2013 UPenn BSN/MSN Applicants - page 10

Hi Everyone! This topic thread is for those applying to UPENN BSN/MSN program summer 2013. I hope we can create a support network here! I will be applying to the nurse-midwifery and WHNP program and have begun writing my... Read More

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    What do you think is the advantage of getting a BSN vs. and RN-MSN? I am applying to both type of programs and am willing to go to either. Do you think there is much of an advantage? Is there a difference in the cirriculum? Do you get more clinical hours? Thanks for sharing all your input!

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    I have the same question as anaboo!
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    Also, were you deciding between other schools during this time?
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    kdiem, I like that question! Yes, were you choosing between other schools at this time, and if so, which ones?
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    kdiem, I like that question! Yes, were you choosing between other schools at this time, and if so, which ones?
    And to add to this, what made Penn stand out to you? Was it an obvious choice or did you struggle with the decision? What are your favorite things about Penn thus far?
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    What do you think is the advantage of getting a BSN vs. and RN-MSN? I am applying to both type of programs and am willing to go to either. Do you think there is much of an advantage? Is there a difference in the cirriculum? Do you get more clinical hours? Thanks for sharing all your input!
    I think the BSN is a valuable asset, especially if bedside nursing is something you might consider doing before the MSN (which I never thought I wanted to until I started clinical, becuase I've always been so focused on the NP portion). Many hospitals are requiring BSN educated nurses now, and to be honest I'm not sure what the major differences are aside from just the degree title. I think we do more classes in the 18 months instead of what we would be doing if it was a 12 month RN program (as part of the MSN). I will think on this more - but the BSN appealed to me in the case that I maybe would want to work as an RN at some point.
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    Quote from kdiem
    Also, were you deciding between other schools during this time?
    I also applied to Seattle University for their FNP program and picked between the two. It was a hard one because all my fam is in Seattle. Still very happy I picked Penn!
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    And to add to this, what made Penn stand out to you? Was it an obvious choice or did you struggle with the decision? What are your favorite things about Penn thus far?
    Penn stood out because of the BSN, and I wanted to take more time doing the BSN (not 12 months... that seems so insanely fast to me. 18 months is way more manageable!) and because the women's health NP program has INCREDIBLE faculty. The director of the program and I spoke while I was trying to pick schools and her words really resonated with me and why I want to go into health care. I wanted to focus in women's health and so few programs across the country have specific WHNP programs that aren't coupled with midwifery. love midwifery, but I don't want to deliver babies. So these are the top reasons why I picked Penn.

    Favorite things so far... being surrounded by highly educated women who have master's and PhDs; that my desire to broaden abortion access and sexual/reproductive healthcare is something that is respected, not shunned; my amazing cohort who I just totally adore; discovering Philadelphia and trying to tease out the cultural differences between west and east coast... gosh what else? It's just a fab city, way interesting, with a great school in it! Also the clinical placements have been very conducive to learning. Hospital of UPenn is a teaching institution, which means the nurses are all great instructors and not the least bit hostile towards us slow and steady student nurses. At least in my experience.
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    I agree with you that the BSN makes it easier for you to find a job, but I truly don't think that the cirriculum is different. I work at a large academic medical center now and they still hire associate degree nurses if they feel they are right for the position. Many hospitals want the Magnet recognition and it looks better when you have BSN prepared nurses. I think that is one of the reasons its harder to find a job without a BSN. Also, the employer doesn't want to hire direct-entry nurses when they know they are only going to be working part-time and this is not their final job when the job market in many big cities is saturated with other RN/BSN's looking for full-time work. I hate that this is true because I would really like to work during the Master's portion..Sorry for ranting!! haha

    Penn seems like such an amazing program and everytime I read comments on here or from the previous years it makes me what to get in badly!! Did you start clinicals the first semester?? Also, are you going to have an ICU rotation, some of my friends that were in a direct-entry did not do an ICU rotation which I thought was very strange!
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    I'm getting anxious I want to know if I will be getting an interview or not!


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