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Walden University Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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This is helpful. I found the BSN online program easy but engineering all the online videos, etc was challenging for me. I had to find my own 'patients' to video tape a exam. I found it difficult technology wise.. I work 24 hrs in my fulltime job. What is the total amount of hours of clinical that you have to do? THANK YOU so much for answering my questions. There is an eating disorder facility I would love to work in for clinicals. But, they have to be approved places? Thank you

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I believe it would count. They are very flexiblewith clinical sites....I saw a list on their site under the program info last year. I remember seeing nursing homes, drug rehab centers, out patient unit, in patient units etc. I did like that.. the clinical hours are approx 680......which is a lot compared to other NP programs but that is also a good thing.

I am debating doing medical NP or psych NP and Walden is an option.

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THANK you.... Good luck to you! This has helped:)

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Hi all,

I do attend Walden, the PMHNP. I am in my next to last class. If you have any questions feel free. :) Walden and other online programs will be mandated in 2019 toprovide clinical placement sites.

As of 2019 the new accrediting standards of the CCNE required these programs to provide the proper clinical support to their students (1). This is a major win the nurse practitioner student community.

Too many schools (not just Walden) had the students find their own preceptor which was very difficult for many. You can absolutely do you clinicals at your place of employment. I did on my off hours, and the preceptor was not my boss/manager/supervisor in any capacity.

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I have lots of questions! How is the program? Is it possible to work while in it? I am happy about the clinical aspect because I heard that's the worse part trying to find placement!

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I have questions here as well.

1. Any official word from Walden regarding finding clinical preceptors in 2019 and beyond? Did any students have to drop out because they couldn't find a preceptor. I ask because called University of Phoenix recently and mentioned the accreditation statement regarding schools providing preceptors and uop said they will not be doing this. He stated it is still the students responsibility to find a preceptor.

2. Is this program packed with long papers? In other words, what type of assignments make up your grade? Group projects, solo papers, discussion questions etc ?

3. What type of clinical site did you use for individual therapy, group therapy, child / teen, and adult psychiatric care? I called Walden before and they mentioned a mentor calling your preceptor often and having to log this in a program. How frequently is the mentor calling your preceptor? Is this a big inconvenience for them and you?

4. Has the program been worth the tuition,which they are raising by $2,000 starting February 2019?

Thanks

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JackChase1212 has 15 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Surgical Nurse.

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On 12/17/2018 at 8:28 PM, bryanleo9 said:

I have questions here as well.

1. Any official word from Walden regarding finding clinical preceptors in 2019 and beyond? Did any students have to drop out because they couldn't find a preceptor. I ask because called University of Phoenix recently and mentioned the accreditation statement regarding schools providing preceptors and uop said they will not be doing this. He stated it is still the students responsibility to find a preceptor.

2. Is this program packed with long papers? In other words, what type of assignments make up your grade? Group projects, solo papers, discussion questions etc ?

3. What type of clinical site did you use for individual therapy, group therapy, child / teen, and adult psychiatric care? I called Walden before and they mentioned a mentor calling your preceptor often and having to log this in a program. How frequently is the mentor calling your preceptor? Is this a big inconvenience for them and you?

4. Has the program been worth the tuition,which they are raising by $2,000 starting February 2019?

Thanks

Hello, I am knee deep in Walden's PMHNP program and can offer insights into the curriculum. I am overall very happy with the quality of the program so far. It is very challenging as it should be. I started out in the FNP track and moved into the PMHNP after careful consideration. It is true that the school does not assist in securing practicum sites, however, when I was researching the school before I enrolled I did see a lot of complaints regarding this issue. I was aware so I'm not complaining about it now. You need to be highly motivated to be successful in this program. No doubt about it. As for the assignment...there are weekly discussion posts, weekly quizzes, and many papers. There have also been group projects, and video assignments. The coursework alone is incredibly demanding, and when you add the process of securing a preceptorship on top, it can be a little overwhelming.  I start my practicum in August so I cannot speak to the communication level between mentor and preceptor yet. Simply stated, if I could not do an online program I would not be able to obtain the degree so I am ecstatic with the opportunity. Hope the information helps.

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Thanks for that.  Anything in the FNP program that you didn't like to make you switch?

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JackChase1212 has 15 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Surgical Nurse.

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No not at all. It was a personal choice. I had always been interested in psych, and put a lot of time into researching my options as a practitioner. My cousin graduated from Walden FNP, and had a job secured prior to taking her boards. She passed first attempt, loves her new job, and is very competent. I didn't realize how many Walden haters there were out there before finding this site! I am a single parent of a child with special needs. If I could not do the program online, I would simply not be able to advance in my career. I am extremely grateful to have this opportunity. I want to stress that the curriculum is very challenging, and I feel that this particular program produces resourceful practitioners who are intelligent and motivated to achieve. You cannot advance through it otherwise. I am confident with my decision, especially after witnessing my cousin's career.

Good luck to you on your journey. 🙂

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Thank you.  Keep us updated.

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