DUKE ABSN Fall 2012 - page 8

Hi all! Just wanted to start a thread for the people applying to duke for the fall of 2012. I am super excited/nervous to be filling out the application! I know that there are others out there... Read More

  1. Visit  kce32305 profile page
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    Hi dear!

    Yes, FULL TUITION reimbursement and a guaranteed job after you graduate; not sure if you have an interest in oncology but this included Duke's brand new cancer center, opening in May I believe. They are going to need a butt load of new nurses and they obviously look to DUSON graduates first to fill these positions. You know, this past summer was the first MADIN II cohort, so we were really the guinea pigs for the program. One of the things they didn't really address before the implementation of this program was FUNDING! As racial minorities from disadvantaged backgrounds, 8 out of 10 of us had NO IDEA how we were going to pay for this program. The only reason the other 2 got approved for loans was because they had a little work experiences and were able to secure the large loans without co-signers.

    Since realizing the financial crises of our cohort (and most likely future scholars as well), they have been working so hard to increase funding, and this is their biggest initiative yet toward making sure we can AFFORD such an education without going into crazy debt (as most already HAVE debt from their first bachelors!). MADIN offered the scholars who started Fall 2011 more than $20,000 in scholarships, which, from what I hear, future scholars will also receive. Over the summer, they also bought our stethoscopes, pathophysiology book (which is easily over $200) and a pair of scrubs! - all things you will need for the program that you get free from MADIN and don't have to buy. I can't remember exactly right now but MADIN also provides a monthly stipend of $250 during, I think, the last semester of the program. And, remember that they offer the $10,000 Robert Wood Johnson scholarships for minorites in nursing, so there's a good chance you'll get one of those on TOP of everything. In the coming weeks, you may also hear that the Dean was just as adamant about making sure a diverse group of students could begin to populate DUSON, and so they have completely revised their scholarship process AND increased need-based scholarship monies. You used to have to separately apply (write an essay, etc) for their scholarships. Now, once you submit your FAFSA, you are automatically considered for ALL scholarships, with the highest amount obviously going to those students demonstrating the highest need. Sorry to get off on a bit of a tangent, but this is great stuff to know lol..we are all concerned about money!

    As far as GPA, I'm not sure how important it is. I had a 3.80 when I applied to MADIN (slacked off sophomore year!) and now have a 3.85. I never really asked the others what their GPAs were, though I do recall someone had a 3.3. 2 people in my cohort had master's. The minimum GPA is a 3.0, just like for the ABSN program. Don't focus on your grades anymore at this point. If you've gotten this far (been offered an interview, become a "finalist", or whatever), then they know you are qualified academically. Now it's time to build yourself up to them PERSONALLY so they know that SOCIALLY, you'll be a great nurse. What is most important when they interview you, in MY opinion, is 1. LETTING THEM KNOW YOU HAVE A PASSION FOR NURSING AND SEEK TO ENHANCE THE FIELD THROUGH A DEDICATION TO RESEARCH AND CONTINUED EDUCATION. They want minorities who want to finish at the doctoral level (PhD or DNP). They also want people who are willing to constantly look for solutions to our healthcare problems. 2. if you are interested in global health studies, this would be good to mention as well. The head director of MADIN is the director of the global health office there and has a true passion for social and ethnic equalities. Also recall that you can study abroad during the ABSN to fulfill your community health rotation. 3. BE YOURSELF, AND BE HUMBLE. Make sure they know that you realize that you don't know everything, but that you are willing to LEARN, THAT YOU LEARN FROM MISTAKES, THAT YOU ARE SMART ENOUGH TO SEEK HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT, etc.

    Finally, yes, there are STRICT requirements for maintaining your status as a MADIN scholar. You MUST maintain a certain GPA ( I can't remember what it is right now--I will check and get back to you), must get AT LEAST Bs on ALL tests, must always sit in the front row of classes, must always be at least 10 minutes early for class, must have personal meetings with your mentor 1x per month to make sure you are staying at the top of your class, and other things. I know these may sound silly as you read, but they are trying to build us as nursing professionals. There's often a stigma associated with minority students that we do the bare minimum to get by, etc, and they want to COMPLETELY debunk that. Plus, from an academic standpoint, they want to make sure that no matter what degree, specialty, or program you choose to pursue after ABSN, you have NO problem getting in. This is the reason for the strict academic requirements.
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  2. Visit  laflaca profile page
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    Thanks for all the info kce...MADIN sounds like a great opportunity. And you've highlighted the other part of my theory in thinking about the crazy tuition costs: "Doesn't hurt to apply and see what funding you might get." We won't know if we don't try!
  3. Visit  poodle5 profile page
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    yeah I agree with laflaca about tuition cost and its a major part of the decision, but like you said sometimes circumstances work out that way, at this point I won't be doing a nursing degree in CA (husband in law school) and so anywhere I go I will be paying out-of-state which is roughly equivalent to Duke's tuition anyway.
  4. Visit  2bEsqtoRN profile page
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    Quote from kce32305
    Hi dear!

    Yes, FULL TUITION reimbursement and a guaranteed job after you graduate; not sure if you have an interest in oncology but this included Duke's brand new cancer center, opening in May I believe. They are going to need a butt load of new nurses and they obviously look to DUSON graduates first to fill these positions. You know, this past summer was the first MADIN II cohort, so we were really the guinea pigs for the program. One of the things they didn't really address before the implementation of this program was FUNDING! As racial minorities from disadvantaged backgrounds, 8 out of 10 of us had NO IDEA how we were going to pay for this program. The only reason the other 2 got approved for loans was because they had a little work experiences and were able to secure the large loans without co-signers.

    Since realizing the financial crises of our cohort (and most likely future scholars as well), they have been working so hard to increase funding, and this is their biggest initiative yet toward making sure we can AFFORD such an education without going into crazy debt (as most already HAVE debt from their first bachelors!). MADIN offered the scholars who started Fall 2011 more than $20,000 in scholarships, which, from what I hear, future scholars will also receive. Over the summer, they also bought our stethoscopes, pathophysiology book (which is easily over $200) and a pair of scrubs! - all things you will need for the program that you get free from MADIN and don't have to buy. I can't remember exactly right now but MADIN also provides a monthly stipend of $250 during, I think, the last semester of the program. And, remember that they offer the $10,000 Robert Wood Johnson scholarships for minorites in nursing, so there's a good chance you'll get one of those on TOP of everything. In the coming weeks, you may also hear that the Dean was just as adamant about making sure a diverse group of students could begin to populate DUSON, and so they have completely revised their scholarship process AND increased need-based scholarship monies. You used to have to separately apply (write an essay, etc) for their scholarships. Now, once you submit your FAFSA, you are automatically considered for ALL scholarships, with the highest amount obviously going to those students demonstrating the highest need. Sorry to get off on a bit of a tangent, but this is great stuff to know lol..we are all concerned about money!

    As far as GPA, I'm not sure how important it is. I had a 3.80 when I applied to MADIN (slacked off sophomore year!) and now have a 3.85. I never really asked the others what their GPAs were, though I do recall someone had a 3.3. 2 people in my cohort had master's. The minimum GPA is a 3.0, just like for the ABSN program. Don't focus on your grades anymore at this point. If you've gotten this far (been offered an interview, become a "finalist", or whatever), then they know you are qualified academically. Now it's time to build yourself up to them PERSONALLY so they know that SOCIALLY, you'll be a great nurse. What is most important when they interview you, in MY opinion, is 1. LETTING THEM KNOW YOU HAVE A PASSION FOR NURSING AND SEEK TO ENHANCE THE FIELD THROUGH A DEDICATION TO RESEARCH AND CONTINUED EDUCATION. They want minorities who want to finish at the doctoral level (PhD or DNP). They also want people who are willing to constantly look for solutions to our healthcare problems. 2. if you are interested in global health studies, this would be good to mention as well. The head director of MADIN is the director of the global health office there and has a true passion for social and ethnic equalities. Also recall that you can study abroad during the ABSN to fulfill your community health rotation. 3. BE YOURSELF, AND BE HUMBLE. Make sure they know that you realize that you don't know everything, but that you are willing to LEARN, THAT YOU LEARN FROM MISTAKES, THAT YOU ARE SMART ENOUGH TO SEEK HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT, etc.

    Finally, yes, there are STRICT requirements for maintaining your status as a MADIN scholar. You MUST maintain a certain GPA ( I can't remember what it is right now--I will check and get back to you), must get AT LEAST Bs on ALL tests, must always sit in the front row of classes, must always be at least 10 minutes early for class, must have personal meetings with your mentor 1x per month to make sure you are staying at the top of your class, and other things. I know these may sound silly as you read, but they are trying to build us as nursing professionals. There's often a stigma associated with minority students that we do the bare minimum to get by, etc, and they want to COMPLETELY debunk that. Plus, from an academic standpoint, they want to make sure that no matter what degree, specialty, or program you choose to pursue after ABSN, you have NO problem getting in. This is the reason for the strict academic requirements.
    WOW. Thanks for writing such a detailed response and for your advice! I will definitely be taking your advice when I apply. I hope by the time I come around to getting my app in (for Fall 2013 or Fall 2014 admission) MADIN will still be around!

    Thanks again for sharing.
  5. Visit  2bEsqtoRN profile page
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    Quote from laflaca
    Thanks for all the info kce...MADIN sounds like a great opportunity. And you've highlighted the other part of my theory in thinking about the crazy tuition costs: "Doesn't hurt to apply and see what funding you might get." We won't know if we don't try!
    True, but even if funding isn't provided I figured the Duke name and experience is what scores of students are willing to get into debt for. Reading kce's experience about her networking opportunities and mentorship are what has me sold. Not many schools are that involved and catering.
  6. Visit  moggsy profile page
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    Hey guys! Is everyone getting excited about interviews? I can't believe we are just about a week away! For people interviewing on Friday - did you ever get more info via email or was the first email just it? I thought when we RSVP-ed it said something about receiving more info before our Duke Day, but maybe I'm making that up (I go on the 30th). At this point, I'm just trying to stay more excited than nervous!
  7. Visit  SoundersFan profile page
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    Quote from moggsy
    Hey guys! Is everyone getting excited about interviews? I can't believe we are just about a week away! For people interviewing on Friday - did you ever get more info via email or was the first email just it? I thought when we RSVP-ed it said something about receiving more info before our Duke Day, but maybe I'm making that up (I go on the 30th). At this point, I'm just trying to stay more excited than nervous!
    Hey Moggsy!

    I was wondering the same thing! It would be helpful to receive some sort of official itinerary / address of meeting location / time to arrive and any other pertinent details soon. I will be flying out there in just a couple of days to interview next Friday and am getting pretty excited. I may just email Duke SON on Monday and ask for more information. Good luck to you all!
  8. Visit  moggsy profile page
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    Maybe they're even planning to send something out on Monday and we're jumping the gun... but more details would be nice! I remember the building pretty well from the info session, so I guess that is helpful. Onto a "fun" topic - what is everybody planning to wear? I am going the suit + heels route to feel extra fancy, ha ha. The building was so nice so I feel like dressing up is definitely appropriate.
  9. Visit  laflaca profile page
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    Suit and grown-up-lady shoes! I look like a slightly disheveled banker....
  10. Visit  moggsy profile page
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    LOL, laflaca... I need to practice wearing my "grown-up lady shoes" around the house this week so I'm not falling down next Monday.
  11. Visit  jpw4200 profile page
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    I received the email today outlining the schedule. Has anyone asked about the group interview? Sure enough, there is a time slot for a personal interview with faculty as well as a time slot for the group interview. I am contemplating calling M to ask her, but don't want to overwhelm her with calls if someone here already knows and can share. I am interviewing on the 30th...hope to meet some of you then!
  12. Visit  southeRNgirl185 profile page
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    I got the email today too, looks like it will be a long day but I am excited! I don't know what the group interview entails...seems like it will be another chance for them to get to know us and see how we work in a "team" setting. If you do call, let us know what M says, I'm interested to know what exactly a group interview is! I will be there on the 30th as well, I really hope I'm in one of the earlier interview groups as I know I'll be anxious all day if I have to wait until the afternoon! Hope to see some of you on Monday, and good luck to those interviewing on Friday...tell us how it goes!
  13. Visit  moggsy profile page
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    About the group interview - according to the people who interviewed last summer (the first time they had the group interview at Duke Days), you get asked a question by two faculty people and then you all take turns answering the question. Then you do an activity together that requires you to work as a group. Doesn't sound too bad... fingers crossed.

    I am also hoping to be in either Group A or B so I won't have to wait all day to interview, ha ha. I would rather get it over with... who's excited about riding the shuttle bus for the tour? Sounds fun!

    Looking forward to meeting everybody on Monday. I will be there by myself so I will keep an eye out for y'all. To everybody interviewing on Friday - kick some ass!

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