Vanderbilt Pre-specialty Fall 2011 - page 23

Hi all! I just wanted to get a thread started for those who plan on applying to Vanderbilt's prespecialty (for non-nurses) MSN program. I only recently discovered this program about 2 months ago... Read More

  1. Visit  jordans profile page
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    Hey guys, I was just wondering if I could get some advice from any of you that are in the Vandy MSN program? I'm currently applying and just need some direction in terms of the goal statement and interview questions. If anyone is willing to help please post back! Thanks!!
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  3. Visit  molls11 profile page
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    Quote from jordans
    Hey guys, I was just wondering if I could get some advice from any of you that are in the Vandy MSN program? I'm currently applying and just need some direction in terms of the goal statement and interview questions. If anyone is willing to help please post back! Thanks!!
    Hi jordans,
    My general advice would be for the goal statement briefly explain why you want to be your chosen specialty NP. You could talk about what specific population you want to work with or what part of country/world, and how your chosen specialty is needed in your population/region. It's ok if your main goal right now is just to practice as an NP, but it is also ok to talk about other things that you may want to do with the degree even if you aren't sure yet. We also had a specific question about the role of the advanced practice nurse in your specialty. So if you have a specific question with the goal statement, be sure to answer it.

    For the interview questions, I remember last year there being a lot of discussion on this forum about how long the answers should be. I would say to do whatever it takes to answer the question (within reason!). Some of my answers were two sentences, while another was two and a half pages double spaced. Use the interview survey as an opportunity to talk about your unique experiences, but be sure to discuss them under the appropriate question and do not over do it.

    I hope this helps! Good luck with your applications!
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    Hey guys! I am currently in the process of applying to the PMHNP program. I am already and RN, BSN so I would just be doing the one year accelerated Masters to become an NP. I am looking for advice on the goal statement. I have done the interview questions and my answers are a couple of paragraphs each but the goal statement seems to be just a repeat of stuff I already detailed in those questions. I wrote a brief paragraph addressing the specifics of what sort of career I would like after graduation but should I be going into more detail about why and how I came to this decision? Or should that be saved for the interview questions? If anyone has any guidance on the goal statement portion please let me know! Also, for those of you who were nurses before entering the MSN program, who did you have write your rec letters?
  5. Visit  BCRNA profile page
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    I am interested in attending Vanderbilt, I would like to know how everyone here intends on paying for the program though? Their tuition is outrageous. Student loans will not cover it. They have a great program and I am trying to figure out how to finance it. Though I have to really wonder why I should pay $150,000 in tuition when I can get the same degree at UAB for $30,000. Even if I compare the out of state rate ($60,000) there is still a huge difference.

    Do most people get scholarships? Or are most applicants from much higher income populations?
  6. Visit  BCRNA profile page
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    Your writing style is much more important than what you actually say in the goal statement. They use it as an indicator of your writing ability, though what you say does matter also. They weed out applications by tossing the ones that sound like the author has no college education. I have worked in several admission committees, it is amazing how many personal statements are sent that are full of spelling/grammer errors.
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    Quote from BCRNA
    I am interested in attending Vanderbilt, I would like to know how everyone here intends on paying for the program though? Their tuition is outrageous. Student loans will not cover it. They have a great program and I am trying to figure out how to finance it. Though I have to really wonder why I should pay $150,000 in tuition when I can get the same degree at UAB for $30,000. Even if I compare the out of state rate ($60,000) there is still a huge difference.

    Do most people get scholarships? Or are most applicants from much higher income populations?

    I am in the same situation. I really want to go to Vandy because I think they have a good program, I think the name will help me get a good job, and it is only 2 years. However, I am not the richest person in America and I am worried about how to pay for it. I wonder what living situations do others have also.
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    Hey guys! I am a current applicant for Vandy's 2012 PHMNP specialty. I already have a BSN so I guess I'm direct entry. I just schedule my telephone interview and was wondering if anyone can give me any advice or insight into what to expect? Are the questions they ask similar to the interview questions on the application or an extension of that?
  9. Visit  danceluver profile page
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    anyone on this thread, currently in any of the NP programs at Vanderbilt? What has your experience been like? How does your clinical rotations work? Finding own preceptors for the different areas (peds, ob/gyn, internal, etc)?
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    Quote from danceluver
    anyone on this thread, currently in any of the NP programs at Vanderbilt? What has your experience been like? How does your clinical rotations work? Finding own preceptors for the different areas (peds, ob/gyn, internal, etc)?
    What specialty program were you accepted to?
  11. Visit  nursegirl4210 profile page
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    Hello pre-specialty folks,

    I have questions about Vandy's RN pre-specialty program.
    I work weekends as an RN, and I plan to continue doing so when I begin their RN pre-specialty program this fall (2012). I could change to regular part-time status if I need to, which would be 6 shifts/month rather than 8.
    So I want to know if current or previous RN pre-specialty students found the program to be doable (full-time) while working part-time as well as having a toddler at home. I do have ample support from family and my husband, though!

    My next question is regarding the need for the pre-specialty semesters. I have my RN diploma as well as a non-nursing Bachelor's degree, so I could easily complete my BSN with 22 classes at a *cheaper* school. I feel I could do this before my specialty classes begin next fall (2013).

    However, with that route, I may be required to reapply to my specialty program after completing a BSN. I'd need to ask Vandy about that. And I do value the quality and helpful guidance that I hear are unique about Vanderbilt.
    Has anyone else had similar concerns with your decision to enroll in the RN pre-specialty program?


    Overall, I'll have 2 semesters of RN pre-specialty, and then 3 semesters of my specialty classes. I'm open to any thoughts or advice from y'all!

    Thanks so much, and best wishes to everyone here!
  12. Visit  TGill06 profile page
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    Hey,

    If you're already an RN you wouldn't need to be in the pre-specialty portion. The Pre-specialty year is for students who have a bachelors degree that is not in nursing and are NOT RNs. Basically the first you prepares you for the NCLEX and you gain RN status and then you start your second year which is working toward becoming an NP in whichever specialty you chose. So, you would be in the specialty program working toward your NP since you already are an RN.

    Trisha


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