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LPN2RN2BSN2MSN has 15 years experience.

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  1. I am currently looking for a PhD nursing student that may be interested in the doing a joint dissertation on the subject of childhood sexual abuse. I don't know if my University would approve of it, but I thought it would be a great way to lessen the theory-practice gap. Additionally, I think that this would really exemplify the way in which DNP and PhD graduates should work together to improve the discipline as a whole. I am currently a student at Brandman University; psych NP program. I am a serious student, big on punctuality and accountability when it comes to my schoolwork. I plan to present this idea to the dean, I would really like to see if this type of model could work and how it would improve collaboration between PhD and DNP nurses.

    Brandman University DNP

    Rich, 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.

    Brandman University DNP

    To Perioddrama: I just looked back to my application and it says that I submitted it on August 27th, however my references took forever to come in. I had to harass, beg and stalk people to get them all in! I just got a letter dated October 26th that my application was complete and being forwarded for review. I have not received a decision to date. But I was told that the different tracks were reviewed separately by the head of that department, so " Baltimore" is doing acute adult/gero and we are doing psych. Hope this helps.

    Brandman University BSN-DNP

    Rich, did you ever receive any answers to these questions? Specifically about the GRE score.

    Brandman University DNP

    I created my screen name before I was ever aware that a DNP existed! So, I too have applied for the BSN to DNP psych track. IF, I get accepted to Brandman then I guess I will have to change my screen name. LOL. I wish I did have my MSN because then I would not have had to face that dreadful GRE! I think that I submitted my application sometime in September, but I was waiting for references to come through and that held me up for a looooonnnnnggggg time! I received a letter dated October 26th that said that my file was complete and being forwarded for review and that I would be notified by mail of the decision. I would not be opposed to sharing a room (IF accepted into the program), it would be the Double Tree in Irvine, CA. That is the one that is literally a stone's throw from the college, but I think its about $200.00 per night! I visited the campus in May and I was very impressed with the lab, and yes I was also attracted to the one-class-at-a-time schedule. However, I don't know if you have ever taken an eight week class but just as the other student said, it is "fast and furious." I took an eight week class in my last semester of undergrad and it was a lot of work and that wasn't even at the graduate level! I was told that one should expect to commit about 24 hours per week to a class in order to be successful at Brandman. Of course, year three will be the greatest challenge, because you will be doing the one class every eight weeks and about 32 clinical hours per week in order to fulfill the 1000 hour requirement. So, that probably means no work for the last year. Add kids and any other familial obligations, I don't think that this is going to be a walk in the park by any means. But, I feel that I am up for the challenge because life isn't always as much about smarts as it is about pure will and the refusal to be defeated. I only applied to two other programs because they were the only one's whose deadline had not passed by the time that I completed my BSN. I must have literally called/ visited by internet, 100 programs. I applied to University of Alabama (not excepted), Saint Louis University (no word yet) and Brandman (no word yet). So, my anxiety over being accepted is literally keeping me up at night, because I only have two chances left, and Brandman is my top choice. I have started to formulate my back- up plan already, which is to attend UNLV as a non-degree seeking student and at least get the patho and pharm out of the way and start applying for colleges with summer start dates, like SUNY at Stony Brook. Well, my daughter wants me to play Cinderella with her now, so I will post a bit later addressing the FNP/FPMH combo. You probably already know this, but Northeastern (Boston) offers that dual specialty option and its almost the same number of credit hours as Brandman. I actually started a thread to get some opinions about what people thought would be most valuable; dual MSN specialties or DNP in a single specialty. No one ever replied though. Chow for now, A.

    Brandman University DNP

    Rich, I've got my fingers, toes, and hair follicles crossed for you and I both! Good luck to you, Ayanna.

    Brandman University DNP

    Congratulations! I'm still hoping!

    Complete listing of online accelerated BSN programs?

    While doing a similar search I found the following leads: Texas Tech, Thomas Edison State College of New Jersey, TAMU, University of Maryland, Olivet Nazarene and University of Wisconsin. Hope this helps.

    Saint Louis University anyone???

    mtsteelhorse, I too am applying to SLU for spring 2013, psych also. Have you gotten a response yet? I am also applying to a few other programs so that I will have more than one shot at getting accepted somewhere, heck anywhere! I just don't want to be sitting idle come January. Look forward to meeting you if we both are excepted. I too was hoping to get some feedback from others on the program. Please share any info and I will do the same.

    Brandman University DNP

    Hello out there, are there any new updates from Brandman graduates or current attendees? I am in the process of getting my application together for submission, I would like to start in January 2013. I would like to know how year three was with the clinicals and the classes all together every eight weeks? I considered possibly taking the pharmacology and pathophysiology via a self- paced online course to lighten the burden during the last year. That is if I am accepted, LOL. I sure am making a lot of plans based on contingencies. I am applying to other schools just to have some back -up options. Any feedback from Brandman students is appreciated.

    Traveling doing Home Health nursing

    Ironically I have been looking for the same opportunity, I hope someone responds to this thread.

    Brandman University DNP

    Thank you for your feedback. I am really looking forward to starting this program in January 2013. I assume that you are working and have been able to keep up with the course load and family obligations. I suppose year three many get a bit tough... with clinicals and class. Good luck to you and thanks for the insight. Please keep the community posted as things unfold.

    Brandman University DNP

    Is there anyone out there who has been attending Brandman University? Would love to know how the experience has been, specifically the psychiatric NP program? How manageable is the course load with work, particularly in year three. Appreciate any input.

    Looking for advice! NP vs. MD

    I will be submitting applications this spring for entry into a nurse practitioner program. My dilemma is this: Northeastern University in Boston has a dual masters program that is 76 credit hours and combines family psych NP with FNP. Upon graduation you are eligible to sit for both certification exams. The cost is approximately $1135.00 per credit hour. Brandman University offers a BSN TO DNP psychiatric track which is 73 credit hours and approximately $900.00 per credit hour. Psych is my ultimate pursuit but I am just wondering if I'll be more marketable with the FNP to go with my psych NP at the masters level or will I be more marketable with a higher degree in a single specialty. Any feedback/input will be most appreciated. Especially from "kindaquazie", ( hint, hint). LOL. Thank you.

    St Joseph's College of Maine FNP program students

    Wild, I can't tell you how glad I am to have come across this forum. That program has gotten a lot of negative feed back. Just to think, I was so dead set on this program being the one I went for, had a long conversation with the track coordinator, KW back in March. But since then I have heard nothing good. Unless I find out different, Brandmand's BSN to DNP Psych program is now my top choice. The only down side is that 65k seems like a lot.

    Brandman University DNP

    I do know that Northeastern University offers a dual masters for the PMHNP and the FNP. A contact # is 617-373-7571. Which do you think is more marketable; a dual masters or a DNP in one specialty. The are both about 70 something credit hours total.

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