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    WGU any information will be appreciated

    Hi, I did apply to 2 programs in AR. I'm now in my 2nd semester at UAMS and I really like it. No problem getting in but had to take GRE. Also not sure about WGU's pass/ fail . My GPA was about 3.2 before , and after WGU so not sure how it affected it. Good Luck, you will like it.
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    WGU any information will be appreciated

    I graduated in March from RN-BSN program, not prelicensure, and I loved it , very flexible and everyone was very helpful and encouraging. I would get my nurse practitioner there if they offered it.
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    University of South Alabama Family Psych NP program?

    Hi, I have no idea about the UAMS FNP program, I was shocked I got in the UAMS FMHNP program without a wait, so you never know. I do know Arkansas needs alot more providers. You have to wait over a month now for regular doctor visits that are not emergencies. I didn't make the GRE score either(and I did not retake) so you could still get in. Good luck!
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    University of South Alabama Family Psych NP program?

    Hi marilynmom, I really like Amedisys so far. I started 3 years ago but took a year off and just started back (I broke my arm and had 2 surgeries). I work PRN/part time and have my own patients and then help others out too. It's a large company so we have alot of training (most on computer) but you get paid for all your time. My supervisor is really good, we have a new director so we'll see. All of it is computerized, schedule, notes everything. It takes awhile to figure it all out. forms etc. All my peers are extremely professional so we really work as a team. That is good. Maybe. I don't take call, I live a long ways from most of the patients and from waht I hear call is not bad. Psych emegencies usually end up in hospital so you rarely have to go out. Let me know how it goes. and with your NP application process. Good Luck!
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    University of South Alabama Family Psych NP program?

    Hi marilynmom, I really like psych home health, sometimes it is kinda strange or scary but most of my patients are in an assisted living center and so always someone is around. At their homes its strange at first but then you get used their quirks and know what to expect. And yes some are strange but if you ever feel like you don't need to be there you can leave. I have never felt threatened or anything, most of them know their meds help them. Most schizophrenics are honest but the ones with paranoia until they get to know you are very wary. Usually you have your patients for awhile because they are on long term injections or you draw blood for CBC for Clozaril therapy. Most live alone or have no caregivers to take them to DR. And alot of them chain smoke. Some are short term and just need teaching, not many though. The skills needed are what most nurses have, a lot of patience and a sense of humor. I would love this job as a NP, and do med management, guess I'll have to wait and see what happens. So have you applied to USA yet? UAMS is online except for the first day of each class. But I would still rather go to USA because it's a shorter time commitment. So I guess we'll see. Good Luck!
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    University of South Alabama Family Psych NP program?

    I will start at UAMS, it is a good school and then make up my mind if I get accepted to USA. Clinicals at UAMS don't even start until the 2nd year. I have no idea how hard it is to transfer. USA has contracts in Arkansas with the VA and Dept of health for clinical sites and I am hoping it all doesn't have to be with an NP since there are not many around here. Amedisys since it is home health and I'm part time I can set my own hours. I have worked 3-11 for years and it's hard to get used to days so I usually go to work around 11:00 until 4-5 just 2 days a week. Psych visits also pay more than medical visits. They do know about school and are very flexible. I'm just glad for this site so I could vent about options.
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    University of South Alabama Family Psych NP program?

    Hi Marilynmom and cameador: I work for Amedisys Home health out of Van Buren (50 miles away) and I really like it. I just see patients around where I live , I mainly do this with another nurse and we are both part time, but the pay is decent for part time. Since the state no longer cares for the mentally ill unless they are a real danger to others the mentally ill are all over the place in assisted living facilites and in the community. We usually give injections or monitor clozaril therapy. It is quite interesting. As for UAMS I don't know what to do. I'm excited I got in but not about a 3 year committment. USA rolled my application because it was late April 6, UCA turned me down because I forgot to send my NURSING APPLICATION. Yes I sent the other 10 pages of stuff. I'm still not over that. So do I wait or start at UAMS then transfer if I get in at USA? I will probably start at UAMS. I looked at their(USA's) website and you can transfer 9 credits (I thinK). But how hard is it to transfer? I just want to do it now!
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    University of South Alabama Family Psych NP program?

    I'm in Arkansas also. I've been accepted into UAMS' FMHNP program but their patho class was full this summer so it has put me behind before I've even started! I have also applied to USA and they rolled my application to the spring, so I really don't know what to do. If USA accepts me in spring it's a 6 straight semester progam and I would be finished in 1.5 years whereas UAMS is now a 3 year summers off program. So do I start ? Im 54 and live in a rather rural area for clinical sites and I probably will not go back for DNP unless forced too. I have not seen many openings for Psych NP's and I know of none around here where I live but the VA is opening rural clinics and doing psych at them so hopefully there will be jobs. I don't mind traveling to Little Rock or Ft. Smith a few days a week but not everyday. I ahve worked in Psych mainly adult and geriactric for 15 years and usually love it. I do psychiatric home health now and really like it. Really would love it as an NP. My GPA is 3.2 (I think). I know its above 3.0.
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    Question about Excelsior

    I am an RN and wanted my BSN so I ordered all the books from The College Network. Very expensive and then did not even use them. I decided to go through Western Governor's University which is very economical and accredited. Excelsior is its own program aside from TCN and costs more money on top of what you already spent. Be wary.
  10. I thought I was going to have to quit nursing until I found Birkenstocks. My doctor said I had a neuroma between my toes and the Birkenstocks allow my toes to spread out.My feet never hurt after working 12 hr shifts. Crocs are good too.
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    Has anyone heard of Western Governor's University?

    I currently am a student at WGU in their RN to BSN program. Since I am already an RN and have been for 12 years I don't have clinicals. I do have to take proctored tests and turn in assignments which I do take seriously since I am paying for this education. The program is new and has just been accredited by CCNE and the students are eligible for government student loans. I do not consider this a diploma mill as I have to work hard to get my assignments in. In my other RN school (Baptist) I made B's all the way through and A's in all my prereq's.
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