Georgetown Spring 2011 ABSN applicants - page 2

I just wanted to start a thread for the Spring 2011 applicants for the ABSN program. I don't know if this is the first time the Gtown is using the nursingCAS or not, but I wanted to hear about... Read More

  1. Visit  nan0123 profile page
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    Nothing yet...just the WHC email. I guess we'll know one way or the other within the next two weeks, but it's so hard to wait!!!
  2. Visit  Pokytrokyt profile page
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    Greetings all.

    I'm a 3rd semester student (started Spring 2010) in the non-WHC, accelerated BSN program at Georgetown. This time last year, I was stressing about whether I'd get invited for an interview! :-)

    If anyone has questions they'd like answered about the current ABSN program at GU from a student's perspective, I'd be glad to share my experience and perspective.
  3. Visit  nan0123 profile page
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    Thanks! I'm sure there will be lots of questions. Do you know if they send the WHC application email to all the applicants, or just the ones who will be asked to interview?
  4. Visit  Pokytrokyt profile page
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    Sorry, can't help with the application process, as it's different now than when I applied last year. For instance, last Fall when I applied all interviews were conducted in groups at GU and WHC on a scheduled interview day.

    Now I hear that the ABSN program is going to experiment with online interviews, to save money for applicants who may not be able to afford a trip to DC.
  5. Visit  nan0123 profile page
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    That would be interesting, if they go to online interviews, but it makes sense for out of state applicants since flights and hotels are so expensive.

    Has the program been a positive experience, so far?
  6. Visit  Pokytrokyt profile page
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    Quote from nan0123
    Has the program been a positive experience, so far?
    You ask an important question, which needs to be answered in the context of what my expectations were coming into the program, and my expectations now. When I came into the program I expected every professor to be the best in their field, I expected the program to be hella hard and competitive, and I expected to get a first rate nursing education. My experience has been that:

    -Most professors were great, with a few lemons thrown in.

    -The program is not so much hard as it is time consuming. Some people spend nights and weekends studying; others don't. You will have a lot of assignments especially in later semesters, and some of those assignments are (IMHO) a waste of time.

    -The program is not competitive between students. There is no curving or rounding of grades. So if I get an "A", someone else doesn't have to necessarily get a "C".

    -I think I'm getting a first rate nursing education crammed into my skull.

    Georgetown's ABSN program gets fine tuned a bit each semester, based on past experience. Student feedback is encouraged. But how do you compare it to other programs you might have chosen instead - but didn't? When I talk to students in other programs, they tell me about some of their own complaints - which are similar to those I have from time to time about the ABSN program. So I've concluded that no program is or will ever be perfect, and suit everyone's taste. My conclusion is to look at the end result: regardless of the issues you get worked up about during your four semesters in the program, it's hard to argue with success. The Georgetown ABSN pass rate on the NCLEX licensing exam (first try) is currently 100%.
  7. Visit  nan0123 profile page
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    Thanks so much! The info is much appreciated!
  8. Visit  joe8kippy profile page
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    Pokytrokyt,

    Thanks for your insight!

    Just wondering if the WHC and non-WHC accelerated students mix a lot, or if you're all in separate classes? If you get the WHC scholarship, can you do clinicals at other hospitals? Or, do you do all of them at WHC?

    Any tips on the interview? I know you said the format was different this year. It looks like the time slot is only 20 minutes long. I've got visions of speed dating in the back of my mind!

    Any do's or don'ts for the scholarship? I'm running through my essay again...

    TIA!
  9. Visit  nan0123 profile page
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    Did they send out the interview invitations last week? And do you know if all of them have already been sent out? I'm just wondering if there's hope of getting one if we haven't yet received an email.
  10. Visit  joe8kippy profile page
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    I rec'd an interview invite on 8/26. It seems strange that they would ask for you to complete the scholarship form and not be interested in meeting you for admission to the school, itself. You might try calling or emailing into the admissions office and asking about the status of your app. They were pretty responsive when I needed help with NursingCAS. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you!!
  11. Visit  nan0123 profile page
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    Thanks for the advice and encouragement, and best of luck with the interview!
  12. Visit  Pokytrokyt profile page
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    Quote from joe8kippy
    Just wondering if the WHC and non-WHC accelerated students mix a lot, or if you're all in separate classes?
    If you get the WHC scholarship, can you do clinicals at other hospitals? Or, do you do all of them at WHC?

    Any tips on the interview? I know you said the format was different this year. It looks like the time slot is only 20 minutes long. I've got visions of speed dating in the back of my mind!

    Any do's or don'ts for the scholarship? I'm running through my essay again...

    TIA!
    Each semester the whole cohort (all those who entered the SDBSN program in the same semester), seem to have at least one class all together. Some classes are lecture only, others are lecture 2 days per week and clinical (time spent working in a hospital) one day per week. In the first semester, we all had Pathophysiology (lecture only) and the classroom part of Health Assessment courses together. The clinical for Health Assessment was strictly at WHC for WHC scholars, and at other hospitals for non-WHC scholars. Since I'm non-WHC, my Health Assessment clinical was at Georgetown University Hospital. Some other mandatory classes we all take the same semester, but are split up into multiple sections.

    You will also take two "electives" in the first semester. Remember those pre-reqs that you had to finish at least 9 out of 13 before starting the program? Any unfinished pre-reqs are mandatory electives during the program. For instance, in 4 years of college I only took one semester of English and tested out of the other semester. Guess what? I got to take an intro English class as one of my first electives. I also needed to take one theology class during the first semester. This means you may occasionally take a class outside the nursing school with a bunch of bored 18 year olds. :-)

    In 2nd semester, your cohort will probably all take Pharmacology (lecture only) together, and the classroom part of a course called "Care of Adults with Physical Alterations" otherwise known as Med/Surg. I think all WHC folks took the Med/Surg clinical at WHC; I took mine at a hospital in Virginia. Clinicals are typically 7 or 8 hours and block out an entire day on your schedule.

    If you are in the WHC program, you will take many of your clinicals at WHC itself - which makes sense since you'll be working there for 3 years after you graduate. The exceptions are clinicals in Mental Health (many hospitals to choose from) and Pediatrics (I think some/all WHC folks do that clinical at Childrens Hospital). There may be a not-at-WHC clinical for WHC scholars in their 4th semester, but I can't speak to that since I'm in 3rd semester now. And things have a way of changing from time to time.

    I don't claim to be an expert on interviews. If you get offered an interview, congratulations: 2/3rds of your competition has already been eliminated. Your grades on the science pre-reqs matter a lot. Any prior experience in healthcare (even volunteering) helps, and interesting prior work history is probably what got me into the program (I used to be an IT software sales exec). And you need to write a decent, coherent, grammatical essay. Personally, I think they're looking for people who have a fire in their belly to be in nursing... because the program is pretty intense, and there's no way to replace anyone who drops out midway thru the program.

    Last thing: the actual interview. Don't sweat it. If you even GET an interview, they've already decided they like you.
  13. Visit  joe8kippy profile page
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    Pokytrokyt,

    Thank you so much for explaining all of that and for the encouragement ahead of the interview!

    -Joe8Kippy + butterflies in my stomach...

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