I am wondering if anyone has gone through the direct entry level masters degree process, please?
I have applied to SFSU and was immediately rejected (very weird) and am trying to figure out what I can do to improve/get into a program.
I have two degrees from UC Davis in English and psychology.
I have worked as a CNA for 600 hours.
I have been a nanny for 2 years of toddlers.
My letters of rec are from my boss (a surgeon), a microbiologist (retired from UCLA and teaching up North), and the former MLA president.
My undergrad GPA is a 3.0 but after taking 5 years off, I excelled and finished with 3.55 in my last 60 units and in my science nursing pre-recs.
6 months of research at UCD with Gale Goodman.
I was the UCD student manager of aquatics, in the nursing club, a sorority, I studied abroad, worked with foster kids in 2014 and volunteered with Citizens Who Care and at elementary schools
as a kindergarten aid.
My GRE writing score is a 4 out of 6 (I could take this again- grumble $205 grumble-because I took it at the last minute and am confident I can get a higher score).
Honestly, attending a ADN program makes me sad as I think I am better than that. My stats aren't perfect, but I know that I would excel in a graduate nursing program.
Can anyone offer advice?
So look into direct entry programs. They are plenty, trust me. Some brick and mortar universities, some (which bothers me ) are online. I have nothing against online education; I am doing that myself, but with YEARS of actual nursing experience and yes, an ADN was my first degree so......it brings me to this point:
Your saying "you're better than that" about ADN education is very inflammatory and I would edit your post. Seriously.
Get over yourself. You have no actual experience as an RN and therefore, unqualified to make such a broad-brush remark about such education. Being a CNA and a nanny and in a "sorority" related to nursing, in no way qualify you to judge others' choice of educational preparation for nursing. Your education does impress me but----Frankly----The lack of understanding about real-world nursing and the various levels of entry (where does that put an LPN, by the way?) make me not just "sad", (your word for it)---- but rather annoyed.
One more thing: it is against TOS to use the word "nurse" in or as user name unless you are actually a nurse, so kindly, change it.
Good luck whatever you decide to do in your future endeavors.
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Jan 16
Quote from MandaNursePanda
Wow, you are an extremely negative person and your post is UNHELPFUL. I HATE to be a patient of yours!
Funny, my patients love me. But I have 20 years' experience being a REAL nurse and therefore am well-qualified in my reply to you.
Again, cognitive dissonance leads you to tell me to take a leap and the standard "I would never want to be your patient
" is so common a reply from those who hear what they don't like and want to throw an online tantrum.
I really tried in earnest, to give you true, honest feedback and advice, but you take it as you like.
I won't reply in kind, (telling YOU to ---- off) as it's rude and against who I am as well as TOS, but will do you the favor and report you nonetheless. In the meantime, really look hard at yourself and ask if you are indeed mature and reasonable enough to enter the face-paced, difficult role of advanced-practice nursing. Really. Cause you're not ready if you speak as you really think.
Have a good (better) night.
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Jan 17
You say you were rejected immediately, do you mean within a couple of days? If so it's very likely you didn't meet their minimum criteria in some way. That could be GPA, or your GRE score, or you didn't have enough hours healthcare experience etc. Take another look at their website and try to find out what average GRE and GPA scores were or if there was some criteria, like a prerequisite course you missed out and didn't include in your application.
Last edit by Leedeedee on Jan 17