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  1. Graceland vs U of South Alabama?
    I completed the the associates to masters bridge program at Graceland. It was a great experience. I felt like everything went very smoothly. If I had one complaint it was that the program moves more...
    Apr 8
    Forum: Nursing Online Distance Learning
  2. Setting for Success 2014
    I am not sure, but it is a great program. It is very well run. Very smooth. Good luck!
    Mar 30
    Forum: Excelsior College Online Nursing Degrees
  3. Setting for Success 2014
    I went to Graceland University for their ADN to MSN program and then obtained my DNP from the University of Alabama. In each case didactic was mostly online and of course all the clinicals were...
    Jan 14
    Forum: Excelsior College Online Nursing Degrees
  4. Setting for Success 2014
    Former Excelsior grad, current nurse practitioner. Dig in, dig deep, try hard, and then try harder. You can do it.
    Jan 14
    Forum: Excelsior College Online Nursing Degrees
  5. My obamacare experience
    Freedom or free health care? What? No one said healthcare was free, but if you are talking about universal coverage, then yes you can have both. How silly to suggest other wise. Did you actually say...
    Jan 14
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  6. Am I crazy to plan a wedding going into my final MSN semester?
    Yes, you can do it. Just don't go all weddingzilla, and it should go well. You can have both a memorable and meaningful ceremony within the parameters you mentioned, but you will have to work as a...
    Jan 14
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  7. Salary vs Productivity Pay
    I am wondering what the demands are if someone is offering a new grad 100K. Ask about the work environment. Being too busy right out of the gate may be frustrating for both you and your patients....
    Jan 14
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  8. DNP and working full time?
    The University of Alabama. This is not to be confused with the University of South Alabama. Both are good schools though.
    Feb 16, '13
    Forum: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  9. DNP and working full time?
    I worked full time during my DNP. I was able to do my final project at my place of work and that helped quite a bit.
    Feb 13, '13
    Forum: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  10. Much needed career advice.
    As a paramedic myself I would suggest you look into becoming a physician's assistant. I became an NP because I was already an RN, and it made made more sense for me. However, had I not been an RN, I...
    Feb 13, '13
    Forum: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  11. Are online ANP degrees destroying our credibility?
    You say the PAs are "way" better than the NPs. Please quantify. What standards are you applying? What outcomes are you measuring? If the best articulation you have is "way", that will simply not...
    Jan 22, '13
    Forum: Pre-Nurse Practitioner Inquiry
  12. Are online ANP degrees destroying our credibility?
    Ouch. My program was "online". My instructors were knowledgeable, challenged me, put me under the gun and all that stuff. But then...how can that be? Ironically, my wife is in a brick and mortar...
    Jan 21, '13
    Forum: Pre-Nurse Practitioner Inquiry
  13. Excelsior CPNE Workshop
    I took the official Excelsior workshop back in 2005. Don't know what it is like now, but it was great then. I would say it definitely factored into my passing the CPNE. Ivan
    Jul 31, '12
    Forum: Excelsior College Online Nursing Degrees
  14. I am done!!!!!!
    Well almost three years after that last post I am happy to report that I just wrapped up my doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) at the University of Alabama. It has been a long journey, but it was...
    Jul 31, '12
    Forum: Excelsior College Online Nursing Degrees
  15. DNP Clinical Hours
    I am just wrapping up my DNP at the University of Alabama. They have an excellent program that can be completed in one year full time or two plus years part time. A portion of my clinical hours...
    Jul 25, '12
    Forum: Post Graduate Nursing Student: MSN/DNP/DNSc/PhD
  16. Radiology or x-ray training / seminar for NPs?
    I have a pretty good CEU deal with my job (includes a fair amount of time off and reimbursement). Anyone know of any radiology/x-ray training or seminars anywhere that are any good? I can travel. We...
    Jul 14, '12
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  17. Are online ANP degrees destroying our credibility?
    Lots of posts here. Some good thoughts. And then there are some that are, well, not so well thought out. Before anyone goes and trashes "online" or "brick and mortar" anything, maybe you should do...
    Jul 14, '12
    Forum: Pre-Nurse Practitioner Inquiry
  18. Anyone in or went through Graceland University Online FNP???
    As I recall, Graceland mailed all books to me, and I never really questioned if I had a choice. Probably should have. At the University of Alabama for my DNP I get all of my books from Amazon new,...
    Apr 30, '12
    Forum: Student Nurse Practitioner
  19. Shortage of Nurse Practitioner Preceptors
    I learned that people will steal underwear out of the washing machine, so you never know. The lack of preceptors is frustrating. I had to find my own and it was tough and nerve wracking. However,...
    Apr 30, '12
    Forum: Advanced Practice Nursing
  20. Best NP or PA Route- Opinions Please!
    I will echo some sentiments on this thread. If you are not a nurse and you want to be a provider then perhaps PA training would be more appropriate assuming you have all of the pre reqs. Ivan
    Apr 30, '12
    Forum: Advanced Practice Nursing
  21. Graceland University FNP program starting 2012
    Sorry I missed your question in another thread. Looks like you start today, so let me say congrats! Ivan
    Apr 30, '12
    Forum: Advanced Practice Nursing
  22. Anyone in or went through Graceland University Online FNP???
    I am a Graceland RN to MSN graduate (2009), and I have nothing but positive things to say with one caveat (below). The instructors were excellent, and the dean was very involved. I did a lot of...
    Apr 30, '12
    Forum: Student Nurse Practitioner
  23. Would you do it over again?
    Very little difference in pay, and I am not aware of differences in patient outcomes. There is a big difference in pre reqs and student loan burdens with PA programs having/resulting in more of...
    Apr 30, '12
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  24. Np stories of success
    It really depends on your job market, location, etc. As an RN I was working in an ICU setting doing the typical 12 hour shifts. I have had two NP jobs since graduation. They were both great, but the...
    Apr 30, '12
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  25. NP Scope of Practice - alternative medicine?
    You can certainly learn more about holism through formal and informal training (IMHO, most nursing programs incorporate holistic concepts into their BSN, MSN, and doctorate programs). Although there...
    Apr 30, '12
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)


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