UIC GEP 2013 - page 15

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Anyone applying to UIC's graduate entry program starting Jan. 2013? I've glanced at the threads from the past couple of year's and thought I'd start one for the next application cycle. I'm finishing up pre-reqs and taking the GRE... Read More


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    The was meant for jamesee and whoever else has questions. I'm in the FNP track, but could probably answer generic questions from others concerning interview set-up, break down of interview day, etc.. although I'm not sure they were all the exact same.
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    Do you know how many people they interview, and if everyone is contact at the same time? Still haven't heard anything for FNP yet..
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    Honestly, I'm not sure if they contact everyone at the same time. They interviewed 25 of us last year and selected 10. I know a ton of people apply for FNP each year, so it wouldn't surprise me if they informed people in cycles as they have so many applicants. Good luck!
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    I actually have a few questions if you don't mind me asking. I'm interviewing for FNP and was just wondering what kind of questions they ask. I assume they will be generic like: why nursing? But did any questions catch you off guard? And one more, do you have younger students in your class as well? I'm turning 22 and am afraid that my age is too young since I "lack life experience". :/ Thank you so much for your time!
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    I just turned 23 in February, so I'm in your same boat. I was nervous sitting in the interview room because everyone was at least 5 or 6 years older than me.. but it was fine. I used it to my advantage and talked about how the transition would be easy for me since I would just be graduating in a couple months. But there are a couple of people who around my age and a few who are only a year are two older, so don't sweat it.

    The interview for me didn't even really feel like an interview. It was more of just a conversation about the importance of family nurse practitioners in the future of primary care. Don't stress about what they're going to ask. You know why you want to be a nurse. If you can just chat about it rather than having a very rehearsed response, it will seem more sincere.

    ALSO - the master's program is very community clinic oriented. So don't go in there flashing the hospital card, because they probably won't think it's a well suited program for you. We do our first GEP clinicals in the hospital but the master's work is primarily small community clinics. I talked about the importance of connecting with the community if you really want to make an impact on people's health.
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    And I'm talking about the FNP track for the master's work, I don't know the orientation of the other specialties.
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    I cannot tell you how helpful and reassuring your response was! Thank you so much!
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    No problem. Let me know if you have any other questions before interview day. Feel free to email me at this username @indiana.edu. I won't be on here checking regularly.
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    So...any other FNP'ers find out about interview times yet that didn't hear last week? My confidence level is dropping daily.
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    I still have not heard anything. My confidence already dropped to an all time low so it can really only go up from here! They are busy with interviews right now so I would be surprised if they get back to us this week.

    I seem to remember you or someone else saying that they got their EMT license. Do you recommend getting the EMT or CNA license? I was looking for jobs online and only saw a few for CNA and none for EMT but I might be looking in the wrong places. I thought it might be worthwhile to get some clinical experience prior to being enrolled and then (if possible) work very limited part time during the program to have more real life experience on my resume once we have completed the program. Has anyone else considered doing this?


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