RN-MSN starting 1/1/13. Anyone with me? - page 3

by NurseYari 6,414 Views | 29 Comments

Hi everyone! Looking to see if anyone is with me to start on 1/1/13 for the RN-MSN program? Any former graduate tips would be greatly appreciated too!! :)... Read More


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    Hey Everyone - I'm thinking of doing RN-MSN (already have BS in Biology). How was the readiness test?? Did anyone need to study for it and if so what did you study?
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    The readiness assessment is just a general knowledge test, not too much studying involved. Except brushing up on math skills if they're a little dusty.
    So far, still on track to begin 2/1/13...anything I should be preparing on before starting? I can't wait to hit the books again!
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    As a two-time WGU grad - here's my advice.

    1) Buy a copy of PERLA software - it formats citations in the papers you write according to APA guidelines. Microsoft Office has an error in its software when it comes to multi-author sources.It's about $35 and the best $$ I spent.
    2) SCHEDULE study time like you would schedule a dentist appointment for the first couple of weeks. Be sure your family and employer know about the 'appointments'. Once you establish good habits - it gets easier.
    3) Do something every day - even if it's just opening up the student portal and reading a couple screens in the COS.
    4) Best advice EVER from a mentor: If you cannot figure out something related to school (tech issue/ assessment issue / what are they asking me for?) in five minutes, reach out to one of the resources available to you. Time spent spinning your wheels does not move you forward, it only digs you in deeper. Time spent reaching out for assistance is forward motion. always be moving forward.
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    @marycarney, I have been hoping for a response from the WGU queen of degrees herself!

    Thanks for the tips, I will definitely be looking into getting the PERLA software you mentioned. I am scheduled to have my 1st mentor phone call tomorrow and she will start opening up classes for me.


    I keep reading about this AWESOME student success kit, usually how far after your start date do you recieve the kit? anyone know? Im Stoked!
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    @marycarney, I will definately be buying the PERLA software! Thank you so much for that tip!

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    NurseYari, I am anxiously waiting for my transcript eval! WGU got my last transcript on 1/14 so I'm hoping I hear something soon. I got my first bill but I haven't been "packaged" by financial aid yet. So... how long did it take for you to hear about your transcripts and did you take any loans out???
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    Hi there! I know my student success kit showed up within the month of me starting, and it was awesome! All kinds of WGU goodies!

    I'm also a huge fan of the PERRLA software. Money well spent!

    Best of luck to you! Hope you love the program!
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    Curious to see how all of you that started at the beginning of the year are doing & progressing? I am considering start in April or May. My transcripts have all been sent & received by WGU. I just need to do the admissions assessment and make the commitment to start. I have a BS in Business and planning on the RN to MSN Leadership & Management. Is the program what you expected and are there specific questions I should ask before jumping in with both feet? Thank you & good luck to you all.
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    I didn't start the program at the beginning of this year, but I did start in August of last year. I originally was in the RN-BSN program but midterm I was allowed to switch to the RN-MSN education track. I truly love WGU. I love the fact that when I finished all the coursework for my BSN I was awarded one...apparently not all schools do that. I love that the things I've learned I've been able to immediately apply to my practice. My best piece of advice is don't gauge your progress on how other people are doing or have done. Everyone has different lives outside of WGU that can aid or hinder their ability to progress through classes and tasks. Plus a class I found difficult may be very easy for you and visa versa. Be proud of every accomplishment you make and share it with others...here, on WGU's Facebook page, wherever! Your accomplishments can give someone else the motivation they need.

    I'm happy to have found WGU. It fits so well with my lifestyle. My husband is currently doing his masters in something related to his job through another online university and I think I'd go crazy with his deadlines and such. I loved setting my own personal deadlines and giving myself treats when I met them (Starbucks anyone?)

    Best of luck to you! Any questions you have down the road after signing onto the program can always be answered most competently by your mentor...and the people here!
    MsvolsRN, NurseNightOwl, and klone like this.
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    I'm hoping to start this summer, I'll graduate with an associates (and hopefully pass NCLEX and start working!!) in May... Everything I've researched about this school and everything I'm reading on AN seems almost too good to be true (albeit definitely a lot of work). If you've recently started, please update us on your progress so us hopefuls can get a better idea of everything
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    Quote from kissmyasn
    I'm hoping to start this summer, I'll graduate with an associates (and hopefully pass NCLEX and start working!!) in May... Everything I've researched about this school and everything I'm reading on AN seems almost too good to be true (albeit definitely a lot of work). If you've recently started, please update us on your progress so us hopefuls can get a better idea of everything
    Congratulations and best of luck finishing your degree. I also thought this school was too good to be true in the beginning. However it isn't (at least in my opinion). Finishing my BSN in under 6 months was better than I could have hoped for elsewhere. A MSN never even was a thought to me until I was firmly in the BSN program and loving it. I hope if you do choose WGU it will exceed your expectations as well. It's definitely work, however you're probably used to that being a student now.


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