Any UCSF Mepn Applicants? - page 67

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   UCSF_MEPN
    tsscal

    i wrote two pages for my personal history statement and was one of the people worried that i missed the mark by writing so much. i emailed the admissions office a while ago and they said that the length is not an issue and won't affect the strength of the application. so no worries!
  2. by   UCSF_MEPN
    jcarranz

    you and i have similar work experience. i've worked with adults and children with mental and physical disabilities for almost 10 years. for the past 3 years i've been working in medical advocacy in the same field. i applied to the neonatal track, i hope to meet you on interview day!
  3. by   jcarranz5
    Quote from UCSF_MEPN
    jcarranz

    you and i have similar work experience. i've worked with adults and children with mental and physical disabilities for almost 10 years. for the past 3 years i've been working in medical advocacy in the same field. i applied to the neonatal track, i hope to meet you on interview day!
    That's great! It's a field that I never saw myself getting into, but I have liked it so far. It is time for a change though because I don't see myself doing it for the rest of my life. Like you I hope I get to see you on interview day.
  4. by   jcarranz5
    Quote from tsscal
    I was reading elsewhere on this site about the length of the personal history statement. I read that some of you only wrote one paragraph, while others wrote five. Mine was four pages double spaced! I really delved into my personal history - I hope that would not be frowned upon by the people who screen the application, but I felt it was my only chance to show them who i am, my character, and what led me to nursing. Thoughts?
    Although the length is a bit long, if it is well written, it may give you an edge if you really expressed to the admissions departments why you want to get into nursing and who you really are.

    I think mine may have been two pages and I don't remember exactly what I wrote. I should probably go back and reread it.
  5. by   star77
    aACHINs, I encourage you to look elsewhere. The program almost died this year- actually was cancelled and then was resurrected. When you interview, ask your interviewer tough questions. The 3 ACHINs in our class were seriously bummed. Then graduate faculty was found but I don't know how stable the program is. Seriously, ASK. There is no trouble in that.

    There is no nursing shortage in the Bay Area, and I think this is important to know. As far as our nurse recruiters have told us, UCSF has a moratorium on hiring new RNs, and SFGH is funded by the state (which is in debt). Think very carefully on what you want to do and where you want to do it. NPs are in demand, but not in the Bay Area, and neither are RNs. In fact, I'm even looking in Sac and having trouble. Many people are not taking the step-out year because due to the recession, it's better to stay in school. Just think about what you want to do. I'm not trying to dissuade you from one way or another (I mean hell, I network like crazy, and I believe in myself), but you should think about what you're doing. And a BSN is a valuable degree as well, if you don't end up in MEPN.

    Best of luck to you. And to all of us!:heartbeat
  6. by   UCSF_MEPN
    Star

    how are people opting out of the step out year? from my understanding it is a requirement. i know in my chosen specialty (neonatal) two step out years are required. thanks for the info and best of luck!
  7. by   JudeyRooney81
    I am from an incredibly underserved rural area where we are definitely feeling the nursing shortage, and additionally, provider shortages. Lack of hospitalists particularly. I want to go to UCSF so I can learn to be an ACNP and come back to help the people where I am from. There are few educational opportunities near my home, so many people end up leaving for school and get pulled to the bright lights and big cities. My mother and I both suffered (unrelated) traumas and nearly died b/c ambulances have to drive eternities to a facility that can treat the patients. It's really sad to think how many people suffer b/c of this.
  8. by   jcarranz5
    JudeyRooney81, I hope that you will get in so you can help out your community. Just out of curiosity, what other schools did you apply to?
  9. by   JudeyRooney81
    For logistical reasons, this is the only one I applied to thus far. I will get in eventually. If I do not get directly into the MEPN program, my back up is to apply to Samuel Merrit for the Accelerated RN track then apply to the MSN program, and if that doesn't work, re-apply next year. I am going to make it happen one way or the other. I am from out of state, but transplanted to the Bay Area for my spouse's job. We are moving back home in about 5 years when his contract is up. (Sorry it's confusing.)
  10. by   jcarranz5
    No, I totally get it. It looks like a couple of other people are applying to Samuel Merritt, maybe I should look into it also. I have been feeling defeated since two of my other schools turned me down. I really want to get into nursing, but I don't want to have to go the slow route; that is basically why I applied to the MEPN programs.
  11. by   JudeyRooney81
    Yeah, I am not mobile (though I currently don't live in the Bay Area but will be moving there once I am married). The current economy makes it very difficult for my fiancee to get a job somewhere else and one of us needs to be working while I am in school. Once I am out of school, I will be able to get a job back at home and support us for awhile he if is unable to find a job with his current company.

    I am really hoping to get in, but am willing to do anything at this point to become a nurse. I have a masters in epidemiology, so it seems silly to have to retake all the classes to go the "slow track" i am not entirely sure how that would even work.

    I wonder how competitive Samuel Merrit is, have you heard anything? What other accelerated programs exist?
  12. by   Hopeful Nurse
    I think all the schools are pretty competitve especially with the influx of people trying to pursue accelerated nursing programs (if not regular nursing programs).

    Does anyone know if Ohlone has an accelerated program? I thought I heard from someone they did...
  13. by   jcarranz5
    The economy stinks, but everything will work out in the long run when it comes to finding jobs and where you and your fiancee belong.

    I feel your frustration. Some of the programs offered here in San Antonio that would lead up to a BSN would require me to take even more prerequisites, thus requiring me to wait another year before I could begin nursing school. What really gets to me is that there is no prerequisite uniformity between the many schools that offer an accelerated track. Some schools wanted intro chem, some wanted gen chem, some wanted no chem etc. I think it would be positive for nursing schools that offer an accelerated track to have a standard amount of requirements like medical schools do.

    Having a masters in epidemiology strengthens your application, I think. Whereas I have a BA in history, it's not a science or medical degree, but I think it is valuable to have an understanding of different people.

    I'm not sure of any other schools in California, but I know of others in the country.

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