FNP in NYC - page 2

Any FNPs practicing in NYC out there? Just wondering if you work at a hospital center or private office? How did you go about finding your job? Salary/years of experience? Do you live in the... Read More

  1. by   Sammi15
    Quote from bklynbaby
    It was pretty good. However since I graduated they changed it to an online program now. I am more into lectures where I can sit and ask the professor questions. So for me I would not want to do an online program. I have a friend who is currently enrolled in their NP program and likes it. I have another friend who was not into the whole online lecture so she decided to transfer to a traditional NP program with in class lectures. T

    They also changed their clinical courses which makes it much easier. When I was enrolled we had to do 215 clinical hours per semester. It was very stresful working full time, and trying to get in 215 hours of clinical within a three month semester. They now changed it. They split the clinical hours up so that you can catch up on hours during the summer. So its up to you.

    The curriculum is good. It definitely prepared me. Just decide whether you dont mind online classes.
    Thank you so much for sharing your experience! I'm so glad you graduated from Pace b/c I applied to Pace for summer 2010's semester and expecting a decision soon. In the meantime, I work full-time and thinking of going to school part-time. Do you think it's doable if I take two classes / clinicals per semester (even summer)? Do you like being a NP more compare to being a bedside RN? Any advices / tips on surviving Pace FNP program?

    Thank you once again for your feedback!
  2. by   bklynbaby
    You can only do one clinical course at a time. But you can take two core courses at a time, but I wouldnt recommend more than that. I took 6 credits each semester. Also pharm and patho are both pretty intense, so I wouldnt recommend taking those two courses together. When I attended pace there was a summer clinical course however I dont think they have a clinical course in the summer anymore. But I think you can still do clinical hours during the summer in order to lighten your load during the regular semester.

    Another thing please get all of your core courses out of the way before you take Advanced health asssessment and start doing clinical courses. Those clinical classes are six credits each and are hard enough without having another workload to deal with. For your elective I suggest Gross Anatomy, you go to SUNY Downstate and dissect a human body, very interesting. If thats not your thing then Complementary medicine is also pretty interesting.

    In order to survive keep up on your reading. Do not fall behind. If the professor gives you a blueprint for the exam, study everything on the blueprint.

    I just started working as a NP so I have no real opinion yet on whether I like it. Give me a few more months.
  3. by   Sammi15
    Hi, Bklynbaby

    I just got accepted to Pace's FNP program for this summer and I want to take 2 core classes (NUR 621 & NUR 624) which are offer for 5 weeks only. In your honest opinion, do you think it doable while working full-time or it's too much for the summer's semester. Or I could just take Pathophysiology only. What do you think of my plan?

    Thank you in advance for all your feedback and advices!
  4. by   bklynbaby
    Quote from Sammi15
    Hi, Bklynbaby

    I just got accepted to Pace's FNP program for this summer and I want to take 2 core classes (NUR 621 & NUR 624) which are offer for 5 weeks only. In your honest opinion, do you think it doable while working full-time or it's too much for the summer's semester. Or I could just take Pathophysiology only. What do you think of my plan?

    Thank you in advance for all your feedback and advices!

    Those two courses involve papers and I think 621 (nurse concepts?) has a group project involved. It might be a bit much to do in a 5 week summer semester. But if you dont mind writing papers you could probably handle it. Those two core courses do not have any tests involved just papers and a project. Not too stressful but can be time consuming dealing with deadlines for papers/projects.

    Pathophysiology is alot of information so I am not sure how much you would actually learn if its crammed into a five week session. Plus I am not sure how the exams go for a 5 week session, you may end up taking a test very other week.

    I would say go for 621 & 624 if you are well organized. If not go for Patho but just make sure you stay on top of the reading material.
  5. by   bklynbaby
    Hey Sammi,

    One more thing do yo have a certain time frame that you want to finish the program? If so make sure you schedule your classes accordingly. Its about 6 core clasess, NUR 621, 624, patho, pharm, research and an elective. So make sure you can fit in all classes before you start 674 advanced health assessment.

    You should look to see what courses are offered in the fall 2010. That way you can plan what you will take. Also take a look at courses that are this year spring 2010, chances are the same courses would be offered next year spring 2011.

    Also is it possible to take two core courses but in different summer sessions so that you are not taking them at the same time?
  6. by   Sammi15
    Hi, Bklynbaby

    Thank you so much for your continuous guidance! You are right, I shouldn't take Patho in the summer, it too much material to absorb in such a short period of time. Therefore, I'll go with my original plan and take 621 & 624. I think I'll do one class each semester after summer b/c the rest of the core classes look pretty intense. It'll take me a little longer but I rather go slow and get the most of this program than cram and learn nothing at the end. I think I might finish this program in 3 years. How long did it take you to finish?

    How's your new NP job so far?


    Thank you once again for all your continuous advices! U R AWESOME!
  7. by   bklynbaby
    You are welcome.

    So far the new job is going well. Learning alot. The transition from RN to NP can be a little challenging and it takes a while to get used to your new role. Otherwise I feel that my nursing experience as well as my education at Pace has greatly prepared me.

    I did the Combined degree program at Pace when I did my BSN. So when I graduated from Pace with my BSN, I already had six graduate credits under my belt. It took me about two and a half years to complete the rest of the program when I returned after a few of years of working as a RN.

    When I did return I took 1 or 2 courses a semester depending on the course. I did make the mistake of taking patho and pharm the same semester, and I was stressed out. Wish I took those seperately, but I had not planned out my classes and needed to finish those courses in time for Advanced health assessment. I had classmates that took three graduate courses a semester while working full time, and trust me they regretted it later.

    So go at your own pace just make sure you have it planned out so that you finish within your time frame.

    GOOD LUCK
    Last edit by bklynbaby on Feb 21, '10 : Reason: misspelling
  8. by   NYCrunner
    It has been a while since bklynbaby or Sammi15 has put up a status here, I was reading this thread and it has caught my attention. I would like to ask you how you are both doing? It is possible I will be entering into the bridge to FNP program and was hoping for some advise/guidance? All and any comments are welcome, thank you for your time and consideration.

    Regards,

    NYCrunner
  9. by   good face RN
    Hello all, I know this is an old thread, but I would like to gather some information on the Pace University FNP MS program. I know things might have changed since you graduated, but I was interested to get your feedback on the program itself. I've been reading through some forums saying that it was not a good program and that it's difficult and people flunked out. I would like to get an honest opinion from others who may have not had such a negative experience. I did also have a few more specific questions regarding actually getting into the school as well.
  10. by   HUMORLW
    Is pace FNP all online or do you have to attend classes?

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