2014 Direct Entry MSN Applicants/Survivors - page 2

Admittedly, this is a bit early, but I'm planning on applying 2013 Fall for next year and was wondering if anyone else here is? Or if anyone here is in a direct entry MSN program and wouldn't mind... Read More

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    I'm basically trying to figure out a route that gets me the training and back out working as soon as possible.
    The direct-entry route will do that. But it's very expensive. I think that's the biggest drawback.
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    Thanks for starting this chat!

    I am also looking to apply this Fall for a program starting next year but am worried I'm rushing things. Right now I am full time in the legal field, and am dealing with prereqs. I've done Stats and Human Growth and earned A's in both. I'm in AP I and Nutrition now, and need to take AP II, Micro, and Chem for the schools I'm interested in. So, here is my question: I can either rush through prereqs and take an accelerated AP II during the summer along with the GRE, Micro in the Fall (when I am submitting my apps) and Chem in the Spring before school would start. OR, do I give myself another year to bulk up my application and take AP II in the Fall, Micro in the Spring, and apply in 2014 Fall for programs starting in 2015. I have a strong ug gpa (3.75) but its not in anyway related to health/science. I also just signed up to start volunteering at a hospital, and hope to also shadow a few NPs. Interested in Women's Health/Midwife.
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    Hi Legal, I think it might be a good idea to take your time with prereqs, especially the AP series. Schools like to see that you performed well in those classes. Also it wouldn't hurt to give yourself more time to study for the GRE. I applied for mostly midwifery programs for the past cycle and a couple women's health NP ones (will begin school this summer). I know that as with any other nursing specialties, they want to make sure you have experience and exposure to the specialty you're interested in. During my interviews, it was very helpful to have concrete examples pulled from my volunteer/shadowing experiences. These experiences can also help you with the essay portions. If you can do some kind of clinical research, that would make you an extra well-rounded student. It would be a great plus if you could have nurses writing your letter of recs, so the NP's would be awesome to ask for letters. Let me know if you have any other questions!
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    Thanks for the nod, soulshine.

    Each school conducts their clinical education in a different manner. Most ABSN programs offer traditional clinical groups (6-10 students going to one unit together with one clinical instructor). These are offered as set times every week (Thursdays 11a-7p, for example). Most ABSN programs have an immersion practicum (1:1) with a RN as a synthesis capstone at the end of the program where you usually are there 25-35 hours /week working the same hours that your preceptor works. Your clinical site may vary from term to term.

    Our ME program is very different -- all 1000 or our clinical hours are 1:1 with a working nurse (from 10-20 hours per week depending on where you are in the program). In our program you need to have the latitude in your schedule to be able to be on the unit when your preceptor works, so we compact all of our classroom experiences to two days (Th/Fri) to leave the other 5 days open for clinicals. We are also fortunate that nearly all of our clinical experiences are at the UVa Medical Center (a level-1 trauma center 200 yards away from the School of Nursing). I know students in Baltimore who drive 70+ miles for clinical experiences; it is very convenient that nearly all of our clinicals are a block away.

    We have many students with families in our program; one recent grad had 5 kids under age 15. The key is a good support structure - having someone who can be there to take over when you have clinicals, a paper to write, or just need time to get away. I do not recommend undertaking anything as demanding as an accelerated nursing program if you have kids and no support structure. We've also had students give birth while enrolled.

    I echo the above comments to prepare early. The essay will need multiple drafts. You should also give your recommenders at least a month to work on their letters. We readers can tell when a recommender is rushed. We also note when material comes in; thanks to computers everything is time-stamped nowadays. Have all of your materials (essays, applications, transcripts, etc) submitted before the deadline day.

    Lastly, take your time on things. If you would be a better candidate in 2014 than in 2013, wait. Nursing is not a race. No one gives out toasters to the speediest completers.
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    Hi everyone,

    I hope this is the right place to post this. I am looking for some advice on my competitiveness for direct entry programs. I plan on applying to BC, Northeastern, MGH, Yale, and a few others (haven't finalized). For the last 3 years, I have been focusing on clinical psychology as I planned on going for a PhD. I worked for two years as an intern under a clinical psychologist in a mental health clinical for the cognitively disabled, as well as assisting with research in 2 different psych labs (two conference presentations). One of them was clinical focused, where I was lab manager, and I administed many clinical assessments for a study on anxiety disorders. Through this I realized that I did not enjoy research very much and prefer to work in direct care setting. The Psych NP is perfect for my goals. I have a decent cumulative GPA of 3.3, but last 5 years my GPA is 3.8 (rough freshmen year). My GRE scores were 1450, and I am taking pre-reqs now. I just don't know if my psychology background makes me a competitive applicant for PsyNP direct entry MSN programs? I am debating whether to volunteer in a hospital this summer before applying in the fall. Will admissions look over me since I never worked in a hospital or medical setting? Do you guys think I have a good shot?

    Thank you!
    Last edit by mzaur on Mar 7, '13
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    Also, do you guys think its ok if none of my letter writers are nurses? All 3 are psychologists in my case. 2 are professors that I worked for as a research assistant and one is my supervisor from my mental health clinic internship. I am hoping that since I am applying to psychiatric specialty, this will be ok -- I don't feel comfortable asking my pre-req teachers for letters because I don't really talk to any of them, but I could if it would make a difference
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    I think you're incredibly competitive, especially with your experience and GRE scores! You'd be an excellent candidate and wonderful nurse and nurse practitioner!
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    Thanks for the feedback. This is something I really want, so I want to do it right, but I also just want to do it already! After thinking about things, I am now preparing to quit my full time, non-medical job and take A&P II and Micro during the summer (the community college has 2, 6-week accelerated semesters during the summer). I have saved up so I can work part time in some type of medical setting (I'm thinking receptionist at a medical office/hospital- any other ideas?) and can hopefully transition back to full time after all the applications are done. Right now I am volunteering 4 hours a week at a hospital ER but would probably up that a bit, and try to schedule substantial shadowing opportunities. Is this too little, too fast for applying in October of this year? I just can't imagine waiting a whole other year!
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    I am doing the same thing this summer. AP2 and Micro each in 6 week terms. It will be really tough!! My AP1 teacher told me yesterday that she taught AP2 in 6 week summer term and it was brutal. She does not recommend it for anyone who has kids or works. I think it won't be too bad but I'll definitely have no life since getting an A will require constant studying. Best of luck to you!

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