online programs & finances

  1. Hello, I am new to this forum and to the world of Nurse Education. I would like to go back to school for my MSN in nurse ed and have decided that, given professional and personal obligations, the online format is the only way to go. My first questions is regarding a university I am researching called Walden. Has anyone heard of it and is it a well reputed school? It is not accredited by the CCNE (yet), apparently they have applied for it and should get it by next year. Has anyone taken their program and, if so, is it good, challenging, do you learn a lot; is it manageable while working full-time; do the teachers get back to you on time; is it easy to access technologically etc? Thanks for your input!
    My second question is regarding money. With all the research I have been doing lately it would appear that Nurse educators are in big demand. Given that information I would have expected more monies out there as incentive to get nurses back to school to pursue this career. Yet I am not finding any scholarships or grants to help me through school and I was hoping I wouldnt have to take out huge school loans (again). I am an RN with a Bachelors in another subject, I am not a minority and I have a job, so I don't seem to fit the bill for any of the scholarships out there. Anyone have any ideas?
    I appreciate everyone's input on other online schools they attended. I live in Hawaii and have a 5 month old so the course has to be 100% online. Thanks, Odessa
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  3. by   CRNAsoon
    Did you ever receive the answer to your questions? I will be starting the Walden program next week and feel like it's a good fit. If I can answer any questions as I progress through the program, please feel free to let me know.



    Quote from odariel
    Hello, I am new to this forum and to the world of Nurse Education. I would like to go back to school for my MSN in nurse ed and have decided that, given professional and personal obligations, the online format is the only way to go. My first questions is regarding a university I am researching called Walden. Has anyone heard of it and is it a well reputed school? It is not accredited by the CCNE (yet), apparently they have applied for it and should get it by next year. Has anyone taken their program and, if so, is it good, challenging, do you learn a lot; is it manageable while working full-time; do the teachers get back to you on time; is it easy to access technologically etc? Thanks for your input!
    My second question is regarding money. With all the research I have been doing lately it would appear that Nurse educators are in big demand. Given that information I would have expected more monies out there as incentive to get nurses back to school to pursue this career. Yet I am not finding any scholarships or grants to help me through school and I was hoping I wouldnt have to take out huge school loans (again). I am an RN with a Bachelors in another subject, I am not a minority and I have a job, so I don't seem to fit the bill for any of the scholarships out there. Anyone have any ideas?
    I appreciate everyone's input on other online schools they attended. I live in Hawaii and have a 5 month old so the course has to be 100% online. Thanks, Odessa

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