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    Hi there! Not sure how much insight I can provide as I just started the program but I can share my experience thus far Organized, affordable (a bit over $700 a credit for out of state). I believe they offer a post- masters certificate for a number of specialties. So far...two thumbs up. I enjoy the course I'm taking and the professor is really accommodating. All the best in your search. There are a number of online post-master's programs however, you are required to find your own clinical experiences which surprisingly can be a challenge. All the best in your search.

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    I hesitated with starting an exclusive online PMHNP program but I am thrilled to start such a dynamic, flexible program. We are a military family stationed overseas and the School of Nursing has bent over backwards to help arrange all our meetings (traditionally done at the University) via Skype. I'm in the 2012 Psych NP cohort slated to graduate 2015 and would be happy to answer any questions about the program, process, etc for anyone interested and would love to virtually introduce myself to my classmates. All the best!

    Keri

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    Hi there! UMass is such a likable school for so many reasons. They produce awesome nurses and I wish there was a way for you to get your advanced degree from the school. The BSN-DNP programs will have a focus as the traditional master's tracks once (and still) have. The verdict isn't out as to when students will be required to transition to a DNP model as many universities are still offering MSN degrees. I'm enrolled in Stony Brooks online PMHNP program and have heard good things about the program. It's reasonably priced for being out of state (about $650/credit). Best of luck to you- where there's a will there's a way... there are a bunch of options.

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    Hi ladies and gents. I hear your frustration as I was in the same boat as many of you. I finally heard from admissions YESTERDAY that I was accepted into the PMHNP program. My scathing email to Dolores (I felt terrible she had to be on the other end of it) explained that someone needs to be accountable for the absolute disregard for prospective students. Many of us put a lot of heart, time and consideration when applying to this program. To boot- many of us are traveling from all over the US to make this happen. I've accepted my seat but with hesitation. I really hope that once in the program, the curriculum/clinicals are smooth sailing. Does anyone even know what classes we are slated to start May 28th? It's almost laughable how unorganized the program appears. However, like many of you, time is of the essence and I absolutely need to start a program now. Good luck to you all! Safe and happy travels.

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    Hi ladies/gents : ) I'm sure you read all the posts and I'm sure you're overwhelmed by it all. I can honestly tell you that if you submitted your application to STT you probably have a great, enthusiastic attitude and you'll love it as much as I did. I was a relatively new nurse (less than 2 years) and it was my first travel contract so that speaks volumes about the experience. If you feel confident within your specialty I would push you out the door to get there as fast as you can. I learned so much about myself professionally and the lessons could never have been learned without traveling somewhere like STT. The local nurses will challenge you (don't all new nurses get treated this way?) but it's just a tad more contemptuous AT FIRST. Prove yourself and be kind to everyone and they will be sad to see you go... this was my experience. It's an adventure, this is not a 3rd world hospital... they practice sterile technique, have equipment, and care deeply about their patients. It is MUCH different than working on the mainland but isn't that exciting to you? Please feel free to email me at Kericressotti@gmail.com for any more specific questions. All the best my friends!

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    My husband is active duty Army taking a position at the NATO headquarters in Belgium. I respect and sympathize with each family supporting their spouses careers in the armed forces. Each family experiences PCs differently based on their position, education, and most importantly their state of mind. Rather than feeling defeated for not "making YOUR dreams come true," remember you and your husband are a united front and it's important you find meaning in your life while either overseas or stateside. Where there's a will there's a way. If you want to become a nurse there are absolutely ways to do so while overseas. Perhaps taking classes online and coming back stateside for clinical is an option. If you are without children you may choose to stay in the states while your husband leaves for his new duty station. Perhaps you could live overseas and work in the UK as a international travel nurse? Have you considered telephonic triage nursing? Never feel defeated. If you are already a nurse and are able to take a couple years off to raise children-embrace it if that is your desire. The possibilities are endless. Heads up ladies and gentlemen. Remember, you married you husband or wife because you love and support them, stay united and try not to take life too seriously.

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    Clinical question for any NICU RN's. Baby was on TPN/IL, Veceronium, Versed, and Morphine. The night nurse endorsed she was giving all the IV meds through the same PICC. Wouldn't this have been a bolus of all the gtts? Any thought?

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    Thanks so much for your post. I'm working at NYPres-Columbia in the NICU (I start next week!!) and am interested in the WHNP track at Columbia. Any advice? Thanks a bunch again for you confidence-put my mind at ease

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    You will have a fantastic experience in St Thomas. It takes a few weeks to get used to the system and culture but they will be sad to see you go The locals are really friendly once you get to know them.
    You DEF need a car no matter what. I know trustaf puts there travlers at Sapphire Village and the saffari's are pretty good (and cheap-$2 per ride) but I've had so many friends that were late and not to mention aggravated to no end when they had to go shopping for groceries etc. I went through Dependable- you MUST get insurance and the best insurance is Gaurdian. Internet is shotty but I hear that at Sapphire it's not too bad-I lived at Sea Cliff on the south side of the island-you will be on the East side were it's much better. You can't check your email or log on to the internet at work at all-it's blocked. There's a great coffee shop called "bad ass coffee" in Havensight that has free Wifi so long as you buy something. It's fast and reliable but it's about a 20 min drive from where you live. While the island is only 13 feet by 4 feet traffic sucks and it takes forever to get places. I am so envious of you-wish I were starting with you-you will LOVE IT! Don't listen to people on here that try and scare you--so long as you have an open mind (which you obviously do-otherwise, you wouldn't take on a travel assignment like this) and stay positive you'll be so happy! Best of luck! -Keri

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    hey, how did you end up doing? I'm taking my exam Monday-any pointers?

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    hey again, sorry to hassle you I just got a job at Morgan Stanley in the NICU-have you worked there. Willing to shed any light? I only have 2 years of nursing experience in the NICU so I'm super anxious about starting. The manager seemed friendly and the unit seemed expectational well staffed. I start in Aug, so no rush on the response. take care and thanks again!! Keri

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    Hi there, would you be willing to give me some more details about Columbia's housing, I've entertained the idea of living there against many city dwellers concerns for my life I've heard it's a rough area-but the perk of being right there is awesome! Would the UWS be a better choice? What's the housing like anyways? Any info would be helpful-thanks in advance

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    How did the interview go! I start Aug. 10th in the NICU and would love to know someone going into orientation The best advice is the most cliche advice...BE YOURSELF. You want to be part of a unit that's not only adventitious for the hospital but also for YOU. No one interview is the same--if you've had experience be prepared to answer "your most challenging clinical experience..." questions. If new be prepaired to answer "where do you see yourself 5 years from now." I've only had two years of NICU experience and can say boldy that I am equal parts excited and petrified. Us NICU guys and gals tend to be worriers but it's only because we care so much about every tiny (no pun intended) detail Experience of no experience, if you're part of a NICU team there is a level of passion and enthusiasm that will naturally come through in your interview. Show it off!!! I'm so honored to be part of such a wonderful NICU and can't wait to start (freaking out!!!!!) . Best of luck to all my fellow nurses... you'll end up where you're suppose to end up-I believe in you all!

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    Everyone has unique traveling experiences but I'm much like you in that before I left for St Thomas I wanted to get all my ducks in a row before I made the leap. I had the greatest experience of my life I met the most amazing friends (both local and travelers). The hospital itself is a great place to work... Like any health care facilities there are high and low points however the high outweighed the low. This was my first travel assignment and many nurses mentioned it would be a horrible place to venture for my first stop but it was rather, the best 5 months of my life. I lived in a beautiful condo overlooking the ocean, the pay was great (remember, St Thomas has no state tax), beaches, day trips to other islands --you'll love it if you have a positive attitude and are looking to broaden your horizons. I say go for it. I worked with CCTC (awesome company and equally awesome recruiter), I rented my car from Linda at Dependable Car Rental (599.00 for a three month mini lease), you need to get insurance from gaurdian which is really easy and costs 800.00 for the year, you'll have to pay that up-front but will be pro-rated when you leave the island... (it comes out to be about 60 a month for car insurance). Any questions feel free to ask

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    hey there-taking a 13 wk assignment to st thomas and very excited I'll be working in their NICU dept. Can you tell me about the unit? I'm with CCTC and although the pay is low I'm hoping my experience will be rewarding. Any info would be appreciated! Thanks, keri


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