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  1. BerkeleyMom

    Samuel Merritt ELMSN- CM interview

    Hi there, I am in my first semester of the ELMSN-FNP (OAK) and I also have 2 little ones. I really do not think it would be possible to work. Because it is 17 units, something already needs to get sacrificed, and sadly for me, that has been time with my children in addition to not being able to complete all of the reading. ... I am not even sure when I would work if I decided to. However, I do think anything is possible if you believe it is, have the resources you need, and the support to get you through it. As of now our schedule is as follows, 12 hours of class, 6 hours of lab, 8 hours of clinicals, so that is 26 hours total. In addition to that, it is expected that we will put in 2 times - 3 times the hours study time outside of the classroom. ... I am lucky if I can get in 10-15, but am also finding that that is enough for me. Most people are offered plenty of loans, especially if you have dependents. We are eligible to sit for the NCLEX in 15 months from our start date. Best of luck to you!
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    Samuel Merritt College

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    Samuel Merritt College

  4. BerkeleyMom

    Why NP and not PA?

    "i will say that approx 2/3 of those trained as nps are working as nps while 85% of all pas ever trained are working as pas. the reality probably has more to do with relationship between rn and np pay than job satisfaction." do you think that this (2/3 of nps working as nps) also has to do with job availibility and salary? it is my understanding that in some places (northern cali particularly) it is easier to find an rn position than an np position. it also seems that many rns are getting paid better. is this common in many other places throughout the country? rns around here, new grads included, are starting off with higher salaries than a lot of np listings i have seen. ... actually, i don't see that many np listings, and have read on these boards that our market is saturated with them. it seems that the np listings are often times for low income, or nonprofit, clinics, and the starting salarys are low. i can see the temptation in finding an rn position, where as the pa does not have that option, unless he/she is an rn. this is of concern to me as i am starting a de msn fnp program. the fact that i will have the rn (job security) is the main reason that i chose the fnp program over a pa program, even though i have completed the prereqs for both programs.
  5. BerkeleyMom

    Do you think I have a chance?

    DE programs get such a wide range of applicants. At my group interview, which only was a small group, there were 22-yr-olds and people in their late 30s/early 40s. There were also all different levels of education--BAs only, Masters, and even PhDs. Everyone had completely different work & volunteer experiences, some in the medical field, and some had no medical experiences. My point being, there is no one way to know what the recipe is for being competitive because there is none. Each individual must tell their own story in that application packet. If someone were 22, fresh out of undergrad with under a 3.0, no work/volunteer history, he/she may not be that competitve relative to that applicant pool. However, if that same applicant aged a few more years, did some additional work (or academic work), and gained experience and maturity, he/she may become one of the most competitive applicants in that same pool. ... Maybe that 3.0 in undergrad demonstrates growth and character when compared to the recent work ... I am a firm believer in the personal statement. Spend as much time on it as possible. A beautifully written statement can speak for itself. You sound like a great candidate. Good luck!
  6. BerkeleyMom

    San Francisco Pay for a New Grade

    Might be worth investing in a calculator. ... If you are looking to get rich quick, nursing may not be the best career choice for you.
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    Samuel Merritt

  8. BerkeleyMom

    Accepted but...

    Obviously, everyone has a different situation. Some parents must put their children in childcare in order to work and survive, while others simply choose to for their own personal reasons or to benefit the child. Then there is everyone else in between. No one has the right to judge anyone elses' needs or choices. By saying "No way would I put my kids in day care" implies judgment of others that do. This is supposed to be a supportive community, and I do not see anything beneficial by your statement. I hope you do not display that same insensitivity in your career because it is of particular importance in the field of nursing to be openminded to everyone's differences.
  9. BerkeleyMom

    Advice Needed!

    Hi, I thought I would chime in because I just got into a NP program and spent a lot of time getting as many quality letters as I could. I think that a good letter is as important as *who* writes it, if not more so. If you know the TA on a personal level, but the prof is willing to sign, that sounds like a great deal. Good letter, good authority. By your first post, it sounded as though the prof was just reminding you that an "A" is not the only important detail in a letter. ... In fact, these letters don't usually mention a grade, but what sort of student (ie motivated, inquisitive, etc) he/she is. I didn't see anything negative in his letter, it just sounded like he is the straight forward type. I think you should give the TA as much info about you as possible so he has a lot to work with when writing the letter. Maybe even offer to take him out for coffee, or to sit down and write it together so you can make his job a little easier. The more info you supply him the better--resume, list of acheivements, list of personal qualities, academic & nursing goals, etc--that way the TA will have more to talk about and he will also see how important this is to you and probably spend more time on it. ... The more time/info in that letter, the more weight it will hold up to the admin commitee as it will appear that he knows you well. I would also ask to see the letter before he hands it over to the prof. A lot of people do this and I think it would be a wise idea if you have any doubt he may not write an excellent letter. You are right--the prof is not going to write anything crabby or neg, people that agree to write letters do not do that & know how imp they are, he is probaly just going to sign it and drop it in the mail honestly. He probably just offered to add something to be polite but really doesn't feel like doing any of the work. I say, go for it, sounds like a great deal! Best of luck! Berkeley
  10. BerkeleyMom

    Accepted but...

    I agree with justamazing. I think often times the daycare adjustment is harder on us parents than the children. When my youngest started part-time at age 2, I was worried about her adapting. Turned out, she LOVED it. In fact, the mornings she did not go, she cried, put on her little backpack and begged me to take her! lol.
  11. Very well put ejilaca, I completely agree. The personal statement is going to be a critical selling point to make your application stand out. I did not do this, but have heard of people getting writing coaches to help them with their papers. If you don't know anyone that can help you proofread/edit, that may be worth looking into. I also think it is worth applying to ADN and ABSN programs in edition to the DE programs. That will give you time to pump up your GPA and get experience in the field. Then, when you apply for the MSN, *you* can decide what school *you" want to go to, not just settling for whoever let you in. It seems, based on this thread and similar threads, that the universities that do not have a min GPA, and a lot of DE programs in general, come with a hefty price tag to match! ... I am about to enter one, and BIG DEBT here I come! (it is always more than you think it is going to be due to rising fees, additional expenses, and interest rates). Best of luck!!! -Berkeley
  12. BerkeleyMom

    Question about new grad postitions in SF

    I don't know what it is like to work for Alta Bates, but I do know that there L&D ward and maternity ward are excellent as far as standard of care! It is known that Alta Bates is one of the best places to have a baby in the bay area and that the department has grown over the years. ... Probably safe to assume that their nurses are getting excellent training ... just my 2 cents. --Berkeleymom (had 2 babies at Alta Bates and thought the nurses were fantastic)
  13. BerkeleyMom

    Soon to be graduate nurse

    A friend of mine graduated last Dec and started a new grad program at Stanford in Jan. I know what you mean about moving to a new place--it is so hard to know where to go and what neighborhood "fits" all your needs. I am married with kids and live in the east bay, so my priorities may be different. However, if I were a young professional that was single, I would love to live in San Francisco. Such an amazing city with so much to do! If you google map UCSF, you will see that it is walking distance from Golden Gate park. There are many cool neighborhoods in that area and I have no doubt you would meet a lot of very fun, intelligent, and diverse people. Haight Ashbury is great. SF may be a little more pricey than other parts of the bay area, but if you found a little apartment and a roommate, you may not end spending much time in there as the city has so much to offer! Maybe take a look at this too: http://www.sanfrancisco.com/attractions/neighborhoods.html EDIT to say: another reason I brought up Stanford and UCSF is because they are both large universities and I think being close by them is a great way to meet new people and find fun & interesting communities.