Direct entry and graduate entry programs II - page 18

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   Jess RN
    Quote from 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.
    Yeah, Univ. of Washington has had the top ranked MSN program for years, I think. Anywho- to answer Bree's stats question- here's my info:

    Applied to: BC, MGH Institute, Regis College
    Accepted to all three.

    GRE: V: 710 Q: 580 AW: 6

    Undergrad GPA: 3.5 (BA- Eng Lit '96)
    GPA in pre reqs: 3.9

    Volunteer experience: 1 year as the volunteer project manager for the Cardiac Care Initiative (a quality improvement and community outreach program) at Somerville Hospital (a small community hospital). It was a very administrative volunteer experience- other than a few phone interviews, I had no contact with patients. But I did get to work with a broad range of health professionals (MDs, NPs, RNs, Resp. Therapists, etc) and I got a great reference out of it. Plus, it was more of a leadership type position which I think played well at BC- they are really into that kind of stuff.

    My best advice is threefold:

    1. Study and do the best you possibly can on the GREs
    2. Your gpa in your pre reqs is more important than your undergrad GPA- so don't stress about what you can't change and try for as close to a 4.0 as you can get in the pre reqs
    3. Try to land an interesting volunteer gig. Someone on the old thread was going for women's health and had a volunteer position on the breastfeeding committee at a local hospital. That is perfect. That's the kind of stuff they are looking for. Don't waste your time delivering flowers and fetching water on a med-surg floor.

    Oh and spend enough time on the essay that you are really proud of it. Many of these programs don't grant interviews (of mine only Regis did) so it may be your only chance to "speak" directly to the people making the admissions decisions.

    Good luck and welcome to the thread- this has been an amazing and wonderfully supportive group- It was an continues to be my sanity in this crazy process!!! :chuckle

    -Jess
  2. by   Gennaver
    Quote from 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...
    Elizabells,

    You are right, that is not pleasant at all honey.

    Oh, no, not pleasant at all.

    I have heard that we are supposed to learn to become mouth breathers so we don't have to get the full effect of the odor but, I have not mastered mouth breathing, yet!

    Good Luck,
    Gen
  3. by   elizabells
    Quote from Gennaver

    I have heard that we are supposed to learn to become mouth breathers so we don't have to get the full effect of the odor but, I have not mastered mouth breathing, yet!
    Supposedly (and my source on this is CSI, so take that as you will) smiling represses the gag reflex. Maybe that's a good two-fold way to keep from making the pts feel bad - you're smiling AND you're not retching on them. Yayy!

    Oh, sorry for not answering your actual question, Bree. :chuckle I applied to Columbia, UPenn, and UCSF. Only got into Columbia. GPA 3.25, GREs 740v/670q/5aw. Two years of volunteering with HIV peer education in college.
  4. by   breebunny
    Yes, UW IS the best school in the country-- I'm not applying there. Seattle University is a small private school in Seattle.
  5. by   Gennaver
    Quote from 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.

    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?


    Thanks!
    Bree
    Hello Bree,

    Welcome to the forum! Very good support and encouragement here with good advice too

    So far I was passed up by one program and am waiting for news from another. I think that the main reason I was passed up by the program was that I my essay and experience didn't match the specialty that I chose! Also, I had not yet completed my undergraduate degree and I think that made my total package appear weaker, especially so since my GRE was only average!

    I have over 15 years experience in health care and do agree with Jess's advice about volunteering wisely, (how about even volunteering for an advice hotline or Nurse hotline?)

    My BA was Sociology with a minor in Psychology and the GPA from that school was 3.65.

    My Associate in Biology was with a 3.5 GPA but, I also attened other schools throughout the years, here and there all willy nilly which I believe should have been addressed in my essay (it is true that anything in any way questionable in your packet needs to be addressed in your essay).

    I was also pre-med and pre-nursing throughout those years and my pre-reqs GPA were added to my overall undergraduate GPA.

    I studied for the GRE for a week with a book and highly suggest studying a little longer, scores 550v/530q/4.5aw, (not great, not terrible, mediocre).

    Now I am waiting for news from a Master's Entry Program and really have my fingers crossed!

    Good luck!!
    Gen
  6. by   smile123
    Quote from 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.
    Yes, the U. of Washington is the best in the country. It only admits 20 people in the accelerated program. That just started this year, so they are going through some hiccups as the 1st year's class progresses. But they have been offering the regular BSN and master's degree program for years.

    Smile123
  7. by   GoldenGateNurse
    Hey guys,

    I've been lurking around these boards eagerly reading the posts from those of you who have already started your programs. I'm starting at Samuel Merritt in August and am SO anxious to know what life is going to be like - keep those posts coming!!

    ANyway, in answer to Bree's questions, I wanted to post my details. I applied to University of San Diego, San Francisco State Univ., UCSF, Samuel Merritt College, and University of San Francisco. I got in everywhere except UCSF. I can totally sympathize with you not wanting to uproot your husband - I was in the same boat when I was applying to schools. Anyway, here are my details:

    Undergrad GPA: 3.45 (Biology major)
    Prereq GPA: 4.0
    GRE: 680 V, 690 Q, 4.5 AW
    Health care experience: Managing Editor of Clinical Publications at a health care consulting firm for 5 years, clinical research coordinator for two years, volunteered researching both standard and alternative treatment options for patients at a local hospital.

    As for advice, I'd say to research the heck out of any programs that interest you. Searching through these bulletin boards is a good way to start - you'd be surprised what you can learn about the pros and cons of individual programs, as well as tricks for getting in! I know you are working and taking prereqs already, but if you have any opportunity to brush up on a second language, I would go for it. It came up again and again in my interviews as a real bonus that I was studying Spanish. A nice thing to include in your essays as well. And volunteer your little heart out - that was another thing that I was questioned about extensively. THey want to see that you are interested in community service and want to try and verify that you aren't just doing it for the sake of the application! Work as much of your personality into your essay as possible, and have a ton of people critique it before you send off your applications. When I first pulled together my rough draft essays, I thought they were pretty darn good. Looking back on it now (many revisions later), it's shocking how bad those rough drafts were!
  8. by   Gennaver
    Hiya,

    While wanting to spare another applicaiton Fee for a possible RN program, ($40 for RUSH's accelerated BSN that starts in January) I made the call and then sent an email to the director of admissions at DePaul.

    Unofficially they say I should have no problem at all with being accepted for the January/Winter start of the program!

    The deadline for Rush's application is July 1. The only thing left for that was to put it in the mail with the total transcripts I have.

    Argh, I really, really like the MSN and that they say that it looks basically like I am a shoe in, (their acceptance letters for the winter go out in September sometime.)

    Okay, okay, if I get in then I will defer the MSW until after completing the MSN.

    I figure that even if the scholarship is still there, I would like to be working as a nurse already! (while completing the MSW, yes, for me they are compatable degrees.)

    Thanks for listening.

    Gen
    p.s. another DePaul applicant may make her way to this forum soon, I hope so!
  9. by   Jess RN
    Quote from Gennaver
    Hiya,

    While wanting to spare another applicaiton Fee for a possible RN program, ($40 for RUSH's accelerated BSN that starts in January) I made the call and then sent an email to the director of admissions at DePaul.

    Unofficially they say I should have no problem at all with being accepted for the January/Winter start of the program!

    The deadline for Rush's application is July 1. The only thing left for that was to put it in the mail with the total transcripts I have.

    Argh, I really, really like the MSN and that they say that it looks basically like I am a shoe in, (their acceptance letters for the winter go out in September sometime.)

    Okay, okay, if I get in then I will defer the MSW until after completing the MSN.

    I figure that even if the scholarship is still there, I would like to be working as a nurse already! (while completing the MSW, yes, for me they are compatable degrees.)

    Thanks for listening.

    Gen
    p.s. another DePaul applicant may make her way to this forum soon, I hope so!

    Gen that's great news!!! I'm glad DePaul was able to give you some info in advance of the official decision. :hatparty: :hatparty:

    -Jess
  10. by   Gennaver
    Quote from future nurse jess
    Gen that's great news!!! I'm glad DePaul was able to give you some info in advance of the official decision. :hatparty: :hatparty:

    -Jess
    Jess,

    Thank you!! I am happy too! Even though its unofficial and all I emialed that I would indeed accept an acceptance to attend and would register for the winter.

    She replied to my email that...she would see me in the winter then!

    Yes, it sounds good to me too!

    There is another poster in the Illinois thread who had a transcripts glitch, (went to the wrong department or division and did not get considered as early applicant). This poster should have been accepted for the Fall! I suggested she call the admissions director to ask to be reconsidered as early for the winter, minus another application fee, since DePaul made the glitch.

    I hope the other poster does this. Meanwhile, its yippie yi yo kiyay!

    Unofficially, of course.
    Gen :chuckle
  11. by   elizabells
    Go girl! I'm not religious as such, but I do believe that things happen/work for a reason.

    Sorry if this is a little rambling. I have to confess that two screwdrivers may be influencing my coherence tonight.

    We had our first clinicals today. I don't know if any of you have been reading the thread in the General thread about nurses "in it for the money" but I have to confess, I was one of those, to a CERTAIN EXTENT. I'm actually not that good with people, to the point that I was worried about being able to empathize with pts. Part of the reason I'm going into the NICU - the science of it was what interested me. But today, our patient in clinicals didn't really need any physical help - she was waiting to go to surgery for her liver so she'd survive while she was waiting for her transplant. My partner and I decided screw taking her vitals over and over to practice, what this woman needed was for us to sit with her and keep her mind off her fear. She was in tears within five minutes of our arrival. So we told our clinical instructor that we could practice vitals on each other - we were just going to sit with her. To my utter shock, I didn't take lunch until late because transport hadn't come for her yet and I just couldn't bear to leave her. I guess it was an epiphany of sorts. I know this doesn't make that much sense, I just wanted to share. Four hours with this woman and I was trying to look up support groups for her really rare condition. Wow. It was incredible. I learned something new about myself today.

    Plus then I emptied a foley and assisted with a bedbath on an incontinent, trached and vented patient, which was also awesome. I'm so happy.
  12. by   Gennaver
    Quote from elizabells
    Go girl! I'm not religious as such, but I do believe that things happen/work for a reason.

    So we told our clinical instructor that we could practice vitals on each other - we were just going to sit with her. To my utter shock, I didn't take lunch until late because transport hadn't come for her yet and I just couldn't bear to leave her. I guess it was an epiphany of sorts. I know this doesn't make that much sense, I just wanted to share. Four hours with this woman and I was trying to look up support groups for her really rare condition. Wow. It was incredible. I learned something new about myself today.

    .
    Elizabells,

    This is so cool. I am glad that you and your partner made such a choice!

    I have finally come around to understanding that what I am also fascinated by with regards to health and social work/psychology is called Psycho-neuro-Immunology, (the study of behavior and beliefs on health).

    Also, one of my projects continued from my senior thesis class is in creating a Social Service Directory of Social Services and agency database computer program.

    I have two programmers helping me. This will hopefully make it easier for someone to easily find the agency to provide a needed social service!

    Cool!
    Gen
  13. by   Jess RN
    Quote from elizabells
    Go girl! I'm not religious as such, but I do believe that things happen/work for a reason.

    Sorry if this is a little rambling. I have to confess that two screwdrivers may be influencing my coherence tonight.

    We had our first clinicals today. I don't know if any of you have been reading the thread in the General thread about nurses "in it for the money" but I have to confess, I was one of those, to a CERTAIN EXTENT. I'm actually not that good with people, to the point that I was worried about being able to empathize with pts. Part of the reason I'm going into the NICU - the science of it was what interested me. But today, our patient in clinicals didn't really need any physical help - she was waiting to go to surgery for her liver so she'd survive while she was waiting for her transplant. My partner and I decided screw taking her vitals over and over to practice, what this woman needed was for us to sit with her and keep her mind off her fear. She was in tears within five minutes of our arrival. So we told our clinical instructor that we could practice vitals on each other - we were just going to sit with her. To my utter shock, I didn't take lunch until late because transport hadn't come for her yet and I just couldn't bear to leave her. I guess it was an epiphany of sorts. I know this doesn't make that much sense, I just wanted to share. Four hours with this woman and I was trying to look up support groups for her really rare condition. Wow. It was incredible. I learned something new about myself today.

    Plus then I emptied a foley and assisted with a bedbath on an incontinent, trached and vented patient, which was also awesome. I'm so happy.
    Oh my gosh elizabells- that is the coolest thing I've heard in a while!! Thanks so much for sharing- because this puts back into perspective why I'm going into nursing in the first place. Sure our programs are intense and we will have to sit through lots of lectures and jump through all the academic hoops the faculty set up for us- but it all comes down to helping people when they are most vulnerable through both the application nursing skills we have learned plus the compassion and desire to comfort that can be just as if not more important to our patients.

    Way cool.

    -Jess

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