Thanks for the welcome!
and congrats Afton on the waitlist! All hope is not lost for this upcoming year and I definitely admire your positive/continue moving forward attitude! I hope this all works out well for you!
I'd be happy to tell you about the HESI in a direct message. There is a lot to say and I want to be thorough in how I explain it. I can be scatter brained at times, haha.
Ingrid's advice was straight forward, helpful, but also general advice she would give to anyone who asks.
*Update your resume with additional experience in health care settings, volunteer, or leadership
*include only experience from college and beyond and make sure your resume is only 1 page.
*rewrite your personal statement and invite 2-3 new proofreaders
*change or meet with your recommenders
I'm not going to lie, when I first read her response I felt discouraged because I had felt as though I had given my best in my application. However, there really is always room for improvement, and this was the first time I applied to a nursing program in general. I also know for a fact that this really is what I want to do.
Some general (relevant) stats about me: I graduated with a liberal arts degree almost two years ago. My undergrad GPA was 'meh', and my prereq GPA is about a 3.4 I have taken pathophysiology and pharmacology for the SMU program as well.
I decided to go back to school to be a nurse, but never realized that this was my passion until I began working as a PCT. I volunteered at Stanford Hospital for about 8 months before accepting a full time position at a children's hospital. I currently work in all units within the hospital, but I have mostly been sent to the ICU's. I've been there for almost a year now and I love it! I have also spoken to nurses I work with, my supervisors, and managers at the hospital, and they have definitely been helpful throughout this process!