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RNcDreams

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RNcDreams has 4 years experience and specializes in Tele, ED/Pediatrics, CCU/MICU.

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    Anyone applying to Yale for Fall 2012? (MSN)

    angelala-- Is the Graduate Entry program the one for non-nurses that allows them to ultimately obtain a bachelors and a master's? I'd be going just for a Graduate (MSN) degree, so a little bit of a different scenario, but still... holy debt. I keep reminding myself that every other lawyer and business major out there with debt isn't suffering or in a terrible place-- they're getting along, and we will too!
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    Anyone applying to Yale for Fall 2012? (MSN)

    LookingAhead-- Thank you for sharing that! Really good questions to guide the process. My only debt is for my undergraduate degree. I still owe about $35,000. I know-- not good. However, I own my car, I rent, and I have zero credit card debt. I don't have kids and I'm willing to move around for a bit, so the "underserved area" concept is certainly an option for me. I'm between areas right now in the geographic sense, but I'd ultimately choose a higher quality or better-fit program over one that happens to be where I want to live, if it means a better preparation. Siiiigh. So many factors! Basically I'm trying to figure out if taking on another $70K in loans will be worth it, if it means going to a noteworthy program that is perceived to be of high quality. I'm only doing this once (on my dollar, anyway) so I want to do it right-- even if that means living on a shoestring budget when I graduate to start paying the loans down. GAH!
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    Anyone applying to Yale for Fall 2012? (MSN)

    LookingAhead-- I'm on the fence about the cost thing! Is a high quality/noteworthy program something that's going to work to your benefit when it comes time to get hired? I've been leaning this way. Plus you mentioned the tough job market. I feel like maybe a degree from a really well known, competitive school might make you stand out in a pool of applicants. Thoughts?
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    How to study for the GRE

    Ugh. I'm doing practice problems right now, and I do believe I'm royally screwed. I'd have to repeat all of elementary and high school to cram this stuff back in my head! The fact that the new one is fill- in for math is really just going to kill me. Good thing I'm applying to 6 schools, 3 of which waive the GRE because my undergrad GPA was >3.4! Can't wait for this to be over.....
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    How to study for the GRE

    jmalid, I've got 2 GRE 2012 prep books, one of which is all math. I'm plodding along... it's rough!
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    Anyone applying to Yale for Fall 2012? (MSN)

    ... that's a really good question! I don't have any idea. I'll have to poke around and see what I can dig up. It never occurred to me that they might do that. Hm.
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    Anyone applying to Yale for Fall 2012? (MSN)

    I'm curious how much value they will place on the GRE's this time around, considering all the changes and alterations in scoring. Maybe it will work to our advantage?
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    Anyone applying to Yale for Fall 2012? (MSN)

    Thank you, Category X! I vaguely remember seeing that one in my searches.... there's so many!
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    In need of help ASAp-- graduate school admission short essay

    I would also add that you could touch on how the process of going through school has helped you to learn to multitask, time manage, and focus in your personal life as well!
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    How to study for the GRE

    Oh no! I always work backward from the available answer choices. This is not good. Thanks for the heads up, acl0272! Time to go practice....
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    Anyone applying to Yale for Fall 2012? (MSN)

    Same here, APatriganiRN! I am aiming for the ACNP track as well. I've got a few other "reach schools" on my list, including Johns Hopkins and Georgetown. I'll be applying to a few state schools as well, which are more realistic. But, you never know until you try! Have you heard anything about what kind of GRE scores they look for? I'm having anxiety about not getting them done in time. I've got a date for the end of the month, but I just don't know if I can get all my stuff together RIGHT for Nov 1. So, I might just accept that I'll apply within the window of rolling admissions, and let things unfold. How is it going on your end?
  12. Hey everyone! So, I've done quite a bit of soul searching. Here's a few thoughts I've been toiling with, and some possible plans I've mapped out to help me reach my goals. I considered the Educator role/preparation for a bit. However, I don't think it meets my needs at this time. My reasoning is that I'd like to choose a program that will allow the most flexibility with employment, including clinical practice AND teaching options (even if that teaching is just a basic A&P class every now and then, for extra money and a change of pace). As such, I've decided on the NP route. What do you all think of these possible "game plans"? a.) Acute Care NP with a post-graduate certificate in FNP b.) FNP with a post-graduate certificate in Acute Care NP I just can't picture myself fully happy in JUST the office or JUST the hospital... which makes me think I should just create a plan that incorporates both. There's hardly any Dual-Certified programs out there in the adult realm for Primary and Acute care, so I'll just make one myself with a Post-Grad certificate. Hahaha. Anyway, I'd love to hear what your thoughts are! Also, if you care to share what kind of jobs/areas you work in, I'd love to hear about it. Will report back with my experiences shadowing! Thanks for your responses. :)
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    Anyone applying to Yale for Fall 2012? (MSN)

    Very nice! I saw quite a few posts from last year geared toward that program. I'll just be applying to one of the regular nursing Master's specialties. I'm still flip flopping when it comes to choosing one, so I'm completing a few shadowing opportunities in the near future to help me see what life is like in each role. Have you heard any pointers/news so far?
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    Anyone applying to Yale for Fall 2012? (MSN)

    Ooohhh c'mon, I know you're out there somewhere :)
  15. Just checking to see if anyone else is considering Yale for Fall 2012 for any of the Masters specialties. I'm compiling my list of schools and check out application dates. I am *pretty sure* I'll apply to Yale.... yikes! Anyway, I'd love to hear from you if you are too!
  16. All excellent suggestions so far! Thank you :)