I got my RN in 2008, BSN in 2011 and I'm starting PNP this September. So there's my education timeline.
I've been working in L&D since I graduated in 2008. I also work as a substitute school nurse and a guest teacher for my local school district...been doing this for about 1 school year so not really long.
So, in reality I don't have a lot of strictly peds experience but a touch of it here and there. The program I applied to wanted 1 or 2 years experience in peds. I was kind of stretching it here but figured I had to try to get in.
I had a 3.75 GPA.
I included on my resume the fact that I was a Breastfeeding Specialist and would be qualified to sit for the IBCLC exam within a month. I will be sitting for the exam at the end of this month actually. I wrote in my essay (mentioned more below) about how I was trying to be an IBCLC because I felt it would enhance the care for my patients in the future.
I had to write a personal essay and I was very honest in my essay. I wrote from the heart. Now, I put something in my essay that I knew would either hurt me or help me. There was no way it would be neutral. I admitted to having 5 kids....4 with special needs. I figured they are either going to see the benefit in that or decide there's no way a mom with 5 kids (4 special needs) who works is going to be able to do a grad program.
So I think the high grades, a heart felt essay and showing ambition to educate myself further for the sake of my patients...that won me a seat.
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I'm applying to an NNP program for Spring 2013. I wanted to know if there was anyone else who applied to NP school soon after finishing their BSN. If so, did you get in with your lack of job experience?
I currently work in a NICU and will have the required amount of work experience years by the time I start clinicals (2 years), but I'm worried that I may not be taken seriously compared to experienced applicants. I have known since I started nursing school that I wanted to become a NP.
Also, just out of curiousity, what do you think made your application stand out? Was it your grades, leadership, experience, or something else?