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NursingMentorPRN BSN, MSN, NP, CNM

NP Admissions and Interview mentoring

I have a mentoring and Medical English tutoring business, but I'm really in this forum just to stay up-to-date on things in the nursing world, and to be helpful when I can.

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NursingMentorPRN has 7 years experience as a BSN, MSN, NP, CNM and specializes in NP Admissions and Interview mentoring.

I have a mentoring and tutoring business, but I'm really in this forum just to stay up-to-date on things in the nursing world, and to be helpful when I can. This forum was a HUGE help for me when I was applying to and starting out in nursing school. I'm happy to answer questions about Penn's program, moving to Philly, or the admissions process in general. I applied and was accepted to Penn, Hopkins, Yale, Columbia, and UCSF. I'm happy to share what I learned. 

(Also, anything public health or health department related. All my jobs until now have been with free/sliding scale clinics through health departments.) 

If you are interested in my mentoring services, you can book a free consultation here:


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  1. I always help clients create the best possible application given their circumstances, but it still bums me out when we are working to overcome an obstacle that could have been so easily fixed just a few months earlier. The earliest applications are usually due in late September to early October, and then the various deadlines stretch all the way until June of the following year. Here’s what I think you should be doing right now to set yourself up for success this year: Do an Assessment of Yourself as an Applicant Self-awareness is key. Taking the time to evaluate your application’s strengths and weaknesses before the admissions committee does gives you the opportunity to make some small but critical changes. Don’t have any primary care experience? Sign up for some volunteer experiences. Straight A’s except for that one Anatomy course that you bombed? Decide if you’re going to take another Anatomy course or just write an addendum explaining. (Yes, you can do that.) Applying to a midwifery program but haven’t worked L&D? Attend a doula training. There’s really so much you can do to evaluate your application and demonstrate to the admissions committee that you understand and are committed to your planned NP specialty. Take the time to step back and look at things now, and you’ll set yourself up for the best possible application this Fall. Start Thinking About “Your Story” (Dig Deep) A good personal statement tells someone about your experiences. A great personal statement tells someone who you are. To do that, you’ll want to ask yourself some pretty big questions. My clients are often surprised by how much they learn about themselves through the process, and are also surprised by how mentally exhausting it can be. Why not save yourself some stress and get started now? What experiences brought you to where you are today? What did you learn from these experiences? How does this influence your goals? You might not include all of this in your personal statement, but being able to answer these questions for yourself will create a powerful personal statement. Find Allies at Your Dream School Ah, the infamous cold call (now cold email). This might feel awkward and vulnerable, but that’s the exact reason not many people do it, and it’s your chance to shine. Get familiar with the schools you are applying to. Look for research projects you might be interested in if admitted. Look for student organizations that you would join. If you find faculty or students whom you can imagine working with if you were a student there, reach out to them. Ask them questions and tell them why you are interested. You’d be surprised how much this can help you. Ask Ahead of the Pack “Admissions Season” is a real thing. Whether it’s reaching out to an acquaintance who just went through the admissions process, asking a former professor or boss for a letter of recommendation, or seeking help from a mentor, the sooner you ask, the more help you will get. If you ask for help early, we will have more attention to devote to you. If you already have someone in mind for your letter of recommendation, why not reconnect with them and ask them now? Asking someone ahead of time shows respect for their time and schedule, which recommenders always appreciate. Plus if you give someone the opportunity to put more thought and time into your letter, you’ll get much better results. Applicants often make the mistake of treating letters of recommendation like just a formality in the application process. Who recommends you and what they say about you absolutely matters and can have a profound impact on your application.
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    Johns Hopkins Entry into Nursing Spring 2022

    Oh I have so much to say on this! hahaha So with networking, my advice would be to check out the school's website (like current research and student groups and what not) and their social media. If you find faculty that is researching something you could see yourself wanting to get involved in, or if there's a student group that aligns with your interests, don't be afraid to reach out directly to someone if their contact information is available online. Express your interest in what they are doing, explain that you are applying, and ask them a genuine question or two. (If you can't think of a question, imagine you've already been accepted to your top schools and now you are trying to decide which one. What would you ask?) I did this with a couple schools and it resulted in offers for 1 on 1 meetings and someone even told me they were planning to email admissions to let them know what a positive interaction they had with me. For career goals, schools want applicants who have given a lot of thought to the decision to apply and have a clear understanding of the role of an NP in your chosen specialty. So when you write your personal statement, you want to demonstrate this. Again with the "pretend it already happened" thing. Imagine you're already an NP. Look at jobs online to get ideas of things that get you excited. Read up on things you don't yet understand. You don't need to put all these details in your personal statement. But I promise doing this research ahead of time will make for a much stronger one. Oh, and with change of careers. That was me. I did ABSN/MSN. (though all my clients so far are already RNs, and the concept still applies). This is where volunteering can come in super handy. If you can find a way to get involved with something related to your NP speciality, it can really help.
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    Johns Hopkins Entry into Nursing Spring 2022

    Hi! I'm glad you're starting one already! I wish more people would get started this early in the cycle. It saves so much stress. I thought I'd comment because I applied and was accepted there a few years ago. I now do NP admissions mentoring, so I have a lot of advice on the subject. haha. I'm just here to try to be helpful and answer questions when I can. 😊 Things you should be doing now for the 2022 cycle: - Networking - Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of your application and doing something to ameliorate the weaknesses. (Join a group, volunteer, take another class, etc.) - Thinking about your career goals in more detail so you can write about it in your personal statement.
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    NYU FNP 2021

    OMG Still?? Has anyone heard? I now have multiple clients who are coming up against decision deadlines with other schools, and they still haven't gotten a decision from NYU. I'm getting anxious for them. haha
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    UCSF Fall 2021

    Hi! I just heard back from one of my clients (I do NP admissions mentoring) and they did tell her where she stands on the waitlist. But also, I'm wondering if they only do that with the people who are close to moving up off the waitlist? (Because she was given a placement in the single digits.) On that note, if anyone seeing this has decided to decline, please tell us here because we are both eagerly awaiting news!
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    NYU FNP 2021

    It's so weird! Right? haha I'll let you know if I hear anything. 🙂
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    NYU FNP 2021

    I'm curious about this as well! (I have a client who applied and really needs to make a decision between this and another school soon!) Side note: It's weird how there doesn't seem to be an active thread for this when most the other school's have one. Is it hiding somewhere? haha
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    UPENN BSN MSN 2021

    Oops. I can't find my reply for this so I'm replying again just in case I didn't. 😬 (Sorry if I didn't.) There are two different ways you can use HRSA. You apply for the scholarship immediately. But you apply for loan repayment after you graduate. If you are able to relocate after school, I personally would do the scholarship. The thing with the scholarship is it's a commitment for the future. They pay for everything and you commit to X amount of months at a center that qualifies as soon as you graduate. Whereas HRSA loan repayment you can apply to once you have a job that you know qualifies. But be careful. They are SUPER picky. Just because you work in a place with a high HPSA (Health Professional Shortage Area) score, it does not mean you'll get it. And a lot of places that you would think qualify, don't. I worked at free clinics for uninsured/undocumented patients, but because the institution didn't qualify for HRSA, I didn't. It's quite tricky. I feel like it's how they weed people out. haha. My friends went through a lot to get the HRSA loan forgiveness. (Also, it's on a cycle, not rolling.)
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    UPENN BSN MSN 2021

    Hi! So I don't have kids but this is what I remember from friends with kids: Generally the best school districts are around "the Mainline." Bryn Mawr/Wayne. That area. I would normally tell someone it's quite expensive, but I'm from the LA area too (Orange County) and the prices there have nothing on what we have going on in SoCal. haha. Mt. Airy is also a super cute family oriented place. I think people up there tend to send their kids to private schools? I'm guessing on that one. If you want to talk to a program alum with kids, I'm happy to put you in touch with someone. There were several in my MSN portion.
  10. I know the 2021 admissions cycle is almost over, but I have a couple clients who are prepping for upcoming Cal State interviews, so I know there are a few more still out there. I graduated from Penn's ABSN program in 2014 and their MSN WHNP/CNM program in 2016. (Just to give me some credibility, I was also admitted everywhere I applied including UCSF, Hopkins, Yale, and Columbia. I really do have some solid advice! haha) I offer admissions mentoring and interview prep as part of my business, but wanted to offer free advice on here because a) it's just a nice thing to do and b) it gives me new things to think about, and makes me a better mentor for future clients. If you have questions, let me know! 🙂
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    Yale GEPN vs. UPenn BSN/MSN

    Hi! I had to make the same decision a few years ago (Yale v Penn v Hopkins for ABSN/CNM+WHNP). I ultimately went with Penn and was happy I did. But you also really never know what another choice would have been like for you. I think you're on track with your pros and cons list. A few thoughts to add: Philly was a big point for the pro side for me because I wanted to be able to network with people outside of Penn as well. Because of how big Philly is and all the nearby med schools, nursing schools, and residencies, there are a lot of opportunities to get involved in specific organizations that interest you outside of Penn. It's also a great way to develop relationships with Penn alum. Because the city has so many jobs, grads are more likely to stick around. A point for Yale and Hopkins is that I really didn't consider much but turned out to be a thing: brand familiarity. Having Penn on my CV definitely helped me get my first job, but I was really surprised how many people assume Yale is better because they know the name. This doesn't really matter if you're applying to jobs that are super involved in the nursing world, because everyone knows the top 10. But if you're like me and end up venturing a bit outside the realm of a conventional nursing career, where people are less familiar with nursing schools, it might come as a surprise. Also, there are a lot of opportunities for scholarships each semester, but cost definitely hurts. Let me know if you have other specific questions I can help with. 🙂
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    UPenn ABSN 2021

    Yay! Hi! 😊 (that's really all I have to say right now. I just got excited to have another alum here.)
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    UPENN BSN MSN 2021

    Plenty of people lived outside the city. It was primarily people who lived locally and didn't want to move. I don't remember anyone that lived outside of the city as a newbie. I'm sure some have. I think there are huge advantages to living in the city. One of the main advantages of a school like Penn is the network you create. A big part of that is showing up for the unofficial things. The impromptu study groups and after exam beers and the nearby bar. (Ohhh, to be preCOVID again... sigh.) You'll be way more likely to drag your sleep-deprived self to gatherings if you don't have an hour commute ahead of you. Philly suburb traffic is pretty bad. I commuted from Phoenixville during the last year (MSN) and I had to allow for 90 minutes each way because of how bad traffic would get sometimes. (And being late to things is just simply inexcusable in nursing.) For the Intrapartum portion of the midwifery program (we had to do nights), I ended up subleasing a room near the hospital for $200 a month because I was that desperate for 3 more hours in my day. As I write this I realize how much I'm projecting. haha Can you tell I hated commuting?
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    UPENN BSN MSN 2021

    I got a notification and the allnurses said it was deleted. I have no idea why. haha. Try again?
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    UPenn ABSN 2021

    To be honest, I'm not really in-the-know with what Penn is doing right now with COVID. They have a really great sim lab and I heard they upped the utilization of that quite a bit, but I've heard bits and pieces (through groups on social media) about all the students currently in clinical scrambling to figure things out. Things continue to evolve quickly, so even if you got info now, I imagine it will be different by the time you start. As far as affording the program, I took out giant loans and got scholarships. If I could do it again, I would have applied for the HRSA scholarship. If you don't do that, you can always use it for loan repayment (assuming you want to work with an underserved community.) Also, I'm really glad I didn't try to work formally during the ABSN program. But if I could do it again, I would have probably worked as a RN part time during the MSN program. Also, the first semester was hard to pay for. I had to use all my savings and take out a private Wells Fargo healthcare loan (which they're not doing anymore). The next semester, I qualified for more loans and lived off the loans the rest of the time.
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    UPENN BSN MSN 2021

    This is a totally legit question and one I've thought a lot about. I have a ton of loans and mixed feelings. It's really hard to say because I'm pretty sure graduating from Penn got me my first job. Aside from it being well respected, my interviewer brought up that she used to serve on a board with one of my Penn professors and how much she respected her. However, the amount of debt I have is a huge stressor in my life now. A good part of that is self-imposed, I could have chosen jobs that would have qualified for HRSA loan repayment. I have friends from the program who are already debt free because of the jobs they went for after graduation. I was also really happy with the education I received from Penn and felt well supported by faculty. The main reason I chose Penn was actually the feeling I got about the culture there during interview day. It just felt like the current cohort really looked out for each other and the cohorts below them. I was right. Both cohorts (ABSN and MSN) were super supportive and not competitive with each other at all. We had study groups and get togethers and took care of each other. I made friends and curbside consults for life. Would I have gotten that elsewhere? Who knows. Now that I'm typing this I'm realizing I actually have a ton to say about the issue. haha. For now I will say this: if you like the idea of working with a underserved population, look at the HRSA scholarship. My friends that did it are all really happy with it. And different merit based scholarships will become available each semester and Penn financial aid will email everyone about it for a chance to apply. And... I hope admissions doesn't kill me for saying this. I got accepted and offered a better scholarship at Hopkins, but Penn was my first choice. So I told Penn that I really wanted to accept, but Hopkins was offering me X. They didn't match it, but it did help. 🙊 ETA: I had to apply for a Wells Fargo private loan to cover the first semester. After that, I was able to show proof that I was now a broke student and then I qualified for more federal loans. (eyeroll). Talk to Financial Aid and ask about it.