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    MSN education to DNP/ PHD?

    What? I mean, pay attention to the standards of the programs where you intend to attend, but that doesn’t sound right. For one, there are a good number of BSN to PhD programs out there, and some in Public Universities; they obviously are fine with the basic BSN level education/leadership content. I’m currently in dissertation in such a program. My program included about 15 hours of MSN educator courses which will allow me to become a certified nurse educator once I defend if I want to go into academia. The program I attend doesn’t distinguish about what kind of MSN one has (most of my cohort were MSN). Only one of my cohort was MSN-leadership, the rest were MSN-Peds (that’s how they did it in the 80s), or FNP, WHNP. Once more I’d encourage you to investigate the standards of the program(s) you are interested in but Educator courses will serve you well if you want Academia.
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    Dual DNP/PhD programs: what's most important?

    I'll add that my PhD program does not provide funding. You can apply for grants and scholarships but that has maybe covered 10% of my tuition over the last 4 years (doing BSN to PhD). I had heard PhD programs are really declining and in my own university the DNP cohorts are 3-4x larger.
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    MSN vs PhD for teachers

    As part of my BSN to PhD program I took a series of MSN-education courses including a practicum following around a nursing professor. Seemed like a lot of the professors that didn't have their PhD were working on it. Also, the ones who didn't have it told me of how they really feel at the bottom of the totem pole in respect much less potential for advancement. Every one of them told me they planned to return for either PhD or DNP.
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    College selection for doctoral program

    I thought I found the repository of Walden University's doctoral dissertations then went to the Nursing section. Had posted the link but turns out it's publications, not necessarily dissertations. Let me keep looking
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    College selection for doctoral program

    I don't think we really disagree on the things you stated above. I guess I might clarify that "online PhD programs" are not exclusive to for-profit schools. The one I attend is almost all online but it is a large State university. If I knew more I might have waited another year and applied to the PhD program that is physically closest to me because as it turns out, I believe they are an R1 facility. But I was impatient and I had missed the application deadline there by the time I figured out what I needed to do. I wish this forum had been active back in early 2014 but that's life, live and learn. None of the new PhDs from my program struggle to get positions commensurate with their education but there would have been advantages to the other university (UTA).
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    UTA Spring 2019 PMHNP

    Thanks for answering Luci! Actually he wants info that is much more relevant to the stage you are at, having just finished the application process. I noticed you only have 10 posts so I don't think you can send PMs through AllNurses. Would you mind too much emailing me. I hate to put my email right here in the post but. . . It's just my Allnurses username then @yahoo.com. I promise to be respectful of your time especially in this very busy time of your life. Thanks, TiffyRN
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    College selection for doctoral program

    I'm going to agree with you wholeheartedly on points 2 & 3. I had just completed an RN to BSN less than a year before I started this program. I thought it might be slightly more intense than the semester I took 11 hours at the BSN level. Ha!! By my second semester I had to beg my manager to go part time just so I could stay sane. State University programs in your own State are usually the financial best bet but it's worth looking around. As far as the benefits from being in personal dialogue with your cohorts and professors, I can't say I so much disagree but rather want to say I learned to utilize technology to my best advantage. Every time I was assigned group work we all had each others' personal phone numbers and would text frequently, plus email. I regularly called my cohorts in my PhD cohort and not just when we had assignments to complete. Sometimes we just needed to blow off steam. We would have Skype sessions with our (very talented) statistics professor and we would text each other all during those sessions to support each other (stats is just hard). When it came time to study for comps ("orals"), there were two of us that were testing together. We (at the recommendation of our advisors) started meeting in person once a week to review materials. Just so happened we lived within 30 minutes drive so we would meet at another university's library and use their study rooms.
  8. I've been here since 2003 I think, so not as long as some. It was right after I left the adult world to go to NICU. So many changes in these last few years. I think Dan Gilbert gave a Ted Talk discussing how we always underestimate how much our own selves will change over time and that is SO true in my life. I was very resistant to advancing my education beyond my ADN but finally gave in. Loved the research sections so much that I had to have more. So that got me roped into a PhD program. 4 years later I'm writing my dissertation and hope to defend it sometime next Spring. Looking forward to exploring the world of Nursing Science as a career (scary). AN played a role in convincing me I could succeed in advancing my degree. My biggest contention over the years was that "I can't write". In helping to convince me I could, my husband pointed out how I was prone to writing out 300-400 word diatribes on AllNurses (with careful spelling and grammar because that's just proper). I conceded he might have a point, and turns out he had a point. My dissertation chair, in reviewing what challenges I could expect to face through this process did point out that "well, you can write quite well, so that's not a worry" (and the tears started up again). I guess this educational process would count as my most significant. My initial education was through a not-well-rated and anti-science homeschool curriculum which contributed to my feelings of educational inadequacy. Making it through BSN and now almost through PhD while working (full time at first, now PT) is really all I have to show but it's not nothing.
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    UT arlington PMHNP Fall 2016

    Hey there An folks. I'm a long time AN member and my program is actually BSN to PhD however. . . Since you guys have all applied to PMHNP program at UTA I was wondering if anyone here would be willing to chat with my husband who is looking to attend this program. He's a current BSN RN with 16 years experience. We are local to UTA so this program would be great. If any would be wiling to answer a few questions, sent me a PM through AN! Thanks!
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    UTA Spring 2019 PMHNP

    Hey there An folks. I'm a long time AN member and my program is actually BSN to PhD however. . . Since you guys have all applied to PMHNP program at UTA I was wondering if anyone here would be willing to chat with my husband who is looking to attend this program. He's a current BSN RN with 16 years experience. We are local to UTA so this program would be great. If any would be wiling to answer a few questions, sent me a message through AN! Thanks!
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    PhD with Teaching Focus

    I agree with the previous posters for the most part (EdD is more for teaching, PhD more for research). I went in to my program as a BSN to PhD student. Those of us starting as BSN had to complete 6 Masters level education courses including a teaching practicum since we didn't already have a master's degree. I thought they were very helpful. While I do not plan to take a teaching position, you never know where life will take you and having the background about how to organize a syllabus and construct valid exams may be useful in many settings. Also, the program purposefully tailored the courses we took to satisfy the requirements to take the CNE exam once we obtain our degree.
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    College selection for doctoral program

    I have been attending UTMB-Galveston for 4 years (BSN to PhD). They are nearly 100% online. They require on-campus visits once a year for the first 3 years and then when you defend your dissertation (you can defend proposal by Skype). I know their out-of-state tuition may be higher but I doubt it is as high as private-for-profits schools. I think the application for Fall is due in April or May.
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    Anyone else applying to PhD programs?

    Even though I've been on AN since 2003 and used to post extensively I haven't been on AN as much since FB groups became a much bigger thing. I used to look for fellow PhD seekers but under the Graduate Degree section, and since there were a few posts there I thought that was the only place. I guess this category is new. So briefly, I've been pursuing BSN to PhD since 2014. It's a long process but I am in dissertation. I am a big fan of quantitative work but I've learned that when you are trying to get through the programs, it's probably more important to closely mesh with a professor who can be your chair and advocate for you to be successful. The professor I found pretty much only does qualitative work so I am doing CGT. I defended my proposal back in the Spring. Candidacy paperwork and IRB took a couple of months. I started data collection/analysis (simultaneously in CGT) by late August and am now writing up chapter 4 findings (almost done). If all goes well, I hope to be defending by late Spring or early Summer 2019. While my timeline seems long, out of the 8 people who started the programs in my cohort, I am the only remaining BSN to PhD and I am furtherest ahead. I did have to cut my work hours to 24hrs/ week. My research is on how NICU primary care nurses form relationships with their infants and families.
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    GN Residency Texas Health Resources- February 2019

    Hey TanaEJ, The big hospitals are the ones who are more likely to offer a decent residency which is really vital as a new graduate. Another thing is that in our area, most smaller hospitals have been taken over by larger entities like Texas Health and Baylor Scott and White. I think you may know that as I looked on your other posts and saw you had looked into Baylor. I think one difficulty may be the ADN. There are a lot of BSN-producing schools in the area. Our hospital used to hire ADNs but to my knowledge the only new grad ADNs recently have been those who already worked in the system and of course they had to agree to get their BSN within 2 years. RNs who have worked for us for years are even under deadlines to get their BSNs. It seems at least within the metroplex that ADN graduates who don't have connections tend to gravitate towards lower acuity facilities. The ones who go to long term acute care can sometimes use that to bridge to traditional inpatient care once they get their BSN. That may be your ticket in. Our local LTAC facilities care for some very sick patients, some even on vents and drips. Places like Kindred, Regency and Lifecare hospitals though I do not know the working conditions there, sorry.
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    Weaning parents off monitors in preparation for discharge

    I'm not sure our unit has a standard on what to say about Owlet monitors but I try to stick by the AAP recommendations which discourage the use of products that purport to reduce the risk of SIDS. I just give the parents that information and the rationale (sometimes using such devices encourages parents to slack on the evidence-based strategies) but I do not get emphatic. People have to make their own decisions, I just try to emphasize safe sleep environment, safe sleep positions etc. . .