Quote from GoodKick01
Did you find more information about Walden? I also called Walden and they seem very nice and helpful. Where did your friends go for NPs? Did you make decision yet?
I am looking for BSN-MSN FNP, I am also in Texas, Thanks.
There is a FNP in my hospital who did Ball State University's online FNP program a couple of years ago, and she has been helpful in answering a lot of my questions. Then I have a family friend who did his FNP online through Samford University in Alabama. There is another FNP in my hospital that did Ball State, but I have not been able to get in touch with her.
I actually started the application with Walden, but have not really followed through yet. My hang-up is still the fact that I can't contact a person who has successfully completed the program and has become licensed in Texas (since they haven't graduated anyone yet). I did my LVN to RN bridge through Excelsior a few years ago, and I initially had concerns about that program. But, with Excelsior, I worked with RN's who had obtained their RN through Excelsior, so I had no doubt it was legitimate and could be done.
I do not doubt that Walden is legitimate, but until I see proven licensed FNP graduates in Texas, I can't help but hesitate to "pull the trigger" on enrolling there.
Walden folks have always been very nice and helpful when I have contacted them, and are always quick to respond to any questions I have. I have no complaints about them at all. Again, I just am struggling to fully commit to a lengthy program when I can't see actual success stories yet.
Also, after some "soul-searching" and prayerful consideration, I am thinking seriously about another route anyway. My family life is complicated due to my wife's health problems. We have two young children and I am the only person in the household working (and I work a lot). I began to think that maybe it would be safer for me to finish my BSN first, sort of as a way to "hedge my bets." I worry about things like going 3/4 way through the Walden FNP program, and then finding out it won't work for Texas, or breaking my leg or getting sick and not finishing, or having to stop because of health problems in the family, etc, and having nothing to really show for it since I would still technically just be an RN/ADN working on a masters. If I finish my BSN first, at least then I am adding letters after my name as I go, in the case that I had to stop at some point. I am even considering doing a different online non-clinical MSN (management, education, informatics, etc), which would be easier to work into my already busy life (avoid the 550-750 hours of FNP clinical rotations squeezed into a short period of time). Then, again, I am adding letters after my name and furthering my education in a way that I remain highly employable and promotable, even in the case that I were to, say, hurt my back and couldn't do bedside nursing anymore. Then, I could do a post-masters FNP certificate or something if I still wanted to. With my family situation, I just have to make sure that whatever I am doing moves me further ahead while minimizing risk of setbacks, failures, etc. Since my wife can't work, I have to find a way to further my education and earning potential without drowning my household in debt in the process, and while minimizing risk or further financial burden. ...well, just rambling now, but it helps to say all this (or type) outloud to see how it sounds. Thanks for listening.....