Samuel Merritt ELMSN-FNP 2010 - Sacramento Applicants - page 8

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  1. by   2bgr8nurse
    I think that if you also applied to the ABSN program and got into the ELMSN program, that you'd get into the ABSN program as well. I would think that they will let you know once they send you your packet that you got into both, but that's just my thinking.
    I agree with you on getting the RN, working a couple of years and then going back. That is what I'm hoping to do. I applied to both programs as well, but I'd rather do the ABSN program first and then go back.
    You are so lucky to already know you got in. Either way you go it's a great school.
  2. by   nursingimomma
    Erik... im in the same boat.. I did not apply anywhere else since I have only taken the net.. just curious.. did you tell the panel you only applied to their school.. im not sure what they ask in the interview but I thought it might come up as to what other schools i have looked at and did not know if it was smart to say I only applied there.. any thoughts
  3. by   AcousticFoodie
    Wow so close to home Erik! This is like the perfect campus for you! Well since you're from the area...which part of sac do you reccomend living in if I were to accept the Sac ELMSN? Would it be a better idea to live in Davis and commute instead (since they have more cafes/a 24 hour library)?
  4. by   jd2nurse
    Well, Will, Davis rocks when it comes to the college-age crowd. So, I forget how old you are, but if that's what you're into then I recommend it (bars, restaurants, etc). Drawbacks are (in addition to the commute) that it's more $ and the housing is not as plentiful. If you're on a budget, I would recommend somewhere in mid-town Sac. It's definitely more diverse than Davis and cheaper. We're going to have lots of fun up here, so I hope you choose the Sac campus!
  5. by   jd2nurse
    Quote from nursingimomma
    Erik... im in the same boat.. I did not apply anywhere else since I have only taken the net.. just curious.. did you tell the panel you only applied to their school.. im not sure what they ask in the interview but I thought it might come up as to what other schools i have looked at and did not know if it was smart to say I only applied there.. any thoughts
    I didn't detect any interest in whether you'd applied to other schools. I don't know if the 1-on-1 version you get will be any different, but I can't imagine it would be. If anything, I think there would be greater respect for the person who is considering other schools.
  6. by   jd2nurse
    Quote from 2bgr8nurse
    I think that if you also applied to the ABSN program and got into the ELMSN program, that you'd get into the ABSN program as well. I would think that they will let you know once they send you your packet that you got into both, but that's just my thinking.
    I agree with you on getting the RN, working a couple of years and then going back. That is what I'm hoping to do. I applied to both programs as well, but I'd rather do the ABSN program first and then go back.
    You are so lucky to already know you got in. Either way you go it's a great school.
    Thanks, 2bgr8! I'm definitely excited about SMU, particularly now that Sac State has evaporated. I'm really torn, though, on whether to choose ABSN or ELMSN-FNP. I feel like things have a way of working out, so I'm not too worried about looking for RN jobs without a degree. I figure with a BS and JD already under my belt, I should be OK even though I don't yet have an MSN. What do you think? Also, Liza mentioned that ELMSN is a different experience because it is a "graduate" program, which sounds interesting, but I confess I don't completely understand. Any thoughts there. Finally, I'm not jazzed about having to apply to another program to just finish out my FNP, so.... ELMSN is looking pretty promising from where I sit. What are you planning to do?? (I just got my SMU package today). Thanks! Erik
  7. by   AcousticFoodie
    Quote from jd2nurse
    Well, Will, Davis rocks when it comes to the college-age crowd. So, I forget how old you are, but if that's what you're into then I recommend it (bars, restaurants, etc). Drawbacks are (in addition to the commute) that it's more $ and the housing is not as plentiful. If you're on a budget, I would recommend somewhere in mid-town Sac. It's definitely more diverse than Davis and cheaper. We're going to have lots of fun up here, so I hope you choose the Sac campus!
    Ah thanks for the recommendations Erik! Yea I'm one of the younger ones in the interview that day (23!). I'm definately a foodie so I'd love to explore the restaurants in the area...although with the tuition that we'll have to pay I don't know how much I'll be able to do that :-p. I just got my acceptance packet in the mail today also. I'm starting to be more open and favorable to the sac campus than before but still want to go over it with Anne Seed, the head director of admissions, before I turn in the early acceptance. Oh and about not getting a degree and only a generic RN in the ELMSN route....I thought that was only true if we elect to opt out of the program after we take the NCLEX after our first year and not finish. Are you saying we don't get an MSN-RN from the MSN direct entry program and only an MSN-NP or something? I'm a little confused about that part.
  8. by   2bgr8nurse
    Erik- When getting a job in nursing I don't believe the employer will be too concerned if your RN is followed by a BSN, MSN or even if it's blank. What matters is that you have the RN. If there is a lot of competition at the time for the same spot, then maybe the abbreviation which follows will be of importance, but they will also take into consideration that you are an on-going student and will eventually hold that MSN.
    I do see why you are struggling with this though, because you would do the same amount of work that first year as the BSN students, but the masters students do not get that degree when the year is up. Did you get accepted into the ABSN program already? Doesn't SMU have just the masters portion so you could get into the field for a couple of years after completion of the ABSN and then return to complete your masters alone? I haven't looked at the curriculum for just the Masters, but I would think it would be the same as where the ABSN left off upon completion. Sorry if that was confusing. It makes sense in my head.
    I agree with you that things have a way of working themselves out and what's meant to be will be.
    If you don't mind me asking, why did you decide to venture away from law?
    In regards to Liza's comment about the ELMSN being totally different, I'm sure that it is totally different than the ABSN (after that first year), because you are in it for the long haul and you are totally focused on specialty areas in the field of nursing. Your learning and understanding will be that much more in depth and advanced.
    I also have to wonder if you have the BSN and then decide to get your MSN, which programs you can go through and what the price difference would be. I think CSUS has the program, but who knows what they will be offering when you are ready.
    I probably just confused you more, but look at it this way, at least you have that packet from SMU already saying that they want you. The rest of us are still waiting and just hoping to get in. If I don't get in to either program then my only other option is to apply to Sac City, ARC, Solano and Sierra (again). Believe me, even at the price of SMU I'd rather go there, because I believe the education and clinical training will be that much better.
    Keep me posted on what you decide. I hope one day we'll be in class together.
  9. by   wishing2beanRN
    Wow...so many posts now. You guys will have a great class. =)

    ANyhow, for the most part I think not getting a BSN isn't that bad. The school is respectable and most employers love SMU. The only business that will not hire you without a BSN is UCD. So, if you're determined to work there someday, you have to wait until your MSN. I mean, I understand why they did that because they really wanted to weed out all the RNs from community colleges. Anyhow, Kaiser, Sutter, etc. pays more than UCD. It's just that UCD is a better teaching institution because of the wide variety of patients.

    Our class almost had a lawsuit against the university because classes previous to us were given BSN when we signed the letter intent. BSN was to be given in case we decided to drop out or other students got pregnant, life obstacles happend, etc. It was just complicated and no one had the energy to press on with the lawsuit.

    Wilmak: not having a library isn't that bad. All your research articles for papers are found on line. And, after 12 hours shifts , you really don't want to hang out in a library. You just want to relax. Do invest in a good printer and a coffee maker! I should hav started out with a laser. Just have a quiet place at home to study.
  10. by   AcousticFoodie
    Hey 2bgr8nurse we've both been talking to Erik all this time but I never got a chance to introduce myself! I'm will I was in the same interview group with Eirk...were you also?

    Hey Wishing2beanRN I hear you guys are on a two week break right now. Nice of you to spend it with us on allnurses! I was talking to some of your current students about the schedule and they seem to imply that the entire second year is pretty chill were people just go to class once or twice a week and the rest of the time they are with preceptors. Is that true?
  11. by   kellye77
    Hello. I am new to this and I am a little confused. I applied to the ELMSN and the ABSN but I have not heard from either. I am assuming this is a bad thing as far as the ELMSN is concerned since interviews have already been conducted? please let me know if anyone has any information on this matter. Thank you very much!
  12. by   AcousticFoodie
    Hey Kelly You applied to the ELMSN but haven't had an interview yet? Did you apply after or before the deadline?
  13. by   wishing2beanRN
    Hey Willmak,

    Yes, it's true. It's incredibly CHILL 2nd year, which is so strange in comparison to the first year. Acutally all the 2nd years have this entire month off. We're all looking for jobs, but due to the sparsity of jobs, most of us are just enjoying break. THere are jobs out there but most of them are really far away and want a 3 year commitment. I know that eventually the economy will perk up (I hope). It's weird not to be in the hospital and have time to read leisurely non-medical stuff. Yes, we BARELY see each other anymore. It's actually kind of sad bc you become so close to everyone, and I won't be see everyone on a frequent basis til Spring 2010 again!

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