Quote from MandaNursePanda
I am wondering if anyone has gone through the direct entry level masters degree process, please?
I have applied to SFSU and was immediately rejected (very weird) and am trying to figure out what I can do to improve/get into a program.
I have two degrees from UC Davis in English and psychology.
I have worked as a CNA for 600 hours.
I have been a nanny for 2 years of toddlers.
My letters of rec are from my boss (a surgeon), a microbiologist (retired from UCLA and teaching up North), and the former MLA president.
My undergrad GPA is a 3.0 but after taking 5 years off, I excelled and finished with 3.55 in my last 60 units and in my science nursing pre-recs.
6 months of research at UCD with Gale Goodman.
I was the UCD student manager of aquatics, in the nursing club, a sorority, I studied abroad, worked with foster kids in 2014 and volunteered with Citizens Who Care and at elementary schools as a kindergarten aid.
My GRE writing score is a 4 out of 6 (I could take this again- grumble $205 grumble-because I took it at the last minute and am confident I can get a higher score).
Honestly, attending a ADN program makes me sad as I think I am better than that. My stats aren't perfect, but I know that I would excel in a graduate nursing program.
Can anyone offer advice?
I will see if I can take a stab at it and give some advice since I am currently working on getting into a direct entry graduate program myself.
Your stats themselves look great but do you know in what direction you want to take with your CNL or CNS? Do you want to work with children, newborns, adults? Oncology, research, health administration, CNS on a maternity ward? Have you thought about volunteering in the area of interest to strengthen your application? Did you write that in your goal statement for SFSU? I think the first step is to try and figure out what you want to do with the CNS and CNL, if you haven't done so already. I know that SFSU is a very competitive and heavily impacted nursing program. I was originally going to apply for Fall 2018 but I ended deciding not to because it didn't have the specialty that I was interested in.
I would echo some of the posters and say that what you have written about being better then becoming an ADN could be misconstrued and while you might not mean it that way, some ADNs on this board might take offense at the implied inferiority in the way you have written that statement. I would kindly suggest that you be careful how you phrase your wording going forward.
I've volunteered at a hospital for many years now and some of my best nursing teachers have over 20 years of beside experience and some of them currently hold only an ADN. They are very knowledgeable and I learned a lot from them. It doesn't matter what degree they currently hold or at what level, they have so much experience now that MDs and NPs both would come and consult with them and listen to them when they have a suggestion about patient care. They didn't have to take a new and very green doula under their wing or have to take time out of their day to teach me anything and I will always be grateful to them. They have forgotten more about nursing then the entire cohort of residents currently on the ward and their 4 years of medical school a piece.
I hope this helps and best of luck to you on your path to graduate school.