Seattle U - APNI 2012 - page 5

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... Read More

  1. Visit  Calinca profile page
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    Thanks MSW! Do you know how many people apply to the midwifery track on average?

    Oh, the essay! I'm starting to hate the first two I wrote and now I have a blank screen staring at me. :uhoh21:
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    Quote from Calinca
    Thanks MSW! Do you know how many people apply to the midwifery track on average?

    Oh, the essay! I'm starting to hate the first two I wrote and now I have a blank screen staring at me. :uhoh21:
    Sorry, I don't know how many applied to the midwifery track. They didn't specified each track, other than the fact that there were about 300 applicants, with family being most competitive. However, I do know that some of the midwifery cohort members had previous doula experiences. I think 2-3 had no related birthing experiences. So there is hope!!!

    Don't stress too much on the essay. I'm sure your first two are good! Just remember to keep it short and to the point, highlighting your interest in vulnerable population.
  3. Visit  Calinca profile page
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    Thanks MSW!

    May I ask you a question about your personal experience as a student? Have you encountered a situation where a nurse made you feel like a second-class nurse for not having nursing experience before? How did you react? Very curious about the problems that I will probably encounter in the future!
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    Quote from Calinca
    Thanks MSW!

    May I ask you a question about your personal experience as a student? Have you encountered a situation where a nurse made you feel like a second-class nurse for not having nursing experience before? How did you react? Very curious about the problems that I will probably encounter in the future!
    So far, I haven't experienced any negativity from the nurses that I have worked with. They are all very encouraging and willing to share their knowledge. However, I do want to point out that we're still in our RN year. I think the experiences during the specialty year will be different. I have heard of nurses who are totally against accelerated programs where we become a NP without any RN experience. On the other hand, there are nurses who are NP who thinks RN experience is great if you have it, but it is not necessary to be an effective NP.

    The APNI program does a very nice job preparing the students before we go to clinical. We are equipped with the skills and knowledge before hand and so walking in the first day of clinical is not so stress-provoking.
    Are you applying to the Midwifery track?
  5. Visit  kalium profile page
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    I have also been told by an RN that an NP will not be hired without any RN experience. However, my close family friend, who is a PMHNP, said that isn't true. She is a preceptor every year for four PMHNP students and this year she said three were already hired before graduation.

    I've also talked with my friend's father, a GI physician, who hires practitioners in his medical office. He said that was "absolute bull****" because NPs are hired all the time without previous RN experience since the two careers require very different skill sets.

    Obviously this is just anecdotal evidence, but both of these people encouraged me to pursue this path instead of the more traditional BSN --> MSN route.
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  6. Visit  Calinca profile page
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    Thanks again, MSW, and yes, I am applying to the Midwifery track. Is that your track? I finished my third essay last night and I'm liking it (so far) a lot better than the first two. Thanks for the encouragement!

    Kalium, thanks. I've been doing a lot of research about this because I don't want to be one of those people who get bullied easily without arguments. It turns out that in Europe it's very common to have direct-entry trained midwifes but they still encounter some sort of criticism coming from some nurses. I guess some of them see this as cheating, don't know. But I agree with what your friends said.

    No only that, Yale has the same program that Seattle U has, which to me adds instant validation to the kind of training we are going to have. I am not worried one bit - I know the program is solid. I would never join a program if I had the slight doubt in my mind that it would give me all or most of the tools I need to be a NP. Once we graduate, nurses or not, we're all inexperienced NP.
  7. Visit  Barbaraleev profile page
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    So I submitted my stuff and SU says it's complete but I didn't pay or mail my transfer credit prerequisite paper... Why does it say it's complete? Is anyone seeing that? How do we even pay? By check? Also where do people typically live near SU?
  8. Visit  Calinca profile page
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    You mean pay the application fee? I wasn't able to submit my application without paying it. In order for all to be submitted all the areas of your application must be showing green. Once you hit submit with your card number, it will send you an acknowledgment via email.
  9. Visit  Calinca profile page
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    Just received the ID number via snail mail!
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  10. Visit  ec7855 profile page
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    Does anyone know what a typical accepted applicant looks like? GPA, GRE, clinical experience. What speciality is more highly sought after? FNP or CNM?
  11. Visit  ec7855 profile page
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    I don't understand how you perceive volunteer experience weighs heavier than clinical experience? You would think that applicants who have direct patient care working with nurses, NP's and Docs would be more competitive than applicants who volunteer at a school or some other organization. Did it just so happen that your cohort was heavy on volunteering and short on clinical experience or do you truly believe thats the type of applicant SU looks for?
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    Quote from angeljs12000
    Well the first yr I applied I wasn't going to have my BA or my prereqs done until June but I applied for the hell of it. The second time I blew the interview, they told me that I would make a good nurse but maybe I should shadow an NP and I was waitlisted. Last year I nailed everything but was still waitlisted. I was taken off the waitlist in late March or April. I volunteered with hospice that year as well and think that may have made the difference but I had plenty of volunteer experience before that too.
    I can tell you that literally every single student has a lot of volunteer experience, so if you don't have some now GET IT NOW, you can tell them in the interview since its too late for apps. I don't think having health experience helps a whole lot. There are only maybe 4 or 5 students with previous work in health. The APNI program and teachers view all of our diverse degrees as our strengths not weaknesses. Being more diverse gives us a broader scope. Hope that helps little (:

    I don't understand how you perceive volunteer experience weighs heavier than clinical experience? You would think that applicants who have direct patient care working with nurses, NP's and Docs would be more competitive than applicants who volunteer at a school or some other organization. Did it just so happen that your cohort was heavy on volunteering and short on clinical experience or do you truly believe thats the type of applicant SU looks for?
  13. Visit  Calinca profile page
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    I don't think having direct patient care will hurt, it's not that. I am speaking as a person who's been involved in research at the UW and considered going for a PhD myself a few years ago - so I talked to a lot of people. But I am not a student at Seattle U yet and what I am going to say is based on my previous endeavors.

    I believe they are looking for a specific type of person who gets what it is to be a nurse practitioner and the responsibilities that come with it more than anything. Nurse leaders typically are people who are involved in social causes and fighting for justice and dignity of the patients, more than just knowing how to do x, y, z. Having direct patient care can give you tons of experience in the area, no doubt, and teach you valuable lessons, but by showing that you care for vulnerable people you are in keen with the mission of this catholic school.

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