University of Washington BSN Fall 2012 - page 4

I'm surprised that this year I haven't seen any threads about people applying to UW's program. What's going on? Where are all the 2012 hopefuls? Reveal yourselves ;) Good luck to everyone!... Read More

  1. Visit  YoungIdealist profile page
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    I picked patient A too. I did terrible! I felt like I was rushed and like amynurse68 I spent too much time rechecking my math portion. I regret doing a rough draft because it took too much time. My essay ended up being under 2 pages and I felt like I repeated myself over and over.

    Sigh. The thing that still gives me hope is that there's a new committee and they will review ALL FIVE parts of the application. The essay is just 1/5. But honestly I think I blew it....

    Good luck on the wait everyone, I'm sure it'll go by fast.
  2. Visit  YoungIdealist profile page
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    I don't think it's out of 305? She said there were 230 in the room and 30 doing off-campus essays... were did you get the other number? 96/260 sounds a lot better than 96/305! But I guess they're both better than 96/475.
  3. Visit  YoungIdealist profile page
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    Also what are the "special directions" you (amynurse68 and PP) are talking about? Did I blow that too? Oh dear...
  4. Visit  fn2012 profile page
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    I'm confused too about the special directions, I remember her saying something in the beginning but when reading I didn't find anything out of the ordinary. Really hope I did not miss anything.
  5. Visit  Pleasant P profile page
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    The special directions was do not write on the back of the page and you were only allowed 2 pages for the essay! I heard people talking as I left, hardly anyone thought they did well on that essay! You only had an hour and you wrote what came to your mind and made sense at that moment! Don't feel bad! Did anyone think they did really well? I am just OKAY still LOL
  6. Visit  armynurse68 profile page
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    I'm glad I'm not the only one who felt like they repeated themselves a little bit. My last paragraph, granted it should sound like a conclusion, was literally a repeat of everything I already said! I really regret not having enough time to finish a rough draft. Heck, I didn't really have a rough draft. By the time I started my draft, we only 45 min left, so I figured I better just write! You're right about the numbers, I think it's somewhere between 260-270 applicants were invited to the proctored essay and there are 96 seats. She specifically said 230-240 were in the auditorium and 30 more were out of the area. Plus, it sounds like there weren't any that were automatically admitted. I remember at the last info session, they mentioned they rarely select someone automatically now.

    The only special instructions I saw was to write on the front page only, name on every page, and show your work on the math part. So not really "special," but enough that if I didn't read it, I might have written on the back of the page.
  7. Visit  YoungIdealist profile page
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    Let's hope other people didn't read those directions because I thought they were pretty basic :P I can't believe she allowed people to attach an extra page to show work. I showed my work on the green sheet, that would've cut down the competition to at least half, judging by how everyone reacted when she said "if you didn't show your work...". It was very explicitly stated in the directions!! LOL.

    Am I the only one that finds the UW questions a little difficult to answer? They seem so... vague and repetitive... It happened to me when I did my personal statement and the person who wrote my letter of rec complained of that too. We tried to come up with ideas and kept thinking "isn't this basically the same question as before? how do we touch on all these points and stay under 20 pgs?" haha.
  8. Visit  armynurse68 profile page
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    I couldn't agree with you more YoungIdealist! Without blatantly posting the question on here I feel I could have answered 2 and 3 the same! I also had a difficult time not sounding repeatitive in my personal statement because the questions were so vague and similar.

    Yeah, the directions were straightforward, and she mentioned them before we started. Sometimes I have too much adrenaline to even focus on directions, so yeah, I'm glad I paid attention
  9. Visit  JLoya profile page
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    Wow that was fun, I must have missed the directions of not writing on the back... Good thing I didn't. I was reading the lines thoroughly as well...
  10. Visit  JLoya profile page
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    Quote from YoungIdealist
    I don't think it's out of 305? She said there were 230 in the room and 30 doing off-campus essays... were did you get the other number? 96/260 sounds a lot better than 96/305! But I guess they're both better than 96/475.
    I thought she said there was 275 in the room with 30 more off-site...
  11. Visit  JLoya profile page
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    Quote from YoungIdealist
    Let's hope other people didn't read those directions because I thought they were pretty basic :P I can't believe she allowed people to attach an extra page to show work. I showed my work on the green sheet, that would've cut down the competition to at least half, judging by how everyone reacted when she said "if you didn't show your work...". It was very explicitly stated in the directions!! LOL.
    I looked over and over those instructions about the final version. I attached the extra sheet for work just to explicitly show the Order, Label and dosaging. I showed my work like I was back in elementary school to make it very obvious. Since there were no instructions that you couldn't, I took the opportunity to keep it clean and tidy.

    Yeah the first 2 scenarios were repetitive the third spun me for a loop and thats the one I chose. I wanted to attempt something different. I hope I didn't blow it.
  12. Visit  malprl profile page
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    Ok, good to hear other people feeling less than stellar after that! I second guessed myself way too much and it ended up biting me in the butt :-/ I started drafting on scenario 1 first because I have experience as a dementia caregiver..and then once I got to part B I started to change my mind and wonder if they wanted us to choose something we had less experience with to show a desire for growth and whatnot. So I started writing on scenario B for about 10 min, changed my mind BACK, and continued with scenario A. Needless to say I did not manage my time very well and feel like I could have done so much better had I not wasted precious time. And, like others, I felt super paranoid about checking and double checking my math and I also spent too much time thinking about how to "properly" show my work...cause it was stuff I could easily do, but for some reason it seemed difficult for me to figure out how to show my thought process in a way they would find acceptable. If that makes any sense? I totally over think things, ughhh...oh well, it was definitely a learning experience if nothing else! Now comes the harder part of waiting patiently for 2 months!!!
  13. Visit  JLoya profile page
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    I went straight to the Math problems and blazed through them... I spent a little more time double/triple checking the third problem for accuracy.

    Then I second guessed myself after thoroughly reading all 3 scenarios. I wanted to jump into scenario B because I deal with it quite frequently at work. I knew it, I knew how to handle it and I told myself, go with what you know. I then stepped back and thought, maybe they want to see me take on an unfamiliar subject. So I started with an opening paragraph and then systematically did a paragraph with each point A,B and C. I didn't start writing my final copy until the 20 minute notice and I was like, "Holy Hell". I tried to write quickly, but legibly. I tripped and and started to spell through like this "throgh". I caught myself as soon as I put the "g" and was like... ****. I put a single line through it like we don in the charts and moved on. I noticed I had 5 minutes left when I came to the final paragraph and started freaking out... I tried to race but also tried to remain neat, clean and tight.

    Oi, the next two months will be painful....


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