I am taking NU530, Theory. It is challenging and so far I am doing well based on the few grades I have received. I would recommend studying APA Format (6th Ed.) and brush up on Power Point and Word. Sacred Heart uses Blackboard which is kind of hard to use, but it looks like a lot of colleges use it. If you can find someone who is familiar with Blackboard, ask them to go over it with you. There are group discussion, journal writing, group projects and eight page papers. I am definitely learning a lot.
What class are you taking? Let me know how it goes for you.
First I have to take NU325, Health Assessment. I'm not going to lie, I really am NOT looking forward to going back to school. The format online for the program seems really old and unorganized, maybe once I am using it more it will get easier. I will ask around at work and see if anyone is familiar with the blackboard program, thanks very much.
I finished SHU's RN-BSN online program about a year ago (its inaugural class). It took two years and seemed interminable, but I'm glad I did it. The only reason I enrolled was to be able to get into a decent NP program (Yale and Fairfield are the only two schools in the state that offer a Psych NP track), but with the whole DNP conversion being imminent, I'm strongly considering changing to an MSN program. Fairfield has already phased out at least one Master's level NP program. Instead of prattling on about my own issues, I'll try to provide some insight into the online experience. Blackboard does seem a bit antiquated, and there were some technical issues at times, but once you get used to it, it's fine. I've looked at the MSN curriculum, and I don't see a lot that would differentiate it from what I went through; so, hopefully this information is pertinent enough to help. Maybe it's just my personal learning style, but I might just prefer the online experience to traditional classrooms. Showing up and listening to someone read off a Powerpoint was always difficult for me. It's my belief/assumption that instructors compensate for the online format with the volume of work assigned; however, if you're able to make the time and have a decent understanding of APA (Purdue's OWL site is good in a pinch) it's easy to get accustomed to it and develop good habits. My experience may have been anomalous, though, in that I'd rather write than speak and I had down-time at my job to complete assignments. Two classes per 8-week module (or whatever they call it) doesn't sound like a lot, but working full-time with kids made it stressful. I actually spoke with someone from Admissions recently, and my fear that not having enrolled in the RN-MSN program initially may cause some overlap or redundancies, but I don't think that is the case. Obviously, this thread has me thinking about my own situation, and I apologize for focusing on it. I had it in my head that I needed a good GPA for the BSN program based on the initial reason I enrolled and my fear that online programs are looked down upon by decent graduate schools, so maybe I hurt myself a little attempting to do that. (Shameless aside: 4.0 & a Gold Medal for Excellence in Nursing looks good on a resume/application). But the reality is that I did learn a lot and have that piece of paper and some more letters after my name now, which is all that actually matters. I'll end up enrolling at SHU again if I decide to get a Master's degree. Also: Please feel free to ask any specific questions so that I don't go on another tangent about my own considerations.
I would like to say thank you for the information and I don't believe you focused on yourself. In actuality by voicing your own experience adds to me not feeling alone with trying to figure out the best route to take for my bsn. I spoke with someone today from shu and I want to pursue the rn to msn. I am just putting in my application so I am hoping for the best my gpa is not very high its a 2.9. I will wait and see what they say,
I wanted to let you all know I graduated from SHU in Dec. 2014 with an MSN Education. I have a job in professional development because of my degree. It took 18 months with one class every eight weeks. I worked full-time for most of the program. Good luck everyone.