Future U Penn ACNP Student!! :)

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    Hello nurses! I have waited a very long time to start a thread in this forum on this topic! I just found out earlier today that I have been accepted to start in the summer for U Penn's Acute Care NP program! Or actually, it is now officially the Adult and Gerontology Acute Care NP program. As I figured, they have made the appropriate adjustments necessary to the curriculum to allow the future grads to take the new exam based on the APRN Consensus Model. Ahhh I still can't hardly believe it, I'm in a bit of shock! It's actually going to be happening, I am no longer just talking about it or thinking about it. It's real.

    I joined this website years ago and have sought advice from everything important throughout my, albeit young, career - new grad, first job, ICU, night shift, CRNA vs ACNP, student loans, etc. And I'm sure it will only continue from here. I'm going to grad school baby!!! Just wanted to share and possibly meet other future students in the program. Oh and of course, if anyone has any advice or words of encouragement, that is always appreciated! Thank you!
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    Great job! I applied (and did not get in) to Penn's FNP program for this fall. I am very proud of your accomplishment. Penn is a great school so shout it out from the rooftops! I'll reapply for next time so maybe I'll see you around.
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    Congrats. I dont think you will regret the decision to go back to school at all. I just finished my ACNP in December and have recently passed the ANCC certification exam and am starting my new job and could not be happier. Now I am finally feeling like all the hard work and hoops I had to jump through were worth it. I hope you feel the same way when you are done.
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    Hey hollyw22! That's so awesome. Congrats on your acceptance! I'm planning on applying to ACNP program in the future and was wondering if you could give any advice. Such as anything on the application process and any suggestions on what to be involved in? I'm currently in nursing school and I would like to apply to the ACNP program for the fall semester right after I graduate. Do you think I need to take a year off for experience or do you think I can just go in to it? I'm a bit scared to take a break from school after I graduate because I've heard it's so hard to get back into the school mode after taking a break! Any advice would be great.
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    Congrats, it's a great school! Enjoy your free time before you start heh.
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    Congrats!!! How is the program going? I will be starting there this fall. Any advice?
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    Yung4 - the application process is fairly straight forward. Penn Nursing has an amazing website will a lot of information that really breaks everything down nicely. Everyone has different personal situations and ideas about what works best for them regarding when to return to grad school...but my feelings are that I am young, recently married, no children and really wanted to feel prepared when I started an advanced nursing degree. There is SO much to learn by working in an ICU, so I feel great about my decision!

    Alexis.upenn - Congrats to you as well! What classes are you taking in the fall? Full time or part time? I am just finishing patho and research, both really awesome! Let me know if you have any specific questions and maybe we'll meet up sometime.
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    hey I am happy for you. I too will be starting an ACNP program at the University of Virginia and I'm excite and at the same time nervous about it. God has been faithful. I have been applying to so many programs and this year, I was accepted to two programs and wait listed on one so this is an encouragement for people who have been denied acceptance once or twice, don't give up. As long as you don't give up, God will keep working in your favor!!!
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    Hi,

    How long did it take from the time your application was under review to the time you learned you got accepted? Mine is under review as of today and it says 4-6 weeks.. I don't know if I can wait that long!
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    Hello to all!
    I am applying to UPENN for the Fall 2013 (FNP or PNP) and would love to hear some specifics from anyone who has either been accepted or been declined. I'm trying to learn if I am competitive or not based on the results of other applicants. I have been in nursing school full time having gone straight through the two year ADN program (I already have my RN license), and then went immediately into the BSN program without a break, and now I will be going straight from the BSN program and into the master's without a break. Ultimately, this equates to no on the job experience which is a big concern of mine. I am young and have no choice but to get my eduation right now and on a full time basis which hasn't left time for a job. My cumulative gpa is a 3.7 from a respectable four year university, I have excellent references, interview really well, and I have had excellent clinical rotations that have enabled me to work in challenging acute care roles including a recent rotation in the ER with an APN. Should I go and get a part time job right now (while I'm completing my BSN) so that I will have some experience before the start of the program in the Fall? I'd prefer not to work while I'm finishing my BSN full time, however, will do what needs to be done if lack of work experience will ruin my chances of getting in to UPENN. I'm hoping that someone out there has gotten in straight out of their undergraduate program like myself as this would be a relief. I'd love to know the gpa's and work experiences of those who were admitted to UPENN,and also, for those who did not so I can better gauge what I should do. I appreciate any and all feedback- thanks in advance...


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