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PMHNP Walden

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Alix Alix, RN (New) New Pre-Student

Specializes in Mental Health Nurse. Has 12 years experience.

Hello!! I will be entering the PMHNP program at Walden in August. Any advice from anyone who has been through this same program?

Thank You!

anonymous72, MSN

Specializes in Behavioral Health. Has 14 years experience.

I am just now finishing up the program. The program is OK. If I had it to do all over again, I most certainly would not do Walden. There are many facilities where I live (in MN) who will NOT hire people who have completed online school and have disclaimers specifically stating this. Securing practicum sites has been a horrible ordeal. Do yourself a favor and start looking at both employment opportunities for the future (make sure you are able to secure a job when you graduate) and start looking for practicum sites NOW.

Alix, RN

Specializes in Mental Health Nurse. Has 12 years experience.

Thank you so much for your advice!!

anonymous72, MSN

Specializes in Behavioral Health. Has 14 years experience.

You’re welcome! Good luck in your endeavors and stay well!!

Jory, MSN, APRN, CNM

Has 10 years experience.

On 5/14/2020 at 1:08 PM, NanerRN said:

I am just now finishing up the program. The program is OK. If I had it to do all over again, I most certainly would not do Walden. There are many facilities where I live (in MN) who will NOT hire people who have completed online school and have disclaimers specifically stating this. Securing practicum sites has been a horrible ordeal. Do yourself a favor and start looking at both employment opportunities for the future (make sure you are able to secure a job when you graduate) and start looking for practicum sites NOW.

It's more of a "for profit" than online. Even Vanderbilt has their program online and they are ranked #1. Duke University, also has their program online.

On 5/14/2020 at 10:08 AM, NanerRN said:

I am just now finishing up the program. The program is OK. If I had it to do all over again, I most certainly would not do Walden. There are many facilities where I live (in MN) who will NOT hire people who have completed online school and have disclaimers specifically stating this. Securing practicum sites has been a horrible ordeal. Do yourself a favor and start looking at both employment opportunities for the future (make sure you are able to secure a job when you graduate) and start looking for practicum sites NOW.

Did they provide any help in securing clinical sites?

anonymous72, MSN

Specializes in Behavioral Health. Has 14 years experience.

No. You’re on your own for finding clinical sites. They provide a list and contact information of previously used sites but there is no guarantee that the sites are taking students.

I attend walden and I love it. I will be finished in Feb 2021. I had clinical for the first 2 semesters and walden found me someone for next 2 terms. They will help you. No school is perfect but I am glad Im a walden student.

anonymous72, MSN

Specializes in Behavioral Health. Has 14 years experience.

When I attended (graduated in May), they give you a list of places that have previously been used and you’re on your own to make the connections and find a preceptor. You’re extremely lucky if they legitimately found someone for you because this is unheard of with most online programs including Walden. My coworker will be in the last class next quarter and has no preceptor nor are they finding her one.

I feel so discouraged.Talked with Walden today and became very excited that all was lining up until I got online to find many negative comments/warnings. It’s extremely difficult to determine what is true vs false. I am assuming ALL online schools will require you to find clinical placement.

umbdude, MSN, NP

Specializes in Psych/Mental Health. Has 4 years experience.

It's widely considered a diploma mill with no admission or academic standards. Although sadly it's certainly not the only PMHNP diploma mill, it is probably the most notorious across all industries.

anonymous72, MSN

Specializes in Behavioral Health. Has 14 years experience.

On 6/15/2020 at 6:21 PM, Jory said:

It's more of a "for profit" than online. Even Vanderbilt has their program online and they are ranked #1. Duke University, also has their program online.

Neither one of them are listed on the Minnesota BON sites as approved and that’s why I went with Walden because they are.

anonymous72, MSN

Specializes in Behavioral Health. Has 14 years experience.

1 hour ago, umbdude said:

It's widely considered a diploma mill with no admission or academic standards. Although sadly it's certainly not the only PMHNP diploma mill, it is probably the most notorious across all industries.

You know what they say about hind sight. I finished the program and can’t change that now. I should have done more research. I live in Minnesota and they are the only online program listed on the BON website as an approved program. And the only one with a master’s degree. I’m not a young woman anymore (48 today actually!) and didn’t really want to pursue a DNP through the other options. I am single and a sole breadwinner so that played a large part in my decision to do online. I really wish I had done one of the brick and mortar schools here in all honesty even though I would still be in school now!

Jory, MSN, APRN, CNM

Has 10 years experience.

6 hours ago, NanerRN said:

Neither one of them are listed on the Minnesota BON sites as approved and that’s why I went with Walden because they are.

That's because the school has to make a request. If they have no students from that state, then there is no reason for them to make the effort for approval.

mmrbless

Specializes in med surge. Has 16 years experience.

I am currently in the PMHNP program at Walden, The Program isn't bad at all , it is true however that seeking and finding Practicum experience is the hardest part of the program, not sure if the current Pandemic is the reason as not many practicum sites are accepting students at this time, the sites that I was able to secure are doing mostly telehealth. My Questions is are there any graduate students who can help me with the Group and Family psychotherapy patient assessments log.

anonymous72, MSN

Specializes in Behavioral Health. Has 14 years experience.

Are you talking about what you log in Meditrek? 

mmrbless

Specializes in med surge. Has 16 years experience.

yes. please help

anonymous72, MSN

Specializes in Behavioral Health. Has 14 years experience.

Do you have an email we can communicate through? You can reach out to me at nurse.elaina@gmail.com. I would be happy to share with you how I documented.