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  1. VA NP Grade Determination?

    Hi, she was offered Grade 3, Step 3. For exact salary, you can check the Title 38 pay scales on the OPM site and look for the Nurse Practitioner pay for your particular VA location. As far as what we learned, I'd say it all comes down to how yo...
  2. VA NP Grade Determination?

    Thanks for the reply. Her interviewers gave her the exact same feedback and let her resubmit and new and much more thorough resume. Our main confusion is still around how NPs are graded at the VA. I understand that for a long time, NPs were on ...
  3. VA NP Grade Determination?

    Hi all, My wife received a tentative offer for an NP position at the VA, which is great news. However, we no have idea how much to expect for salary. The salary range in the job posting is for Title 38 NP I step 1 through NP III step 12, but in...
  4. Hi, that was a tongue in cheek comment inspired by our perceived greediness of Simmons. We found $750 to be a very high acceptance fee compared to most schools, especially considering SSU has no fee at all. And the total unwillingness on the part of ...
  5. She ended up choosing Salem State and it has been a very good decision. She was able to start sooner, and once she finished the accelerated portion, she was able to go to work full time as a nurse; Simmons I believe only allows you to work 10 hours p...
  6. As of 2016, SSU has discontinued the direct entry MSN and replaced it with with an accelerated BSN program called the Accelerated Second Degree BSN. The program is basically the same, but it now counts as undergraduate for the 15 months and awards a ...
  7. I'm glad people have found this post useful! Alicat01, to answer your question, we have heard that it can be harder to find a job without a BSN. This seems to be mainly because employers are confused that you are an RN, but don't have a degree in nur...
  8. My partner is a current student of Salem State University's direct entry MSN program on the NP track. We found that during the application process last fall, we could find very little information about this program, so I thought I'd write up a summar...
  9. Thanks, BostonFNP. Unfortunately, I can't send PMs yet (too new here), but if there's anything you'd like to share in a PM about these two schools, I can at least read it.
  10. Thanks everyone for the replies! Esme12, I'm curious if you've heard anything about the reputation of either school? It's been very hard to get feedback on how these programs are viewed by people actually out in the field. The main feedback on the S...
  11. My fiancée is facing a tough decision between two Boston-area Direct-Entry MSN programs; Simmons College and Salem State University. The biggest difference between these two schools is the cost; $150,000 for Simmons and $35,000 for Salem State. In bo...
  12. Simmons or Salem State DE?

    My fiancée is struggling with a tough choice between the Simmons and Salem State Direct Entry MSN programs. Simmons seems preferable in many ways, but the total cost of the program is six figures larger which is a hugely intimidating difference. Basi...