I was not put on the spot by your suggestion of sharing a room. I know in theory that what you are saying about thinking positive is right but I just can't help thinking that if I make any plans that I will jinx myself and not get accepted. Now I know this sounds like a very primitive way of thinking, but for the last year it seems like positive thinking has not gotten me anywhere. This is kind of off the subject of school, but I have been homeless (living with my mom) for over a year now. I'll give you the short version: Sold my house in August 2011, was in contract to close on a new house, the deal fell through after I had already sold my house, I was left with nowhere to go but my mom's house. I have put in offers on at least eight other houses since then, most recently yesterday, to date none of them have panned out. Why? Because in my opinion, I jinxed myself by making plans and buying furniture before the deal closed. So, there you have it. That is why I keep saying if, if, if, because I don't want to jinx myself. On top of that, you probably are thinking, "she's a little off, maybe I don't want to share a room with her!" LOL. Just kidding. IF I get accepted I would have no reservations about sharing a room with you whether you were gay, straight, round, square, pink or purple! I pride myself on being open to cultural, sexual, dietary and religious diversity. This is one of the most important concepts that I learned in the BSN program. Having a study buddy is a great idea, especially in a distance learning format because you have someone else to be accountable to and this keeps you from procrastinating because it's easy to do that with online classes. I had a study buddy when I was studying for the NCLEX and we were not even studying the same thing. However, we made a commitment to show up at a specific day and time to study for a specified period of time. She was studying for the LSAT and in the end we were both successful! IF we both get in then we will be married for three years!
I know exactly what you mean about focusing on one class at a time as opposed to organizing assignments for several classes, it does seem easier. If you really look at many of the MSN programs then you will see that they take just as long to complete as this DNP program. Ok, from now until we get decision letters I am going to chant everyday that we both get accepted, but I will not make any plans based on the assumption that I am going to get into Brandman. I don't want to jinx myself or you.
Okay, the thing about the double specialty MSN vs single specialty DNP: My thoughts based on information that I have gathered is that if you are not using both then it will be difficult to maintain your certification which must be renewed every five years. I gave it a lot of thought because I want to open my own visiting practice when I complete school. I figured if I went to see an adult patient regarding psych issues that I could also address medical issues and be able to bill for two types of visits. Now it's possible that I just don't understand the process and that it would not work that way. However, theoretically that would be the most efficient way to work. I have done home health almost exclusively since 2003. I had a psych patient diagnosed with bipolar disorder as well as DM, renal failure and HTN. So I was just thinking if I was a an NP I could combine medical and psych together when seeing patients. By the way, we should probably move our conversations to private messages. This is a lot of information that is not related to this thread topic. TTYL. A.