Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) offers accredited MSN, MSN Entry-into-Practice, PhD, and DNP degree programs including programs as NP and CNS.
Program: Accelerated BSN
Classes: On Campus
Hopkins is great school for many medical disciplines, given its connection with Johns Hopkins Hospital. Because of my clinical rotations, which were all at Johns Hopkins with exception to public health rotations, I had a number of skills that many co-workers in my new graduate cohort did not have. Senior practicum had a minimum requirement of 196 hours with very willing and patient preceptors. After graduation, I had little trouble finding a job and I found myself very ready to practice at a large, urban, trauma I cardiac IMC, and the unit was happy to take me off orientation weeks early.
In all honesty, I found my classmates somewhat intimidating. I had gone straight from undergraduate to the second-degree BSN, but most others were second-career nurses, with incredible experiences in business, engineering, Peace Corps, etc. and all of them were incredibly motivated, setting the standard of work and study very high. This perhaps added to the stress factor of the school, but it admittedly was an extrinsic factor that made me work harder to keep up with everyone. This fact was corroborated during my new graduate orientation where there were around 100 new nurses being onboarded and learning new skills together such as EKG interpretation, trach care, how to use safe-lift equipment, etc. For group presentations where a leader was elected and spoke for the group, it was interesting to note that a large majority of the group spokespeople were Hopkins graduates, despite a diverse representation of nursing schools. (There are many in the DMV area.) It seems as if admissions tries to recruit people with tendency toward leadership. Notably, everyone at Hopkins was also extremely collaborative---it is not a competitive environment and there was a strong culture of group studying, note-sharing, tip-sharing among each class cohort.
Baltimore as a city itself is very manageable. It's not too big or fast-paced, but there's always something fun to do. There is a lot of art and good food, a very unassuming attitude and culture, making the city an enjoyable place to live outside of schoolwork.
The staff are incredibly knowledgeable, but I have found that the nursing school has an interesting problem as the undergraduate institution in that they do try to recruit leaders in the field who, no doubt, know their stuff. While this may initially sound like a great attribute for teaching faculty, I find that it does not always translate directly to teaching. After all, for someone who can grasp certain knowledge naturally, intuitively, without much added effort, it is sometimes difficult to break down concepts into more elementary/easily digestible forms for people who don't naturally understand the same concepts. That said, this is made up for in the passion and support the faculty have for the students. They want their students to succeed and have no problems making themselves accessible outside of regular class hours.
Having worked with a few different school administrations, I can say that Hopkins is very organized. They have run this program for a number of years now, and schedules and expectations were made very clear to us. Financial aid, registrar, front desk people were all prompt and helpful. The Fuld Fellowship that the school has gives a sizable scholarship to those who are willing to do the extra work, making the degree far less expensive than most second-degree programs.
Program: Entry-Level Master's
Classes: On Campus
So many opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. It is such a great experience working along side the top public health and medical school and getting clinical at such a prestigious hospital. Our simulation lab is state of the art and I feel very prepared for my nursing career!
Staff are SO qualified. All my professors have their DNP or PhD and are so experienced in their specialities. They truly want us all to succeed and so approachable.
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