Walden University - the latest on the FNP program - page 5

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Hello all... ...long time reader, first time poster..... ...seeking info on the Walden FNP program.... So, I have a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Texas at Austin, and I am a Registered Nurse in... Read More


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    I was not talking about distance programs in my post. You were not clear in your post that you were taking about online programs and instead it seemed you were talking about all programs. Of course with online programs you'll need to find your own preceptors.
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    My response was to the hobbitrn who was disgruntled that walden doesn't help with preceptors. As I said previously, not even a prestigious school such as Vanderbilt arranges preceptors for their distance students. This is not specific to walden. On a side note, it's funny to me that you were comparing apples to oranges and claiming this means walden is inferior when, in fact the very school you are going to does the same thing for their distance students. Futureeastcoastnp specifically said distance programs and specifically stated Vanderbilt which is simply untrue. You stated all reputable schools will find preceptors for you, which is also false. If you're going to waste time on a thread about a school you know nothing about, maybe get your facts straight about your own school.
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    Quote from mrvlegov
    My response was to the hobbitrn who was disgruntled that walden doesn't help with preceptors. As I said previously, not even a prestigious school such as Vanderbilt arranges preceptors for their distance students. This is not specific to walden. On a side note, it's funny to me that you were comparing apples to oranges and claiming this means walden is inferior when, in fact the very school you are going to does the same thing for their distance students. Futureeastcoastnp specifically said distance programs and specifically stated Vanderbilt which is simply untrue. You stated all reputable schools will find preceptors for you, which is also false. If you're going to waste time on a thread about a school you know nothing about, maybe get your facts straight about your own school.
    Let's look at your initial reply.

    I also go to Walden and although I agree that they are not very helpful with practicum placement support (and never return calls/approve practicums etc) I have talked to a lot of other MSN students including those going to the local State University doctorate FNP program and they don't get assistance with setting up clinicals either. I also have talked to students from Gonzaga in Spokane WA and they ran into the same problems. I think, across the board, most places require you to get your own. I agree they should be more helpful but I definitely wouldn't say DON'T go to walden because of this. Just be aware you will be on your own when it comes to setting up your practicums and its harder than you think. However, you will most likely run into this with any school you attend, especially a distance program).


    The only part where you mentioned distance program was at the end, and you never specified that you were ONLY talking about distance programs. You said 'especially a distance program', which means what it means, that not only do distance programs not find you preceptors, but mostly ALL programs also do not find you preceptors. You were not clear whether you were talking about a distance program in regards to the 'local state university' nor in regards to Gonzaga.

    I was under the assumption that you were talking about ALL NP programs, which is why I responded. Yes, all reputable brick and mortar programs will find you preceptors. As for Vanderbilt distance program, I know that they do assist you with finding preceptors and give you a list of preceptors in your area, so you are not completely on your own.

    As for what 'Futureeastcoastnp' said, I am not him/her.
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    Quote from mrvlegov
    Here is a link that discusses many of the schools and it does say which require you get your own preceptors. Vanderbilt is listed here as requiring you secure your own preceptors Top 10 Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Programs | Midlevel U
    Ugh! not picking on your post, but who came up with that list of so called Top 10 ACNP programs? Midlevel U? The list is so arbitrary with no real sense of how it was arrived at.
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