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TereseRN BSN, RN

ICU, Allergy/Asthma, and Primary Care
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TereseRN has 6 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU, Allergy/Asthma, and Primary Care.

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    Starting Simmons FNP, ambivalence

    I currently attend Nursing@Simmons. I am part time and am in my second year. I like you, compared other schools. Now that I have been attending Simmons, I could not imagine going to a different school. Simmons truly prepares you to be a knowledgable FNP. When I talk to the doctors, and other FNPs at my work about what I am learning, they are always very impressed, and complement their curriculum. The reputation of your school does matter. I can not tell you how many eye rolls I get when I say that my school is online. Once I say that I attend Simmons the eye rolls stop, and the responses are like "oh that is a really good school." Not all online schools are created equal, and many providers share their concerns regarding other online schools. I am very confident that the education I am receiving will have me well prepared for the certification. I am already reviewing certification books like Fitzgerald, and Leik and I can tell you that Simmons follows the question style, and curriculum. Is it hard work? ABSOLUTELY! The 83% is very real, but most programs, not just Simmons have that as a pass or fail grade. In addition you may not start out putting in 50 hours a week. I will say that as the program progresses, the courses get more involved and more challenging. I started out working three days a week, and now that I am in health assessment I have cut down to two days a week. Come clinical I do plan to quit or work PRN. I will say that there are many students who still work PRN or part time during clinical. It is all about what works for you, your family, and finances. If you do stick with Simmons you will also be part of a wonderful community. I have made so many new friends in this program. You will never feel isolated in this program.
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    Simmons FNP Sept 2014

    Hey there! I am starting part time for the September cohort! I completed the Bio Bridge course this past May and I love the program and how it is set up. Good luck to you!
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    Nursing@Simmons Science Pre-reqs

    I am not sure about a list of required sciences. I had to take it because I never took a college level chemistry or pathophysiology. Also my A&P is over 8 years old and I don't know if that had anything to do with it or not. I would say talk to your admissions advisor, they are super helpful. If there is anything that Simmons thinks is lacking or needed they will let you know. Everyone who has taken the bio course has talked about what a wonderful class it has been and a great way to get acclimated with Simmons' online platform. You can not take the FNP courses until you take and pass the bio bridge course. I am happy to have one class before "the real fun" starts :) It will help me learn how to be a student again after all these years!
  4. EvergladesRN, Before you call people out on a nursing forum maybe you should think before you type! People's circumstances are different. Tasha's circumstances are most likely different than yours. She is super woman, and she will make one heck of an FNP. She works hard and busts her butt to support her family because her circumstances did not allow mommy and daddy to pay for school. Her heroic husband who fought for our country gave her the privilege to be able to use his GI bill and BELIEVE ME, that came with much sacrifice from her and her husband. The reason I know these things is because we are fellow colleagues from the same college that you so impolitely disrespected. Simmons is a private school and that is why it is expensive. But when you look at the quality education you receive, plus the amazing support we receive it is an amazing program. Neither Tasha, myself, or anyone who attends Simmons' program has to worry about whether or not they are receiving a quality education. We are nurses for goodness sakes! Instead of bashing one another we should be supporting one another.
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    Simmons College - FNP March cohort

    Congrats pacnwRN!! That is fantastic!!!! Have you joined the facebook group for admitted Simmons students? Also am I the only one that purchased a Simmons sweatshirt from the bookstore? hehe school spirit lol
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    Simmons College - FNP March cohort

    I signed my Intent to Enroll Letter and paid my $650 fee on Monday. I now have my email, and access to 2SN. How long will it take to get my welcome call?
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    Simmons College - FNP March cohort

    pacnwrn: I would email them tomorrow morning and then call them in the afternoon. I'm sure that it doesn't mean anything bad. Have you received the email that your application has been sent to faculty? I'm rooting for you!
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    Simmons College - FNP March cohort

    I hope you get some good news today!
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    Simmons College - FNP March cohort

    Thanks everybody! I start part time in September. I submitted my application March 24th. I would call your advisor on Monday and maybe they will have an update :)
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    Simmons College - FNP March cohort

    I found out this morning that I got accepted to Simmons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOORAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My advisor actually said they really liked my SOP! lol All that silly worrying for nothing! I too have to take the Biology bridge course. I will start my FNP classes in September. I am kind of happy that it worked out like this. I feel like the Bio course will get me ready for being a student again since it has been 6 years! PACNWRN I am sure you will hear back soon. I actually emailed my advisor and then I heard back on my acceptance within an hour. Did you receive an email notifying you that your application went through to the faculty? I know they have to go through your transcripts and application to make sure everything is there before the submit it to faculty. We should all keep in touch through this journey:) Some of us may even be classmates:)
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    Simmons College - FNP March cohort

    That'a great! You'll have to keep us all posted on how it is going. Based off of what you have seen thus far, how many hours a week do you think you will have to put in? I keep thinking 30 hours. Does that sound about right?
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    Simmons College - FNP March cohort

    How long was your SOP? Thanks for the support ya'll, I really do appreciate it and I hope I get accepted! Tasha I live in VA definitely further than 2 hours:) So for this biology course, could they do a payment plan? I'm sure that many students can not afford $2000 up front and would prefer to not take out a loan. I can see how this is going to get expensive. Between buying a new printer, scanner, laptop, microsoft word and books I can only hope Uncle Sam is generous with the tax return!!
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    Simmons College - FNP March cohort

    Thanks! I can only hope it that it will all be ok. Maybe I just need to breath What cohort are you in PNW_NPstudent?
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    Simmons College - FNP March cohort

    Thanks. Unfortunately it has already been submitted. I wrote, re-wrote, and re-wrote again until I had it just right. I had an FNP, MD, PA, my nursing friends, and my cousin who is an english major review it and proof read after each re-write. I spent a good 2 months on this statement. My statement is well written; it's just longer than 2 pages. When I read the blog on Simmon's website they made it clear that they wanted specific examples of how you were a leader, communicated, helped a patient and that these examples should demonstrate how you would be a great FNP. My advisor had stated on more than one occasion that as long as it covers those points that, that is what is important. She did not seem too concerned over my length. Even at one of the webinars I attended on how to submit a strong application; mentioned how important it was to answer those questions with examples and did not seem too concerned over the length. So I am hoping this is the case. I really did do my best on the statement. If I do not get accepted because my SOP is too long I will just have to shorten it and re-submit. I just hope they won't dis-credit me over the length.
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    Simmons College - FNP March cohort

    So I am freaking out. I just attended a Nursing@Simmons webinar that had FNP students discussing what the program is like. They started talking about the statement of purpose and they said 1-2 pages double space. When I typed in my question that my SOP was 3 1/2 pages they stated that it needs to be 1-2 double space:( :( Before submitting my application, my admission's counselor said that as long as it is well written and answers the specific questions that it should be fine but now I am nervous. How do you write an essay on who you are, what you have done, why you want to be an FNP, and specific examples in only 1-2 pages double space? I put so much time and effort on my essay that I would hate to not be accepted because my SOP is too long. I feel like it was well written and hit the points that they requested. I'm sorry for venting you guys, I'm just really nervous.
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    Simmons College - FNP March cohort

    Yes, the May cohort and part time? How about everybody else? I really hope I get in! I'm sure they have a lot of applications to go through. I wonder what type of order they view the applications. If it is in alphabetical order.