DUKE-ACCELERATED BSN--> I have questions! - page 2

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Hello, I am currently a senior graduating in May and I've decided this year that I want to pursue a different path than my current major. I'm a mass communication major at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and I want to... Read More


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    I think the clinical hours are a really important factor...I can't imagine going into my first job with only half of the hours I had. I needed every last one of those clinicals!

    Especially when you consider that lots of those hours are taken up with things like gero (ie watching your nursing home resident sleep), psych (ie watching folks at the state mental hospital do crafts), and community health (ie driving around the really awful parts of the city trying to find residents to answer your survey questions).

    Despite me poking fun, I am a huge fan of the Duke program. There are some fantastic faculty members over there...a number of whom I consider my professional role models.
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    I was wondering if those of you who have been accepted or who have completed Duke's BSN program would be kind enough to post your stats and your background experience? I have put in an application there and am curious to know what kind of applicants they typically admit. I am a rather odd candidate, but here is my history:

    I just finished up working for the past five years as a professor of English Literature. I finally decided it was time to pursue my dream of becoming a CRNA! I have a cum 3.6 GPA from Pepperdine (way back in '94) and did my Masters at Villanova. I finished my Ph.D. in 2000 with a 4.0 GPA. I did not have any time to study for the GRE so my scores are somewhat poor : 690 verbal and 570 quant. Perhaps I will take it again when I have time to go through a study book. Its been a dozen or so years since I took a math course and it shows! I have done some volunteer work for the Red Cross and humane society over the years plus some tutoring of non-native English speaking students out here in the western Pacific. I am currently a speech writer and research analyst for a senator.

    Not sure if I am competitive for Duke's program, but figure I'll give it a go and see what happens.
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    Quote from emergency_banjo

    3) I don't know if you're originally from the Carolina area or otherwise planning to be around here for a while. Duke's loan repayment is pretty awesome because there's absolutely no commitment, but you don't get the money until you've worked for a year (then you get the $11k, then work for another year and get another $11k, etc.).
    Um - 22k loan payback? Are you sure about that? I've been offered a job there (am coming from out of state) and the paperwork I have says 5k after 1 year and then another 5k after 24 months. If you have that much to pay back (and I know very few who don't!). Am I getting the shirt end of the stick or could your info be rumor?
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    Quote from VegRN2Be
    Um - 22k loan payback? Are you sure about that? I've been offered a job there (am coming from out of state) and the paperwork I have says 5k after 1 year and then another 5k after 24 months. If you have that much to pay back (and I know very few who don't!). Am I getting the shirt end of the stick or could your info be rumor?
    Her information is quite accurate - if you are a Duke graduate. I've actually got the contract in my hand right now and will be turning it in tomorrow to the hospital. For us as Duke grads, it's basically a signing bonus - you don't have to have the loans to get the money. (I'm in the ABSN program here at DUSON.) $33K in agreement for working for them for three years. If it's less than that, you get whatever it is you stay for - $11K for 1, $22K for 2.

    So unfortunately the $33K is just for the folks here.
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    Exactly. Don't know anything about Duke's other signing bonuses or lack thereof. I only know that as an ABSN grad I will receive $33K (minus the huge taxes) in three installments if I work for Duke for three full years.
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    That is awesome! The fact that they have such a great sign on program to try and retain their own graduates makes me want to work for them even more!
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    I was wondering if someone could tell me how they paid for Duke accelerated program in detail.


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