Georgetown ABSN Fall 2011 - page 9

Any applicants to the Georgetown ABSN program for Fall 2011 out there? I have been reading old threads from last year and for applicants to Spring 2011, but it would be nice to have a place for Fall... Read More

  1. by   Pokytrokyt
    Greetings all,

    For those of you on this thread who may still be on the fence about going to GU versus GW or Catholic, I went through the same process as you, about 2 years ago. I'm now in my last couple weeks at Georgetown, getting my BSN on May 20th (!!).

    I'm not in the WHC Scholars program, but about half my cohort of 57 is - so I've heard plenty about the pros and cons from my compadres. Right now, the market for new grad nurses is just terrible. For example, most of the hospitals in DC have either cut back their new grad hires - or in the case of NIH and GW Hospital, they've suspended their new grad programs entirely (NIH indefinitely, GW until Dec 2012). Yeah the nursing shortage will come back eventually, but no telling when that will be. Right now, the market is flooded with retired nurses who went back to work when their retirement portfolio tanked during the recession, or because their spouse lost their job. So, being guaranteed your first job at WHC - in this job market - is a HUGE advantage. Because even with only 1 year of experience, you can apply for almost any hospital in the country.

    As for the GU program itself, I'd say it was probably worth it. If you don't do the WHC scholars program, having a degree from a "name" school will definitely help in the job market (it's helping me). Every semester, the school polls students about what's going right/wrong, and then make adjustments for the next cohort coming thru. Even when that doesn't benefit me directly, it helps the next group coming thru.

    I'm a longterm resident of DC (I live in Alexandria, VA), and commute to school on the Metro. You can go to either Rosslyn on the Blue line, or Dupont Circle on the Red line, get off the metro, and hop on a free "GUTS" bus to the GU campus. FYI, the Dupont circle GUTS bus drops you off about 100 yards from St Mary's Hall, where most of the nursing classes are taught.

    If any of you have one-on-one questions I can help with, feel free to email me at:
    POK YT ROK YT (at) GMAIL (dot) (com)

    Hoya Saxa!
  2. by   AEP1209
    I was accepted to Georgetown, but do not plan on applying for the WHC scholarship. The scholarship program is not an option for me, because there is a good chance that I'm going to have to relocate shortly after finishing the program. I have been accepted at some other, less expensive schools in the area as well. While they are pretty well-respected programs, they don't seem to have as great of a name as Georgetown. If I had a money tree, I would choose Georgetown in a heartbeat! Since I don't, I'm just wondering if it is really worth shelling out $70K... Does anyone who didn't do/is not doing the WHC scholars program have any insight on this?
  3. by   NYCgal2010
    Hey AEP,
    I didn't apply for the Scholars either, I just know I don't want to work in DC for three years. Well, I think it is closer to 90K for the year and a half based on some of the graduated students.
    I have talked to a lot of the nursing admins that I work with about how they hire and to be honest, they look at the applicants school but GTown doesn't hold much weight against other top 20 schools. Sure, they will hold a GTown grad higher than a CommCollege grad, but if the applicant has attended any strong school, they are all the same. They look at previous experience, clinical rotations, etc.
    They do see GTown as a good school but there are so many other schools that don't have that financial burden. It is a tough choice, but I look to the NCLEX passing rates, their funding from NIH and their clinical rotations (My goal is to rotate through a Magnet hospital) and WHC is not a Magnet. I know they are working towards it though.

    It is a tough choice, good luck! I am sure you will get a great education no matter where you go.

    All of this said, I am still going to the Admitted day to see the facility.

  4. by   aalett
    Hey everyone!!

    This message is mostly for former/current students who might be perusing this forum, or for any prospective students who might know the answer. For the WHC Scholarship Interview Day, what all have you heard about it? It sounds like a breakfast/info session, tour, and then "interviews." Do you think it will be one larger group interview, personal interviews (if so, with who, since there seems to be just one coordinator for the program), or a practical experience? Any information would be much appreciated!!

    Many thanks,
  5. by   zee23
    I've been wondering the same thing about the WHC interviews. I'm going this Saturday. Are you?
  6. by   aalett
    Yup, I'll be there this Saturday as well. I'm searching the boards (and trying to get in touch with WHC scholars in the Spring 2011 cohort) to see what I can find out. I'll post if I learn anything.
  7. by   jennmcschmo
    I was wondering if anyone was going to the interview on Monday?
  8. by   tmll387
    aalett- Thanks for posting on the Spring 2011 thread! I went to do the same thing when I saw you already had. Hopefully we can get some tips before this weekend. I'll be there Friday and Saturday too. I wish I knew how to prepare for the interview. Looking forward to meeting those of you who will be there!

  9. by   aalett
    You're welcome! I'll consolidate the responses I get there and bring them back to this thread for anyone who might be interested in the WHC interview "guidance." Are there any questions re: WHC visit anyone would like me to ask? I also emailed Catherine Reisenberg today asking where we should go when we arrive at WHC (unfortunately, I've spent more time there recently than I would like, so I know it is massive and maze-like), what the interview format/time is, and if they have access to our Georgetown application materials (NursingCAS, myCollegei, supplemental). I'll let y'all know what she says once I get a response.

    On a completely unrelated note, I wanted to mention that I went to Georgetown undergrad (Class of 2008!) and have lived in DC ever since - so I could be a reference for anyone looking for advice re: housing, commuting, or Georgetown in general.
  10. by   mailedc
    Hi Everybody!! Hope you're well! For those of you who visited over the weekend for both Georgetown and WHC, what were your thoughts? Was WHC what you expected? Are you still enthusiastic about the scholarship? Would love to hear what folks are thinking!
  11. by   aalett
    Hi AMM,

    I went to the WHC Interview on Saturday, and am feeling pretty ambivalent about it. Mostly, I felt like I did not have a very good interview, but I'd be interested to hear about someone else's experience. 80% tuition would be a lot to turn down, even if WHC may not be a perfect fit in terms of what many of us may want to do (Family, Peds, Women's Health, etc), and there's something to be said for being well-rounded and having work experience in different areas. That said, I feel like I'm not going to get the scholarship anyway, so I won't worry about it!

    On a related note - my interviewer did not leave out his business card, and I can't find a way to get any contact information to send him a thank you note. Any suggestions?

  12. by   mailedc
    Hi! Thanks for reporting back! Sorry to hear you didn't feel great about your interview! I also interviewed on Saturday and am completely in love with WHC! I'm one of those nurses who feels really excited about nursing in a high acuity, diverse hospital setting, but who doesn't know which specialty I'll end up in yet! So basically, I feel like this this program would be perfect!!

    I'm definitely nervous and hopeful about the decisions!! After meeting everybody this weekend, I know that everybody is super qualified and amazing!

    Aalett, are you definitely going to Georgetown or are there other schools in the running for you? What part of DC do you live in?

  13. by   aalett
    I'm definitely going to Georgetown, I just haven't sent in my deposit yet. What about you?

    I live just east of Union Station, sort of between the Capitol Hill and H Street neighborhoods; I love it!