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    The Stigma of Men in Nursing

    It is a fact of life that taller, hotter, and fitter individuals are going to desired and that they are the ones that other people will want to be around. There is research that taller people earn more and command more respect in the workplace. Appearance is a tool much like any other if used properly just like knowing how to dress is another. If appearance is not your area of strength then perhaps you can enhance other areas like how you speak, your ability to relate to others etc. There are many ways to win people over. I'm also around the same age as both you and labordude and in part this is generational and it definitely has to do with age. It takes time for people to learn that the substance of an individual is often not associated with nor correlated with outward physical appearance/charm/charisma. It looks like the people in your program will have a hard lesson to learn when they come out into the workplace. This is true in nursing school as it is in any other field. But if you are older, perhaps you can be a mentor? Share some of your knowledge with others that you have learned being an older student etc. I have hired my fair share of people in my other life working in a different field and if I have two resumes in front of me, it is the one with good work experiences and relevant licenses and certifications that I want to invite to interview, looks have nothing to do with it. Will this change if a person is invited into interview and they can see what you look like? Maybe, but with all organizations, we have rubrics that we use to decide if someone is a good candidate and there are skills that we are looking for when we hire and if you have reached the level where you are hiring someone into your organization you can generally tell if a person is all false charm and superficiality with no substance based upon the questions that are asked during the interview. Physical appearance might be a pleasant surprise but most hiring managers are more interested in your skillset, good communication skills, and your ability to relate and integrate into a team. At the end of the day, it is a waste of energy to be annoyed because you look a certain way. If you are happy with the way you and are confident this will be conveyed to other people and they are more likely to approach you.
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    The Stigma of Men in Nursing

    Congratulations! As much as I wish for more men in midwifery, I am also excited to see a person follow the path that works for them. Even though it is still early days on your MD journey, do you still plan on going into OBGYN or are you headed to another specialty entirely?
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    The Stigma of Men in Nursing

    What!???
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    The Stigma of Men in Nursing

    I appreciate everyone's comments. I am going to follow along and see what other people's thoughts are on this topic. My own experience has been mixed 1.5 years into my midwifery program. I have had great experiences with the faculty in my program and with the nurses that I have had in my clinical rotation though they haven't had a male nurse recently on the two L&D floors that are in my hospital system. I keep asking but it seems either no one has applied or they are not hiring them for another reason. Surprisingly, it is the other midwifery students in my program that I have been having some difficulty with. Will update further as I go into my IP rotation. Yes, I have also been mistaken for the MD a few times during my clinical rotation even though the 25+ year NP was in the room with me. Or they call me doc which I have to correct when I am in clinic.
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    Yale GEPN 2020

    If you want another certification in another specialty, you can come back for a post-masters but you won’t be able to do it concurrently. The only dual specialty offered at Yale is CNM/WHNP.
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    Yale GEPN 2020

    I don't know if you know this but Yale doesn't require pre-reqs to apply but I always recommend that applicants take some STEM classes to be better prepared for the rigors of the program and have a basic science foundation to work from as you take your nursing classes.
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    Yale GEPN 2020

    I never took my pre-reqs in CT but I went to my local community college in my state if that helps. I personally think community colleges are great, affordable, and allows you to fit the classes around your schedule. Are you taking pre-reqs to be better prepared for GEPN year?
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    Yale GEPN 2020

    Hi everyone, Congratulations on submitting your applications. The waiting is actually the toughest part of the application process as some of you have mentioned on the threads. Hopefully, all of you can find some time for some self-care and rest after the marathon application period. I would highly encourage all of you to take some time to rest because you will have very little time to do so when you start your GEPN year. It easier said than done but try and rest during this time. Read a book, take a short trip, spend time with family and friends to help keep your cup full. I would say that the portal is the best way to receive communication from the school. Both your invitation to interview and your letter of acceptance will be posted to the portal where you submitted your application. As for the timelines, based on what has happened in previous years, you will most likely receive an invitation to interview towards mid to late December. The interviews have all moved to video conference so you do not have to fly in for the interview and they are historically around the end of January / early February. The caveat that it might be subject to change given that your deadline was extended due to technical difficulties. Scholar's Day is a great day to come see the school and see the research that is being conducted at YSN. As I have mentioned before, previous students have come and visited the campus and sat in on classes to get a feel for the school and the program. There will also be an admitted student's day where you can formally come and visit the school once the letters of acceptance are released. You will get a chance to meet the faculty and your fellow students at that time so you can see if the school is a good fit for you and vice versa. I highly recommend that you come. We are normally given 30 days to decide whether to accept the offer and the Admitted Students Day is normally sometime in February each year. Let me know if you have any further questions.
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    Yale GEPN 2020

    Yes, Yale is a private university so they do not differentiate between in state or out of state tuition. Housing is included in your total cost of attendance which dictates the amount of total financial aid you can receive. It will fall under living expenses. Most students live off campus, not that many students live in graduate student housing since housing is relatively easy to find in New Haven compared to some of the other big cities that students are from like NY, SF, or Boston. Yes, first year is tough because it is an accelerated program. I remind all applicants to know yourself well and understand your learning style. If quick absorption of information and regurgitation is not how you learn best and excel this is probably not the best program for that applicant. It is neither good or bad nor a reflection upon that individual’s intelligence or ability. Some people just do not learn well in this type of environment because that is not their learning style. That is okay and there might be another program that fits that individual’s learning style better. Keep this in mind as you decide which program works best for you.
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    Yale GEPN 2020

    Hi Steve, welcome to the boards. There is graduate student housing available if you are interested. It is a first come, first serve lottery. There is a date in June where Yale Student Housing puts all their open rooms on the website and you pick which one you would like to rent. I went through the process my first year and the rooms were all gone in 10 minutes, if you wait to look around they get snapped up really quickly. I ultimately didn’t go with graduate housing and just found a place to rent around old campus like most of the other nursing students. Housing and related costs are included in the cost of attendance which is used to calculate our financial aid package. Typically weekly schedule for GEPNs is classes Monday, Thursday, and Friday. With ILCE on either Monday or Friday. Anatomy and anatomy lab is Thursday afternoon your first semester with a weekly med-surg review afterwards around 4pm. You will have clinical or labs on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday either one 12 or two 6 hour shifts on two different days. They changed the decision time frame from when I applied and it is a lot quicker now. I think last year they started to hear back in Oct but since the application deadline for this year is Nov 1st, it will probably be later for your cohort so expect it to be around end of Nov/Dec with interviews happen early next year in Jan/Feb. I believe all interview are now video conferences so you don’t have to fly in for the interview but I would urge everyone who is interested in attending to visit the nursing school and the campus and see if the “feel” is the right fit for you. There are a number of info session days as well that you can opt to attend on campus. A number of students have requested to visit the campus and sit in on classes for a day which is always an option for everyone as well. You can make the request through the Office of Student Affairs. There are also Scholar’s Day and Admitted Students day where you can come and visit the campus. Hope that helps. Good luck to everyone as the application deadline approaches.
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    GPTPAL Question

    It is redundant and also confusing since you already have a P for Preterm but then you have another P for Parity. Normally, we take out the parity if you are using GTPAL since as I said before you will know parity by adding up the term births with the preterm births. But if your hospital does lists both parity and preterm go by their guidelines or if this is how your preceptor/instructor is teaching you, then follow their instructions.
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    GPTPAL Question

    Parity reflects the number of live births after 20 weeks, not the total number of individual babies born. We also don’t normally combine the two methodologies. Either you use G and Ps or You use GTPAL In your scenario, it would be G4P3 because this is the patient’s fourth pregnancy and she had 3 live births previously. The two term births at 38 weeks which I assume were at two different times even though they are the same gestational age at birth since it wasn’t stated that they were another twin birth and the twin preterm birth at 36 weeks which counts as one birth. She will only be a G4P4, after she delivers her current baby. Since she is in her 2nd trimester which puts her at 24 weeks, we already know that the current gestating baby will either be a T or P in GTPAL depending upon the week the baby is born. In GTPAL, it would be G4 T2 P1 A0 L4. So what you have is correct minus the parity since we would already know that by adding the T and the P together. Remember that with T and P, we only count the number of births not the number of babies born. So any multiple birth counts only as 1 regardless of the actually number of babies for T and P. The L can be confusing because the sum of T and P don’t match the L because it can either because she had multiples OR because the patient has an adopted kid OR there could be children from a previous marriage with her spouse. The L does not differentiate between these things and it can also be dependent on what the person who is entering the data decides to put in for the L or how in-depth they went into the patient medical and social history.
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    Nursing Smells You Love?

    The smell of a new roll of transpore tape. And the fresh, milky smell of newborns.
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    Yale GEPN 2020

    Most direct entry nursing programs with an NP component will require that you pick a specialty prior to joining their program. One of the reasons is logistics, if you had an entire class of prospective Psych NPs as an example, there just isn't enough clinical sites in CT to be able to accommodate so many people. You can either have a very small cohort of only Pysch NPs or a larger cohort with people who want to go into different specialties. Secondly, as you progress in your education and obtain graduate degrees, the expectation is that you do become more specialized in your field before becoming a subject matter expert in your field when you have obtained a doctorate which is the terminal degree for most areas of study. Yes, you will have a better chance of getting into a specialty that isn't as popular with applicants but that is offset by the fact that those specialties accept a smaller number of students. This is true regardless of which program you apply to. The important thing that all applicants need to understand when you apply to this or any other direct entry nursing program is that you need to have a clear idea of why you want to go into the specialty that you have chosen. The expectation is that you have explored and researched your chosen specialty prior to applying and know why this specialty speaks to you as a future provider over all the other specialties. If you do not have a clear idea which specialty you would like to practice in, take some time to explore other specialties prior to applying. Shadow a provider in the area you are interested in, volunteer, calling friends of friends who are in similar programs. Leverage your network if possible. Not knowing or being sure of why you have chosen your specialty is the second most common reason not to be accepted. Alternatively, the Physicians Associate programs might also be an option for you since as a pre-med student you might already have the classes necessary to apply but you might still have to retake the classes since it looks like some time has passed since you took them. But they might be easier for you to complete since you have previous knowledge to leverage upon. PAs come out as generalists and might be a better choice for individuals who do not know what they want to specialize in. It is the nature of being an APRN that we specialize and it is reflected in how graduate NP programs are structured. There is always a portion of direct entry nursing programs with students who have had very long, varied, and diverse experiences in other careers. But the proportion of these individuals are small compared to the rest of the class. The average age of the current incoming 2019 cohort is 25 so the majority of individuals in this year's cohort either have had 2-3 years of work experience or they just graduated with their bachelors. It is rare at least in the programs that I have looked at to have individuals who have more than 5 years of pure work experience in another field. When you start looking at individuals with more than 10 years of experience, it is almost non-existent. Like you, I also had a long career in another field prior to applying and being accepted into Yale's program. It is looked upon favorably by the faculty and the admissions committee to be an older student with experiences in fields other than STEM. We have people coming from backgrounds in finance, scientific research, and the arts but that is more the exception than the rule. Most of the individuals who apply and are accepted have some background in the sciences like neuroscience, biology, health sciences, psychology, public health etc. I can tell you that there have been a few individuals with a dance or art background who have applied and been accepted into Yale's program over the last few years so you are in good company with your 12 years of dance and professional experience. Yale does value individuals with different and unique experiences and you have that coming from the arts. Re midwifery - I would suggest that if you want to go into this specialty and this is the area you want to specialize in, that you try and obtain some birth-related work or work with babies and children prior to applying. Volunteer birth doula, postpartum doula, MA on an L&D floor, tech on a postpartum floor, nanny etc are all possibilities. The admissions committee would like to see that you took some time to explore and be sure of your specialty prior to applying as I discussed earlier. It also gives you a chance to explore if this specialty is for you as well. Perhaps you didn't know that you didn't like amniotic fluid prior to working with birthing mothers or that baby breast milk regurgitation causes you to be nauseous or that laceration repair is just not for you. Lastly, I repeat again that all applicants need to have a clear vision of why you want to go into your specialty especially the CNM/WHNP specialty. This specialty after FNP is probably the hardest specialty to get into so have a clear understanding of what a midwife does, what their job entails, the population that they focus on, and the types of procedures that they perform. There is a lot more that I can say but hopefully, this will help you get started thinking about your application. Good luck to you.
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    Yale GEPN 2020

    Yes, they do. We do not have to find our own preceptors. Clinicals are chance for you to practice the didactic skills and theoretical book work that we learn in class so I have always enjoyed my clinicals overall. I don’t think there is clinical that we wish we didn’t have to take for GEPN year. It is more accurate to say that some of us look forward to certain clinicals a little bit more than others. Maternity and Pediatrics are two that come to mind. There are others that really looked forward to their community health placements in palliative and hospice care.
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    Yale GEPN 2020

    Please feel free to post your questions. Those of us who are current students do monitor this thread and we will do our best to help answer your questions. Good luck with your applications!
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