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  1. I've been reading many of the threads regarding the job search difficulties new grads are experiencing. I keep wondering why, when there are so many reports of a nursing shortage, are so many people having such a hard time finding a job? I just found this article that, although written a year ago, appears to provide good insight regarding the shortage of nurses and shortage of nursing jobs. Thought others might be interested... http://www.workingnurse.com/articles/Why-Nursing-School-Grads-Have-Trouble-Finding-Jobs I think the author makes some valuable points. I start nursing school this fall, and will certainly enter with eyes-wide-open... I plan to take advantage of as many networking and experience opportunities as I can while in school, which will hopefully help when I graduate in 2 years!
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    Johns Hopkins BSN/MSN Fall 2010 Anyone?

    Jesie, I definitely am! I'm trying to keep my mind off it so I don't obsess, but I think it takes entirely too long. I'm anxious to just get my loans sorted and figure out how to pay already, and I can't do that until I know about the package! So, you're definitely not alone :)
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    Johns Hopkins BSN/MSN Fall 2010 Anyone?

    Hey Lizzie! I didn't receive anything yet, either. I sent in my check weeks ago and it's already cleared, so I don't think that's the reason. I was thinking that once they make the regular decisions, they'll send the information out to all of the students at once. So... we'll probably get something sometime next month.
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    Johns Hopkins BSN/MSN Fall 2010 Anyone?

    Congratulations to all my future classmates! And have a happy and wonderful holiday!
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    Johns Hopkins BSN/MSN Fall 2010 Anyone?

    grats jesie! great news :)
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    Johns Hopkins BSN/MSN Fall 2010 Anyone?

    congratulations, lizzie and signed!
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    Johns Hopkins BSN/MSN Fall 2010 Anyone?

    Hi CaliGirlD! Way back in August I started a post with my credentials to get a reality check about my BSN chances (back when I was deciding what I was going to do)... so rather than write up again, here's the link... https://allnurses.com/general-nursing-student/accelerated-bsn-reality-415913.html I also took the GRE and got a 1210, but that was for the MPH program as it wasn't necessary for the MSN. But yeah, my path to this point was waaaaay convoluted, and not perfect. I tried to get an idea of how many were accepted and how many applications, but she didn't have that info available. But I definitely think they'll make more calls tomorrow... from what I understand, about half of each cohort was accepted early decision. But that's a very very loose estimate. Continued good luck to everyone!
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    Johns Hopkins BSN/MSN Fall 2010 Anyone?

    I just got my call at 12:20! I was in the cafeteria at school studying for my A&P final and barely held it together. all I wanted to do was the happy happy joy joy dance! I'm in for ABSN/MSN-FNP. I won't know about the MPH until January congrats to others who have received calls. and hang in there, everyone else. I know this is nerve wracking!
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    Johns Hopins Accelerated BSN

    I just got my call at 12:20! I was in the cafeteria at school studying for my A&P final and barely held it together. all I wanted to do was the happy happy joy joy dance! I'm in for ABSN/MSN-FNP. I won't know about the MPH until January :) congrats to others who have received calls. and hang in there, everyone else. I know this is nerve wracking!
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    Johns Hopkins BSN/MSN Fall 2010 Anyone?

    yep, I was thinking NYU as well, and UNC (deadline is on 12/20, I believe). And possibly Jefferson and UMDNJ, as they're closer to where I live. However, I really really want to get out of NJ! It will be interesting to see what the male/female ratio is... I imagine each year their male enrollment must increase. We have a lot of male nurses here where I work, relatively speaking... and most are ex-military, which I thought was interesting.
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    Johns Hopkins BSN/MSN Fall 2010 Anyone?

    Thanks, Poet. I hope you're right! I'd be happy to be in a class with you and the other acceptees from this board! Did you mean you applied October 26? I did the same as you... this is the only program I want, so the only one I applied to. If I don't get in, I'll figure it out from there :)
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    Johns Hopkins BSN/MSN Fall 2010 Anyone?

    Questions for those accepted... I know you were probably way too excited to ask too many questions or even remember all that was said... but did you get any indication of how many ED acceptances were made? Also, did you all send in your applications before the deadline? I'm wondering if maybe they call in order of when the application was received. Or I could just be thinking WAY too much about this! :) P.S. For those of you following both threads, forgive me for my double posts!
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    Johns Hopins Accelerated BSN

    Continued congratulations to those who have been accepted! As I posted in the other thread... no letter yet, so I'm safe! I hope we keep getting good news tomorrow. Not sure how I'm making it through the weekend without full-on anxiety attacks Questions for those accepted... I know you were probably way too excited to ask too many questions or even remember all that was said... but did you get any indication of how many ED acceptances were made? Also, did you all send in your applications before the deadline? I'm wondering if maybe they call in order of when the application was received. Or I could just be thinking WAY too much about this! :)
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    Johns Hopins Accelerated BSN

    I'm so sorry HM Have you thought about petitioning? Do you have other schools that you're interested in? I feel for you... I'll be crushed if I get a letter.
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    Johns Hopkins BSN/MSN Fall 2010 Anyone?

    No letter in the mail yesterday... woohoo! Hopefully we'll all continue to get good news tomorrow :)
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    Interested in Nursing

    Hi Antchick! Sounds like you're in a similar position as I was nearly two years ago. I'm also from the Philadelphia area (I live in South Jersey). I would suggest that you do not go for the ADN, but rather go straight for your BSN. Since you already have a BA, it would take you the same amount of time, or even less, than it takes for the ADN. More and more healthcare facilities are requiring nurses to have their BSN's at entry level now, so it would be worth it to go for that degree. There are a bunch of schools in the Philly area that offer accelerated BSN's for second degree students. Because these programs are much faster, they typically require more pre-requisites. They run anywhere from 11 months (Drexel's ACE program) to 18 months (Univ of Pennsylvania). Villanova has a 14 month program, Jefferson has a 12 month program, and UMDNJ in Stratford has a 15 month program. But, these accelerated programs are extremely intense, and most suggest that you do not work while completing the programs. If you could manage to sacrifice a year to a year and a half of work, it's definitely worth it. You could also transfer into a traditional BSN program. Most will require fewer pre-requisites, and they have a slower pace. I'm sure some of them would even allow you to attend school part time, but I imagine you would have to have a flexible schedule in order to do so. But the slower pace, even as a full time student, would allow you to work at least part time while going to school (although i work with someone now who goes to school full time and works full time... people who can do that amaze me!) Look at Temple, Jefferson, Univ of Pennsylvania, Eastern, Holy Family... or even Rutgers Camden and UMDNJ. You can do your pre-req's online, but I know a lot of schools prefer that you do them in person, especially for the science classes. Also, although a lot of pre-req's overlap for some schools, make sure you're familiar with what each one needs (like I know Villanova require religion courses, and UMDNJ wants your Psych 101 credits to be less than 5 years old). All of these schools have a range of preferred GPA's too, so it's worth it to check that out. And many also have direct entry MSN programs (you're accepted into the BSN and MSN at the same time and go straight through)... some of those require the GRE, some do not. As far as financial aid goes, since you already have a Bachelor's degree, you probably would not qualify for any federally funded grants. You could qualify for federal Subsidized Stafford Loans (if you haven't maxed-out your individual allowance on your Bachelors -- can't remember what that is) and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans. It stinks, but it's all about loans at this point . Definitely talk to financial aid at your local community college for that one. I hope this helps. Good luck to you on your new journey!