St Joseph's College of Maine FNP program students - page 12

I wanted to start this thread for all of the new (and current) students at Saint Joseph's College of Maine FNP program. Any info, news, updates or questions/concerns could be asked here for all... Read More

  1. by   emsangel
    It is true that the cohort groups are 15 weeks for clinicals. I did all of the courses in 4 week blocks and then hit a huge slow down once clinicals came. I had to wait for a cohort group of 6 students (about 2 months) and now we all do 16 hours per week for 15 weeks together and then move on to the next clinical rotation. I was planning do 24 hours per week and then take a few weeks off from work to do 40 hours per week to graduate in May, but with the clinicals the way they are, it takes 18-24 months to get through the program. The faculty have been amazing though in helping us get through all of this!!!
  2. by   TraceyMarino
    I too am starting the second round of clinicals. It is a lot of extra work getting preceptors and entering everything into the computer....not much time for working, with clinical and homework especially if you take theory and clinical together, which is what most of us are doing.

    There have been some mix ups, confusion, but yes, the staff are trying to help us get through. I think it has been a learning process for the college and the students!!!!

    You really should count on this program taking at least 2 years. I did all the classes up to clinical in less than one year, and I agree with emsangel--huge roadblock and delay while waiting for cohort, and it is no longer self paced when you reach that point. When you enter clinicals, you are at the mercy of the college to set the pace, so brace yourself for this!
  3. by   LJames13
    Thanks emsangel and TraceyMarino for the info. That is really helpful to all of us going through the classes and looking forward to the clinical aspect of the program.

    It really clears up a lot of confusion and at least we know that the school is trying to help.

    Good luck to you both and keep us posted with any updates or changes PLEASE!

  4. by   RN-In Maine
    Is anyone enrolled in NU 500 - Conceptual bases for nursing? Just wondering if you have a list of the books we need. I signed up for the class and they said it could take 5 days for confirmation so it would be nice to get a head start on ordering the books. Thank you!!
  5. by   canchaser
    I got a call from the clinical advisor they were feeling me out to see if I was ready to start clinicals and if had beeen in contact with possible preceptors. They are trying to get all 6 of us on the same idea pathway, A cohort may be starting in May. I hope I can get preceptors to do paper work by 5-15.
  6. by   norik95
    I just got an email from the GPS faculty . New FNP admittion rules from 2012-2013 that requires GRE testing. Does anybody knows if its applies to people in the program that taking first 2 classes? I am on my second class , and a little worry that I have to take GRE now.. I think that takes effect in June 2012
  7. by   canchaser
    You are coming in under the 11-12 school year so you should be ok. Check with the advisor.
  8. by   norik95
    thank you , I did email her
  9. by   canchaser
    I checked with my coworker who is at st joes, she said you should be under provisional acceptance to st joes. So as long as u pass the first 2 classes u are in without the Gre. Please keep us updated ... I have promoted st joes and have sent 2 other people here. Now that the Gre is required, will not be sending people there
  10. by   norik95
    Yes ,the GRE requirements will turn people away..I guess they have a lot of applicants and need to turn people away..
  11. by   canchaser
    I'm disappointed!! I went into get my self a pediatric preceptor. Called 8 people yesterday and got 7 no's. the last one was a yes. I met him at the office today on his lunch break. He pulsa me into his last morning appointment introduces himself to me and me to he patient, shows me how the document the visit and prescribe. We go to a QUICK (10 minute) lunch provided by a rep. Go back to his office to do the paperwork, he starts filing it out. I then tell him about how the preceptor is to log into the typhoon on a weekly basis ( 5 minutes) or less per the clinical assistance. He then rubs his head and says I can't do it.. I want to cry right there and then!!!! But I held myself together. So now it's a deal breaker??? Waiting to hear back from school. His resume is stupendous, published three times, Washington university school of medicine staff, and the list goes on and on.. Frustrated and ready to cry. I want to get into this clinical cohort.
  12. by   Ixalia
    The upcoming GRE requirement is not the only major change. According to their website, they are no longer accepting new applications for the remainder of 2012 for the MSN-FNP or FNP certificate programs. New applications would be reviewed as of January 2013.
  13. by   norik95
    Hello fellow students ,
    Does anybody considering taking summer classes on campus week July-16-20?
    I have emailed my advisor to see if I can take ethics and research ( am and Pm classes)

    Have anybody done that before? I guess they have room and board as well .

    I live in NH so for me it will be a drive to Maine.

    TX Norik95