Hey! I am currently a pre-nursing student at UWM. I am curious if anyone has any suggestions on getting in the program. I apply this summer for the Spring 2012 program and I am looking for ideas to put on my application to make me stand out or what my chances are of getting in...
So far... I have a 3.3GPA but my nursing GPA is slightly higher (about 3.5 estimate). I have 300+ volunteer hours in the past 2 years including americacorps, americaReads, a free local clinic, volunteer work in Hong Kong teaching children English, and other community based volunteer work. I also have had a job throughout college. I currently work as a nanny. I am wondering if getting my CNA would benefit me? I am also applying to be a chemistry tutor next semester. I have traveled to Hong Kong to study abroad for a semester. I will be joining a nursing mentoring club on campus as well next semester as well as working with one of my professors for world health day to explain the importance of nursing students studying abroad. Besides this, I am planning on doing some volunteer work at a hospital in my area. If anyone has applied for this program, please tell me your story! Whether you got in or not... Again, I am also looking for suggestions as to how to better improve my chances.
I am also dyslexic and I am wondering if it is a good idea to put this on my application to show how hard I work and the accomplishments I have achieved despite the obstacles-- I have actually been a note-taker for other students with disabilities in my classes in the past. Or... would this be something to keep hidden as they may think that I won't be able to think quickly and efficiently in times of an emergency?
Besides this, I am looking for back-up plans in case I don't get accepted. Does anyone know of other good programs that you automatically are accepted into? I heard that cardinal stritch does as well as alverno? It doesn't need to be in WI if it's private though...
Please tell me your stories and suggestions/advice! Anything is welcome!!
I apply this summer for the Spring 2013 clinicals. Do you have any other suggestions? I am also wondering which other schools to apply to, which have good reputations, and great clinicals. I want to be as prepared as I can when I graduate! I'm also thinking about applying to some schools in MN because WI residents still get in-state tuition. Does anyone know any good state nursing schools in MN as well as WI?
Last edit by SELnurse on Dec 5, '11
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So, I was wait-listed for the UWM program. I am now seriously thinking about attending MSOE. Can anyone tell me their experiences with the university? It's a bit expensive. So, advice on how you paid for it would be helpful. If you transferred in from UWM, which courses transferred over? and how long did it take to start clinicals? Also, how is the coursework? I heard it's pretty dense as there are 10 week trimesters. Did you like the trimesters? Looking for pros and cons. Also, were you able to find a job afterwards? and do you feel that it was worth it in the end?
I am a 5th year student with nothing to show for it, my aid is going to run out soon and I am starting to get burnt out! I just want to be a nurse, but I keep getting held back! I really just would like to know your experiences. Also, if anyone knows of other direct-entry programs, let me know! =)
Last edit by SELnurse on Oct 23, '12
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