Any UCSF Mepn Applicants? - page 91

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   amym79
    Hello
    well I have to say I have been following this blog for months but never responded. My heart goes out to all of you who are been tortured by this wait list...my friend experienced it and I know that if not this year then definitely the next... I will hope for the best for you. My story of my acceptance letter was a bit crazy and dramatic.

    I feel very lucky to have been accepted into the ANP and HIV/AIDS specialty and I only hope that everyone has that opportunity to go where they feel is the best fit. I cant wait to meet all of you, a engaged with a few at the interview.

    I was also interested to see if anyone was looking for housing in the city. I am a single woman and will be relocating to SF. I am from Santa Cruz/ Monterey so not to far or unfamiliar but just wanted to see if anyone was looking for a roommate. Rents are crazy so sadly cant live alone. I do have a dog .

    Any info on dress code? Are we expected to be in scrubs at class?

    Take care and looking forward to conversing with you.
  2. by   raysm310
    Hey amym79,

    Congratulations on your acceptance! I got into the community health CNS program (ACHIN). My boyfriend, dog, and I are looking for a place in San Francisco and keeping an eye out for houses with in-law units that we could then rent out to someone else (another dog person, since it is expensive and difficult to find places with yards and dog friendly land lords). I'll let you know if we find something.

    As far as the dress code, the letter said that we have to wear khaki scrub pants and hunter green scrub tops for clinicals, but it didn't say anything about classes.

    See you soon!
  3. by   lananp
    congrats to all accepted! to answer your question: no scrubs in class. i suppose you already know, but to reiterate- first quarter is the busiest and the most stressful, at least for me. prepare to do a lot of studying by yourself (or better, in groups). after the first year, acnp and pacnp need to take step out year and the school sadly does not provide any help in finding you jobs (there are 6 of us). not to discourage you, but do not expect too much- many of us have had high expectations from the program (knowing its reputation) and ended bit disappointed.
  4. by   tsscal
    Quote from lananp
    congrats to all accepted! to answer your question: no scrubs in class. i suppose you already know, but to reiterate- first quarter is the busiest and the most stressful, at least for me. prepare to do a lot of studying by yourself (or better, in groups). after the first year, acnp and pacnp need to take step out year and the school sadly does not provide any help in finding you jobs (there are 6 of us). not to discourage you, but do not expect too much- many of us have had high expectations from the program (knowing its reputation) and ended bit disappointed.
    I have heard the same thing re: being somewhat disappointed by the MEPN year, but I have also heard that the Master's portion of the program is what makes UCSF SON so great. What are your thoughts/insights?
  5. by   star77
    I'm one of the ACNP track folks and I haven't been disappointed by the MEPN year. There are times when it's felt a little discombobulated - an instructor quits or the clinical site manager changes, so things happen. Our profs are coordinating 85 of us, and sometimes it's hard to find clinical instructors, so you get one last minute - even so, that Clinical Instructor (CI) is usually awesome. Those problems are endemic to nursing education in general. There is a greater shortage of nursing faculty than there are nurses (apparently there is still a shortage, just not in the SF Bay area). We are adult learners, and take responsibility for ourselves. I have learned so much this year, and I cannot believe that it's only been a year. I think that if you expect "good," you won't be disappointed. If you expect perfect, then you will be- but that's life in general, I think. Everyone has had varying experiences with this program, and I'm not trying to discount lananp's - I just have a different take on it. Certainly there are times I've been disappointed, but overall I am so excited to be at UCSF and have had the opportunities that are here. Seriously, amazing. I wish I had more time to go to the lunchtime talks and the conferences that are hosted here!

    Am I frustrated by the job market? Yep. Do I wish we had help? Yep. But at the same time, I'm an adult, I've found jobs before on my own, and I started applying to Los Angeles, Modesto, Fresno, and had my resume together in December for applications. The job market is really tight, but there are jobs, just generally not in SF. A bunch of places cancelled their new grad programs, so that's been a problem. You have to be willing to travel outside of the SF Bay.

    I just got hired down in Los Angeles, and I feel very lucky, although I've been working very hard to find a job. I had been working every connection to nurses I have up here, and nothing has panned out- even where my friends are nurse educators. I'm moving down south for my step-out year(s), and that's okay. It's an adventure. Not everyone can do that, and I realize that fact.
    Regarding jobs, if you have to take a step-out year, start looking early. The earlier, the better.
  6. by   ukulele
    Hi all,
    Just wanted to say hi and join in the shared excitement and, admittedly, anxiousness. I just got into the FNP track from the wait list, which was a shocking turn of events. In fact, I can't believe I'm writing to you as a colleague-to-be, rather than just an e-spy, covertly perusing posts of admitted students, whimsically. I was actually preparing to start a doctor of public health program at Berkeley this year--my plan B--and thinking I would have to reapply to nursing schools after, two years in the future. I would still like to do both degrees. But wow, I am totally overwhelmed by the reality, immediacy of nursing now. Feeling so honored to have this opportunity, even knowing this program will kick my ass. It's going to be hard, in unforseeable ways I'm sure. And I'm already grateful for what everyone tells me is the best asset of MEPN: the cohort of rockstar students. Thank you for posting and accompanying me through this process--little did you know! I'm eagerly awaiting receipt of all the registration/orientation details in the mail. Orientation is so soon! I think, err, I mean I haven't gotten the info yet...em....
    xo
  7. by   Hopeful Nurse
    Ukulele, congrats and welcome to the new MEPN Family!!!
    Last edit by Hopeful Nurse on Apr 9, '09 : Reason: =)
  8. by   ahn77
    Hey all, best of luck to all of you who'll be starting in a few months. I didn't make it the first time around but will be re-applying again this year. I've talked with a few applicants who seem to be very well qualified and have not gotten in or who have had to re-apply and re-apply. With such a well qualified group, I was wondering what it was that you all talked about in you letters of intent. Just curious. Cheers, Ahn
  9. by   Hopeful Nurse
    Hello Anh77,
    I am not sure if I will be of my much help, but I talked about why I wanted to do nursing and talked about my experiences, such as work, volunteer, life that support my reason to become a nurse. I hope this helps.
  10. by   mpcali
    Hi all! It's been a few months since anyone has posted so I not sure if anyone is still checking this, but I thought i'd give it a shot. I just turned in my app for fall 2010, and I'm happy to be done, and excited about the prospect of a possible interview...and then hopefully entry into the program!! I am just writing to see if there are any current MEPNs who could let me know what pathophysiology textbook you use for your first summer course. I still have to take a few pre-reqs, so i'm not sure i'll have the time to take a patho class before getting in (positive thoughts!), and I've heard that some people wish they had more exposure to the material before the start of the program due to its difficulty, speed, and the amount of material covered. Just thought it might be nice to do a little studying on my own at least, if I can't squeeze a class in. Any info would be appreciated! Thanks and I hope you're all doing well in the program!
  11. by   sierrapi
    MPCali - I wouldn't worry too much about pathophys preparation. It's definitely not the easiest class, but the program as a whole isn't as difficult as some say. If you're dedicated and focus on doing well without getting caught up in getting 100% on everything, you should be fine and you'll end up learning the things you need to know to be a good nurse (one thing people in the program seem to be learning this year is that the need to be right/perfect all the time can actually be to their detriment as a student and a prospective nurse). I say, enjoy your time out of school, focus on your prereqs, and spend lots of loving time with friends and family since the first ten weeks of the program are pretty time-consuming (but they're still fun and exciting). Good luck with everything! Definitely search this site for interview tips, as the questions don't seem to change much from year to year!
  12. by   xtine009
    I was just checking on my app status & it says that my BS transcript from the school I graduated from wasn't available/received. Does anyone else's say that? I'm scared my app is incomplete & I'm not eligible! Am I the only one?...
  13. by   foreveryoung530
    Hi,

    I am preparing to apply for MEPN program in 2011. I would really like to get some advice on how to write a glowing personal statement or become more competitive. Is there any current or graduated MEPN student willing to provide me some guidance?

close