Samuel Merritt ELMSN-FNP 2010 - Sacramento Applicants - page 4

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  1. by   BioSciGeek
    Quote from tishu527
    Hello everyone!
    Does anyone know up to what month interviews will take place?
    Hi Tishu527,

    From what I understand, I believe interviews will be held during the month of August. I know that SMU will have interviews on 8/8 and 8/10. I am not sure if they have other interview dates. Good Luck!

    Shanna
  2. by   wishing2beanRN
    BioSciGeek: NCLEX was fine. I passed. Although, I cried 2 days after thinking I didn't pass. Apparenlty, a lot of people feel that way.

    TIshu527: It really depends on the interview batches. THey only pick ~20 per FNP class, so if they don't like the quality of applicants interviewed in these 3 rounds they may have other interviews.. At least, that's what happend to my class. ..they just don't pick anyone.. it's highly competitive to get into the FNP program and they just want to pick the best of the best. =)
  3. by   BioSciGeek
    Wishing2beanRN-

    Congrats!!! I heard its pretty stressful. How well does SMU prepare you for the exam? I have been thumbing through Kaplan and other testing books. Can you recommend study strategies etc?
  4. by   jd2nurse
    So, with that number of interviewees for so few slots, they must be looking for some specific qualities in the people they actually select. Any clues you can give us on what they are looking for? Thanks. Erik
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    Bioscigeek: Honestly, they do a decent job. They have just in stated a new testing exam that you must pass prior to taking the NCLEX, so I think that will make a big difference. After the pinning ceremony, it's really all up to you to REVIEW EVERYTHING. I learned actually more prior to taking the exam. It is overwhelming, and I recommend paying for the Kaplan course. It costs a lot but it's worth. The Kaplan questions online were really helpful and were very similar to the exam.

    JD2NURSE: Yeah, there are only a few slots, which sucks. We're just looking for someone who is honestly confident and genuine. If you can somehow correlate your answers with past experiences in the medical field, for example, the better your "score". There will be a couple things that are "interesting" that will happen during the interview but it's fun. TRUST ME. =) They like Type A personalities..as I said previously..I think I gave my tips in a previous post. Just relax..i know easier said than done..

    It will be nice to see some of you this weekend..GOOD LUCK!!!!
  8. by   jd2nurse
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    JD2NURSE: Yeah, there are only a few slots, which sucks. We're just looking for someone who is honestly confident and genuine. If you can somehow correlate your answers with past experiences in the medical field, for example, the better your "score". There will be a couple things that are "interesting" that will happen during the interview but it's fun. TRUST ME. =) They like Type A personalities..as I said previously..I think I gave my tips in a previous post. Just relax..i know easier said than done..

    It will be nice to see some of you this weekend..GOOD LUCK!!!![/QUOTE]

    Thanks a lot, wishing2beanRN. And yes I read your previous tips. Thanks for them as well. It looks like we just need to "let it flow" on Saturday, so that's what I'll do! Looking forward to it (sort of). Erik
  9. by   kathy317
    wishing2beanRN, thank you so much for the advice! All of your great tips for the interview have "somewhat" alleviated my fears about the upcoming interviews. :uhoh21: I understood from previous messages that there was a ratio of 3:20 in the interview. My concern was if a question was asked by the faculty members, do all the interviews go around a circle and answer or is it whoever answers first? I am not quite sure how the group interviews go, being that this will be my first. Any other great tips would be great! lsebeg:


    Oh yeah, CONGRATULATIONS on your NCLEX!


    - Kathy who is anxiously waiting....
  10. by   wishing2beanRN
    Kathy: No, you just gotta jump in there and raise your hand. (unless they've changed it). I remember one person at my interview saying," I have nothing to say bc someone took my answer already". That was heavily frowned upon. I mean, say something!!! I think the earlier you answer the better bc for sure someone won't copy your answer. But, the interview is a mix of things, not only hearing oral answers. And, that's all I can say about that. Nothing to fret over. Not to sound repetitive, "Just Relax, Smile, and answer Thoughtfully & Intelligently".

    Oh, you may have heard this in other threads but one person in each interview group will get early acceptance and the rest will find out in the fall. So, I'm expecting 3 will be admitted by this weekend. If you don't get early admittance, don't worry.. If you do, that's great!! You don't have to worry until the fall!!

    Just be sure to get a good night rest the night before!!! GOOOD LUCK!!!!
  11. by   mickeydoodle315
    Hi everyone,
    I got my call last week to interview on 8/10 at 10. Anyone else coming out to Sac around that time ? Can't wait to meet everyone out there !! Good luck to everyone who'll be interviewing this weekend.
  12. by   chowchua
    Hi everyone,
    I'm so happy I found this thread! Wow. Thank you so much for the advice, wishing2beanRN. I'm in the 1:30pm interview group on 8/8. I look forward to meeting everyone!
  13. by   jd2nurse
    Congratulations, chowchua! It seems like we should feel pretty fortunate to just be getting an interview! I'm in the 10-1 group, so maybe I'll have a chance to meet you and Shanna before you go in. Best of luck to you!! Erik

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