ABSN/Direct Entry 2014 Applicants - page 3

by misssummer7 | 14,060 Views | 31 Comments

Hey y'all! Anyone out there excited for the 2013-2014 application cycle to start? So many programs to look into! :)... Read More


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    Hey sittenfield! Glad you saw my other post. I would be more than happy to give advice! Definitely go for programs that award a BSN and not just an RN (Yale, Marquette, UCSF, Northeastern, etc) and don't be turned off by programs that aren't technically "direct entry" (like Duke). Having a BSN is important! JHU, Emory, Hopkins, Duke... All good choices! Same with Columbia and NYU! Yale, Marquette and UCSF are outstanding options as well, and if you got into one of those and loved it, I would say go for it! However, some specialties require working as a bedside nurse for a few years, and you'll want a BSN to be as competitive as possible when searching for that RN job. I would say that midwifery is the exception and not the rule, because you don't NEED bedside nursing experience as badly as you need it in other specialties (anything in the acute care realm, I would say it is 110% necessary). Please let me know if you have any specific questions
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    hey vidaUrbana! Thanks for your insight on the program and I'm definitely applying to UF . Do you know how many people they accept for the ABSN program? Some of the past threads say 70 but the most recent thread (2013) says 25. That seems like a really small class!

    During my year there was about 50-60 students in the of ABSN portion The good thing about UF is that they conduct interviews to really get to know the applicants for this portion, unlike the regular portion where you just do an essay and send in your transcripts. It honestly all depends on how much faculty and clinical sites that are available and that usually dictates the amount of students accepted. If you need any more info on UF feel free to ask!
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    Thanks, VidaUrbana!
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    I'm almost 99% positive that the ABSN program at UF no longer conducts interviews... I have about 5 friends who applied and they only submitted GRE scores and an essay (they were all current UF students so they didn't have to submit transcripts).
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    I was under the impression that did conducted interviews. I personally know two friends that graduated from the ABSN portion that sated to me they had a session with the program admission director. But thanks for the info @ hope!
    Any who, misssummer I would always call or go in person for current information. I'm sure things have changed since I graduated!
    Again good luck, to all!

    Quote from hopefulnurse24
    I'm almost 99% positive that the ABSN program at UF no longer conducts interviews... I have about 5 friends who applied and they only submitted GRE scores and an essay (they were all current UF students so they didn't have to submit transcripts).
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    Is anyone else a bit confused about the CNL versus MSN programs? Some of the schools closer to me offer only CNL, but I am pretty sure I am more interested in an MSN degree. But, if we all end up with entry level positions anyways, what is the big difference that HR hiring managers note when deciding whether to hire a CNL or a MSN?
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    Legal->Nurse (btw, I was going to go to law school before switching to nursing!)

    Direct-entry CNL is a master's prepared RN. So with that MSN you would work at the bedside. I chose ABSN instead of the direct-entry CNL only because ABSN programs are shorter. But the nice thing about direct-entry CNL programs is that if you choose to become a nurse practitioner you can do a post-master's certificate to do that (most of the time).

    You'll have to check with hospitals around you and how familiar they are with direct entry CNLs. You wouldn't be hired right off as a CNL, just as an RN.
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    I am about to start nursing at UF in the ABSN class of 2014. UF no longer conducts interviews. The requirements for admission can be found on their website. Good luck! Application Process » Nursing Admissions » College of Nursing » University of Florida
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    Quote from gatorgirl13
    I am about to start nursing at UF in the ABSN class of 2014. UF no longer conducts interviews. The requirements for admission can be found on their website. Good luck! Application Process » Nursing Admissions » College of Nursing » University of Florida
    hey gatorgirl13! do you have any advice on applying to UF or know what made you stand out as an applicant? Good luck with the program!
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    Hi all - I was wondering if you all could give me some advice. My ultimate goal is to be a NP and I will apply to Direct Entry programs this fall. I am graduating from undergrad in May 2014 with a degree in Public Health. I have experience studying healthcare abroad, I've interned for a public health organization for the past year, and plan to shadow a NP this fall. Currently I have a 3.4GPA. I am still working on finishing the prerequisites - I will be taking Statistics in the fall and will most likely take A&P and Microbiology in the summer of 2014 (I don't have room in my schedule to take them in the Spring). I'm planning on applying to Direct Entry programs at Northeastern, Columbia, Vanderbilt, Emory, MGH Institute, Pace, and Marquette. Do you all think that my lack of prerequisites completed will hinder my application? Is it worth it to give it a try and apply this year? Any advice is appreciated - there is no nursing program at my college and my pre-health advisor has very little knowledge on direct entry nursing programs, so I am pretty much all alone here.


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