US States with a singular active home State license. there are on-going discussions on expanding that type of licensure nationally similar to the existing Nurse Compact for recognition of RN and LPN licenses.
I'm in 201/202 at allegheny right now and they are still irking me. My advice: get used to it, it gets worse for 102 and 201 (some of you know who I'm talking about!) Also, use the resources available:
nrn computer lab - make friends with Mrs. Bell and she'll hook you up,
open lab (it sucks to stay at school longer than you have to, but trust me it will be a huge asset),
and study groups, tutoring, or the RN acheivement classes if you think they'll help.
Don't get behind or you'll never catch up, but don't get too overwhelmed: many people graduate and pass the NCLEX every semester.
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