Any UCSF Mepn Applicants? - page 44

Hi everyone-- Has anyone else out there applied to the UCSF MEPN program? They're supposed to send out letters this month (December) for the interview process. Has anyone gotten a letter yet? Will... Read More

  1. by   czyja
    Quote from kflagg
    i haven't even applied yet and already i'm wringing my fingers!
    Welcome. Fasten your seat belt 'cause you're in for a wild ride. You're gonna have plenty of time for finger wringing - so cut it out!

    A good place to find NP's doing primary care is in community health centers and busy family practices. Women's health centers also tend to have a lot of NP's.

    I would advise learning as much as you can about the profession and getting a sense of clarity on what it is you want to do in nursing and why. Worrying about how your volunteer experiences, grades, gre etc stacks up to the next applicant or how it will/wont impress the ad com will drive you nuts and is a fruitless exercise. Learning about nursing, introspection, writing drafts of your essay, studying for the gre and pre-reqs doing and doing quality volunteer work (ie something that you are passionate about) is time well spent.

    You got time. Applications will not be available until July and you dont submit it until the fall. Try posing questions to yourself and answer them in writing. Why alternative health care? Why nursing and not naturopathy,accupuncture etc? What kind of practice do you see yourself having? Who do you want to serve? Why? Sounds like you are interested in rural health - why? What have you done so far that points you in this direction? Are you interested in teaching? Research? What is your life-plan and how does nursing fit in?

    Oh - you need to have a back up plan - this prudent step will reduce your anxiety. Apply to an ADN program and other direct entry programs. UCSF is a long shot for even the most well qualified of applicants.

    Good luck!
  2. by   star77
    k,

    I actually work with an ANP at my clinic. She's in charge of our pre-natal program and also sees regular patients, and works alongside the FNPs. I agree with czyja- most primary care clinics will have ANPs. If you want to find people who are working in alternative/complimentary healthcare as an NP, it might be a good idea to look at 1)medical acupuncturist offices, 2)medical health spas?, 3) low-income acupuncture clinics. I know one of the docs who rotates through our clinic also does acupuncture in Davis for students. Maybe check one of the university clinics as well?
    And relax. Best of luck to you. Stop wringing your fingers- you're going to need them to type.
  3. by   star77
    To those who have interviewed...

    How'd it go?
  4. by   czyja
    Quote from star77
    How'd it go?
    It went very well. Most of all I was very impressed with the applicants - an amazing group of people.

    Those of us who are local were interviewed by a faculty member ( we have second interviews at a different time) and the out of towners were interviewed by a faculty member and a nurse manager. The faculty have a list of questions to ask - nothing earth shattering, most of the why nursing, why (fill in your speciality), why UCSF etc.

    The program director advised us to answer questions honestly and from the heart rather than giving the kind of anwsers that we think they want to hear. I interviewed thousands of people in my last career and I have to say this is good advice. When one tries to anticipicate the "right" response one usually comes off as being somewhat detached and phony.

    Good luck to all of you going next week! The day is long and tiring so be certaint to get your rest and eat your wheaties in the morning.
  5. by   star77
    Quote from czyja
    It went very well. Most of all I was very impressed with the applicants - an amazing group of people.

    Those of us who are local were interviewed by a faculty member ( we have second interviews at a different time) and the out of towners were interviewed by a faculty member and a nurse manager. The faculty have a list of questions to ask - nothing earth shattering, most of the why nursing, why (fill in your speciality), why UCSF etc.

    The program director advised us to answer questions honestly and from the heart rather than giving the kind of anwsers that we think they want to hear. I interviewed thousands of people in my last career and I have to say this is good advice. When one tries to anticipicate the "right" response one usually comes off as being somewhat detached and phony.

    Good luck to all of you going next week! The day is long and tiring so be certaint to get your rest and eat your wheaties in the morning.
    Um, the breathing exercise rocked.

    I really enjoyed the day.
    I felt like I could have had a beer and a nap by about 2:30pm though. Probably didn't help that it was POURING outside, too, huh?
    Hope everyone did very well. Good luck you awesome people!

    Star
  6. by   czyja
    Quote from star77
    Um, the breathing exercise rocked.
    I had to laugh, it was helpful but it was way California - my heart went out to the eastcoasters in the group. But as he said " This is California and I am a psyche nurse."
  7. by   JenniferMPH
    I loved it! Then again, I was born and raised in California.
  8. by   sheilanagig
    Was that all a dream? I am heading to Stanford tomorrow for my second round.
    Yeah, the rain was non stop.
    Non stop, we are between storms.
  9. by   star77
    Any thoughts, post-interview? C'mon, this time has been traditionally "Dead space" but it could be helpful to future applicants.


    I had a great interview with my faculty member, and a difficult-but-good interview with the nurse manager.

    Some of the questions were tough, but I definitely felt that being honest was the best way to be.

    Anyone else? Any specifics? Anyone have a great day? Horrible day?

    I have to say, the reception prior to the day was awesome-gave me a lot of familiar faces for the following day.
    What I would have changed? I wanted to meet not just a first-year MEPN, but a MEPN in their MSN year/specialty. I think a lunch with a panel of people we could've asked questions to would be better than a small-group lunch with 12 applicants.
    Any other opinions? Ideas? Experiences?
  10. by   sheilanagig
    Hi Star,
    you are right....dead space is not helpful.
    The reception the night before definitely made the following day a more socially enjoyable event. I loved hearing where everyone was coming from.
    My faculty interview was very relaxing, which I never expected.
    I was able to let my shoulders drop and be comfortable. Honesty is always the best policy. At least that is what I am thinking pre-response letter .
    My nurse manager interview was down at Stanford the following week, actually the same day the oil truck turned over on 101.....ick.
    That interview was totally different, there were no questions like --"Why do you want to be a nurse?" "How do you prioritize in a stressful situation?" "How are you working on a team?"
    I was instead asked to tell three stories, in the S (situational) T(task) A(action) R(result) format. Hence I told three stories that may or may not have any relevance whatsoever to my future in nursing.....but definitely exposed some behavioral traits of mine to my interviewer. In retrospect my third story may have inadvertently communicated that I have a poor work ethic --woops. I left that interview and walked out of Stanford, saw a rainbow, hit pouring rain, and then got sandwiched on 101N behind a major accident. It took me three hours to get up the Peninsula...Can you say ominous?
    In short, I have no idea how that interview went.
    My advice to next year's batch of interviewees would be to expect anything and rest assured you are already who you are, so trying to prep for an interview about you doesn't really make a whole lot of sense.
    This is one aspect of the application process not to stress over.
  11. by   MorePlease
    Glad to hear your interviews went well. I felt like both my nurse manager and faculty interview were very informative, and I had a nice rapport with both women (I think). Another interviewee told me on interview day that her faculty member was really hard to click with - so I think it's luck of the draw in some cases. Interestingly, my nurse manager told me that she was given a script to read off, and the questions were typical, like: experience working with a team, what is a nurse, why advanced practice. Totally different than Sheilanagig's experience.

    I enjoyed the interview day, particularly the tour of the library (because I had never been before and it's amazing). I wish I had been able to go to the reception the night before, as it would have been nice to see familiar faces the next day. And finally, I agree with Star77 that a post-MEPN would have had valuable input to the sack lunch.

    Good luck everyone!
  12. by   PotreroLCSW
    Hi all

    Hope this second waiting period isn't too stressful for any of you. If we've made it past the interviews, there's nothing more we can do but relax and know that, hopefully, we did the best job we could and put our genuine selves out there for our interviewers.

    I think my interviews went well. Maybe it's wishful thinking, or just that they really did go well. Applying for the Integrated Psych CNS/ANP concentration, and having what I think is a relatively strong psych background, did me well with both interviews. My faculty interview was with Linda Chafetz, in the psych nursing dept. (Check out her list of credentials on the faculty page--pretty impressive--and she's been at UCSF for 28 years). The interview was relaxed and I think Scott Ziem's relaxation exercise really helped as it was immediately prior to my 9:00 interview with Dr. Chafetz. The interview was like a fairly relaxed conversation rather than getting drilled as to why nursing, why this, explain that in detail, etc. I really think our application and credentials speak fairly highly of themselves.

    As for my nurse manager interview, which was the following Tuesday and the last of 3 she had done that day, it was also pretty relaxed, but she did have a sheet of 7 questions which she was asked to supply responses to. She indicated the only information provided to her prior to the interview was our list of work/volunteer experience from the application. They are evidently not provided with any other parts of our application, including our goal statement, which I thought was a little odd.

    I sent thank you notes via email to both of them, albeit more than a week late as I came down with that horrible bronchitis that is going around the evening after my last interview and ended missing over a week of work. Luckily I also lost almost 10#. Can we say silver lining to a rather uncomfortable beginning? Guess it pays to be somewhat optomistic.

    So, that's my 5 cents worth. Hope some of you can rest a little easier.
    Good luck to all who interviewed. Unfortunately they will only accept 50% of us who were lucky enough to get this far. I wonder how many they take off the wait list due to multiple applications made to several schools...

    Hope to see many of you in June.
  13. by   star77
    Two weeks.

    Jus' sayin'...

    Anyone else getting excited/nervous?

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