University of South Alabama MSN/BSN-DNP Psych NP 2012 - page 7

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Anyone applied to and/or have heard from the University of South Alabama Psych NP for Masters or BSN-DNP online for Spring 2012? Anyone with experience with this program and would like to share info, network, etc. Please... Read More


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    Applied for the same program. No word yet either way, this is driving ne crazy. I am hoping we hear this week.
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    Best advice from those finishing the Psych NP program at USA: run as far away from it as you can and go somewhere else!
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    Reasons for not doing NP psych program at USA are vast: unsupportive faculty, odd exams, use of a camera to watch you take exams (Secure Proctor....you can look it up online), lots of busy work assignments, difficulty finding placements for many students (although this could happen in other programs too), a generalized contempt for students.
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    Quote from mwg60
    Best advice from those finishing the Psych NP program at USA: run as far away from it as you can and go somewhere else!
    So it's still that bad? I'm trying to read up on this, I was thinking of applying for the Psych family NP. I live in NY, so I wanted SUNY Stony Brook, but as of right now it looks as if they only have a summer start. I really didn't want to start in June.

    I'm doing my BSN online now, and should be finished in April.
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    lildrekie! Thank you for your various post. You have given some great advise. I guess its been about a year now. How are you enjoying or not enjoying the program? I recently got accepted for the 2013 Spring! I'm so excited but also nervious. Any other advise? Any books you are willing to sell? Anyone else out there starting Psych NP Spring 2013?
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    Everyone has different experiences. Only you can decide what is good for you.
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    I personally wouldn't look at it from a summer, spring, or fall start date. It's really about the quality of the program and quality of faculty and their respect for others. St Louis, Wilkes University, Rush, and Drexel all have good programs, as well as Stony Brook. I'd consider any of those.
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    I'm in the psych NP program and I don't find them to be unsupportive. I have to say my experience has been good. They are not warm and fuzzy though, I'll give you that. It is an extremely self-directed program. Exams are tough and I'd agree sometimes seem to ask questions that I'm 100% sure is not in any of the material for the exam, and the secure exam proctor can be a bit unsettling...but to be fair they are doing this to protect us and their reputation. I don't mind the secure exam proctor, we need to know this stuff. The difficulty with placements is happening at all schools and in all specialties. I have been in the program since August 2011 and I have not felt a "generalized contemp for students", it reminds me of an old school nursing program, just fly low and do what you need to do and it is fine.

    Quote from mwg60
    Reasons for not doing NP psych program at USA are vast: unsupportive faculty, odd exams, use of a camera to watch you take exams (Secure Proctor....you can look it up online), lots of busy work assignments, difficulty finding placements for many students (although this could happen in other programs too), a generalized contempt for students.
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    I don't mind secure proctor for exams necessarily, as it would be easier than having to find a place to proctor. I think the testing material, feeling as if it wasn't in your work happens with any program, honestly.
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    Seriously? You don't think every response being hateful, negative and unbending is unacceptable? Do you not think having no access to your exam answers is poor learning, and just lazy? Do you think every communication being grammatically incorrect, and incomplete is professional? "Old school" is called that for a reason....it happened in the past, not in the present as a way of teaching in any modern university, any. The issue with Secure Proctor is not the camera itself, it is the disorganization, lack of explanations, lack of coordination....what professionals in schools are supposed to do.
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