Finished my MSN this morning - ask me anything! - page 9

I completed the final oral defense for my MSN through WGU this morning. I also have my BSN from WGU. Completed RN-to-BSN in one, six month term, and the MSN in 11 months and five days (not that... Read More

  1. Visit  klone profile page
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    Quote from mycall2nsg
    This has been extremely useful and motivating. I have been considering WGU and after reading here it is almost confirmed.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences.
    Let us know if you have further questions, we're happy to answer!
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  3. Visit  Tiny RN profile page
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    I started the RN-MSN, Ed. program with WGU November 2013.

    1) I should be done with the BSN part this fall (2014), how is the MSN part of the program? So far its been fairly "doable", "easy" if you will. Just curious as to if the MSN portion is about the same.

    2) I've heard there are changes to the curriculum coming August 2014. Supposedly consolidating some classes to ultimately make the program more efficient and quicker. Anyone know any details?

    3) I feel like I'm not moving as fast as you [the original poster] did. You did your RN-MSN in 17months? I didn't even know that was possible! HOW?! Tell me your secrets?! How should I be attacking the classes and terms?


    THANK YOUU!!!!
  4. Visit  RNtoMSNtrack profile page
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    Way to go,MaryCarny!!
    Hope this is still an active thread...found discussion doing a search for help. Just started today as new student in WGU's RN to MSN program...feeling more than a bit overwhelmed...returning to pursue my degree years after working as RN...grateful for any helpful guidance from one who has been through WGU and succeeded. I'm so thankful to have found this site where there are nurses who really understand...possibly provide some needed advice. Biochemistry is first on my start list! Any tips on how to succeed at this schooling challenge are most appreciated! Thanks! Antoinette
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  5. Visit  DisneyRNMSN profile page
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    Quote from RNtoMSNtrack
    Way to go,MaryCarny!!
    Hope this is still an active thread...found discussion doing a search for help. Just started today as new student in WGU's RN to MSN program...feeling more than a bit overwhelmed...returning to pursue my degree years after working as RN...grateful for any helpful guidance from one who has been through WGU and succeeded. I'm so thankful to have found this site where there are nurses who really understand...possibly provide some needed advice. Biochemistry is first on my start list! Any tips on how to succeed at this schooling challenge are most appreciated! Thanks! Antoinette
    I would sign up for the cohorts in Biochemistry. They're like mini boot camps and will help you get through the course much quicker!
  6. Visit  RN Texas profile page
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    I start October 1st :-o
  7. Visit  MsvolsRN profile page
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    Is the Cohorts in Biochemistry through wgu? I start October 1st as well.
  8. Visit  nurseaide101 profile page
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    I have accepted in the school they are waiting on me to do my entrance exam the teas I have read great experience about this school
  9. Visit  EMT6530 profile page
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    Quote from klone
    Correct. No deadlines, other than the end-of-semester deadline (all classes you have enrolled in for that semester must be completed or any outstanding class will get an F, and there is a minimum credit requirement each semester of 12 in the BSN program and 8 in the MSN program). The program works really well for my husband, who has to travel a lot for work. He might be on a business trip for a week, where he can't do anything school related, but then he'll be working from home for two weeks, where he can get a lot done in that time.

    You don't have to be a stellar writer to do well. You do need self-discipline, though!

    I was told by the admissions person that if I didn't finish a course by then the end of a term then I could just continue it in my next term. You are saying it's automatically an F and I would have to start that class from the beginning next term? The F stays on my record?
  10. Visit  Nurseshoni profile page
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    marycarney

    thank you so much for your advice and info. I just finished by BSN at ULL and was hoping to start a MSN PROGRAM in Jan 2015. I pray that i can complete my program as fast as you. So far western governors is at the top of my list.
  11. Visit  Rainbow0929 profile page
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    Mary,
    I have an assignment due for my BSN completion program asking me to "interview" a master's prepared nurse. Unfortunately in my small town, and at my SNF, my DON only has her ADN. Would you (or anyone on this board) be willing to answer questions for me? I'm desperate. I came to you because when I search MSN your post is the first that popped up. I will post questions. Anyone willing to answer, I appreciate any assistance you can provide.
    Thank you,
    AAB
  12. Visit  Rainbow0929 profile page
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    1. Do you feel your education and training has given you adequate knowledge in the use of quality processes and improvement science to evaluate care and ensure patient safety for individuals and communities? Can you give an example of a quality improvement process that you participated in or would like to implement to improve healthcare outcomes?
    2. Have you ever been involved in writing policies in the workplace? Can you give an example of a time you advocated for a policy to improve the health of the public and/or the profession of nursing?

    3. Have you completed any peer-reviews for EBP articles?
    4. In your work-place, have you helped in making new policies?
    5. What type of leadership creates the most effective working environment, vertical or horizontal? Which do you see most at your place of employment?
    6. Where do you go from here (DNP, PhD)? Do you want to further your education?
    7. How did your Master's degree affect your decision making process delivering patient education on diagnosis, illness prevention and health promotion?
    8. What are the top three practice habits that you changed at this point to support your deeper knowledge of evidence based theory?
    9. With the advancement of technology taking into account the EMR, do you feel a "quality" of care has been removed from patient care?
    10. Give an example of how a Master's degree has increased your competency in the nursing field.
    11. How has your role of patient advocate changed, if at all, as a Master's prepared nurse compared to a BSN?
  13. Visit  klone profile page
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    I would look further out into the community. Do you have any acute care hospitals? If so, I'm sure you can find a few master's prepared nurses. The purpose of the assignment is less about the answers to your questions, and more about pushing you outside your comfort zone, talking to strangers, asking them questions, and perhaps making some valuable networking contacts in the community.
  14. Visit  Jane Doe, RN profile page
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    I completed my BSN through WGU and loved it. Debating on MSN. There are no job opportunities for MSN nor will I get a pay raise. A potential thought I had was to become a WGU mentor, if they were hiring. What was required (in general) for capstone?


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