Master of Science in Nursing Student Testimonials
"The cost was a large decider, as was the ability to attend online. The fact that SXU has been in the distance education business for a long time made the decision easy. All of my requirements were met: value, experienced faculty, good infrastructure, online.
Getting my MSN has distinguished me from my peers. I am able to do independent research and my word is taken as more credible when I talk to management as I often have the same degree that they do. It has upped my level of professionalism and allowed me into a previously inaccessible circle of colleagues."
“This program helped prepare me to be a leader by focusing on current trends in Healthcare as they relate to patient safety and excellent care delivery, which are concepts that healthcare organizations are graded and reimbursed upon. This program has allowed me to obtain a job as a Nurse Manager in an Academic Medical Center who has Magnet designation. SXU was ranked #2 in the Nation for their on-line MSN program! Very proud of that! Enough said.”
“I have absolutely no regrets about this program; I have recommended it to several co-workers. I received a promotion after completing this program. This program has helped me evolve as a nurse; I am solving problems that I had no idea I knew how to solve, I am much more confident, I am able to step in and help experienced CNLs with outcomes, I worked a rapid response two days ago and knew exactly what interventions to assist the patient. Don’t hesitate; this is an excellent program.”
“Coming from bedside nursing, this new perspective gave me a better understanding of the bigger picture through a new lens. Currently, I work as ‘Coordinator, Quality Analytics’ at Rush Copley Medical center and the program has helped me transition into this role. The fact that this MSN-CNL program was online allowed me the flexibility to keep my nightshift bedside position while completing school. This was important to me in a program because it would have been challenging to work overnight and make the long commute out to campus and attend in-person courses. This program also afforded me the opportunity to travel and study abroad in Italy. That was truly a once in a lifetime experience, and I would do that again in a heartbeat.
The smaller class sizes gave me the opportunity to get more one-on-one interaction with my professors and help reinforce the material being learned throughout my courses. Furthermore, this program was available online, which provided the flexibility I needed to continue to balance life while having a full-time job and even planning a wedding. The fact that this program allowed for a better work/school/family balance really helped drive the decision. Saint Xavier University provided an invaluable experience to further my education and lead me to a position I didn’t necessarily know I was interested in pursuing. It was a great decision and I am very glad to have had this opportunity which will only help in any future path I take.”
“I really found I could start applying so much of my education in a real-time setting as an established RN. Looking for evidence-based articles that were relevant was a boon. Learning about change processes and health-care legislation on a more profound level than what I learned with my BSN has been very exciting.”
“Shortly after graduation I moved into a Practice Manager position on my unit. The requirements of the job include staff education, patient care improvement projects, and support of policy and evidence based practice. I was entirely prepared for those responsibilities because of the MSN program.”
“Saint Xavier University’s MSN program was extremely well organized. While I was in school I was working a full-time job and a part-time job and was also raising two toddlers. The coursework in the program was extremely relevant and helped me to meet course objectives without being overwhelming. The set deadlines throughout the program made it possible for me to remain organized and complete my coursework while also working and caring for my family.
The skills I have learned at SXU have been invaluable. I have become a better manager of care on a patient-specific level, I have become passionate for incorporating evidence-based practice and have been able to implement communication and collaboration skills that were learned when working with the interdisciplinary care team.”
“The online format was perfect. I was able to work on projects, write discussion posts and papers at 1 am if I wanted to. The flexibility and autonomy were a perfect balance with my self-directed student style. Navigating the online platform was easy and the tech support was there 24/7 to help.
The MSN faculty were true servant educators. They engaged and empowered me and always put the students first. Their concern for my well-being and my growth was palpable even across the miles. They healed me emotionally whenever I struggled and believed in me when I lost faith in myself.”
“Some of the most valuable experiences I had during the MSN program was learning from the wealth of knowledge of my peers. Because there were students from all over the country in such a wide variety of healthcare roles, every person contributed something new to our discussions.”