2013 UPenn BSN/MSN Applicants - page 34

Hi Everyone! This topic thread is for those applying to UPENN BSN/MSN program summer 2013. I hope we can create a support network here! I will be applying to the nurse-midwifery and WHNP program and have begun writing my... Read More

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    Good luck with all of the interviews today! You guys are going to do amazing. I'll be thinking about you all day!

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    hollysf, thank you so much! The day was incredible and I really enjoyed myself. Penn is absolutely gorgeous and the city is pretty great as well! The staff does a great job of making the interviewees feel VERY comfortable and at home, and everything went great! It's a wonderful day. I'm so excited for everyone who will be going on Monday, or who will be completing a phone interview! Good luck to all of you! Let me know if I can answer any questions for anyone about anything

    PS - for those who are curious about what they will ask you in the interview... I promise you that it's different for everyone! After reading things on here and talking with people who interviewed today as well, I think the questions asked are really dependent on your specialty and who is actually interviewing you. However, don't be worried - it is VERY informal and everyone I spoke to seemed to have had really positive experiences.
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    @atomic girl - It was great meeting you today! Lets hope for the best with this whole process I didn't get to ask but where else did you apply?
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    Hi all,

    Just to second what hopeful said -- the questions your interviewer asks are likely different for everyone, but ultimately they are a springboard for you to express why you're seeking a career as a nurse. Here's what I was asked:

    Why Penn?
    What do you see yourself doing down the road -- 3, 5, 10 years in the future?
    Do you have any questions?
    How do you manage stressful situations?
    How do you think you'll adapt to Philadelphia?

    Pretty mundane stuff, but our conversation actually went over the 1/2 hour mark by several minutes! I even managed to ask my interviewer how and why she ended up in her specialty. Her response was pretty cool.

    Cheesy as it sounds, I believe they are looking for the vision that you have of yourself in nursing -- they are looking for the spark and connection you have with your role as a nurse that will guide you through the challenges of the practice. Communicating that is important.

    FYI -- in addition to lunch -- coffee, tea, juice, water, fruit, and breakfast pastry treats were provided in the am... so if you don't manage to grab breakfast beforehand, you can eat something when you get to room 218.

    The day was a full one and I am quite tired out. I hear there will be ~100 interviewees on Monday -- good luck to everyone interviewing then, and enjoy it!! It really is sort of fun.
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    Thank you bardone for all your info! It sounds like everyone is having really great interview experiences so far!
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    @lifeismuzik I'm pretty sure it was Dr. Anne O'Sullivan. She was the cute lady with the bun and glasses? Developed the consensus model and spoke at the beginning of the open house. Do you remember the names of the others who were at the FNP session?
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    @atomic girl - It was great meeting you today! Lets hope for the best with this whole process I didn't get to ask but where else did you apply?
    cjacobs2, I applied to Boston College, USM, Yale, Seattle U, am gonna apply to Rochester as well. How about you? Now we play the waiting game...I wish we could know the very next day haha! I'll PM you my cell # if you wanna chat more.
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    hi guys! i've been reading these threads for a while now, but i also submitted my app for UPENN (their ABSN Summer '13 program though) and was wondering if any ABSN applicants received emails for interviews. It seems like most of the interviewees so far are for the BSN/MSN program...good luck to all those who will be/were interviewed!

    EEK i'm so nervous!
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    I'm so excited to hear about everyone's positive experience at Penn! I'm pretty nervous about the interview, but feeling a bit more confident after hearing all of your stories. Any advice or tips for in-person interviewees on Monday?
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    Just be yourself! There really is no way to predict what kinds of questions they are going to ask you. I heard that someone was asked "what do your parents think of you going into nursing?"... I know it was common for them to ask why nursing, why your specialty, what do you to relieve stress, and about relevant experiences. I was asked to give my interviewer three words that my supervisor would use to describe me, which I'm not sure if anyone else was asked. They also asked me where I see myself 10 years from now, and what my goals were. But please don't be nervous, everyone is so nice and they do a really good job of making you feel at home. It's totally laid back and while you are waiting, instructors and administration are wandering around and introducing themselves. They really want to get to know you!

    Other tips... Bring comfortable shoes to change into for after your interview, because there's actually a good amount of walking and standing to be done once that portion of the day over with (up and down stairs, sim lab tour, campus tour, etc). Around 11 or so they'll take everyone to tour the labs (we went in two groups, you guys will probably go in three since there's apparently a lot more of you). The sim labs and dummies are AMAZING! Then you have lunch with a student, just like the email says. They provided sandwich rings, salad, drinks and cookies. After this they have the info session in the same classroom as before, and it is pretty informative (some things you'll already know from the chat and from doing research on the program, but other things they discuss are very helpful... such as acceptance rates, financial aid, etc). Then they take you on a very brief campus tour. They will also store your luggage in a secure place if you need it to be stored!

    If you have any specific questions that I can answer, please let me know! Also, if anyone is staying at the Westin, or near it, I actually took a train to campus, and it was only $2 and SO quick and easy. If you ask the people working at the front desk they'll give you directions. Just make sure you're in the right place to catch the right train... I would tell you the name, but I can't remember. I just know it's the blue line. I think a taxi is about $8-10. PS - the hotel does put a $100 hold on your card for "incidentals" that's removed at checkout. No big deal, but I didn't know beforehand and some of you who are staying there may want to use a credit card for that, just in case

    bardone, I didn't know they were interviewing that many people on Monday! What else did you hear? How many were there yesterday? Somebody said that 80 people were present, but I really didn't think it seemed like that many.

    nafeiniar, I do know some applicants for the BSN have been interviewed, but I don't think they interview all BSN applicants.

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