University of Washington SoN Fall 2013 - page 33
Anyone applying to the UW SoN for fall 2013? Anyone else FREAKING OUT about it like I am?... Read More
0Mar 22, '13 by Ladybug031302Quote from SaraFutureNurse?Great attitude!!!! So sorry you didn't get into UW but your confidence in finding your path elsewhere is admirable!!!! Good luck!Thank you so much Jessica. I know that I will be a nurse, just gotta keep at it!
One rejection is not going to keep me down!
1Mar 22, '13 by YoungIdealistHello everyone,
I got my acceptance letter today! It is nice to see some familiar faces around here (JLoya, abalone). I was an applicant last year and didn't make it.
To those who got in, congrats, can't wait to meet you all.
To those who didn't, I admire how upbeat and positive you have remained. When I didn't get in I was devastated, and I was so scared this year that I decided not to post just so I wouldn't get excited and then let down. I definitely stalked this thread anyway.
In this past year since I was rejected, I have not gained much more experience. Honestly I feel like the same person, with a few more hours in the same clinic and I took the CNA test so I could get my license (when I applied last year I had taken the class but didn't have the license yet). From the few tips I read in this thread (by JLoya and abalone) I realized my mistakes and I felt like my application this year was so strong. I aced the essay, I walked out of there 5 minutes early feeling like a million bucks. Last year I cried. My resume was pretty much the same this year.
If any of you want any tips or ideas, even though next year's application is far away, I would be happy to give advice from my own experience.
Keep your chin up and keep trying. It took me months to overcome getting rejected, I hid the rejection letter and never looked at it again, but now I'm elated and I'm glad I didn't apply anywhere else. I was a husky before so I didn't feel like I could wear any other color (just kidding, my second choice was Everett CC and I would've been totally fine there and I encourage you all to look at other excellent programs in the area).
0Mar 22, '13 by hudabelleWell poop. I am surprisingly not as upset as I thought I would be, numb maybe? I guess I knew it was a long shot. I will reapply next year even though I'm 100% positive I will be accepted to an ADN program. If I get in next year I will have no problem transferring and starting the BSN program from day one.
I'm so happy for all those that got in! Good luck and I'm sure y'all will look awesome in purple :smile:
0Mar 22, '13 by Just_keep_swimmingI would love some feedback to help for next year, I'm completely devastated and already threw the letter away, but I'm trying to stay positive bc that's gonna keep me going vs throwing myself a pity party (as I eat pepperoni pizza) , I'm thinking I blew my essay & wasn't sure if only having a 128 hours was enough for their taste, so was planning on getting at least my CNA license & volunteer in the clinic I have been doing, as well as trying at Madigan army hospital if they'll let to get different perspective & experiences & try to prepare better fort essay as well as take notes on what I did wrong on it lol. Sigh it's so discouraging but if I don't try I'll just regret it :/
Hudabelle, I'm so sorry, but I'm glad you have a fantastic back up plan! I hope all of those not getting in this year do apply next year, we can all get together & prepare & stress the heck out all over again
3Mar 22, '13 by YoungIdealistQuote from Jessica SSome things I did differently:I would love some feedback to help for next year....
Last year: I wrote my resume like a formal resume, where I explained my duties in different things (ex. As a community health worker, I give people education on healthy eating)
This year: I wrote my resume entirely about how my experience helped me know I want to be a nurse (ex. As a community health worker, I have a chance to observe the nurse in home visits and the way she educates patients. For example, she brings material and reads it with the patient. OR As a community health worker, I can see the nurse interact with the providers and how they share information about the patient from different perspectives)
Last year: I wrote it like a standard essay and attempted to answer all the parts of the questions. I thought my essay was "good enough" at answering the questions.
This year: I broke down each part and clearly LABELED THEM "A,B,C" and answered them separately! I tried to make the essay flow a bit, but I wasn't so concerned about that. I was 100% focused on each question and answering them thoroughly.
Last year: I was unprepared, didn't know what to expect and I stressed about how I would write and if it'd be good enough writing. I stressed too much over the math. Something big: I didn't label each part of the question. I also chose a scenario I was comfortable with -- mistake! I ran out of stuff to talk about really quickly! Finally, I spent too much time brainstorming and too little writing my final draft!
This year: I realized that the essay has NOTHING TO DO with the scenarios! They're about YOU as an applicant! So this year to prepare, I made a list of 2-3 weaknesses and 2-3 strengths (with examples!) and practiced writing about how they'll affect me in nursing. It made it so easy to answer the questions, challenges = weaknesses +examples, why you would choose something = your strengths + examples. Bam! You're done!
I also labeled each part with a small letter on the left side (the instructions don't say not to). I was very calm because I spent pretty much ALL my time writing the final draft and I was done early even after triple checking everything. Since I had already done a rough draft in my head (I memorized the weaknesses and strengths + good examples) I felt like all I had to do was list them on the paper and then start my essay. I kept it simple. This time I picked a scenario I didn't know much about but that would help me as an ER nurse which is my dream.
BONUS: I had my CNA license # on the resume, they like those things I think
Hope all of this helps! Like I said before, I'm the same applicant as before! I just realized that they really want to know how everything you have done and think relates to nursing, nothing else! You could volunteer as an interpreter, but they don't care about what you did! They care about what you SAW IN NURSING and how you realized you love the profession. Ex. "As an interpreter I was able to see the interaction between the nurse and the patient when she gives education. I noticed that... It inspired me to become a public health nurse because... I could observe the importance of listening to the patient, etc etc"
Hope all of that helps Good luck to all...
P.S. I just want to add this is what worked for me, but I'm sure everyone had something special that got them into the school! Hope they share their insight as well.Last edit by YoungIdealist on Mar 22, '13
0Mar 22, '13 by jennyqleHello all, I have been reading these posts, but I have never written anything. I just wanted to vent a little, and maybe someone would understand. I have been denied from the UW BSN program for the second time and I am a little frustrated with it this time considering two of my friends were accepted, and I feel like my application was just as good as theirs. I have been a NAC for over a year now and have logged over 1000 hours. I have also volunteered at Providence, shadowed a nurse at Providence, and I went on a medical trip to Vietnam last year to provide free health clinics in the rural areas. Before getting involved with nursing experience I was a lifeguard for 3 years and taught swimming lessons. However, my GPA isn't awesome, it's a 3.4. A lot of people say I haven't been getting in because of my age, I'm only 20, but I know for a fact 20 year olds have gotten in. I also feel like I addressed most of the things "YoungIdealist" stated above because in my resume I acknowledged my interactions with nurses, and what I observed them doing. I'm just so confused and disappointed!