heay thanks for your reply and good job on the interview! i'm sorta over it at this point and hope that things will pan out at the other schools. i have interviewed @ rush and they will render decisions in december, at which point the other schools will have said about interviews (mayo, texas wesleyan and northwestern). c'est la vie. oddly enough, i think that UM was my top choice based on clinicals, cost, length of program, diversity of education and opprotunities for leadership classes.
my gpa was 3.17 overall, 3.65 nursing; 8 years experience medical ICU and of those 4 as a charge nurse; i'm an acls instructor, teach iabp, ccrn, pals, and have two community teaching roles with BSN students, sit on committees, and am relatively active in my community as a volunteer....i sometimes wonder if the 'extra stuff' tends to count against me because they are not directly clinical but who knows. like i said, they offered no info on how my application could be stronger.
i often believe in life that things happen for a reason, and given that, i am OK with not having it as an option but will be curious as to why i did not meet their critiera.