I just ran across this site and wanted to say hi. I am staring the Master of Nursing program at the U of M this fall. I'm a Minnesota native but have been out of the state for 10 years. My wife and I are moving to the "Uptown" area. It was a challenge finding a house that would accept our two dogs but we got lucky and are looking forward to exploring that neat neighborhood.
I've done some reading of posts and it seems that the U's school of nursing is well regarding on this site. I know the MN program is very new, but if there is anyone on here who has been part of it or knows someone who has, I'd be curious to know what your thoughts are on it. This is a second career for me coming from biomedical engineering. My wife is an RN and has inspired me to make this change. While I am very much looking forward to this, it is nice to have access to her insights and experiences. I feel (perhaps naively so) that I am somewhat prepared to face a lot of the frustrating aspects of this field. I can't help but wonder also on how hospitals may view this Master's degree. It is obviously not an Advanced Practice degree and as this is a 16 month program for non-nursing bachelor degree holders, we won't really get any more clinical training than a BSN program. But first this is first, need to earn that degree.
So, again, if anyone has any thoughts or advice on this program or nursing school in general, I'd be happy to hear from you. And any insights into the best places to explore in "Uptown" would be appreciated as well!!