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Thank you for you reply, CocoaLover.
My BSN was all on-campus school, and this is the first time I've ever really taken online courses, and I'm really not enjoying the lack of face time. I've only had 2 professors bother to really put forth interacting with the class by way of providing youtube links for extra info, or even making videos themselves. I feel like most just provide the syllabus and bluntly state "follow this", and I won't hear from them again for another few weeks to check in.
Is it common to feel like I'm teaching myself to be a nurse practitioner? I'm all about adult learning and self motivation, but it makes me anxious that the only support I feel are only from the physicians/fellow nurses I work with in the ER and not my own professors.
In my opinion, it is normal to feel that way. After attending a 4-year school without online component, the graduate school seemed to make me feel like i'm alone. My professors will only talk to the class as a group but will always remind us to call him/her for issues (except one instructor). We were forced to work in groups. We were also asked to study on our own first and ask questions on blackboard (to allow other students to answer your question, not the professor). I think this is necessary to become a good NP as you will learn your own strengths and weaknesses as a future NP. You will also learn how to work with your other classmates (collaboration). To tell you honestly, I learned more in clinicals. The books and in-class lectures became boring to me since I enjoyed learning "hands-on" after a while. The adjustment took about a year. The lectures were very long and I prefer reading/watching at my own chosen time. I study best in the evenings vs. mornings. Also like to study in chunks while our lectures are scheduled all day every week/other week.
So my advice is to give it some time. I liked the independence and the fact that i could control my schedule (except those days we were required to go to school). I was able to work PRN at the hospital. We went to school 2 to 3 times per month to get tested (simulated patient), to share our thoughts/concerns/feelings, and also to listen to an 8-hour long lecture! But i loved that because I got to see my classmates and instructors once in a while. Is your school designed this way too?
I really don't like to see my professors/classmates everyday since I learn best on my own. I study effectively if I read the materials first then go to class for discussion. I just couldn't do all that when I was at my 4-year BSN university. Does that make sense? Let me know if it is confusing.
However, like I said, if you realize along the way that going to the state university is not working out, you should switch to a different school. There are a LOT of them out there. I just hope you are not too far along in your current school.