Direct entry and graduate entry programs II - page 17

Hello all, Its been mentioned before about ending our thread and starting a new one. Think it was tried a few months ago. Maybe it is time now, seeing as the thread is 72 pages long. That is... Read More

  1. by   Gennaver
    Quote from future nurse jess
    These two points are really important. You have a big decision before you! If you could know you are in at DePaul for the fall and also had this offer on the table, which way would you lean? What about an acceptance at DePaul for the winter?

    A bird in the hand is certainly wonderful- and if it's something you were set on doing anyway after the MSN- then it could be that a MSW then an MSN is the way to go.

    Keep us posted and good luck with your big decisions!

    -Jess
    Hello Jess,

    I really have been going through all the 'possibilities' in my head. I really think that I will have to wait and see what comes down the pike.

    The biggest unknown is if DePaul will accept me into their program for the winter, (I think it is most likely too late for fall and then there is the cost crunch too).

    Sigh, thing is, even though I want to do both, they both take two years.

    If DePaul calls and says I am in, I will JUMP at it first.

    If Dominican University, (the one where I miscalculated the scholarship) says that I am in with the scholarship...I will ask if there are any deferred acceptances.

    If I should get the same acceptances, (I wish I would) then deferring DePaul would necessitate retaking the sciences...

    So, if anything I have learned to wait a lot calmer.

    Good luck with all the busyness!! You can do it!
    Gen
  2. by   elizabells
    Quote from Mission
    I know what you mean, just when I finally thought I broke my espresso addiction. I'm the one sleeping the the back row during Issues!
    Sweetheart, I think we're ALL the ones sleeping in the back row during issues! Actually, I'm in the gang of 4 smokers that barrel outside at each break. There's a blond one, two short dark haired ones, (one quiet and one from Yonkers), and I'm the medium sized reddish haired one that's usually talking the loudest. Hee, it's like we're playing 'where's waldo' with each other in real time!
  3. by   Jess RN
    Quote from elizabells
    It's going to be fine, pumpkin, I'm just a huge drama queen. We had a four hour pharm lecture this morning and I Loooooved it. Best lecture so far. So I just need to chill out. And Orgo and Micro together is probably the hardest thing you'll ever do. Actual school will be easier!

    Thanks elizabells! I'm a fairly big drama queen myself (but I've got nothing on my 2 yr old!). I guess Orgo/Micro is such drudgery, that I've forgotten that if the content were actually interesting, the workload would be more bearable. Micro's interesting, but I hate the online format. Chem is hellacious, but the professor is great. The workload is just insane though. Especially Micro- lots of busywork, which I HATE.

    -Jess
  4. by   smile123
    Quote from elizabells
    Pharm, and advanced physio mostly. They're not hard, precisely, just so much info all at once. Well, you know, we're in the same li'l boat. I never realized how much having just one really long lecture per week in each class would kind of, um, suck. Meh, when I wrote that earlier, I had just read 5 chapters of pharm, none of which had much actual science to it, it's just a leeetle overwhelming. And quizzes, exams, projects (group projects are the bane of my very existence), and oh by the way, in the hospital next Wednesday.

    It was so cool though, yesterday. I learned to take blood pressures. Now THAT is why I am here.
    Hey Elizabells,
    I got to take a pulse (radial, brachial), hear respiratory sounds, and take a BP on my colleagues too. We also have "SIM" man, so it was really cool to listen to rales, wheezes, Ronchi and Stridor sounds (all abnormal sounds for breathing).

    I was listening for a heart beat and all of a sudden I heard nothing! I looked at the instructor and said, "the patient's not breathing!" She said, "You're right!" She was looking to see if I could really hear it or not! ;-)

    We're already developing care plans (they are supposed to be the bane of every nursing student's existence). I also met with my first client at the nearby residence nursing home (assisted/independent living facility) last Friday. The program is overwhelming, but exciting at the same time.

    Back to studying,

    Smile123
  5. by   elizabells
    We have the computerized dummies too! The really sad thing is, for the first half of lab, something weird was going on with my steth, like you have to turn the ... end ... part ... until it clicks to switch from diaphragm to bell, and I was using the wrong side, and I was about to wig, but I figured it out, FINALLY. I was worried I was going deaf or something.
  6. by   smile123
    Quote from elizabells
    We have the computerized dummies too! The really sad thing is, for the first half of lab, something weird was going on with my steth, like you have to turn the ... end ... part ... until it clicks to switch from diaphragm to bell, and I was using the wrong side, and I was about to wig, but I figured it out, FINALLY. I was worried I was going deaf or something.
    Yes, they told us about turning our stethoscope bells 180 degrees if we couldn't hear the sounds clearly. It makes quite a difference!

    Smile123
  7. by   Mission
    Quote from elizabells
    We have the computerized dummies too! The really sad thing is, for the first half of lab, something weird was going on with my steth, like you have to turn the ... end ... part ... until it clicks to switch from diaphragm to bell, and I was using the wrong side, and I was about to wig, but I figured it out, FINALLY. I was worried I was going deaf or something.
    No one could find my pulse in skills lab...I think they decided I was clinically dead. Hmm, I wonder if I can use that as an excuse if I miss a clinical...
  8. by   elizabells
    Quote from Mission
    No one could find my pulse in skills lab...I think they decided I was clinically dead. Hmm, I wonder if I can use that as an excuse if I miss a clinical...
    Hey, it's worth a shot, right? Aw geez, we have class in eight hours. I should go to bed. Curse my insistence on transcribing all my notes a second time!

    Hey btw, I did download epocrates to my PDA like our pharm prof said and it's pretty cool.
  9. by   Gennaver
    Quote from elizabells
    We have the computerized dummies too! The really sad thing is, for the first half of lab, something weird was going on with my steth, like you have to turn the ... end ... part ... until it clicks to switch from diaphragm to bell, and I was using the wrong side, and I was about to wig, but I figured it out, FINALLY. I was worried I was going deaf or something.
    Hi Elizabells,

    I know what you are talking about, usually I checked which angle the little metal part is, that way you can see if its angle down or up. Yet, if there is no angle on that part of your scope you can also eyebal the hole on the topside of the scope/bell, if you can see metal, you are good, if you see just an open little hole, then you are open to the wrong side.

    Sometimes a little tap with your nail on to the diaphram will tell you if you are clicked in right.

    Good luck. Oh yea! Once you get your scope just angled right and pointed forward in your ears it will be better. Although, I used to share my scope with others but, had to stop when my most favorite scopes got too stretched out to fit into my ears snugly. I like to listen with both ears, not with just one while cocking my head.

    Gen
  10. by   Gennaver
    Quote from elizabells
    Hey, it's worth a shot, right? Aw geez, we have class in eight hours. I should go to bed. Curse my insistence on transcribing all my notes a second time!

    Hey btw, I did download epocrates to my PDA like our pharm prof said and it's pretty cool.
    Hiya,

    Epocrates! So cool.
    Gen
  11. by   elizabells
    I adore you, Gen

    Oh lord, you guys, we had an hour and a half lecture on wound care today. You know how they say every nurse has one gross-out point? Apparently mine is necrosis. Give me blood, vomit, poop, whatever, but a big weepy pressure ulcer? Soooo nauseated...
  12. by   breebunny
    Hi all. This is my first post here. I am getting ready to do applications for Summer 2006. I work full time and am taking the prerequisites at night. I am starting to study for the GRE now whenever I have time. I am trying to narrow down where I apply-- it sounds like many of you are from the East Coast. I live in Seattle and my first choice is Seattle University (so much easier not having to uproot my husband from his job and our families are here!) the problem is it is a tiny program-- they only admit 15-20 people a year! And there is a lot of competition. I'm also applying to Pacific Lutheran University (South of Seattle)-- but same problem-- tiny! I'm thinking of applying to the following schools:
    UCSF (not that anyone seems to get in there!)
    Boston College
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Yale
    Vanderbilt
    Western University of Health Sciences (Pomona, CA)
    because their programs are bigger.
    Can you guys give me an idea of the competitiveness of any of these? I would apply to Columbia too but I'm taking my prerequisites on a quarter system and Spring quarter next year goes until June, but Columbia starts in May! oops. The main reason I'm applying to the above schools is I will have completed all the prerequisites in time to apply for next year-- many schools require a lot of chemistry which I don't have time to take.

    Can those of you who have gotten into schools (any schools, not just these) tell me a little about your GPA, GRE scores and volunteer experience?

    Between working and taking prerequisites and my 2 hour+ per day commute I don't have much time for volunteering. I've job shadowed at a clinic with an NP a few times, but that's about it. My undergrad GPA was only a 3.2, but that's because I majored in Philosophy which is not easy!! Any thoughts or tips would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
    Bree
  13. by   elizabells
    Hi Bree -

    Isn't U Dub the best program in the country? Or is that what you mean by Seattle University? Just a thought.

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