University of Washington SoN Fall 2013 - page 3

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Anyone applying to the UW SoN for fall 2013? Anyone else FREAKING OUT about it like I am?... Read More


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    How did UW alumni specifically guided you with the personal statements and resume..?

    Quote from JLoya
    For your essay, I was guided by other UW SoN alums for my essay. I followed the A,B & c format of what they want. I put Part A:, Part B: followed by Part C. so they could go section by section to find what they were looking for.

    Grades: I had a 3.4 cumulative and a 3.1 in my Natural World science courses.

    Experience: I have a ton of experience prior, BUT, another guy in the program does not have one day of patient care experience.

    I got in on my first try whereas a good friend of mine with better grades and less experience did not get in.

    Its a crap shoot....

    Good Luck
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    I work with them. One of them was rejected the first time and got to sit down with someone from the SoN and they laid out what they are looking for. She applied a second time and got in using their recommendations. She has now been a nurse for a couple years and shared the insight, which I am now sharing with you. Take it for what its worth... Let the anxiety and anticipation begin!!! Enjoy...
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    To OBrienMP:

    I didnt have much volunteer experience either because of having three daughters.

    They look at you as a "WHOLE" picture. They want to see that you can balance school (with good grades), a family and if you are working, that you can balance that.

    I worked for three years in my current ER position 36 hours a week, took 15 credits a quarter and shared custody of my three daughters during that whole time....
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    Interesting. Good to know that there is a diverse group of people in the program!

    Anywho, any tips on how to put that into my application...that I have a little boy? I mean, I couldn't really find a way to work that into my application or my essay?
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    Thank you JLoya, can I ask one more question?

    In the online info-session slide, it says don't write about personal family in your personal statement. But I can't find this tips anywhere other than this info-session slide.
    I included my experience taking care of my grandfather while he was at ICU for letter B.
    Should I chose a different topic for letter B?

    Quote from JLoya
    I work with them. One of them was rejected the first time and got to sit down with someone from the SoN and they laid out what they are looking for. She applied a second time and got in using their recommendations. She has now been a nurse for a couple years and shared the insight, which I am now sharing with you. Take it for what its worth... Let the anxiety and anticipation begin!!! Enjoy...
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    Quote from tedkim
    Thank you JLoya, can I ask one more question?

    In the online info-session slide, it says don't write about personal family in your personal statement. But I can't find this tips anywhere other than this info-session slide.
    I included my experience taking care of my grandfather while he was at ICU for letter B.
    Should I chose a different topic for letter B?
    If it shows you have hands on experience and it delineates your abilities I wouldn't change it.

    I'm not so much worried about my essay, more my resume. I'm not especially sure what they are looking for...Uhg. Such a stressful process.

    JLoya, would you be willing to take a look at my essay and my resume? Let me know if it's what they're looking for?
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    The first thing you learn in nursing school (at orientation, no joke!) is “DEEP BREATHS”!!! Remember this guys. Anyway, I got into UW’s BSN program last year, JLoya and I are classmates. I noticed some people had questions so here are some ideas I had. Sorry this is so darn long.

    ***DON’T COPY PASTE, PLEASE***
    Parts of the below writing were used in my admission’s essay, so UW’s got a copy. I’ve provided it here so you can see some ideas if you are really stuck.

    Additional thoughts
    : Time New Roman is the font I used for everything. It’s standard and takes up the least page space. So, if you tend to be a little “long winded”, like me, this might help you out. Don’t forget you can print in font size 10 but you need to double space and DON’T print double-sided or staple anything!!!!

    RESUME:

    What did you learn about nurses and nursing? Here is one thing I wrote that you might be able to relate to even if you don’t work as a CNA, MA, LPN, etc…
    “Each RN shared in the duties of ---, monitoring/documenting, and circulated with the – techs/CNAs/etc working as a TEAM. Noticing this, I realized a nurse is not just an individual but also part of a team, who is, with the support of doctors, other nurses & techs, able to give the best care. Most interesting, was the incredible amount of patient and family education the nurses performed; with each patient, the RNs discussed the procedure they would undergo, what they would feel, instructions pre, intra and post procedure, and addressed any concerns the patient might have”
    I just really think patient education is important…
    Community Involvement: I see that some ppl are having a hard time bc they don't volunteer. While I did have plenty of that, don't be afraid to use Micro or O-Chem or whatever Study Groups or Hiking groups (a group could be just 2 ppl! I named my "group" Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Pass Hikers of "City name") or exercise groups (maybe your group is you and your dog, I don't know lol). If you've got kids do you ever volunteer at their school, do you do something with church? ANYTHING in the community counts, they just want to know what you do with your time when you aren't studying like mad!
    Teaching Experience: If you've got kids you've got this covered

    ESSAY:
    A.Key words I used:
    • Setting: medical emergencies function in high stress events! Be honest (they do want to hear some weaknesses) ie. “[because I got bored seeing UTI after UTI]…learned a lot in this setting, but I might find greater career satisfaction in a field where patients have more varied & complicated health problems, like geriatrics or ICU” I know you are thinking geriatrics?? YES, not only do almost all of your pts in geriatrics have a bazillion comorbidities but I knew for certain that some of the ppl on the admissions board were on a geriatrics committee or specialized in this. ^_^ Just wanted to explain.
    • Duration: long shift (8-12h)= build a relationship with the nurses AND struggle to find balance but that it’s important to take care of yourself (Short shifts, 3-4h, could be ok if they were often thus = varied and numerous experiences… maybe). Just for funnies I added a line about learning that “spider bite” = code for MRSA.
    • Skills: For ppl struggling: CNA skills, CPR, HIV, blood borne pathogen & APPLY them! ^_^ COMMUNICATION! (Very important skill) also “acknowledgment that I don’t know everything” asking for help is a skill!
    • Health professionals: team-work, interdisciplinary team. If you were able to interact with RNs, LPNs, MAs, rad techs, repertory therapists, MDs, PAs, ARNPs etc. à you know the basics of a nurse’s relationship with each… mention that you’ve seen this.
    • Patients: REALLY diverse pts = cultural competency. diverse cultural & socioeconomic backgrounds. Weakness, maybe you wish you spoke another language… but you have knowledge of other countries and their cultures!
    B.
    Use your health-care experience, if you’ve got it. You can mention personal/family experience but that is really not what they want to hear about. I suggest using family experiences ONLY if it entailed hands-on experience but then also use healthcare experience. They want to hear about what you’ve learned working with nurses, what it means to be a nurse, surprises, complications.... really the most important thing they want you to think about is HOW this will impact your future work as a nurse.
    I talked about the “shocking” experience of being yelled at by a pt’s husband (mind you I was a volunteer and the pt had a MINOR laceration but husband thought she was “going into SHOCK!” hehe) and the “thought process” I went through in understanding his emotions and behavior.
    Blah blah blah “Temporarily, I doubted my desire to become a nurse” Why would I want to care for someone so unappreciative? (Hehe, I might have exaggerated, I’m made of tougher stuff than this section of my essay might lead you to believe)… … … “… remind myself that many patients are seeing us on one of the scariest days of their lives… easy to label as …, but his behavior probably stemmed from .... His anger wasn't directed at me, but instead, at the situation… In effect, this incident taught me…. By taking a second to empathize with his circumstances, I saw why he may have reacted the way he did. Applying this knowledge as a nurse will help me….”
    I focused on one incident and talked about learning several things and what this would help with in the future.

    C.
    Explain situation/example (BRIEFLY!!!). Explain WHAT you learned and WHY this is important to your future work as a nurse (MOST of the writing should be explaining these ideas!)
    As U.S. immigration continues, diversity will only increase….. blah blah blah (keep the first part SHORT, don’t actually experience verbal diarrhea in your essay!)… “Nurses labor alongside and care for people who may have very different beliefs from their own. These differences impact our values, communication style, and our expectations and feelings about healthcare….. blah blah blah CULTURALLY COMPETENT CARE.” The --- where I volunteered/worked is located in a city whose residents speak at least 110 languages. As a result, … [[[INSERT EXAMPLE: explain what happened (briefly), WHAT you learned, & WHY it's important!!! This is the “LONG” part]]]. Conclusion: “As a result of this experience, I became aware that my own background impacts my interpretation of events …. and behavior towards …. When I provide care, I need to be aware of …., while respecting and addressing my patient’s culturally specific needs.”
    Damn this is long! SORRY! If you've made it to the end of this and you’ve got more questions let them fly! I’m sure a ton of ppl are wondering the same thing. I remember wishing there were more people I could talk to so we are here for ya!
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    Great information, abalone! Thanks! it gives me some hope! I used one specific example, opened up with it and then built my essay from there, making sure to touch on each question in the essay. I did talk about cultural competencies and the lack thereof causes discrepancies in care, and I did talk about practical things too...time management, adaptability, knowing to ask questions and set limits. I also expressed that nursing isn't just about knowing all the right answers, it's about knowing how to find the right answers. I think my essay is pretty solid...

    My resume is a lot different than yours. It sounds more resume-ish (if that is even a word..haha!) However, I did indicate that I work with a multidisciplinary team, patient education and being a patient advocate. Hopefully, my 4 thousand something hours will help.... I also let it be known that the population I worked with was mainly medically underserved Native Americans and Hispanic. I also work as a unit coordinator as get to see the other side of nursing...Paperwork, admitting, discharge, verifying MD orders, room delegation etc. However, I didn't even think about including my experience as a parent as "teaching". For leadership and teaching I included that I am an Officer of Phi Theta Kappa, why role as an officer and the projects I organized and assisted with (coats for kids, book drive.) I didn't find anywhere to work in that I had a little guy...

    I'm mainly concerned about my past 22-24 year old, i just want to party and it shows academic history doesn't come back to haunt me. I ended up repeating an entire year of classes because I just did poorly and partied. I hope it doesn't make me look like a risk or depict the person I am today...

    Anyways, thanks so much for the info...Uhg.....so nervous!
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    I wrote my answers for the essay out in A,B,C format making them very clear but I'm sure it doesn't matter. Sounds like you are set! I wouldn't worry too much about those few years as long as you've had 1-2 solid years afterward. They are always saying they want to see improvement. ^_^
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    When I complete my DTA I will have 2 solid years of academic success...Now I'm nervous that I didn't include the fact that I have a son as my leadership and education experience. UHG! I am so neurotic about this...I suppose the only thing I can do at this point is just sit and wait to hear back. As far as the program goes, how do you like it so far? Is it what you expected in terms of curriculum, faculty and peers?


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