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    I got in as well. Look forward to meeting in person in May!

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    Thanks for starting this thread! You'll probably get a lot more responses once decisions are posted. I have a friend in the NP program who actually had to have a final transcript faxed right before classes started, so it shouldn't be a problem to get your grades sent in. Did you finish A&P II yet?

    All of the classes I was teaching at both colleges this semester finished up last week and now they just have finals, so I will be enjoying a bit of down time before next semester.

    MrDave - are you applying for the 2011 Cohort too? I was actually working with a Sheriff's Deputy at UVA this past week. I also saw that you are a veteran. I'm going to have at least one returning vet in one of my classes this spring and one of my students from last year is currently deployed. I agree it will be very interesting to go to school with people from a variety of fields.

    Ninzy and Hope - I'm sure you are also looking forward to getting our decisions soon. If you have any "where in Virginia" questions post away - if I don't know, I'm sure someone else will.

    Good luck!

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    While I can't speak from the field of nursing, I can tell you about my experience going straight to grad school for molecular genetics.

    I did go straight through and felt that other students who had worked for a while and come back to grad school were much more intrinsically motivated. In retrospect, I might have been someone who would have benefited from a break. As you pointed out, in nursing, getting some work experience first will help you truly connect with a specialty area.

    Handling graduate school and marriage is an individual thing - it's worked just fine for both me, and my sister. Planning a wedding while in school will certainly up your stress level - but it can be done.

    In my case, I am looking at entering nursing now. I have been out of school and working in another field, still married, and also have 2 girls. However, I've spent my application year putting myself and my family through a tough schedule (with me working and volunteering) and managed to pull straight A's in my pre-req's. Yes it will be a different experience with a family, but I am lucky that they are all so committed to my success.

    The program I am looking at is full time only, but my understanding is that many graduate programs offer a part time option.

    Good luck with your decision!

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    I am also a 2011 hopeful! I teach part time at 2 colleges, and with the end of the semester rapidly approaching I will be plenty busy over the next month which should help pass some wait time until decisions are posted.

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    Since a couple of you are from out of state you may not have had a chance to go to an open house. I was looking back over my notes from the one I went to and saw that they interview about 50% of the applicants. I think I've seen somewhere that they had over 100 applicants for the 2010 entering class, and about 125 for the 2009 entering class.

    I don't know where they are currently doing psych rotations. Western State is in Staunton, about 30 miles west of Charlottesville. They used to do some at the VA in Salem, which would be about 90 miles southwest. Both Staunton and Salem are easily accessible by interstate (64 and 81).

    Hope this info is helpful. Good luck to all!

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    Quote from UVA Grad Nursing

    Most nursing deans are formerly tenured faculty. Many are also fellows in the American Academy of Nurses (you'll see that FAAN after their titles). So I would encourage you to also look at the steps needed to become a tenured faculty member as a step in towards your goal to be a dean, provost or president.
    While I can't speak from experience for Nursing Ph.D. programs or tenure processes, I can tell you about my husband's experience in basic sciences. He took just under 7 years to complete his Ph.D., which was not that far off the average. That included 2 years of classes, year 1 laboratory research rotations, and years 2 - 7 thesis research. He did not do a post-doctoral position - and with the demand for nursing faculty, you probably would not have to either. He had a mid-tenure review 3 years after joining the faculty. He went up for (and got!) tenure this year - his 6th. He is also being promoted from Assistant to Associate Professor, which is typically granted with tenure.

    His next step is to go up again for promotion to full professor. There is no set time table, but it seems to be done 3 - 6 years after tenure is granted. Depending on departmental needs and staffing, you may need to be a full professor before you can be considered for Department chair or Dean/Provost.

    One other heads up, as you are probably aware, research doesn't usually confine itself to a defined timeline. Again, I can't say how this will translate for Nursing. In the basic sciences, there will be times when experiments don't work or you were expecting one result with a series of follow-up experiments planned only to find that you need to pursue a different direction.

    Hope this helps as you make your way along! Good luck!

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    Hi elkpark,

    Thanks for your reply! I am interested in DE CNL programs to start my career, not advanced practice specialties or even NP. Having been in a program with DE students, what hands-on volunteer experiences do you think would best prepare new DE students? What skill sets or knowledge areas seemed to be lacking?

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    Hi katmarie26,
    I’m so glad you’re still on the boards occasionally! I can’t PM yet – but I am starting to volunteer at the main hospital this week and could easily meet sometime during one of your breaks on a clinical shift or your break on a class day. I would be easy to spot in my red volunteer vest and ID!
    I was really glad to get your reply. I haven’t had time to follow up directly with UVA Grad Nursing yet, but I thought I would try posting on the boards first. As I mentioned, we only had one student who had time to talk with us at the open house and he had no dependents. Are there a lot of students in your class with spouses/children?
    What kind of volunteer experiences did you have going in to the program? What hands-on experiences did you wish you had once you started?
    Are you living in Charlottesville proper, or are you commuting?
    I’ll hold my questions to those for today. I’m sure you are very busy, but I’d love to hear more about your experience if you have time. Thanks!

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    Quote from UVA Grad Nursing

    Third is work experience in healthcare (prolonged work experience takes precedence over volunteer experience).

    Our admissions committee has emphasized work or practical experience in health care, and most accepted students are several years out of their undergraduate programs (the mean age is 25-29 in any cohort). Work experience has varied greatly -- some have been full-time jobs (paramedic/fireman, CNA, opthamologic technician, military medic with tours in Iraq, residential counselor in home for developmentally-challenged adults, etc) to volunteer (HIV educator in the Peace Corps, extended medical missions overseas, caring for your parent in the last months of their life, caring for your special needs child, etc). Our program is intense (students spend 60-80 hours a week on coursework and clinical practica), so our faculty likes applicants to have some 'hands-on' experience in health care so applicants know what they are getting into.
    My specific concerns about my prospective application are very similar to those of Meg11. I have science degrees (BS & MS) and have worked in clinical labs, but always felt the patient piece of the story was missing. I want to be a career changer, but at 35 with 2 dependents and living in a small town, I am not in a position to further my 'hands-on' experience through most of the examples mentioned by UVA Grad Nursing. I have lined up 2 diverse volunteer experiences for myself - one locally (currently conducting patient eligibility interviews) and one at a larger hospital (starting soon in the emergency department).

    Is the program truly for career changers, such as myself or Meg11, or is it only meant for those who have been in other health care careers (EMT, CNA, health care technician, counselors, etc.)? After reading the program description online, I thought the DE MSN/CNL program was for career changers. However, most of the people attending the open house I went to, as well as the current DE student who talked with us, were already working in health care.

    Has UVA admitted any career changing students with limited 'hands-on' health care experiences to its DE MSN/CNL program?

    Would I or other potential students increase our chances of acceptance by becoming an EMT or CNA before applying?

    To any DE students - what 'hands-on' experiences did you find most helpful once you started your program? What 'hands-on' experiences did you wish you had?