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    Rocky Mountain University online DNP program

    I came on here to ask the same question. Did you apply? Have you learned anything useful about this school? Thanks
  2. I am trying to find all of my options for an FNP program that finds preceptors/ comes with preceptors for their students. I am in Utah and cannot move in the next few years. I know about the precepting status of the brick and mortar schools around me. I know about a few other schools that are outside of Utah and would only require me on campus a few times a year. That is doable for me. I have asked these schools if they provide preceptors and some say yes. I am right now wondering though if that "yes" is only for students in the city where the school is- IE would they still find preceptors for distance learning students out of state? I have been researching this for a while and have a good list going, but would like any additions anyone has. Here is what I have so far: Westminster (UT) and the University of Utah both provide preceptors. Arizona State University provides preceptors. University of Arizona does not. Georgetown provides preceptors. University of Cincinnati, Loyola New Orleans, USA, UAB, and Frontier do not. OSU only provides preceptors to students in Ohio. Loyola in Chicago does (but I am not sure this is a DL program.) Schools I am wondering about- are they DL programs that will find preceptors for you where you are?- Vanderbuilt, Samuel Merritt, Yale, Duke, John Hopkins, Simmons, UConn, University of Michigan Ann Arbor If anyone knows of a distance learning program that provides preceptors for you (where you live) I would love to hear about it. Thank you in advance!
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    DL FNP programs that come with preceptors

    Hi Sharon, Thank you for the reply. I will send you an email. I am mostly just wondering more details about how this works at Samuel Merritt. Does the state I am in make a large difference in how much help the school can offer? Thank you
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    Frontier graduate teaching at a University?

    I am exploring options for getting a DNP so that I can someday teach at a University and also moonlight as an NP. I am wondering if anyone is a Frontier graduate and teaching at a University? Is it harder for a Frontier degree to get into teaching at a brick and mortar University than it is to work as an NP? Thanks for any insight!
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    WGU vs University of Utah for MSN

    I have an ASN and a bachelors degree in biology. I would like to get my Masters in Nursing Education. I have narrowed it down to two schools in my area that combine the BSN and MSN programs to give me a Masters starting with my ASN. One is the University of Utah. This has a great reputation and I was excited to see that, at least on paper, I could be admitted. The other is WGU which is talked about a lot on these boards. I was initially very excited to just pursue the degree and a traditional and well known University. But in cost comparison (UofU about 45K and WGU 18K) WGU looks so much more tempting. Utah hospitals pay next to nothing as far as tuition stipends to their employees. (Please do tell me if someone knows different as I am not living or working there just yet!) Also, and this is the kicker, in investigating the U's program, I found out that it is an online program as well. You only come to the campus about once a semester. So if I am going to do online school, is it worth it to spend all the extra cash money for name recognition? It is really tempting to just got the WGU route. But what about hireability....? Any thoughts/ input? Thanks
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    WGU vs University of Utah for MSN

    Thank you for the helpful feedback again! THat is interesting if your friends got the degree just to get it. Seems like a lot of work but maybe they'll use it later. If they had trouble finding work, that would be the bigger indicator to me that I should go to the state school. I am concerned because trauma 1 is my thing and I think the only PICU in Utah is at Primary Childrens which I think is University of Utah's? Not entirely sure, but what you are telling me about the schedule makes that very unappealing. And that sort of schedule is complete torture and completely unnecessary! I don't know why they would do that to people. It also might be quite a drive from me so I may want to commute less, have a better schedule and work in another area of Peds. So I will start looking at IHC. Anyhow thanks for the info. luckily I have time to figure it out. Thank you
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    WGU vs University of Utah for MSN

    Thank you for your response! You know a lot that is useful to me. I had forgotten about the 3.0 GPA coming out of WGU situation. That is something to think about. I think my end goal is this degree, but that could change and I would hate to not keep further education options open. But it is soooo much cheaper.... and, if you worked in Utah, you know I will not rolling deep! So much to think about. One follow up question, what are your friends doing with their degrees? Were they able to get the jobs they wanted? And what can you tell me about working in Utah? My experience is in Arizona and then California. I have been not working for the past 1.5 years and will be hoping to work again by the end of this year after moving to Utah. I am dreading it. The low pay, yes, but the horror stories I have heard about schedules. Is it true that your schedule is likely to flip flop from days to nights and back all within a week or so? This is insanity! Is it true? What else can you tell me? Thanks much
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    WGU vs University of Utah for MSN

    Thank you for your insight! This is really great to hear. I have already started coorespondence with WGU. Although I am keeping other options on the table, I think WGU is becoming my first choice. I have some time to think about it before I am ready to apply anywhere though. So what is your plan with your MSN?
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    Best Work Experience for MSN Ed?

    I have decided that I would like to get an MSN in Education (maybe a PhD too eventually) and someday teach in the classroom at a college or university and teach clinicals (as opposed to in a hospital in a Nurse Educator role.) I am a PICU nurse and have been for 3 years. My questions are 1) when it comes to being hired to teach, what would I teach? In my ASN schooling to get my RN, I don't remember a PICU class per se. I remember Peds and Intensive Care, but not PICU. Tell me if I am wrong. SO my question is, do I need to go back to general Peds ( did almost 2 years of that before PICU) to become competitive for educator positions? Please tell me if I am viewing this whole situation incorrectly. Also, question 2) how long do I need to be clinically working in my specialty to become competitve to teach? I feel like most teachers seem to have 20 plus years bedside before teaching. Is this expected? Are clinical educators (as opposed to the didactic educators) held to that same standard? Thank you for the help.
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    Best Work Experience for MSN Ed?

    Thank you for taking the time to explain your work history and path. That helps me get some perspective on a timeline. And I appreciate your thoughts on the BandM school vs online. It is just great to not hear, "WGU no way" as that gives me some options. The state school does appeal in name and in having real people I could potentially access. But I don't know if I can justify the cost. Even if I slow down and take longer than the average 1 year for BSN and 2 years for MSN, I would still be far under the cost of the state school. So that is rough. I have also researched the community colleges in the area and of the ones who have their faculty and their education posted, not a few of them have degrees from WGU. SO that is promising. I would actually love a more traditional program with a class that meets about once a week and getting to know other people in my program, but that doesn't appear to be an option in this area. Anyhow thank you for your thoughts and listening. Much appreciated.
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    Best Work Experience for MSN Ed?

    I guess this would be the ideal situation for me too- to end up wanting to work in a hospital specialised unit setting. The pay would be better and I might be a better fit for it because of the speciality I work in. Thanks for the insight. Thank you for your thoughts. Any opinions on my other post? Basically I need to decide between a good state school program which is 45k and is almost all online, or WGU for about 18k? The local hospitals pay very little as far as tuition. Thanks much!
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    Best Work Experience for MSN Ed?

    Thank you for the insight! I agree, gen peds and PICU are two different worlds and PICU is such a specialized world of its own- much like NICU- that the skills and knowledge don't all transfer to other subjects very easily. I think I can get behind the idea of going back into a general peds job to be more competitive in the teaching world. And, while at the moment I think I want to teach in academia, I am definitely keeping my mind open to be convinced otherwise. The pay is definitely better in the hospital so I can hope to decide I want to go that route. Thank you for your thoughts. Any opinions on my other post? Basically I need to decide between a good state school program which is 45k and is almost all online, or WGU for about 18k? The local hospitals pay very little as far as tuition. And just wondering about your many letters after your name, did you get your PhD after having the educator job you have now or did you find a PhD necessary to get the good Professional Development roles? Thanks much!
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    WGU vs University of Utah for MSN

    1 year! That is completely amazing! Did you have to take all of the classes in the program or were some repeats for you so they let you skip them? I am completely impressed. My goal is to eventually teach didactic at a community college and teach clinicals. But I don't want to limit myself from going for a PhD and teaching at a University. But for the affordability of the program, I might just have to risk it. What are you doing with your degree?
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    WGU vs University of Utah for MSN

    THis comment was to you.... I now know how this thing works... "Wow thank you for the insight. And that is an interesting thought that at least WGU is well known nationally. I am getting pretty excited about the program."
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    WGU vs University of Utah for MSN

    Wow thank you for the insight. And that is an interesting thought that at least WGU is well known nationally. I am getting pretty excited about the program.
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    Best work experience for MSN Ed?

    I have decided that I would like to get an MSN in Education (maybe a PhD too eventually) and someday teach in the classroom at a college or university and teach clinicals (as opposed to in a hospital in a Nurse Educator role.) I am a PICU nurse and have been for 3 years. My questions are 1) when it comes to being hired to teach, what would I teach? In my ASN schooling to get my RN, I don't remember a PICU class per se. I remember Peds and Intensive Care, but not PICU. Tell me if I am wrong. SO my question is, do I need to go back to general Peds ( did almost 2 years of that before PICU) to become competitive for educator positions? Please tell me if I am viewing this whole situation incorrectly. Also, question 2) how long do I need to be clinically working in my specialty to become competitve to teach? I feel like most teachers seem to have 20 plus years bedside before teaching. Is this expected? Are clinical educators (as opposed to the didactic educators) held to that same standard? Thank you for the help.
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    Travel Nursing and Pregnant?

    Hi, I have kind of a specific question or questions I would like advice on. I was a PICU RN until April when I quit to move out of country with my husband. My plan was to work once a year as a travel nurse in the states but otherwise live abroad with my husband. I want to do this to keep up my skills and licenses and to make it easier to get back into working as a staff nurse upon my return. January was to be my first travel nursing gig. Now I find that I am pregnant. With twins! So my plan to work January through March would put me working through my 20th-33rd week of pregnancy. With twins and the likelihood of them coming early and the fact that you measure full term for a singleton at 30 weeks and are quite uncomfortable and sometimes unable to work much after 26 weeks, I thought that maybe I would have to give up on this travel nursing idea for now. The only option I now see is to go work earlier. Like November. Like 14 to 27 weeks of pregnancy. The problem is that if there are to be problems with my pregnancy, I likely won't know it at 14 weeks. So I guess I am wondering if I can work, or if I need to let this plan go and possibly then not be able to work for a number of years. (Because I believe it will be harder to work as a traveler if I am out of the biz for more than a year.) Anyone have any experience traveling while pregnant? Is it too much stress? Will the hospital be pissed when they see I am pregnant? Anyone with twin pregnancy experience and working would be greatly appreciated too. I have no idea how much added stress there is being a traveler in a new place but that seems like a stressful situation. That being said, I came from one of the most stressful PICU units out there so maybe I have been trained well. Any thoughts of advice would be appreciated! Also, are 8 week contracts a real thing or would that be very hard to find? Thanks!
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    Travel Nursing and Pregnant?

    BonnieSC, I was never planning to give birth to twins in India. As soon as I found out there were two the slight possibility that I might stay in India for the birth flew out the window. I am only 9 weeks along now and plan on being back in the states to gestate no later than 24 weeks. Earlier if I take an 8 week job like I am looking into. I would be working week 15 through 23 or so and think that is very possible. That being said, I know a large number of expat women here who gave birth and highly recommend their experience here. Those from the UK rave about how it is better than home. Two of those mothers had sets of twins. I am skeptical and have been since my first experience in a hospital at my first OB appointment. I won't be giving birth here. But I do not think it is all as bad as you seem to think. People have babies here everyday! And many of the doctors at home were trained in India so at least some of the doctors here must know what they are doing! But you are correct that there are many things hard to come by here that are taken for granted at home. Don't worry. I am going home.
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    Travel Nursing and Pregnant?

    Thanks for the thoughts NedRN. I hadn't thought it possible to get a job if I wait longer than a year but it is good to know it is possible, if difficult. I think I will try and maybe do a 8 week stint here soon. I think I can pull that off- twins and all! I hope. I hope the agency agrees. As for working were I am, it is not really an option. I am in a country where they pay nurses $250 a month. Outrageous I know! From what I have learned it really isn't the same job as an RN in America. Its more like a CNA. Either way, it isn't even worth it to me to deal with that. And I don't even know how I would begin to get licensed here. Thank you for the thoughts and help!
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    Travel Nursing and Pregnant?

    Thank you for the advice everyone. I agree that had I known far enough into the future, I could have done some things differently to make things easier for me. I am curious if you think my year mark is accurate- I mean is it true that if I am out of work for a year, I won't be able to get a travel contract? As things are, I don't need the money per se. But I do want to be able to get a job when I return. The opinion seems to be that I would be able to get a job easily after so many years out of work. I had never thought of that. I just fear licenses lapsing but I guess people make it work somehow. And I know I can do CEUs to keep one of my licenses current. I would hate to put stress on my pregnancy and would blame myself if these babies came early. Also I would hate to end a contract early- especially my first contract. That might never get me a travel job again. So it is probably smart to put this travel nursing idea aside for now. Maybe forever. Because twins. Can't be unhappy about that! If anyone else has any other thoughts, I would love to hear them. But thank you everyone who has commented. It was very helpful.
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    Peds CVICU vs PICU

    I am finding myself with the opportunity to go from med/ surg peds to PICU or the Peds CVICU at a large pediatric hospital. I had never much considered the CVICU or cardiology but I have long been interested in the PICU. The CVICU is starting to interest me more mostly because the patient population I am most interested in is babies and young children. They all seem to be in the CVICU. SO I guess I am wondering if 1) Would going into CVICU pigeon hole me too much? Would it get repetitive? 2) What is a general day in the life of a CVICU nurse? 3) Are the CVICU or the PICU patients generally more critical? Where are the codes happening? Any insight anyone has would be much appreciated. Thanks much!
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    Peds CVICU vs PICU

    Thanks for the input suzy192! I really appreciate it and I have told them to send me to the CVICU! Very excited.
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    Peds CVICU vs PICU

    And that is very helpful what you (umcRN) said about the bereavement process in PICU vs CVICU. I have been worried that I wouldn't emotionally be able to do my job and deal with death in the moment and in the aftermath of a loss. I want to be able to handle it and I figure that others do it and I am as strong as them and will learn to handle it too. At least enough to get my job done and do what needs to be done for the patient and families. I do appreciate the nuance you gave to the subtle difference in the two units. Something to think about.
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    Peds CVICU vs PICU

    Thank you umcRN! I loved hearing your perspective as well. It pushes me back towards wanting to work in the CVICU. I do love the wee babies. I was initially interested in NICU (All through nursing school and my 3 years thus far as a nurse until recently other interests started growing.) I would still perhaps choose NICU if the opportunity were there, but the market here is saturated with nurses who are never leaving their NICU jobs. It seems impossible to get in and in a way I think having experience works against me. So I guess I have decided I would be happy with any peds critical care. The PICU and CVICU interest me for slightly different reasons but in the end, I would be happy with either. The more I hear about and read about CVICU, the more I think I would love it there too. Thank you for all of your input.
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    Peds CVICU vs PICU

    Ashley, Thank you so much for the information and your viewpoint. I really appreciate it. And no I don't want the codes or any children to die- that was just a quick question to gage how critical the unit is but I can see that it isn't a good gage at all. I agree that the variety of PICU is what makes me lean towards wanting to work there. So I think I am leaning that way overall. Thank you!
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