UNF Accelerated BSN Summer 2013 - page 8

The deadline to apply for UNF's Accelerated BSN program beginning Spring 2013 will be here before we know it (January 15, 2013), which is why I wanted to go ahead and start this topic now. Many of us... Read More

  1. by   sunbaby0811
    Yay!! Congrats you guys!! Now promise to share some pointers with those of us who will (god willing!!) go through this for fall semester!!
  2. by   Gradius
    Quote from Gallop245
    I'm in a 10:30 interview group. Ahhhhh!!! I'm already nervous and it's over a month away!
    Me too!
  3. by   HM2Doc
    Juliesnow: The community portion was primarily the only thing I didn't like about the program. But that's like saying the car engine is the only thing I didn't like about my car, ya know. It's such a huge part of the program.

    A majority of the academics were great. The classes that EVERYONE disliked were the community classes, second semester Nursing Science II (the most boring thing I've ever experienced in life), and leadership. 95% of the professors/instructors were great. Clinicals were great, except for community clinicals (yes, homebase is considered a clinical). The nursing building on campus is clean and awesome, and they had great Simlabs and resources.

    Yes, I feel like the program prepared me for my nursing career; however, I feel that the MANY hours spent towards community work could have been better spent learning about other things. In other words, I would have been BETTER prepared for my career had it not been for all of the community work.

    For homebase, you give the faculty your home address and they try and put you in the community area that is closest to your home. So they pick it for you, and it's yours for 2 years.

    If you have any other questions just let me know.
  4. by   makay7
    I just saw the stats posted on the fb page:

    160 invited to interview
    103 are eligible for ACPL BSN
  5. by   ddl77
    Really? 103? I thought they had 27 spots for the ABSN
  6. by   makay7
    I think that means that of the 160 people invited to interview, 103 of them applied for the accelerated program (which you are correct about there only being 27 spots). I was wondering what the break down of accelerated to regular applicants was for the interviews... 103 is a lot more than I was expecting!
  7. by   nelsen0290
    I got an interview invite, and was wondering if anyone else knew what to expect?? I heard it's a group thing, and pretty laid back. Any tips???
  8. by   docosa
    Congrats to everyone who got an interview. Despite my previous nervous posts I got one too! See you on March 8th!
  9. by   HopefulSRNA1234
    Quote from nelsen0290
    I got an interview invite, and was wondering if anyone else knew what to expect?? I heard it's a group thing, and pretty laid back. Any tips???
    Just wanted to make sure everyone saw this. It has tips for and an overview of the interview .

  10. by   HM2Doc
    The interview process will go like this:

    -You get to the third floor of the nursing building (EARLY!!) and are directed to a table where you sign in and are given a name tag.
    - At this table you will be assigned a number. This number is your interview group number, and each interview group will be made up of about 5 candidates.
    - You are then told to go wait in the hall where all the seats are. You'll sit, nervously, with a lot of other nervous people and chit chat.
    - Someone will eventually come out and call most of you into another room, which will most likely be a room with a bunch of hospital beds and chairs - one of our skills labs.
    - You will sit in this room with all of the candidates that are there for that time frame, and you will all be split up according to your interview group number.
    - Once in your group, a nursing student, usually in their 3-5th semester, will come in and talk to you. This student will answer any and all questions you have...ask them ANYTHING. The main purpose of this group discussion is to inform and relax you before you go into the interview.
    - At some point, one of the directors of the program will come out and give you all a pep talk. This may be Mr. Ahrens...quite possibly the friendliest person ever.
    - After about 30mins or so someone will start calling back group numbers. THIS IS IT, you are heading into your interview.
    - The interview will be made up of three interviewers and 5 of you. They will do a few minutes of talking to ease the tension and make you aware of how the interview will go down and what they expect of you. The interviewers can be former students, current teachers, people who work in management positions at surrounding hospitals, or former deans (as was my case).
    - Then the interview starts. There is no order for answering the interview questions. Don't always be the first, and NEVER always be the last.
    - After the interview, you go home and stress out until you get the "Yes" or "No" letter.

    Good luck!
  11. by   HM2Doc
    OH yeah, some tips for the interview:

    - Do not dress like you are interviewing for some super trendy fashion magazine. Dress conservatively, with conservative colors. There were people at my interview wearing some of the craziest outfits...none of them got in.
    - Do not try and dress SEXY. Your interviewers are going to be middle to late-aged females. They don't want to see that.
    - It is 2013...dress like it. Don't come in looking like Jackie Kennedy. And dudes, don't where jackets with those patches on the elbows...one guy did and didn't get in.
    - Guys should shave or trim their facial hair. There were people there who had beards....they didn't get selected. If you have long hair, groom it so that it doesn't look grungy.
    - Limit the amount of jewelry you wear, and don't wear wild jewelry. NO facial piercings.
    - If you have tattoos that are showing, make them NOT show.
    - Do not wear a lot of perfume or cologne.
    - Be friendly. Interrupting people during the interview, or acting like an annoying know-it-all will hurt you.
    - Have a question to ask. At the end of the interview they will ask you if you have any questions...ASK ONE, and make it GOOD. No questions like, "what do our scrubs look like" or "can we take days of from class".

    That's about it for now. I posted something like this awhile back that probably included more stuff, but that's all I remember right now. Good luck.
  12. by   honeybadgerdontcare
    Thank you HM2doc and GoVeg-wow! Those are awesome, very helpful tips/links
  13. by   juliesnow
    So, HM2Doc - is it possible that we will see you there?