Seattle U - APNI 2012 - page 109

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Anyone already applying at Seattle U? Which track? I haven't finished my pre-req's, so I am probably not too competitive this year, but I am going to apply anyway. I am applying for the nurse-midwife track and my background is... Read More


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    Congrats and thanks!

    What do you have a background in and what experiences have you had that made you a competitive applicant? I am trying to get a better understanding of what makes the best candidate for the program. I have no idea where I fall and if I will be considered a valuable applicant and want to do as much as I can (without making myself completely crazy...) prior to applying.
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    Quote from readl
    Congrats and thanks!What do you have a background in and what experiences have you had that made you a competitive applicant? I am trying to get a better understanding of what makes the best candidate for the program. I have no idea where I fall and if I will be considered a valuable applicant and want to do as much as I can (without making myself completely crazy...) prior to applying.
    No worries. It wasn't long ago that I was in your position and doing all I could to make myself a competitive applicant.


    My first bit of advice is to check out the CON's mission statement and thoroughly relate it to your own personal goals in your letter of intent. SU focuses heavily on the importance of providing quality healthcare to those of underrepresented backgrounds (hopefully this aligns with your future goals as well). I would say also focus on any volunteer experience you've had be it organizing a fundraiser, tutoring, blood drive, whatever. If you don't have any experience in a medical setting, get some. It doesn't have to be paid experience but having some familiarity within a clinical setting will be beneficial as I think it shows you've done your research and are sure of your decision to switch careers.


    Personally, I have volunteered in a nursing home, psychiatric hospital, inner city hospital as well as nurse shadowing.My undergraduate degree was in Spanish and I think that worked in my favor as it is always useful to be bilingual, especially in healthcare. I also have a MA in journalism (though there are many people who got accepted with just a BA) which I believe helped me in putting together a strong letter of intent. The letter is in my opinion where you can set yourself apart from other applicants. Of course GPA and completed pre reqs are factored in but they don't make or break your chances. I believe your letter should be succinct yet robust. By that I mean get to the point, why are you here. Focus on the mission, nursing, volunteer work, any leadership roles you've had, unique experiences, and definitely any experience you have working with underserved populations.


    I will say that I studied abroad in Costa Rica for a year and while there volunteered at an orphanage, I went to Egypt for a summer, as well as an internship at the US embassy in Panama. These are some unique things I did during my undergrad, who would have thought they would have given me an advantage in this process. With that said, if you haven't already, go out an do something unique. Be creative and have fun. Keep in mind these are my personal experiences that I believe helped set me apart from other applicants, not saying every accepted applicant has the same resume as myself; their own uniqueness got them accepted.


    Hope this helped! Good luck
    Last edit by NursePracHereIcome on Apr 3, '12
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    Just checked the new posts for the first time in awhile...congrats to all the people who got in off the waitlist!! :-) awesome how quickly you found out! any of you for the CNM track?

    readl, good luck with your application in the coming year! I would have to echo everything that NursePrac (I think I know who it is...) said, and I'd also be willing to offer more advice once we're in the program...
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    Thanks for your responses! My biggest concern is that I am on the younger side and have not had time to have an established career or a have "real world" job. I graduated last June from Seattle U with a BA in Sociology and a BA in Spanish. I have local and international volunteer/work experience with vulnerable populations and a familiarity with the Seattle U mission. Since graduating, I have been working as a nanny for a family with a medically fragile child, three emotionally and behaviorally challenged foster children, and four months ago they had another child who was born eight weeks premature.

    Does anyone know of the age breakdown of accepted applicants? Is there anyone else who has not yet been in an established career?

    Thanks!
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    Quote from readl
    Thanks for your responses! My biggest concern is that I am on the younger side and have not had time to have an established career or a have "real world" job. I graduated last June from Seattle U with a BA in Sociology and a BA in Spanish. I have local and international volunteer/work experience with vulnerable populations and a familiarity with the Seattle U mission. Since graduating, I have been working as a nanny for a family with a medically fragile child, three emotionally and behaviorally challenged foster children, and four months ago they had another child who was born eight weeks premature. Does anyone know of the age breakdown of accepted applicants? Is there anyone else who has not yet been in an established career?Thanks!
    No real career experience. I'm 25, will literally be finishing my MA a month before I begin at SU. Both of my extended work experiences were in retail while I was in school. I also did some waitressing. You seem like you've done a lot for a recent grad. You have a definite shot
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    readl,

    No worries - I'm just about exactly at the same point as you. I juust graduated with my BA (in Spanish! Public Health and International Studies minors) from OSU in December, have no medical/clinical or "real job" experience! I made it clear how well my personal goals match up with the mission of SU and the Jesuits, and I've had some solid experiences working/volunteering with underserved populations, study abroad, and in global health. The personal statement is definitely key. As long as you express how deeply you care about the mission and emphasize how prepared and ambitious you feel about this profession, you definitely have as good a shot as anyone. Mucha suerte!!! :-)
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    Is it too early to open the 2013 thread?

    I have been working on my 2013 application already. There's not much to do in terms of credentialing, grades and what not - I need to finish my pre-reqs and now I am not in a hurry so I can finish them over the summer.

    The biggest difference is the volunteer work that I am going to hopefully start soon - I will give more details over the weekend, but it is COOL. It's something I can continue doing for a long time, even when I become a midwife. And I can expand, there's lots of room for creating new projects within this position. This position totally ties in with stuff that I did in Rio and it's very unique.

    What I can say now is that this position will give me the depth that I lacked during the interview, not to mention confidence.

    Congratulations to all who have made it off the waitlist! Who else is waiting? Murse? Cura?
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    Calinca,

    Great to read that you are excited about a new opportunity to serve others and finish your pre-requisites.

    I am waitlisted for AGNP. I haven't contacted the school to see if there is a numbering system for the waitlist or how they determine the order for selection if an opening occurs. I am taking a relaxed attitude about the process at the moment.

    I am auditing both sections of Dr. J's A&P at BC to "sharpen the saw" this quarter. In addition, I started BC on-line classes for Pharmacology for Healthcare Professionals and English (grammar/writing), and I am on campus for an Interpersonal Communication class.
    I need to work on resolving an "Incomplete" in Genomics Laboratory as well this quarter, so I am officially enrolled for 12 credits and unofficially (not paying tuition) working on another 17 credits. Heck, if I do get selected for APNI the workload will ease up!

    I have until the end of April to decide on accepting a spot in the SU BSN program, and I expect to be offered a seat in the BC ADN program based on my TEAS score. BC sends acceptances in April.

    My preference is still APNI - AGNP, but I am not waiting to reapply next year and will enroll in a nursing program this fall.
    I need to move forward toward employment.
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    Cura, best of luck to you! Is this genomics lab with Bangera? I went to microbiology in great part because of her!

    Sounds like you are having a tough quarter, but this will definitely help you in your future studies. Crossing my fingers for you! This pharm class is definitely a gread idea. I will take a look at it, maybe I'll take it over the summer.
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    Quote from Calinca
    Is it too early to open the 2013 thread?

    I have been working on my 2013 application already. There's not much to do in terms of credentialing, grades and what not - I need to finish my pre-reqs and now I am not in a hurry so I can finish them over the summer.

    The biggest difference is the volunteer work that I am going to hopefully start soon - I will give more details over the weekend, but it is COOL. It's something I can continue doing for a long time, even when I become a midwife. And I can expand, there's lots of room for creating new projects within this position. This position totally ties in with stuff that I did in Rio and it's very unique.

    What I can say now is that this position will give me the depth that I lacked during the interview, not to mention confidence.

    Congratulations to all who have made it off the waitlist! Who else is waiting? Murse? Cura?
    I don't think it's too soon to start a 2013 thread! I'll be there with you! I have already started working on application for 2013 as well


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