I am hoping some of you may have some input. I am in the process of submitting an application to a RN-MSN Program for FNP. It is a simple application; no essay, no resume, no GRE. They just ask for transcripts, 3 recommendations, and RN license verification for the most part. On the application they only asked for my last 3 positions. They did ask for "professional activities" in the last 3 years. Could you please tell me what you think they are looking for? ACLS? CCRN? What? They also asked for any special considerations I might want to add. I did add a brief personal history of the last 3 years. The reason being that I thought it might explain why I do not have any siginificant professional activities. I got married in 2006, since then I have had 2 children (both under 2), but have been pregnant 4 times, I miscarreid twice. I work full time and my husband needs assistance daily, he was disabled in the AirForce years ago. I did not go into great detail. It was just a short paragraph. I just wanted to let the admissions committee know that I am not a "slacker" just because I have not participated in professional acitivties for the past 3 years. I have been busy with my life. Is that inappropriate to tell them? I made sure to state I was not looking for special treatment, I just thought it important to mention. I am sure most applicants have a lot going on in their personal life, I did not want it to appear as though I was making excuses.
I would really appreciate any input. It just seems that there is not much to the application, probably focusing on grades. I know my referecnes will be excellant, but I am concerned that I am not well rounded enough?!
Also, does any one suggest asking for an interview if they do not require one?
Thank you very much!!!
Jan 18, '10
I think of professional activities as involvement in local nursing organizations, being part of hospital or unit-specific committees, research activities, speaking engagements, volunteer work as a health care provider, and other similar endeavors. The perfect candidate would have been able to list many activities that meet the above categories. In programs that are super-competitive, it is definitely advisable to have these to make your application stand out. However, not being able to cite any of the above professional activities should not deter you from applying. The school will likely review your application and give you points for your own individual merits including the past life experiences you mentioned which I think contributes well to you career goals.