Direct Entry MSN Programs 2013 - page 34

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Anyone on here applying to direct entry MSN programs that begin in summer or fall of 2013? I think I have finalized my list of programs to apply to, and I am beginning to get everything together to start applying this... Read More


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    Pizza...i think the tuition for the summer- and fall-entry programs are identical. I'm leaning towards the Fall start date...what's 4 months in the grand scheme of things?
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    I just got back from an info session at MGH IHP and thought I would report back for those who are interested but can't make it to an info session.

    - Facilities seem very nice. They have a brand new building with a student lounge and interactive classroom, plus the main building, where the info session was, which seemed clean and up-to-date. They are located in Charlestown, which is a quick shuttle from the MGH main campus in downtown Boston.
    - Clinical groups are 5-6 max until your 4th semester, then they are 1-to-1 with an NP twice a week
    - There is a mix of hybrid and in-person classes. The hybrid classes are online with in-person meetings once a month or so. It sounds like for almost every hybrid, there is an option to take the class just in-person, too. She said they are trying to give students as many options as they like to choose between the two for as many classes as possible
    - They have started letting students take courses over the summers after your 1st and second years to lighten the load. They said that this way, people can be full-time students and have part-time jobs during the last year of the program.
    - Because of limited peds clinicals in the area, you will only have a peds clinical rotation in the pre-RN portion if you are in the Peds, Family, Psych, or Women's Health specialties (ie not if you are in any of the Adult specialties), which I think is different from most schools where everyone does a Peds clinical their first year.
    - Their NCLEX pass rate was in the high 90s last year (she did not remember the exact number)
    - Most people are licensed in their 2nd spring and many get RN jobs over the summer that they continue part-time in the fall.
    - Last year's GRE average was 145, 145, 4.0 and they have about 500 applicants for a class of 100
    - Most grads have jobs within 6 months
    - You don't get the BSN until you graduate, but she said once you have your RN most students don't have a huge problem getting a job, even at the major teaching hospitals, because the hospitals are familiar with the program and will hire them without their BSN since they know they will be getting it at the end of the program
    - This year, applicants will be notified earlier than they were last year (last year was late March), she thinks late Feb/early March
    - You do need a car because some clinicals are far away (especially for NP portion). She said to expect having several clinicals far away, but I will say my friend who is in her 2nd year has had every single clinical so far at MGH except for community health

    I hope this was helpful for those of you interested in the school and good luck to everyone!
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    Wow JP999 Thanks so much for the full report. This definitely gives me a lot more information on MGH than what's available on their website. This is my last application I'm submitting this month, total of 12 (yeah I'm pulling my hair out with all these schools) so I'll be glad to be done with it! And I'm surprised how low the averages are for the GREs... that makes me feel a lot better about my scores. And it's always great to know that results will be sent out earlier YAY! Thanks again JP999.
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    One more note about UVa's clinical hours: Yes, we have 1000 hours as part of the program for all students. They are all 1:1 hours (no clinical groups in our program). For the first 15 months you have a different preceptor every 7 weeks as you rotate through different areas. In the last 2 semesters (500 hours) you are in one specific unit where you also conduct your capstone project.
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    Quote from UVA Grad Nursing
    One more note about UVa's clinical hours: Yes, we have 1000 hours as part of the program for all students. They are all 1:1 hours (no clinical groups in our program). For the first 15 months you have a different preceptor every 7 weeks as you rotate through different areas. In the last 2 semesters (500 hours) you are in one specific unit where you also conduct your capstone project.
    Do the students choose their capstone project and are the last 500 hours in a unit of choice?
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    Soulshine:Students are asked to rank order their top three units, and all in cent years have had one of their top choices (with most getting the first choice).In the course of the first semester the student meets with the unit manager to discuss possible capstone projects. The project develops from a student-perceived idea, or from a suggestion of the manager (ie, from a defined clinical need). Managers at UVA Health System all have a list of projects they would love to undertake if there existed sufficient resources. Most of these capstones concern quality improvement, patient/family/employee satisfaction, or safety issues. Many capstone findings have become posters and papers at national conferences, and become adopted as policies at the UVa Health System.
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    Quote from UVA Grad Nursing
    Soulshine:Students are asked to rank order their top three units, and all in cent years have had one of their top choices (with most getting the first choice).In the course of the first semester the student meets with the unit manager to discuss possible capstone projects. The project develops from a student-perceived idea, or from a suggestion of the manager (ie, from a defined clinical need). Managers at UVA Health System all have a list of projects they would love to undertake if there existed sufficient resources. Most of these capstones concern quality improvement, patient/family/employee satisfaction, or safety issues. Many capstone findings have become posters and papers at national conferences, and become adopted as policies at the UVa Health System.
    That's really neat. All those clinical hours are impressive. Especially 500 in an area of your choosing. Some schools only have 500 total!

    I can't believe the average GRE for MGH. That makes me feel way more confident. It's a relief to know that you don't have to take the classes online. I hate online classes. It seems like a waste of money to move out there to just take classes online.

    Just wanted to let everyone know I had my JHU interview too a while ago. I didn't apply early decision I just applied early. It went really well. Nothing to be nervous about. They ask the typical questions. But make sure you know a lot about national health care issues and why you want a Master's. You have the opportunity to ask questions and I totally flaked and asked something I already knew the answer to but did not ask how many clinical hours there are at JHU. So for those of you who have your interview coming up, please ask that question! I'm dying to know how all these schools compare to each other with that.
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    Hi. I am also a respiratory therapist in Columbus. I applied to start in 2013. Did you end up gettin through your personal statement? I did that first, it took me a while to get it done. What specialty did you apply for?
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    Quote from OSU246
    Hello All,
    I am new to this thread and am applying to the ohio state direct entry np program. I am a respiratory therapist at a level 1 trauma center in columbus ohio. I will lay out my stats.
    gpa: 3.46
    gre: good on the math.. ok on the verbal
    good clinical experiance
    last thing to do is the personal statement.. anyone else having trouble with that?

    any others looking into the Ohio state program?
    Hi. I am also a respiratory therapist in Columbus. I applied to start in 2013. Did you end up gettin through your personal statement? I did that first, it took me a while to get it done. What specialty did you apply for?
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    Hey everyone,

    Just thought I'd wish you all luck with applications. I was in your shoes last year and remember how agonizing it was. But it was totally worth it and I'm loving my time in school (even when I feel like I am hating it). For what it's worth, I applied to 3 schools (BC, Northeastern, Columbia) and was accepted to the three, and ended up at Columbia. I definitely think I made the right choice for me. Feel free to ask questions if you have any and hopefully I can help.
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