UW... why NOT to go - page 3

by stellasaurus

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Not to burst any bubbles, but the University of Washington is on the decline. They've just raised tuition for their family nurse practitioner program to exceed that of medical school. We're talking they JUST told students to come... Read More


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    Quote from stellasaurus
    The FNPs pay $26K/year starting June 22. Nurses who work at the UWMC and Harborview and attended the program and/or worked as TAs used to pay less, depending on their union contract. That's all over though. Now all FNPs pay $26K/year. It's more than med students.
    I'm just taking what stellasaurus said, since students in the FNP program work at HMC/UWMC used to get that tuition exemption thing. Just looked at the UW website under benefits and it's still there and doesn't list anything about nursing graduate programs. I think I'll call the school tomorrow to clarify.

    It's looking pretty grim though because once people take something away, it usually never comes back; I don't think we'll ever see free baggage check again, for example.
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    gotcha, please post what you find out~ I agree with the line of thought that once something is taken away it is much harder to get back
    Last edit by just_cause on Jun 8, '09
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    So the plot thickens...

    Got ahold of Academic Services at the school of nursing to ask the real dope and he basically said that the FNP program was the only program to not receive the tuition exemption if you work at UWMC/HMC, but everything else was still viable. Asked him if he thought the other programs would lead out that way and he said "no."

    Kind of sucks for the FNP folks, but they're really a dime a dozen in nursing programs so you can get your FNP elsewhere, although they really should've let those folks already enrolled finish up their degree program or at least given them more than 2-3 weeks warning.

    I guess what they're driving at is that many people won't be working at HMC/UWMC who are completing those kinds of programs other than FNP. I was originally hoping to get a job on their NICU and then go for NNP (neonatal NP). I'm not so sure now...
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    Aiiiie! In the other thread (under nursing news), UWSON said that they won't be giving tuition exempt for doctoral programs in the future...and considering that UW is going to be all doctoral (no masters) in the near future, not good! So...get in now and get everything in a legal contract is their suggestion...
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    I'm an undergrad at the UW studying public health and pre-nursing so I've been exploring my options for post-bac nursing school. I haven't heard anything good about the UW nursing school as far as experiences. I've heard from mutual friends that the students are treated poorly (like a nuisance as someone else said) , to the point where one girl sincerely considered dropping out (this is undergrad I'm talking about though). Other than that, when I met with the undergrad nursing advisor UW (who is extremely nice and very helpful), she straight up told me not to do the MEPN (now GEPN) program at UW, mostly because I'm out-of-state and the cost wouldn't be worth it for me. But aside from cost, she also mentioned how hard the program was, I'm not sure if she was saying that all MEPN programs are tough (believable), or if the UW SON program was more so than others.

    Her advice to me was to finish my undergraduate degree, and then get an ADN, which would be equivalent to a BSN in the workforce (except for some areas that require a BSN like neonatal).

    UW is a good school, but they have definitely screwed me over on a lot of things. They don't care much about the individual, but more so the classes as a whole. Maybe that's why the school is so strong in their public health and community medicine program..... (jokes)
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    I am pretty much in the same boat as you! I am an undergrad at UW studying the global health concentration in anthropology (figured that major would help me somewhat when I go into nursing). I recently decided to go pre-nursing and am also probably going to opt for the ADN after I graduate. DO you know where you will go yet? I figure if I really end up needing the BSN later on, I can always go to UW Bothell for a year. I believe you can work while you go there because the classes are only one day a week!

    I wouldn't consider doing the accelerated program at UW seattle, I have been going there for a couple years now and don't really like the atmosphere. I actually realized I prefer smaller schools haha.
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    Well, I get told time and time again that it really won't matter if I have an ADN or BSN with a second degree. But I have intentions of going on to get my master's in nursing and who knows what else from there, so for that I've heard that it would be somewhat beneficial to have a BSN, but still not crucial. The idea of going to a CC for two years and then an RN-BSN program for another 1-2 years really doesn't appeal to me when I could do it in 13 months through an accelerated program, even though it costs way more. But it's different for everyone, ya know? I'm also drawn to BSN programs because they look at the whole applicant, not just grades. I'm only going to apply to a few schools (hopkins, duke, and UCSF) for next June and see what happens, reapply to more the following year if I need to. First I just want to graduate with one degree! hah!

    The only thing I'm considering UW Seattle for is if I ever want to get my PhD or DNP.
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    Yeah it depends on location too. I can't move and here in the seattle area I haven't heard of any accelerated BSN programs that I can think of off the top of my head. I've just heard of the master's ones which I wouldn't want to do.

    I'm assuming you are from Cali because of your user name, have you heard anything about a john f. kennedy university in the bay area? I read on the UCSF website that if you go there for BSN you can automatically get into UCSF for the masters program. Seems life a sweet deal since UCSF is ranked very highly in nursing, but I haven't found out too much info about the program or even if that school is any good. That's the only program I would look at for out of state if even that.

    But sounds like you are applying to some great schools! Good luck!
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    Lower Columbia College has a 99% pass rate on the LPN NCLEX (which you are encouraged to take after your first year in the RN program) and a 95% pass rate for the RN NCLEX. My class all passed both tests first time. I would encourage everyone to go to a good community college for their RN, there are a lot of RN to BSN classes available. WSU has one completely distance ed. There are some significant advantages to CC, lower tuition, smaller classes, great teachers and you usually know all of your classmates because you have been slogging through all of the pre-req's together.
    ifnotnowwhen? and freesia29 like this.
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    I am in the BSN program at UW and love it. I think there are advantages and disadvantages of every program. It's true they increased the tuition exponentially for the FNP program. But overall, you get an excellent education at UW and they really treat you like an intelligent individual capable of learning and absorbing a lot of information. At times it felt like med school (I have a lot of friends who have been through med school). So if you want an intellectually challenging experience, go to UW.


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