TWU Spring 2010 - page 30

Is anyone out there applying to TWU for the Spring of 2010? Just thought that I would start a group for all of us hopefuls so we could share information and have a way to communicate with each... Read More

  1. by   butterfly journey
    Hey AnnyLPC and PJ2076, welcome!!! I too am a post-bac student and am returning after being out of graduate school almost ten years. Yes, I'll be 40 in 3 weeks. I have been doing my pre-req work at TWU for the past 7 months and am currently taking Patho (along with Goopsy and Elizabelle) at the Parkland campus. We're playing the waiting game same as you. Good to have you join us.

    Wishing you all good luck.
  2. by   elizabelle
    Quote from AnnyLPC
    Hi Everyone,
    I am a post bac applicant as well. I earned my Bac in 1992 and a Masters in 1996. I have applied for the weekend/online program.
    I am currently a therapist(LPC) in private practice and a mother of three! My GPA is on the low side (according to what I have read) and my HESI a2 is an 86. I have my fingers crossed though!
    Nice to "meet" you guys..
    Anny
    Hi Anny and Welcome! I am so curious to hear more about your decision to change career paths. I was very interested in pursuing counseling at one point, and had a very hard time trying to decide between going back to school for psychology, or nursing. I chose nursing for multiple reasons. What are your reasons behind this move, if you don't mind my asking? I am a mother of 2, as well, so I completely understand where you are coming from with that!

    Good luck to you!!!
  3. by   AnnyLPC
    Butterfly Journey, I am 41! But if figure I would regret not doing this, so what the heck!

    Elizabelle, I am happy to answer any questions at all. I LOVE being a therapist. It is extremely fulfilling and I am able to set my own days and hours. I am lucky enough to have joined a busy practice 9 years ago.

    The down side is this:the counseling market is SATURATED. A full time job with benefits pays very little. I have no benefits as a practioner in private practice. Going into private practice is so difficult now-there are too many counselors. many are going off of insurance panels and we are considering this as well. But, once you are off it is next to impossible to get back on. Again, saturated market.

    My goal is to become a Psychiatric NP. That way, I can still counsel clients but with a prescription ability I am much more marketable, reimbursed more and going off insurance panels would be a less risky move. I believe as a nurse in any capacity, I will use my counseling skills and my ability to establish rapport will also benefit myself and the patient tremendously.

    Thanks for asking. I am always happy to contribute whatever I can!

    ~Anny
  4. by   butterfly journey
    Anny, oh my gosh, the reason that I decided to go into nursing (as my second career) is because my own therapist warned me about the saturated market in the therapist role and the difficulties in finding a job. Not to mention the extreme amount of school it would take (similar to nursing) and without the more guaranteed (yeah, right) job security of nursing once you graduate. I even read the literature from North Texas and they actually advise you not to take their program for lack of jobs. (I'm serious, it says that you will have a difficult time finding work). I have both a therapist and a NP mental health practitioner (different offices, different needs from both) and when I spoke to my NP about becoming a nurse and doing what she does, she talked up the industry non-stop. My mother works in an office with a psychatrist and 9 Mental Health NPs and she loves it. All the ladies there love their jobs. I'm not 100% sure if that's the route I will go, as other specialties have caught my attention but I will say it's still in the top 3. I'm going to go through nursing school with my eyes open to all opportunities and see what "feels right" for me.

    I too am the mother of a 5 year old little boy so I'm there with ya.
  5. by   elizabelle
    Quote from AnnyLPC
    Butterfly Journey, I am 41! But if figure I would regret not doing this, so what the heck!

    Elizabelle, I am happy to answer any questions at all. I LOVE being a therapist. It is extremely fulfilling and I am able to set my own days and hours. I am lucky enough to have joined a busy practice 9 years ago.

    The down side is this:the counseling market is SATURATED. A full time job with benefits pays very little. I have no benefits as a practioner in private practice. Going into private practice is so difficult now-there are too many counselors. many are going off of insurance panels and we are considering this as well. But, once you are off it is next to impossible to get back on. Again, saturated market.

    My goal is to become a Psychiatric NP. That way, I can still counsel clients but with a prescription ability I am much more marketable, reimbursed more and going off insurance panels would be a less risky move. I believe as a nurse in any capacity, I will use my counseling skills and my ability to establish rapport will also benefit myself and the patient tremendously.

    Thanks for asking. I am always happy to contribute whatever I can!

    ~Anny
    Thanks for sharing, Anny! I, too, am interested in becoming a Psych NP later down the road. You will be in such a great position to provide well-rounded care to your patients, with your counseling background. And from my research, Psych NP's are in high demand, and very well-compensated. What I have learned from a few Psych NP's on this forum is that the Psych NP track (at least in their cases) doesn't really provide much training in therapy, and the ones who responded to my questions said that they don't do much counseling, if at all. From what I have gathered, med mgmt is more the role of the Psych NP, and the therapy is left to the LPC's, because they are cheaper. Or at least that is what I was told from a few folks. You, on the other hand, will be invaluable as a trained LPC, with your Psych NP. My plan is to go the nursing route first, then, once established, if I feel I need further training in counseling, I will go back to school part-time. Good luck to you! I hope to meet you in January, once we all get in to TWU!
  6. by   butterfly journey
    BTW, how many of you ladies on here plan on going further than the BSN at TWU?

    I plan on it, especially if the job market for new grads hasn't opened up a bit in the next 2 years. I KNOW that I will be an NP, but I'm not sure of my specialty. Having been at a high level manager position in my previous "life" that's just where I feel most comfortable and I think having the role of an NP would be similar for me. But who knows, this world has thrown me a few curves already, so who knows where I'll end up
  7. by   butterfly journey
    BTW, I may not become an NP at TWU, it could UTA since they offer the mental healthy NP program and TWU does not.
  8. by   elizabelle
    Quote from butterfly journey
    Anny, oh my gosh, the reason that I decided to go into nursing (as my second career) is because my own therapist warned me about the saturated market in the therapist role and the difficulties in finding a job. Not to mention the extreme amount of school it would take (similar to nursing) and without the more guaranteed (yeah, right) job security of nursing once you graduate. I even read the literature from North Texas and they actually advise you not to take their program for lack of jobs. (I'm serious, it says that you will have a difficult time finding work). I have both a therapist and a NP mental health practitioner (different offices, different needs from both) and when I spoke to my NP about becoming a nurse and doing what she does, she talked up the industry non-stop. My mother works in an office with a psychatrist and 9 Mental Health NPs and she loves it. All the ladies there love their jobs. I'm not 100% sure if that's the route I will go, as other specialties have caught my attention but I will say it's still in the top 3. I'm going to go through nursing school with my eyes open to all opportunities and see what "feels right" for me.

    I too am the mother of a 5 year old little boy so I'm there with ya.
    Butterfly Journey,

    That is so awesome! I love to hear about folks working as or working with psych NP's and loving it, and that they are encouraging about following that path. I have had my doubts at times, but I spent over a year thinking about the right path for me, and this just really seemed to be the best. I, too, now that I am this far in the process, want to keep my heart open to other facets of nursing that may call to me. But right now the psych NP path is at the top of my list. Yay for all the 2nd degree Mommies going back to school! I got my first B.S. in 1999, and I have a 9 year old and a 1 year old. :-)
  9. by   elizabelle
    Quote from butterfly journey
    BTW, how many of you ladies on here plan on going further than the BSN at TWU?

    I plan on it, especially if the job market for new grads hasn't opened up a bit in the next 2 years. I KNOW that I will be an NP, but I'm not sure of my specialty. Having been at a high level manager position in my previous "life" that's just where I feel most comfortable and I think having the role of an NP would be similar for me. But who knows, this world has thrown me a few curves already, so who knows where I'll end up
    I have been assuming I would not go past the BSN at TWU, since they don't have a PMHNP track available. If my family stays in TX, I will have to go to UTA for that. My Mom sees a PMHNP at her psychiatrist's office who stated that the UTA program is awesome. My husband is open to relocating after I get my BSN, so I will likely apply to multiple programs, and then decide based on where I am accepted. My husband and I have been considering relocating for a while (we are both native north Texans), and grad school may just be the best reason to move.
  10. by   ser2011
    So how many times has everyone checked their email today? ;-)
  11. by   ali523
    only a million ...has anyone received any emails from TWU yet?
  12. by   butterfly journey
    You guys are going to be flabbergasted, but I haven't checked it yet today. I'm trying to put it out of my mind. I guess I should right?

    BTW Elizabelle, my dh and I are very open to relocating too. I'm a native North Texas as well but my DH is from Austin and would love to get back there. So I'm keeping my options open too. BTW, my psych NP was actually a teacher at UTA and says that the program is awesome and that many of her friends and colleauges have gone through it and speak really highly of it.

    BTW, do any of you ladies read any of the other posts on this board? I have to admit that I got discouraged earlier today when I was reading a post from a teacher who was considering going into nursing and all I saw were VERY negative posts about the hours, the night shifts and all the "crap" nurses have to put up with. I have to admit as a second degree-er I actually got down in the dumps for a bit over my choice to become a nurse. I'm seeing so much negativity about the profession either the hours or the fact that there are no jobs for new grads that I'm about to stop reading anything that isn't posted on this thread. Anyone else experience the same thing?
  13. by   butterfly journey
    BTW, I just checked and the only email I got was the one from the library telling me I have an overdue book. Guess I better take care of that

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