SLU Accelerated MSN Program - page 2

Hi, I'm looking for some feedback/information from anyone who is attending or has attended the SLU MSN program (specifically the accelerated program for someone who has a BS in another area). I have a BS in sociology, an ADN and... Read More

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    Also, where are you coming from and how are you feeling about Saint Louis and the whole thing?

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    Are you on facebook? I wonder if there is a way to contact you that way too? I have to decide this week. I wish I could have gone there like you did but ran out of time. I am from San Diego, so it would be great if I went, we could meet in CA before we started. I am leaning though ,toward attending U of Wisc-Madison, where I graduated last week and just get a BSN. I have gotten split opinions about the CNL and am just not sure how to decide. Some have said to wait for a Masters until I know what I really want to specialize in, others think this would be good since it's only a semester longer and then you have a Masters completed...Had you thought about a BSN route instead? The program itself sounds good. I guess it's a mix of people attending (age wise), which is often the case with nursing. Any other thoughts?
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    I had thought about a BSN.. as far as specialties go, this program is cool because it allows you to specialize as you go or you have the choice not to specialize. I can't send messages on here yet but my name is Lindsy Broome. Find me on fb and we will talk. I would LOVE to have another Californian there!!
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    I'm from Southern California and I'm graduating from UCLA this spring with my B.A. in Communications. Honestly, what I've found about the degree is that in the beginning you are basically at the same level as someone with a BSN, but then you move up way faster. I talked to a few people in the nursing administration at my hospital (I volunteer at UCLA Ronald Reagan) and they said that with this degree you usually get a signing bonus because they don't have to send you back to school, but can just move you up and of the nurses they knew ones with this degree received pay raises in 15 months where as people with BSNs received the same pay raises over 3 years..? So I guess it just depends what you are looking for.

    I actually just got back from visiting the school the last 5 days and the campus is BEAUTIFUL.. but the area around it is very run down. But, the good news is that there is a parking garage right next to the nursing building and all of our classes are in there. I saw the simulation lab and it is amazing! I think bc they are private they have the money to get all the latest technology. They have a dummy that gives birth and that's only their medium technology one.

    As far as living goes, I looked a bunch around the area and provided that I decide to go I'm planning on living in Brentwood. It's a really nice suburb area 15 minutes from the school and I talked to a few other nursing students that live there. It's both cheaper and safer!

    My decision was mainly based on the fact that 1) the program is so short 2) they really cared when I went and visited 3) they know what they are doing: i can't find where i read this, but last year they had the 2nd highest nclex pass rate in the nation and the lady in charge of our program started the first accelerated bachelors in the nation at slu in the 70s, also when i talked with them it seems like the program is really hands on. they said we will do simulations at least once a week and i have friends who go to UCLA right now and they have only EVER done 2 on dummies with no technology...

    Hope that helps some. Please ask me more question... it was draining but I spent the last 5 days there trying to learn everything I could!!
    What was your experience like when you volunteered at UCLA? What did you get to do or see???
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    Hi Lindsy5 are you still ever checking this site?? Unfortunately I did not choose this program and now have some regrets..but was wondering how it's going?? I have a friend interested. What is the student body make up, mostly older students or new grads? Is the program hard? Have you started clinicals yet? Thanks for updating me.
    Last edit by cacurlytop on Feb 7, '11 : Reason: forgot something
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    I will be attending this program in the fall...anyone else?
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    I will be attending the program in the fall as well and if anyone that attended the program last year have any suggestions or comments, please share.
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    Ok, I'm sorry I have not been on here at all! Let that testify to just how hard and intense this program is haha but really. I just finished my first 3 clinical days- 3 12s all in a row! Cacurlytop, sorry I took so long- I love the program! It's really hard and a little hectic and messy since it's the first year, but the professors really care and, for the most part, I feel like I'm getting a good education. It's unbelievable how much clinicals help you to really learn! The class is a really good mix of older and younger people. Around 2/3 are within 5 years of graduating from undergrad and the others have been out for a little bit longer. It's a good mix.

    So for the people that are doing the program next year, feel free to ask questions and I'll answer them the best I can (and as soon as I can).
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    wow so i guess working while in the program will bad idea huh
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    I wouldn't do it but a few people do... They also say how stressful it is and they definitely only work part time. It would be easier to do in the summer rather than the fall or spring when your only down time is weekends. Though in the fall we did have Fridays off! But I'm pretty sure your class will have the tests on Friday mornings.

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