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- Nov 17, '08 by arciedeemelmarie, when I started a couple years ago the equipment (steth, clipboard, and scissors) ran around $100. The stethoscope was a good deal for the quality (it's a Littman). As ddb19 mentioned, the clipboard isn't something you really need. And budget in some shoe costs. I spent $100 or so on my Danskos, but am so glad I did. Still wear them at work now!
Good luck on starting the program. I'm finishing up (fingers crossed) in a couple weeks. It's crazy and frustrating sometimes, but at the end of the day I'm very glad I went this route.
- Nov 17, '08 by melmarie23My sister in law suggested a Littman (she is a PA) and I have been eying some Danskos on eBay for awhile now. And with the holidays right around the corner, I have a list to give my family now. :-)
Thanks for the suggestions!
- Jan 5, '09 by Becca2theresqTrying to make a decision on which route to go and curious how competitive it is to get into this program?? The information I received said about 200 apply and 32 are accepted. I graduated with a 3.2 gpa is that enough to get me in the Direct Entry program? Also, what does an MSN set you up for after graduating as opposed to ADN/BSN?? Do you work like any other RN after graduating until you gain experience then to management positions?? Also, I'm interested in getting my NP someday and wondering how the MSN correlates with NP. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
- Jan 6, '09 by melmarie23My undergrad GPA was a 3.2 and my GPA in my prereqs was 3.9, so yeah I definitely think you have a good chance.
When I interviewed I didnt ask how many applied but my cohort has about 32 I believe. We have a two day orientation next week before classes start on the 20th, so I will be able to give more info then.
The program isnt for your NP, but rather a CNL (Clinical Nurse Leader). Its a different path in nursing. You can find more info about the profession here:
We are eligible to sit for the NCLEX after a year and a half (4 semesters...spring, summer, fall, and then spring) and can work once we are licenced. We have the option at that point to finish the program or leave and just work if we so choose. IMO, it doenst make any sense not to finish as after we sit for the NCLEX, we only have 3 classes left to finish the program I believe. Upon graduation, there is a CNL test you can sit for to be recognised as such.
- Jan 7, '09 by arciedeeI just graduated from the program (wow, I swear I just started it yesterday!) and my undergrad GPA was in the low 3s, but my pre-reqs were much higher. I think at the time I applied there were about 100 applicants for 24 spots.
With the direct-entry MS you will most likely start out working as a staff nurse with graduates of ADN and BSN programs, but the MS gives you an advantage a few years down the road since it will allow you to move into other positions once you have some practical experience under your belt (hopefully CNL positions if more hospitals start seeing their value!).
If you are interested in an NP later on, you would most likely only need to go for a post-graduate certificate since you will have already completed many of the core courses.
- Jul 18, '11 by anlyncoI know this thread is kind of old but I'm looking for some advice if people are still around here. My undergrad GPA was 2.98 (just below the 3.0 suggested min). My prerequisite GPA is much higher around a 3.8. I have a Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences and some practical experience working in a healthcare setting although I now work at a nonprofit org. Do I have a chance with a GPA that low? What could I do to strengthen my application? Is any preference given to NH residents?
Thanks for the help!