I think that I was a little confused on who we could use for references if they had to be "academic" or supervisors/managers from work. The peer reference was pretty straight forward. For my third reference, I chose one of my teachers who approved my fertility awareness project. I wrote my reference requests last night for one of my teachers and the dean of nursing (I heard she would be tickled if I asked her for a reference which I thought was extremely sweet
) after reading about references on the Internet. Hopefully they accept my requests! I'm at sort of a disadvantage since I work in case management and not too many people know about my desire to become a midwife (would probably be looked down upon in my community) coupled with the fact that I don't practice bedside nursing anymore.
While reading online about references, I guess it is customary to give the people you are requesting 2 weeks to a month to return letters. I also read that most people prefer that you do not use e-mail for requesting and that it be written and sent through old fashioned snail mail. This equates to a very long process for some of us which is okay since I'm still waiting for transcripts and another copy of my nursing license.
For my reference requests, I started with a Word template and replaced each section with personal information such as the school that I was applying for, what I was planning to study, why I had chosen that person as a reference person, why I wanted to be a nurse midwife, when I needed to have my application turned in by, and any specific instructions.
Now I need to focus on writing my statements about why I want (would kill for
) being a nurse midwife and how I will handle the rigors of nursing school.
I'm glad that I'm not alone with reference difficulties!