2014 UCSF MEPN Applicants - page 3

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Hey everyone! Given that applications are due a month from today, I figured it was about time to start a thread. How are everyone's personal statements and applications coming?... Read More


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    Hey everyone!
    Gettin` closer to the deadline! Exciting!

    I`m wondering about the letters of rec. I have five recommenders who know me from work, academics and volunteer settings. None of them are nurses, but all work in public health (which is my field as well). I´m not sure what I should ask them to emphasize. What would be the most important skills or qualities? Any ideas? Kdiem and myelin, since you´re in the program, would you have any advice on this?

    Does anyone know how to check if our documents have been received? Everything should have arrived by now, but I want to check. And I`d rather not call the office, because I´m pretty sure having a bunch of applicants calling to ask about their GRE scores would get pretty old :-)

    As for the two different statements they ask for, my understanding is that the goal statement is more related to your professional goals, and would include why you chose the nursing profession and where you see yourself working in the future. And the personal history is just that- you would talk about how your life experiences drew you to nursing. At least that´s how I understand it! But of course mine have some overlap too :-)
    But I wouldn´t talk about something as personal as mental health. It´s not right for mental health to be stigmatized, but it is. We´ll have to work on that once we´re all kick-ass nurse practitioners :-)

    Thanks guys!
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    Lolo: I found an example of someone's personal history statement on this blog (who was admitted):
    The One Year Nurse, a UCSF MEPN student's journey found it very helpful, and have been writing mine in a similar format. I am worried however, that my statement is such a narrative, when other sources say they are simply looking for demographic information. So far, mine reads like a more personalized, more specific goal statement.
    Any thoughts on this? I am bisexual, and the instruction say to talk about any "diversity" you have experienced. I did volunteer at a gay youth shelter when I was an adoclescent, but am having trouble bridging my psychiatric experience to "I'm bi."
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    You guys have given us great advice about not discussing personal mental health issues. It's unfortunate, because my family history provides the most natural and strongest bridge to my chosen profession, but you are right: After quite a bit of googling, even Psychology Phd programs consider mention of a history of mental illness a red flag.
    Quote from michigan_expat
    Hey everyone!
    Gettin` closer to the deadline! Exciting!

    I`m wondering about the letters of rec. I have five recommenders who know me from work, academics and volunteer settings. None of them are nurses, but all work in public health (which is my field as well). I´m not sure what I should ask them to emphasize. What would be the most important skills or qualities? Any ideas? Kdiem and myelin, since you´re in the program, would you have any advice on this?

    Does anyone know how to check if our documents have been received? Everything should have arrived by now, but I want to check. And I`d rather not call the office, because I´m pretty sure having a bunch of applicants calling to ask about their GRE scores would get pretty old :-)

    As for the two different statements they ask for, my understanding is that the goal statement is more related to your professional goals, and would include why you chose the nursing profession and where you see yourself working in the future. And the personal history is just that- you would talk about how your life experiences drew you to nursing. At least that´s how I understand it! But of course mine have some overlap too :-)
    But I wouldn´t talk about something as personal as mental health. It´s not right for mental health to be stigmatized, but it is. We´ll have to work on that once we´re all kick-ass nurse practitioners :-)

    Thanks guys!
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    Oops, I meant to mention: It appears there are statuses in the actual application which disclose the status of your documentation. I'm a little worried, my official GRE scores were released a week ago, and it still says they haven't received my scores.
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    What do you guys think:

    I'm talking about my volunteer experience in detail in my personal history statement, and have thus far only mentioned professional experience (briefly, to sell a point about holistic care) in my goal statement. However, in my goal statement I emphasize volunteerism as an important goal, but really have run out of room to specify my volunteer experience.
    My goal statement is more about ideas/goals than accomplishments, what about yours?
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    Anyone interested in exchanging essays?
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    Quote from starharvest
    Hello! I'm glad someone started a thread for this application cycle I just created an account for this.

    As michigan_expat mentioned, I read somewhere on the UCSF website that clinical experience is preferred but not required. I recently became a certified nurse assistant so I'm hoping to quickly find a job for the year. I have shadowed RNs and family nurse practitioners, and I have volunteer experience in hospital settings because of two different programs I was part of during undergrad. I graduated a year ago and I hope I'm not only recent grad applying! So many other applicants from previous years have more extensive life experience that I lack I really don't know how competitive I am as an applicant. Some days I think I have a good shot, and on other days (usually after reading about previous applicants' accomplishments ) I feel a little more discouraged.

    I'm taking the GRE soon, and I'm just worried about math -- it's my (veeery) weak point. May I ask which specialties you are all applying to? Family nurse practitioner for me!
    Hi everyone! I created an account just for this thread and I'm a relatively recent grad too - I graduated two years ago from UCD. Going through past threads also makes me feel a bit discouraged seeing how much life experience applicants usually have.

    Does anyone know if you have to address why UCSF is a good fit for you in your goal statement this year (it's not in the prompt/directions)? I'm already well over the page limit from addressing those 5-6 requirements and am still in the process of shortening my essay...I'm debating if I should cut even more things out just so I can address how UCSF is a good fit. Any suggestions/comments?
    Last edit by AutumnRain on Aug 21, '13
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    Quote from MarshaRabbit
    Lolo: I found an example of someone's personal history statement on this blog (who was admitted)found it very helpful, and have been writing mine in a similar format. I am worried however, that my statement is such a narrative, when other sources say they are simply looking for demographic information. So far, mine reads like a more personalized, more specific goal statement.
    Any thoughts on this? I am bisexual, and the instruction say to talk about any "diversity" you have experienced. I did volunteer at a gay youth shelter when I was an adoclescent, but am having trouble bridging my psychiatric experience to "I'm bi."
    My 2¢: I think you should talk about your sexual orientation only if it helped contribute to your decision to pursue a graduate degree in nursing, and/or if it will help contribute to the care you'd give as a NP (i.e. as a bisexual, did you gain some important, relevant perspective that would help you care for the diverse population as a nurse?). Even though it would have added to my diversity, I actually cut out most of my background (religion, ethnicity, etc.) because it didn't tie into the prompt. Just make sure to stay focus in your essay by keeping in mind which part(s) of the prompt you're addressing.


    Quote from MarshaRabbit
    What do you guys think:

    I'm talking about my volunteer experience in detail in my personal history statement, and have thus far only mentioned professional experience (briefly, to sell a point about holistic care) in my goal statement. However, in my goal statement I emphasize volunteerism as an important goal, but really have run out of room to specify my volunteer experience.
    My goal statement is more about ideas/goals than accomplishments, what about yours?
    I did the same for my personal and goal statements. You don't have to specify your volunteer experiences in the goal statement since you already mentioned them in your personal statement AND they'll be under the experience section of your application.

    My goal statement is also mostly about my goals rather than accomplishments. I'm sure they can see your accomplishments in the Experience section, but you can highlight a couple that would make you stand out more if you can tie them into the prompt!
    Last edit by DidiRN on Sep 4, '13
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    MarshaRabbit: I have the same problem. My scores were released within the last 5 days and on the MEPN application it indicates that UCSF has not yet received them. I'm going to give it one more day and then call them to verify.
    I would be interested in exchanging essays because it always helps to have another person give constructive criticism, but I'm still in the early stages of putting my essay together.

    AutumnRain: Hello! I'm happy to meet another new grad . A girl in my nurse assistant course recently graduated from UCD too, and she will be an MEPN student at CSU Dominguez Hills this fall. As for your question, I would recommend explaining why UCSF is a good fit. From the UCSF website: "Your essay should be as specific as possible and focus on your understanding of the nursing profession, your personal goals as a nurse and how you envision these goals can be achieved through study at UCSF."

    MarshaRabbit and AutumnRain: I'm focusing on goals instead of accomplishments for my goal statement. Shadowing, volunteering, etc will be discussed more in my personal history statement.
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    Quote from starharvest
    From the UCSF website: "Your essay should be as specific as possible and focus on your understanding of the nursing profession, your personal goals as a nurse and how you envision these goals can be achieved through study at UCSF."
    I don't see that in the online application.. what prompt are you following?


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