Jacksonville university RN to BSN online - page 3

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I'm looking into an RN to BSN online program! I have applied to Jacksonville university and I was wondering if anyone who is in the program or is going to be has any advice and likes the program??... Read More


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    what general ed classes?
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    it is accred. so I hope it looks great!
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    AND7RN, not sure if you were directing your questions to flymedicRN or to me, but I'll chime in. :-)

    I haven't yet decided on JU cuz I'm waiting to hear back from Utica today on what they require. After that, I will sit down and compare all the schools and make my decision. JU seems to be a very good program. The only thing I'm not too keen on its that they require some sort of project that requires a preceptor. Its not clinicals, they call it something else. I fiund out about it cuz I asked the rep 10, 000, 000 questions. I think you have to do
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    AND7RN, not sure if you were directing your questions to flymedicRN or to me, but I'll chime in. :-)

    I haven't yet decided on JU cuz I'm waiting to hear back from Utica today on what they require. After that, I will sit down and compare all the schools and make my decision. JU seems to be a very good program. The only thing I'm not too keen on its that they require some sort of project that requires a preceptor. Its not clinicals, they call it something else. I found out about it cuz I asked the rep 10, 000, 000 questions, lol. I think you have to do 90 hrs or so, but don't quote me on the amt of hrs.

    Hope this helps a bit.
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    Sorry for repeat. Using phone and sent by error.
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    It would be great if we could get a current student or recent graduate to tell us what the program is really like. I think I like everything about the program except perhaps the "practice project". Needing a preceptor, having to go to a community setting, etc. is what really bothers me about JU. Maybe I'm overanalyzing it and freaking out over nothing.

    This is what the program rep sent me when I asked about the practice project......what do you guys think??????

    What are JU’s practice project requirements?

    There is a practice project with two courses, NUR 451 Community Health Nursing Practice for the Experienced Nurse and NUR 461 Professional Nursing Synthesis for the Experienced Nurse. The professor approves both the preceptor and the project setting the student proposes. Here are some student comments.

    “The projects could be about just about anything and are not difficult in the least,” said one graduate. “It is what you personally make them out to be in terms of degree of difficulty.”

    “I am hoping the information that I gather will not only produce a good class project, but will benefit my unit and hospital as well.”

    NUR 451 Community Health Nursing Practice for the Experienced Nurse
    Project details:
    • Your primary objective is to do a community assessment on a vulnerable population and to determine nursing interventions, one of which you will implement
    • There is a paper and presentation; the paper is based on the community that your site is in. The presentation is basically a rehash of your paper, but done in a way that would be presentable to a group.
    • You should be there weekly throughout the course for at least some time. It breaks down to a total of about 90 hours over 8 weeks which is about 12 hours a week spent in clinical setting, library, typing, etc. This is a 3 credit course.
    • Student will also attend a community meeting (school board meeting, youth drug prevention, AA, etc.) and volunteer with a local agency

    Examples of practice project locations
    • School is for pregnant middle school and high school students
    • Private daycare/school
    • Community clinic
    • Outpatient dialysis center
    • Army National Guard Occupational Health
    • Home for mentally and physically challenged children



    NUR 461 Professional Nursing Synthesis for the Experienced Nurse
    Project details:
    • Your project focus will be from a leadership, nursing education, or clinical resource perspective
    • Your project should not focus on direct patient care but on education, administration, committee and policy development
    • The goal is to show how all your classes have come together to influence your practice at the BSN level
    • Choose an area that interests you
    • The practice project and portfolio preparation take about 15 hours per week for the 8-week session to complete. This is a four credit course.

    Project examples:
    • TB update done in PowerPoint for nurses at a homeless shelter
    • Design and propose a different staffing pattern
    • Develop an inservice to teach nurses how to care for patients undergoing dialysis
    • Analyze the skills necessary to be a successful Nurse Educator
    • Increase patient satisfaction scores by initiating discharge planning on admission
    • Devise a data collection system from patients undergoing a trial spinal cord stimulator
    • Development of an educational in-service workshop to educate nursing care providers to effectively care for the client with psychiatric disorder
    • Prepare and initiate a nursing educational inservice focusing on signs and symptoms of dehydration
    • Develop an educational presentation on Sickle Cell Disease for teachers and students at a local school
    • Host a four-hour continuing education event which will focus on the violence in healthcare
    • Develop a bilingual presentation on health improvement for Haitian and Mexican migrant workers
    • Create reference packet for clients who care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s
    • Redesign of the OR communication board to improve communication
    • Research ways and educational processes for dementia patients and their families to understand how to control their diabetes
    • Design an educational program which will educate RNs on providing care, maintaining, and problem-solving central lines
    • Review 5 nursing procedures and start an Intranet PowerPoint procedure manual
    Last edit by pandorasbox on Dec 6, '12 : Reason: typo
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    Anyone starting Jan 7th with me?
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    Hi flymedicRN24,

    I had seriously considered JU but have changed my mind after finding out they are not 100% online. All classes are online, but they have one course that requires outside work and a preceptor. It used to be two courses (I posted info on them on Dec 5), but now it's just one. I believe its NUR 456.

    I am a new grad (May 2012) and my first nursing job does not involve direct patient care, and trying to get a preceptor that meets their requirements will be very difficult for me. To be honest, I just wanted a program that was 100% online and this type of project is not my cup of tea.

    I wish you well with your studies!

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    How much per credit hour for JU?
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    Just got the answer. It's $447 per credit hour. Ouch! But it's cheaper than Chamberlains $590! Schools charging this much is an outrage.


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