UW... why NOT to go - page 4

by stellasaurus | 19,500 Views | 42 Comments

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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    I really enjoyed my time at WSU. If you're currently looking into nursing school (or a masters), don't rule it out because it's on the other side of the state. Our president cares, our nursing school dean cares, our instructors were almost all currently practicing RNs or ARNPs, the NCLEX pass rate is high, and it's just an over all good environment.

    As for masters... I hear great things about WSU and Gonzaga. Gonzaga is almost all online with a few campus visits during the semester. I know a lot of people who are able to work full time and complete their degree.

    Good luck to everyone trying to make decisions.
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    i think you can get an intellectually challenging experience elsewhere, not just UW.
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    http://www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/Professions/Nursing/documents/PassRates.pdf
    Here's a link to the NCLEX Pass rates on the Department of Health Website. It helped me to make the decision on which schools to consider. What I have been told from nurses that I know who work at Swedish is that a new grad is a new grad. You're not going to command a higher starting salary with a BSN then you would be able to get with an ADN because you are still a new grad. However in the long-term I think we will all want to get the BSN because there is a push towards it. Hospitals are encouraging their nurses to go back and complete the BSN, and some states are making laws to require a BSN to become an RN.
    The bottom line in this job market is that you will be competing with a lot of other well qualified professionals for a very limited number of positions in any field including nursing.
    Last edit by LetUrLightShineRN on Sep 24, '09 : Reason: adding a link
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    Just as an FYI, it is harder as a new grad to get into the various nursing specialties...I'm a NICU (neonatal) RN and there were 60 apps for the 10 spots in our new grad group and all of us are BSN grads.
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    A BSN is better than an ADn in my opinion as well, but this thread was mostly for people who dislike UW to express their opinions. It's not about ADN vs BSN. That is one disagreement that can never be won, judging from other threads like it haha. Also, there are definitely other schools in the state of WA that you can get a BSN. WHo cares where people go, just as long as they are happy with their choice that's all that matters.
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    I am applying to both the UW GEPN and SU APNI Master's programs. The cost of the UW program is about $73,000. The cost of the SU program is about $54,000. They both take the same length of time and result in the same degree. As a longtime taxpayer of Washington State, I want to know why it costs so much more to go to a public university than a private university? On paper, both of the programs sound good, but is the UW program really worth $20,000 more?
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    No, GEPN at UW is not worth $20K more than SU. (I say that as a UW alum.) Either way you will be laughed out of HR if you have an advanced nursing degree but you never worked as an RN. And unfortunately there are no jobs for new grad RNs. We are starving out here. Seriously. If I had it to do over, I would not waste my money at the UW or probably in nursing school at all. There are just zero job prospects.
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    I think a bit of it is in the eye of the beholder, though certainly resouces are an issue. Another school in Seattle you did not mention was Seattle Pacific University. Large enough to have had a FNP program for a while but small enough to custom tailor a program. I looked into the UW for a FNP and heard some mumbling consistent with previous complaints in this thread, though I also look at who is doing the mumbling and why! I even had high level input from hiring persons that they would not hire a UW FNP as they thought the faculty had their ..... in the clouds and gave the students no real experience LOL (I disagree, but remember the comment from the old crusty person).
    FWIW I even ended up at Harborview as a FNP student, not even being a UW student ( Though I admit I worked some contacts). I found SPU though not perfect to really be willing to make it work for you yet also make you sweat a bit to learn what they expected you to leave with.

    as far as undergrad goes I have hired before as a manager and never really paid attention to the "name" of the school where the RN recevied a BSN. For me it was always how the person presented and what they had done.

    for what its worth

    AP
    Last edit by allennp on Nov 30, '09
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    Quote from stellasaurus
    The U.S. News & World Report editors do the ranking and they've admitted that it is fairly random=just for marketing purposes. What better way to sell a publication to an eager student audience year after year? Think about it.


    Stellasaurus.... I know it's been awhile, but I'm wondering where you found this info that USNWR admits their ranking is fairly random? I have had the hugest gut feeling this is the case, and after looking into their "methodology" it has proven correct, but they don't exactly say it's "random" or for "marketing". Just that it is peer reviewed. So again, wondering where you picked up this gem of information that they admit it is for marketing.

    Thanks!
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    Quote from Raven713
    Well crap, where the hell is someone supposed to go after they get an ASN/ADN to get a BSN/BDN? ***?!?!?!?

    Where else in WA can someone with an ASN/ADN transfer for a Bachelors in their career field? Or will they have to "minor" in Nursing and pick a bachelors degree in something else?

    ***?!?!?!?
    PLU, SU and I know UW-Tacoma is now offering a transfer of those with an ADN to BSN at their campus. I went to UW-Tacoma and UW-Seattle and I like UW-T WAAAAY better...smaller classes, more instructor/student contact. UW-Seattle you are just another number and more money for them.
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