Seattle U - APNI 2013 - page 2

Hello everyone - this is my second time applying. A month ago, I bombed the interview! If this is your first time applying, there's a world of information from previous years, especially from the 2012 thread where we reached... Read More

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    Knightr4, welcome!

    They have presential info sessions every once in a while and also one podcasted. I'm remember listening to it last year but now I don't seem to find it.

    It doesn't matter what kind of bachelor degree you have, but what you have been doing outside of school matters a lot, i.e. how do you give back to people? Read the school mission and think if your life in general matches with it. Then go from there.. CNA work will give you a lof of patient contact which is great, but together with clinical skills you should have a good understanding what social justice is and how you are going to change the world with you degree. Basically: how can Seattle U help you achieve your goals? What do you bring to the school? Hope that helps!

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    Hi there,

    Sorry to hear you bombed the interview. Any advice? What is the interview like and how could I be more prepared?

    Also, I would love to read the posts from 2012, how can I find them?

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    Hello everyone - this is my second time applying. A month ago, I bombed the interview!

    If this is your first time applying, there's a world of information from previous years, especially from the 2012 thread where we reached more than one thousand messages.

    I know it's super early to start this thread, but this whole thing takes a long time to prepare and the more time we have before the deadline, the better.

    I'm from the Seattle area, my background is Microbiology from the UW and I am again applying for the midwifery track.
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    What does everyone perceive the job market to be like for graduates like us who will have no nursing experience. This is my main concern with this program and I would love to know what other people think of it. Does anyone know FNPs from this accelerated program that was employed right after?
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    Hi bobobijoux, welcome!

    The interview is not a big deal at all. It's about 8 questions and you have 30 minutes. There will be 2 faculty interviewing you but I heard sometimes it can be only 1. I remember two of those questions being how you resolve conflicts, but they want to know also what makes you an ideal candidate and how SU can help you achieve your dreams.

    I know someone who just finished midwifery there and is doing a mini residency right now. They are learning tons! You will be a novice nurse practicioner. Job is kind of tough for everybody right now, and I know there are states that are harder than others to get job. I also heard that the best bet is to work with underserved populations.

    Good luck!
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    Hi Calinca,

    Thank you for your response. I've looked over some of the 2012 thread and it's very helpful.

    Can I ask why you felt you "bombed" the interview? What do you think you would do differently next time?
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    I bombed because I wasn't ready and I knew I wasn't. I knew when I left that I had not said "why midwifery" the way I wanted to say. Maybe I boycotted myself because deep inside I felt I was faking my way into the whole thing - you see, I had work/volunteer experience from 10 years ago, in Brazil. Those experiences were so long ago that I couldn't even put them in the context of the interview, it was like they never existed. It was hard for me to talk about conflicts when I had pretty much none of value.

    Next time, it's going to be a world of difference because I've been volunteering as a prison doula (which is a larger role than the typical doula in the "real world") and now I feel I belong to this midwifery world, so at least I am not going to be so nervous. And I will be able to say why midwifery. I have had tons of situations that required a lot of problem solving, conflict solving, etc. I've been getting a better sense of why I want to do this, knowing myself more. I'm learning tons about reprodutive justice and oppressions, being involved in so many things that I am confident I can answer those questions the best way that I can.

    Anything can happen and maybe, just maybe, I will be too nervous again and will bomb again. It will probably mean that I am not at the point of making the life and death decisions that they want me to be able to make. As a midwife, you have to keep your poise in the most stressful of situations and I need to learn for sure if I will be able to do that or not. I'm not sure if I am being to critical of myself or if this is a skill learned. My impression though, is that I am a lot more confident in myself and I have no problem in talking about that right now.
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    may I ask more about you now? Tell us about yourself! It will be fun when november comes along and this thread is full of people hoping and wishing and dreaming.
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    Calinca, your volunteer experience as a prison doula sounds incredible. I am sure you will learn a lot there and feel even more confident when it comes time to interview next year.

    I have a BA in Humanities and Social Science and never really had a plan for what I would do with that degree. Having dropped out of highschool at 14 I feel like my BA filled in all my educational gaps. I started thinking about healthcare a year ago and started looking into nutrition programs and naturopathic medicine with the intention of serving the underserved. For a variety of reasons (ie cost of programs and lack of jobs in those fields especially if you want to serve people who have no money), I quickly started looking at nursing. I want to become an NP, no doubt, it is my ideal job and I can't wait to be able to practice. Also, SU's jesuit tradition really fits into goals of social justice.There is no right or wrong way of becoming an NP, but I have been looking at all the possibilities. I was a little discouraged from SU's ARNP program because of what a few nurses said about not being able to get a job because of lack of experience. However, I have heard from multiple people that it really doesn't matter and that NPs have such a different job description that having RN experience is not critical for success. After looking at all the options, Associate RN, BSN, Accelerated BSN I am back on board with this ARNP program at SU.

    I'm finishing prereqs this winter and then I have to focus on my GRE, but I will have plenty of time to do that if I'm applying in 2013. I'm also working as a CNA and volunteering at the Bailey-Bushay House. Whatever happens happens but I would really love to get into the program the first time I apply so I just want to make sure I have all my ducks lined up.

    So, that's a little about how I found my way to this program. I would love to hear other people's stories too!
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    Why don't you apply this year? Deadline is dec 1st, if you take your gre before then you could apply this year to start june 2013.

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