Hi everyone 😊 My name is Lauren, I live in Chicago and decided this year to take the leap from being a full-time realtor to a nurse! I'm applying for the the Winter 2021 ABSN at ResU and the Spring 2021 MENP at DePaul and having SUCH A HARD TIME weighing the pros and cons of the two very different programs.
ResU is shorter, which gets you back into the work force faster, and it's significantly more affordable. On their site it mentions that clinicals can be as far as 50 miles from Chicago, though, which seems quite far! Any alumni that can speak on that?
The MENP on the other hand is longer and more expensive, but you graduate with an MSN which gives you the opportunity for higher paying positions down the line. From what I gather, the MENP prepares you most specifically for higher roles in admin (like a nurse manager)--I feel like if I were to leave the bedside I would be far more interested in a pysch NP Program than any kind of admin work. Working nurses, is there inherent value in an MSN over a BSN? Even if it's general like DePaul's?
If you have anything at all to say about either of these programs, I would love to hear it!