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  1. lucy100

    Online RN to BSN proctored exams?

    I completed this program almost two years ago, so I'm not sure if anything has changed. In the nursing classes there were NO proctored exams. There were some students that had proctored exams in non nursing classes. I would join the OU online RN to BSN student facebook group for more updated info. The facebook group is very active and had lots of good info.
  2. This sounds like a interesting job. Did you take the position? What kind of work/education experience does this job require?
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    Ohio University RN-to-BSN Program

    It took me 1 year. I started in June and graduated the following summer. I only took one class every 5 weeks (many students took 2 classes together every 5 weeks). I have a previous non-nursing BS degree and OU was generous with credit transfers. I only needed the required 9 nursing classes and 1 elective (total of 10 classes). Depending on how many classes you need to complete and how many classes you decide to take at once will determine how fast you graduate. One student I knew who also had a non-nursing degree (only needed 10 classes) , took 2 classes every 5 weeks and finished in 9 months!
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    Job opportunities

    I have worked as a nurse for 10 years ( 9 in med/surg, and 1 in acute in-pt rehab). All my nursing experience has been in the hospital. I enjoy rehab nursing much more than med/surg and I'm glad to have found this specialty. Can anyone share with me other job opportunities (away for hospital floor nursing) that desire an RN with rehab experience?
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    CSN program in PA

    I'm in the process of selecting a school nurse certification program in Pennsylvania and hoping for some feedback. I'm considering Eastern U. (Philly) which has multiple start dates during the year versus Eastern Mennonite U. (Lancaster) which starts once a year in May. Can anyone provide any thoughts or experiences with either of these programs?? If you attended either of these colleges would you choose them again or pick a different school? Thank you for any input!
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    New Pennsylvania School Nurse

    Hi lovebeingamom76, What program/school did you attend to get the certified school nurse classes needed?
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    Certified School Nurses and getting Masters Degree

    I know this is an older post but I was curious if/how you finally reached the 24 credits? I am considering EU for certification/masters too. DO you recommend this program?
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    No nurse a month before school starts

    that's interesting! I live in PA where you need a certification and it seems tough to find open positions unless looking at private/charter schools.
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    Ohio University RN-to-BSN Program

    Hi Trio825, I finished the OU online BSN program a year ago so I don't know if anything has drastically changed ( I doubt it). I spent so much time researching online programs before finally making a school selection and getting started. I don't regret picking the OU online program! I especially loved the 5 week format for all nursing classes. If you are motivated you can finish pretty fast, the cost per credit was better than most programs, and there is a strong student support system on facebook. Getting back into the APA formatting was stressful at first but I recommend the software program PERRLA for APA. I would join the online facebook group to get up to date insight on their program. I agree with sillylilly05 that most of the classes have similar requirements (discussion boards and papers). Ultimately I picked OU because I wanted a real brick and mortar school, affordable cost, generous credit transfers, ability to finish in less than 2 years, and a program that fit my work schedule.
  10. I worked weekends (Fri, Sat, Sun) night shift for 5 years when my kids were in elementary school. My husband had off weekends. It was nice for the set schedule, never needed daycare or summer camp, nice pay. I also never had to worry about my kids staying home sick from school, doctor appointments, I never missed school events during the week. The downside to this shift, I missed every family get together, wedding, baptism or picnic for 5 years. I felt like my husband and I never spent any time together! Most nurses I worked with on the weekend program were parents (working the shift for childcare reasons) or nurses going back to school. A few ideas of other jobs that are more "family" friendly (according to nurses I have worked with) APU, SPU, PACU, pre-admission testing, inpatient rehab, and Heart station. I also know 2 nurses that left the hospital to become school nurses and love, love, love it. If I had to do it over again I would probably try and start out as a school nurse. In my state school nurses are on the teacher pay scale so over time you reach a good salary. You also have good benefits, retirement plan and a good work schedule. In my state for school nursing you need a BSN and a certification which can be done online. I wish I could work per diem however, I carry the health insurance. I think almost any job is more bearable and easier to recover physically when it is per diem hours. I have a friend who makes fabulous money working per diem in the hospital. She only works 8 hour shifts and picks and chooses when she wants to work. Her husband carries the insurance so she has more options.
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    School Nursing

    Did you obtain your school nurse certification before looking for a job or wait until hired?
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    Ohio University RN-to-BSN Program

    Hi Hsheffrin, I just completed my BSN at OU this past summer while working part time (and having a family). There were 9 required nursing classes for all nursing students. The nursing classes are only 5 weeks long however non-nursing classes varied in their length. During my time in the program none of the classes I enrolled in had live sessions or specific hours for attendance ( I don't think this will change). Almost all the nursing classes followed the same format (sometimes with slight variation). Every school week began on Monday and had deadlines for weekly assignments. Example: first discussion post by Wednesday, 2 responses and a paper by Sunday night. A few nursing classes required quizzes (no proctor needed) just completed open book quiz by a certain date. Two classes utilized a program similar to using a SIM model(I can't remember the name of the program) but again no live classes, it is all work at your own pace within the assignment deadlines. I learned to work ahead when possible. I only had 1 non-nursing class to complete and it did not require any live sessions. The school does update/change classes so I don't know if anything has changed drastically since August. For the most up to date info on OU I would join their online facebook community. It's called "Ohio University RN to BSN online-academic outreach initiative". It is a great resource for the most up to date info. You should join even if you are not yet an enrolled student in the program. Many people join the fb group to get a feel for the program and ask questions to current students.
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    Job opportunities in Rehab

    I have been working as a med/surg floor nurse in a hospital for many years and want to try something new. I am considering an acute rehab position available in my facility but wonder what future job opportunities are available to nurses with Rehab experience. I feel that acute rehab is a growing specialty but when I'm tired of working on the floor what other doors will be open? I assume rehab experience is desirable for case management positions anything else?
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    Leaving nursing job after 2 months

    I see the same thing that you are mentioning. There were so many RN's leaving immediately after the 6 month orientation my employer started requiring RN's to sign a 2 year progressive care ( 1 year med/surg) contract or else repay the orientation costs. Now when it hits the end of the 2 year contract for Rn's we see the mass exitus.
  15. thank you for the feedback. Did you find that the MSN gave you many new job opportunities? I get worried that I will get a MSN in education and not find a full time job away from the bedside. Are you done with school at the MSN level?
  16. great job Woodsyny! I am finishing up my RN to BSN at OU this summer. I am interested in pursuing an MSN education degree so I am starting to research schools. How many years did it take to complete the MSN at chamberlain? Does the program require a written thesis? I am feeling totally burned out from the online OU program but my long term goals to teach are motivating me to keep looking forward to my next degree goal!