Direct Entry MSN Programs 2013 - page 9

Anyone on here applying to direct entry MSN programs that begin in summer or fall of 2013? I think I have finalized my list of programs to apply to, and I am beginning to get everything together to... Read More

  1. by   **00**
    Hi everyone, I am new to this forum. I was wondering if you guys could answer a quick question. Some applications ask for the names of other schools you are applying to. Should one provide this information? Thanks!
  2. by   hollysf
    To those of you who have already taken the GRE,

    How much did you focus on memorizing vocabulary? It almost seems like an impossible task! My test is coming up so soon and I am trying to be prepared as possible, but I feel like my time would be better spent working on the math/writing components. Any advice?
  3. by   hopefulnurse24
    If it's not mandatory, I wouldn't worry about answering that question, pak86. I don't think I answered it... only one school asked me, though.

    hollysf, I didn't really focus much on memorizing vocab. I spent a lot of time just doing problems in the book, and taking practice tests. Context clues work better than memorizing vocab flashcards or lists, in my opinion.
  4. by   bardone
    hollysf, I used the ETS book for the practice tests (take them! Yes! Very important to learn how to budget your time!), the Kaplan book for math, and a Princeton Review "Verbal Workbook" which included some useful strategies for the writing portion. I did some basic vocab review as well. I don't think I can PM people, but if you can, and would like to use my old books, let me know -- I also live in SF and would be glad for these books to have another life.

    I will say that the quantitative section included far more stats questions than I'd anticipated based on the practice books... thankfully I'd done well in that class earlier this year.

    Other advice: bring some soft foam earplugs and don't put yourself in a position where you'll have to pee half an hour in
  5. by   hopefulnurse24
    I second the recommendation for ETS practice tests. The software doesn't work on Macs, so borrow a friend's laptop if need be. They are SO helpful.
  6. by   hollysf

    That is so generous! Thank you for the offer but I actually have a couple books and a set of Barron's flash cards. I have been making my way through the books, but I am just a little bit worried about all of this vocabulary. I really appreciate the information about the ear plugs. I am definitely the type of person to prefers complete silence when I am trying to concentrate.
  7. by   doulalala
    Hey all! I was wondering what everybody's academic stats are? (To you know, size up the competition!) I really (really) want to go to Oregon Health and Sciences for their midwifery program. My GPA from my undergrad schools was good: 3.8 at my first college- transferred to UT, Austin, graduated with a 3.3; and am now taking my pre-reqs at UVM, 3.7 so far. My verbal GRE score was pretty decent (top 80%) but my quantitative was not so stellar... I'm retaking it next month and expect to do much, much better. I have excellent recommendations from my professors too. So! Do tell, what are y'all's stats?!
  8. by   morganw1
    I'm not applying to OHSU and I'm not applying for midwifery but my "stats" are 3.3 min for preqs since they do vary between programs. I'm taking the GRE next month. Played a collegiate sport, volunteered for 300+ hours at a non profit hospital on several floors including ICU and ER. I believe I will have pretty decent recs, one clinical, one academic, and one work related. That's it for me.
  9. by   hopefulnurse24
    Hello! I am unsure what my GPA is, because I've been to a few different schools (two community colleges and one university). However, at my current institution, where I'll be receiving my bachelor's degree, I have a 3.86. When I calculated all of my grades together, it was a 3.7, I think. My verbal score on the GRE was good, but my quantitative was not (so, same as you)! However, I'm really focusing on only applying to schools that are GRE optional - Duke, Northeastern, Marquette, NYU, Johns Hopkins. I'm applying to UPenn, also, but they are very holistic so I figured, why not? Duke is my first choice, followed by Johns Hopkins, then Marquette and UPenn are tied. NYU is expensive and I know UPenn is a long shot (and very expensive), so I'm not getting my hopes up for those two schools!

    Volunteer work includes shadowing a physician assistant and a nurse practitioner, several hours of volunteering at a well known hospital (well over 100 hours, maybe even 200, I haven't checked in awhile), and lots of significant volunteer work in my hopeful specialty, pediatric acute/critical care. I actually used some of my experiences for my application essays. I also was involved with a free health care clinic ran by my school, and helped with the management of the program. The position also included patient care. I volunteer with a physical education program for a school for children with disabilities, and hold a leadership position with the organization, and I also hold a leadership position in my major's honor society, which does lots of service work throughout our school and community. Finally, I will be doing a full time internship in the PICU in the spring (full time internships are required in order for students from my major to graduate).

    I would hope my recommendations are strong - but I can't be certain since I won't be reading them! Here's hoping, though! We shall see when acceptance letters come around
  10. by   the healer's art
    Is anyone applying to the JHU paid clinical residency program? I am tempted to but from the website it sounds like you can't choose your specialization and they just kind of tell you where there is a need...which is kind of scary.
  11. by   morganw1
    Healer's Art,

    I looked in to JHU's program and I looked at the FAQ's, one of the questions was " can I choose a specialty" or something along those lines and it basically says no and that you will just be a clinical nurse leader type deal. You won't come out as a Nurse Practioner if that's something you're interested. I think it's also more for people looking to focus more on bedside care. Hope that helps somwhat. I'm not sure about them choosing for you though.
  12. by   hopefulnurse24
    I think that the regular BSN-MSN program at JHU will allow you to work part time while completing your masters, if you are interested in that.

    How are everyone's applications coming along?
  13. by   morganw1
    Hey hopeful,

    I missed the chat last week. I chose penn last min and was wondering if taking the GRE in October is too late. I know I will be able to put down my verbal and analytical unofficial on the application. Ive heard that that's acceptable but i'm not sure. I'm still gonna apply because technically i will have taken it before the deadline.

    any thoughts?

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