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  1. I would advise you to think very carefully and talk to as many nurses as possible before you make a decision. I am 51 and have had several careers. I have a CPA, MBA, worked in accounting for many years and have also taught high school for 5 years. I was not satisfied doing all these things and had always dreamed of being a nurse. I graduated May of 2011 with my BSN. Working as a nurse has been a big disappointment to me. It is very stressful and at many times feels like an impossible situation. I wanted to help and serve people (which is why I found accounting so unsatisfying) however, nursing is so busy and you are pulled in so many directions that at the end of the day, I still didn't feel I was providing the kind of care I wanted for my patients because of time constraints. The pay is also very poor. I was making more teaching high school (which is hard too, but with much better hours) than working 12 hour shifts as a nurse. To top it off, after working 7-8 months my knee started hurting, I discovered I have bone on bone arthritis and the only solution is knee replacement which I am not ready for. I have just resigned my med surg nursing position because it is too painful to work 12 hour shifts. I know there are other nursing jobs out there with better hours, but I have less than 1 year experience and right now I just can't bring myself to look.

    Anyway, I don't mean to be all negative, I just want to make sure you know about some of the possiblities before you make this decision. You also might want to consider volunteering at a local hospital in the evenings or weekends. This would let you become more familiar with the environment and help make your decision. You might find that as a volunteer you can do more to truly help and serve people without all the other constraints. If you decide nursing is what you still want, then go for it.

    Best of luck with whatever you decide!

  2. I am currently working as a med surg nurse in Arkansas and we will be moving to Atlanta in the next year. I am interested in getting an NP in Psych. I have started trying to look at programs around Atlanta and the only one I can find is as Georgia State and I'm wondering how good it is. I have sent an email and have not gotten a response and I'm wondering if they are going to continue with the program. I do have an option here to get the degree in Arkansas before I move.

    I'm wondering though, since there aren't many programs around Atlanta, does this mean the job market for them is not good and they are not utilized or would it mean there would be many opportunities since there are not many graduates? I would appreciate any insight or information anyone has.


  3. Hi! I took the Kaplan live review course the last week in May and sat for the NCLEX today. I did all the Kaplan online Qtest and QBank questions. On the Qtrainer my scores ranged from 58 to 70 and my Q bank cumulative was 66. I thought the exam questions were very similar in style to Kaplan. The actual NCLEX did not seem as intimidating to me as I thought it would be. It stopped at 75 questions, and I won't know for 3 days (my state does not have fast results) although I got the good pop up from Pearsonvue. So try to relax and just keep doing questions! Good luck to you!

  4. There used to be a nursing brochure that you could download that had the curriculum in it but I don't see it anywhere on there to be downloaded. You ought to go ahead and get the informational packet that they talk about under future students. That will probably have it in it too. They are talking about changing it but here is the way mine went. First summer. Health assessment, fundamentals 1. Fall Fundamentals 2 and either OB, Peds or Psych and another course (I'm not sure cause I was in the honors and took something else) Spring, Ob, Peds or Psych (whichever you didn't take) and professionalism. Fall senior year either Adult health, Leadership managment and something else or Community health and older adult and another course. Then spring you have whatever you didn't have in the fall and complex health. Hope that helps it sounds pretty confusing.

    It is hard to predict if you will get in based on the GPA, it just depends on how many apply and how many they are going to take. Good luck to you!

  5. Hi!

    I am just getting to graduate from UAMS in a couple of weeks. It has been a long road. I can't tell you much about acceptance criteria because it seems to vary a lot from year to year. The year I got in they pretty much took everyone above a 2.5 Last year I heard they only took about half as many an the cutoff was somewhere around 3.0 or 3.1 When I got in we didn't have to take an exam before we applied so i don't know. Sorry I don't have a lot of info but feel free to ask any questions.

  6. sorry I just saw this thread. I am a BSN student (older) and am planning on going directly in to a DNP program. I, like you, was torn between psych and family practice because I like both and I feel like psych is a huge part of everything. I am planning (hoping) on going to University of TN Health Science Center. They're in Memphis and their program is online except for 2 weeks a semester. The program there is a DNP in family psych and family practice. When you finish you will (after you pass boards) be certified for both!. It is only three years to go from a BSN to a DNP. I've hear lots of good things about it and I was super excited to find out I will be certified for both. Anyway I thought this sounded like something that might interest you.

  7. Which program are you trying to get in? I believe some of them are more competitive than others. I think they require a 1000 on the GRE also, other than that I don't think most of them are that hard to get into.

  8. Barinbass,

    I'm curious about your experience in grad school. What type program are you in? I'm in a BSN program currently (I'm 49) and have no prior nursing experience. I'm planning on graduating in May 2011 and starting a DNP program in July 2011. It will take 3 years so I"l be 53 when I finally finish.

  9. marlilynmom,

    No I don't work in psych now. I'm still in a BSN program and won't graduate until May 2011. I'm planning to start grad school Aug 2011. I know that is not the best way to do it, but I'll be 50 then and I figure I need to go ahead and get the advanced degree. I'm hoping to be working while I'm going to school so I can start to gain experience. I bet working with teen sex offenders is interesting. I used to teach high school and I know that got crazy at times. Will the U of South Alabama help you find clinical sites? Is their program all on line or will go you have to go the campus? I haven't looked at their program yet. Oh, we used to live in Lawton, OK don't know if you are close to that or not. Interesting area.


    I'm currently in the BSN Honors program at UAMS. I have heard some other stories about students not being able to get in graduate classes and I find that worrisome and one reason Im thinking about going straight for the DNP at Memphis. The DNP program (at least it says on the website) is 3 years from a BSN to DNP. What do you do in psych home health? I didn't know that even existed. Do you drive all over Arkansas?

  10. marilynmom,

    Thanks so much for sharing your reasoning for psych rather than family NP. I share a lot of your concerns about family NP. I am 49 and just getting my BSN now (will graduate in May 2011) However, I am in the honors program so I am taking 10 hours of grad classes in my BSN program that will count toward either a masters or DNP. I also think maybe the pace and the hours of the psych practitioner would be better. I agree that psych is extremely interesting. This summer I am doing a geriatric externship where I get to shadow various NP's . I have specifically requested to follow a geri-psych practitioner to I am anxious to see what that is like. I do want to make sure that they don't just hand out prescriptions all day-I would like to talk to people too and possible hold group counseling sessions too. I'm glad to hear that the demand is out there for Psych NP's because I was not sure about that. About the DNP-NP question - I still thinking about it but here is what I am thinking. First I agree that I want to do family psych-I definitely want to have that flexibility. I have also heard that the nurse practioner over time will turn into a doctorate degree. The program I am looking at is a family psych and it is online. You only have to go to Memphis about 1 week a semester and you can do clinicals wherever you live. The big thing though is in 3 years I can get the DNP from a BSN. It would take 2 years to get a masters and then 2 more if I decided I wanted the doctorate. I'm thinking at my age I might as well go ahead and get the doctorate. I'm hoping to work at a place that will at least help with tuition, though. I'm not really sure what a DNP can do that a NP can't or if there is much of a pay differential. I"m still trying to look into that and if you find out anything on it I would love to know. I also don't know about the job market and if there is any difference in APN's vs. DNPs. What part of the country are you in? I"m in Arkansas now but will probably move in a few years to Georgia or Tennessee.

    Sorry this is so long, but I appreciate the opportunity to bounce my thoughts off someone else. Let me know what you think.

  11. Mh2011 gave some really good advice. I am also finishing up my first year and I would add be very flexible. Your schedule will be crazy and could change. Also if you have children where you need day care make sure you have a very dependable situation with back ups. Missing class/clinicals especially the first summer is not an option.

    Good luck and try to enjoy!

  12. I don't think there is any one class that makes it tough. The hardest thing to me is there are so many different things required and so many different things to keep up with. They give you an awful lot to juggle on your plate and you have to be flexible. Overall I am loving it and doing well but it makes me crazy sometimes!

  13. I started there last summer and in our class they did take down to a 2.5, I'm pretty sure. One of the instructors told us that this year though they had a lot more applicants around 400 or so so they would have to raise the cut off to around a 3.0 Sorry I don't know any more. If you have any questions about the program I'll be glad to answer. Good luck to all.

  14. I don't know what they are planning to do this year but for the last couple of years I think they have pretty much taken everyone above a 2.5 I don't know what the avg was but I do know some people close to 2.5 that were accepted. The bad part about that is it seems we have a fair amount who get accepted and fail out.


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