Georgetown-WHC scholars program - page 3
Has anyone received the 80% scholarship at Georgetown University for the accelerated 2nd degree program? I just applied for Spring 2010 and hope to receive this scholarship. I plan to stay in the area for awhile so the 3 year... Read More
- 0Oct 14, '09 by allimar87LOL funny thing. We've been chatting on a different forum on this website and we got in trouble for writing the facebook group name and such. I would search our school name, spring 2010, absn, and make sure it's the group you are looking for, not people. Hope this makes sense!
- 2Dec 8, '09 by jerseyjessHello,
I am one of the members of the first WHC scholars program. Our cohort graduates in a week and a half!
Answers to some of the questions that I saw:
Yes you work at WHC after graduation. Basically you are guaranteed a job in the hospital, just not necessarily where you want to be IN the hospital. You still have to send in applications and resumes like everyone else. I have my ED/ER interview on Thursday and am really nervous!
Most clinicals are at WHC. I did not have my pediatric, mental health, or public health rotations there. Some scholars did have mental health there though.
We were the "guinea pigs" of the scholarship program and unfortunately were frustrated a lot in the beginning. GU and WHC have really shaped up though in the last few months and are really trying to get this program up and running.
Feel almost like a family with the other scholars and have most clinicals with the same people
The majority of the instructors are AMAZING and really help you become a great nurse!
Really get to know WHC
Guaranteed a job when you graduate
80% is a lot of money
Don't get to see a lot of other area hospitals
If you fall in love with pediatrics you are screwed because you cannot work in pediatrics if you are a scholar
Still a new program and you get screwed with schedules occasionally
Lots of competition for the "good jobs" when you graduate
So it is definitely a personal decision, but I am happy that I am a scholar. You meet some great instructors and really feel like you are part of a family.
- 0Dec 9, '09 by JLSELDthanks for the insight jerseyjess! I am a scholar who will be starting in 4 weeks! I definately identify with your pros and cons list. The money and job security were obviously big factors in my decision. And i was also a little concern about no pediatrics because that is an area i am interested in. But i look at it like I have a whole career ahead of me and can always make a switch down the road. Plus they do have a NICU and while I am sure its highly competitive, its something to work toward even after a year or two. i working on picking out my schedule now. any advice on theology/philosophy electives? and what were your avg. cost for books a semester? thanks!
- 0Dec 9, '09 by jerseyjessHey JLSELD,
Congrats on everything! Yeah it is good to go in with the mindset you have about having a whole career ahead of you. Definitely at times you will feel a bit frustrated and "trapped" if you focus on the here and now. It is good to really look towards the future and really 3 years isn't THAT much time.
Yes the NICU is an option, but there was only one spot open this time around and I don't think anyone got it because they want more experienced nurses for it. Once you graduate you have to apply for specific 'residency' times and they only start twice a year... ours is February 16th.. and the next one is July.
As for scheduling with Gtown classes. This was my BIGGEST frustration! A lot of times you would have your whole schedule set and then last minute the University would change it... or your clinical would get changed. So don't count on having the ideal schedule. As for clinical, those will probably be the times unless your clinical slot is canceled and they have to move you. They can be long, but you learn A LOT in clinical. The instructors are great!
I came in with a philosophy course so I don't know about that. As for Theology, Gtown is a Jesuit university and ALL students must take 2 theology courses. When you register put ALL of your Theo classes at the top of your list and PRAY that you get them! Most likely you will not and be like me and get stuck with Asian Faces of Jesus or some other random class. There isn't much you can do, but if you do not get ANY classes talk with your academic advisor because they can work miracles! There is also a class not listed under Theology, but it is listed under nursing courses it is called "Problem of Suffering". It counts towards theo and is apparently a great class, I didn't hear about it til after I registered though!
Books start off bad and then the cost tapers because you accumulate a lot of the books you need. First semester I probably paid $1500 this last semester probably $300. Go to class first because most of the time they will list a million books and you don't actually need all of them! Try and buy them off of Amazon too because the bookstore is outrageous! As for selling books back... I would keep your: Patho book, Pharmacology, Perry and Potter, Critical Care Nursing Book, Nursing drug book and Nursing diagnosis book at least til the end of school!
Hope this helps!
- 0Dec 9, '09 by jerseyjessHey!
I can't sent private messages because I'm a new member so I'll just post my answers here!
They may have changed the registration system, but when I was registering you had to put all of the courses you wanted in a list and also list alternate courses. Everyone did this before school and right before school they flipped a switch and it was kind of a luck of the draw thing on whether you got the classes that you wanted. Whatever was at the top of your list was considered your "priority" classes and that is what you would most likely get. They tell you to put Theologies at the top because you are competing with all Gtown students for those classes, not just your cohort. Also it is MANDATORY that you are registered for all the required nursing courses for the semester so if one doesn't get put on your schedule you just go to your advisor and they can automatically add you.
For getting to WHC I have a car. I live in Arlington, VA and it is a 20 minute drive. During the marine corps marathon I decided to metro (because th race literally went by my apartment) and it took over an hour because I had to switch lines. There is a shuttle from Brookland metro stop, but it doesn't run on weekends... this will usually only be a problem when you are in your final semester because you have to do practicum hours whenever your preceptor works and a lot of times that is on the weekend!
- 0Dec 15, '09 by FralliesMom_RNJerseyJess,
Congratulations on your upcoming graduation and thank you for all of your great insight! Before I even learned of the WHC scholarship, I had my sights set on working at WHC. I had spent a lot of time there when my father in law was living with us. So I am estatic that I have this opportunity. Anyway, is Patho as horrible as everyone says?
That's interesting what you said about your last semester, that you work when your preceptor works. Do you go to class too?
- 0Dec 15, '09 by jerseyjessThank you! Yes I have one more final on Thursday and then I graduate! Hard to believe. Oh and I got that job in the ER/ED at WHC so definitely stop by for a dream day!
Ok Patho. Yes it is hard. Is it impossible? No. I managed to get a solid B in the class and only one person from our cohort failed Patho. I would say that the majority of the class got C's. You will walk out of tests wanting to cry, but just study your stuff and you will be fine. Trust your study skills and do whatever works for you. My advice is as soon as you know who is in your cohort set up a transcriber schedule IMMEDIATELY! Each person tape records one lecture and literally types the lecture out word for word and sends it to everyone on the list. It sucks when it is your turn because it literally takes over 6 hours to transcribe a lecture, but it is an amazing study tool!
When I studied for tests I did not open a single book and did not take a single note and just studied the transcriber notes and did well. I found it helpful to not have to stress about taking notes during class because I knew I would get a word for word copy of the lecture in a few days. Also they provide tutoring sessions that are helpful and rumor has it that Angerio looks at the list of people who go to tutoring and will make sure you pass. Not sure if that is true or not, but hey it's worth a shot! Also, go and review the test with the man himself and get a little face time. His final is terrible and another rumor is that if you show your face, go to tutoring, and make it look like you are really trying he will pass you... you never actually find out what your grade is on the final, only your final course grade is posted!
As for the last semester, you have 18 credit hours, complex clinical once a week, public health clinical once a week, and your senior practicum for 80 hours. For the senior practicum you are matched with a preceptor and work out a schedule with that person to fulfill your 80 hours. After each practicum you have to submit a log answering the objectives that you defined before practicum starts. I just worked 12 hour shifts whenever my preceptor's schedule and my schedule worked out. Sometimes it happens to be on a weekend, but everyone else is in the same boat so it isn't too bad. In all honesty the only semester that I felt overwhelmed with work and had no free time was the last semester, but I am living proof that it is possible!
I know this is an exciting/stressful time for you guys and I am happy to answer any more questions that you have! Plus, it is a good means of procrastination before my final on Thursday! Have a great night!