NSU has fourth-largest nursing progra...

NSU has fourth-largest nursing program in U.S.

There are 35 comments on the The Shreveport Times story from Aug 4, 2008, titled NSU has fourth-largest nursing program in U.S.. In it, The Shreveport Times reports that:

NATCHITOCHES - Northwestern State University nursing student Cyndi Gagnon is confident she has found the right profession and the right place to learn that profession.

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SOB

Atlanta, GA

#21 Aug 10, 2008
don't you think that it's a little sexest to assume we are all ladies?

Since: Mar 08

Abilene, TX

#22 Aug 10, 2008
Student wrote:
The distance learning I spoke of was not necessarily speaking of the clinical, it was only speaking of the "compressed video" or lecture course. You know it is kind of bad when you have to drive to shreveport and listen to a lecutre from leesville, or vice vera. The point of that is they have the capability of at least allowing students to attend the lecture portion in Natchitoches. I understand there is not alot at Natchitoches and there is alot more to see as far as procedures, surgical care, etc that Natchitoches just does not provide but they could at least work out a plan to allow the lecture portion.
You know the funny part is that when I finished with my post I was headed to work for an emergency c-section and on the way to work I thought you probably were referring to lecture classes. I'm an anesthetist now and I went to Texas Wesleyan in Fort Worth. The 1st semester I went to school in Fort Worth and the rest of classes we did the compressed video distance learning thing and it was wonderful. In no way do I feel cheated in my education, so yeah that would be a great idea for NSU to offer the lecture courses via compressed video, it definitely would have made life easier.

Since: Mar 08

Abilene, TX

#23 Aug 10, 2008
ShreveBossier99 wrote:
No offense, Ladies, but you knew how the situation was when you started the program. And now you fuss and complain that you have to drive sooooo far for an education. Just calm down and things will be ok. Soon you will be making 50 grand plus a year and it will all be worth it.
It's not just ladies in nursing
ladyfox

United States

#24 Aug 10, 2008
No it isn't just ladies in nursing! I'm married to a NSU alumni RN, and I am working on completing my RN through NSU, which I started there back in 1986!
ShreveBossier99

Lake Charles, LA

#25 Aug 10, 2008
Ok then. LADIES or GENTS you knew how the situation was when you started the program. And now you fuss and complain that you have to drive soooo far for an education. Just calm down and things will be ok. Soon you will be making 50 grand plus a year and it will all be worth it.
Student

Natchitoches, LA

#26 Aug 10, 2008
Uh.. ShreveBossier I make that now, actually more than that... but... it still is hurting to spend oh lets see 800 a month to go back and forth to shreveport.

Since you are from Bossier or wherever it might be then I want you to spend your money and your car and make the drive back and forth to Natchitoches 4-5 days a week and see how long that lasts.. For the ENTIRE SEMESTER... Yes.. all 3-4 months
been there-done that

Forney, TX

#27 Aug 12, 2008
I see the problem about the commute, but I've had a little experience with those video classes, and it ain't all that great. My info may be dated, but when I took those classes, we got a detailed explanation of how they worked.
There are a number of technical problems and it is also very expensive. As I remember, the special phone line to carry it costs a school serious big bucks, and the software license is another huge expense.
The phone line can only carry one class at a time, so scheduling classes and classrooms is an issue. Last is the problem of having to hire two teachers, one on each end. The one on the receiving end can't be a babysitter, but must be a real teacher who can actually assist the students with the material.
I know that those video classes seem like an easy answer, but being out of school for a few years, I've learned there are no easy answers.:-) Good luck with your education, it will be worth it down the road.
Student

Pelican, LA

#28 Aug 13, 2008
Yes but the problem is when so far all the classes I have been in are the compressed video I drive to shreveport to listen to a class taught by leesville, which is more often the case than an actual class being taught in shreveport. But I have an understanding they have the capability to bring the classes locally, I mean with the increases in student fee's and nursing professional fee's and any other fee they can tack on they can bring this to Natchitoches. I seen they had enought to put up a video board at the stadium, which after they asked for more money for tuition this to me was a waste, when more could be done for the students there.
Andy

University, MS

#29 Aug 13, 2008
fustrated wrote:
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what's scary is that you are trying to put us down for voicing our opinions and you can't even spell the word SCARY
I am pretty sure that people who type stuff here aren't as worried about spelling as they would be in a college paper, but you should at least spell your own name right. "Frustrated" has an "r" in it. It does when you say it verbally, too.
two cents worth

Natchitoches, LA

#30 Aug 13, 2008
Actually...NSU doesn't have the capability to offer CV lectures in Natchitoches. They are offered at other sites because the audio/visual equipment is available there. The Nursing department in Natchitoches does not have the audio/visual equipment necessary to offer compressed video. And they won't get it until Dr. Webb decides the expand the nursing budget. Also, the staff on the Natchitoches campus in the Nursing department is VERY small so that raises issues as to who will monitor the class.

As for how many student are accepted...the state mandates that we have 1 teacher for every 10 students. BUT...Louisiana won't pay our teachers enough to actually come teach for us...they could stay at the hospitals and make more money than teaching...not to mention the shortage of qualified teachers (Nurses with an MSN degree).
seriously

Natchitoches, LA

#31 Aug 13, 2008
been there-done that wrote:
I see the problem about the commute, but I've had a little experience with those video classes, and it ain't all that great. My info may be dated, but when I took those classes, we got a detailed explanation of how they worked.
There are a number of technical problems and it is also very expensive. As I remember, the special phone line to carry it costs a school serious big bucks, and the software license is another huge expense.
The phone line can only carry one class at a time, so scheduling classes and classrooms is an issue. Last is the problem of having to hire two teachers, one on each end. The one on the receiving end can't be a babysitter, but must be a real teacher who can actually assist the students with the material.
I've taken alot of compressed video classes before and I must say that your ignorance is astounding. Not one thing you mention here is even remotely correct from what I have seen and heard. Please, call your internet company and have them disconnect your service.
Student

Pelican, LA

#32 Aug 13, 2008
Ok, well I know that they technology is avaliable at the Natchitoches Campus, maybe not directly in the nursing department but it is avaliable in Natchitoches, I have been in those classrooms on Natchitoches Campus. 2nd The instructor/Student ratio only applies to the clinical setting not the lecture. 3rd any person with a teaching degree or otherwise could monitor the class, but then again you are on video and the other classes can see you so why do you need a teacher except for testing?

The amount of money students pay into the nursing program more than justifies the expansion to include the MAIN CAMPUS in NATCHITOCHES....
been there-done that

Forney, TX

#33 Aug 13, 2008
seriously wrote:
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I've taken alot of compressed video classes before and I must say that your ignorance is astounding. Not one thing you mention here is even remotely correct from what I have seen and heard. Please, call your internet company and have them disconnect your service.
Wow, where did that come from? I did state my info was dated, but instead of a rude personal attack, why not just correct my wrong info. Is this really so personal an issue with you that you have to resort to insults?
SOB

Atlanta, GA

#34 Aug 14, 2008
I know! What's with the hostility?
Lydia

Detroit, MI

#35 Aug 24, 2008
After reading these posts, it is no wonder people hold nursing in such low regard. I don't think I have ever read such unintelligible opinions in all my days on this fine Earth. Wow. It makes me shudder. Please just make sure to keep all that ignorance in Louisiana.

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