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  1. SaraStrong

    Advice for Surgical NP interview

    Thank you!
  2. SaraStrong

    Advice for Surgical NP interview

    I just graduated with my AG-ACNP degree and just passed boards. I am interviewing for a Head and Neck surgery position. My time will be spent inpatient seeing pts pre-op, post-op, first assisting in OR, and then also in the outpatient clinic. My RN background is in MICU. I have been doing some reading, but have never been on the surgical side of things. Any advice on how to make myself a stronger candidate during the interview given that I have no experience? Any advice on good questions to ask their team? Thanks in advance!
  3. SaraStrong

    Vanderbilt AG-ACNP program

    Ugh is right. I'm reallllly over this whole waiting thing. It's time to know.
  4. SaraStrong

    Vanderbilt AG-ACNP program

    I haven't heard anything. I called admissions about a week ago and asked when we can expect decisions to be mailed and she said "by the end of February."
  5. SaraStrong

    Vanderbilt AG-ACNP program

    Also Jack, based on the obsessive research I've done about this program over the last year, I think you have a good chance of admittance even considering the GRE thing.
  6. SaraStrong

    Vanderbilt AG-ACNP program

    For that question I basically said that what distinguishes a graduate level learner from a learner at a lesser degree level is.. The life and work experience to narrow down what you really want, an increased level of seriousness and focus, an increased level of responsibility for your work and what you get out of the program, an ability to take on a leadership role, to work autonomously, and maturity to support your cohorts as teammates and not as competition. Is it March yet...? :-P
  7. SaraStrong

    Vanderbilt AG-ACNP program

    I also applied to Vanderbilt's AG-ACNP program for the Fall. I'm so nervous and eager to hear back! Good luck everyone!
  8. SaraStrong

    Question for AG-ACNP student or practitioner

    Thanks for the advice!
  9. So here's my dilemma. I am applying to Vanderbilt University's AG-ACNP program for the Fall 2014. They have 3 tracks within this specialty: intensivist, trauma, or hospitalist. My ideal job after graduation is to work in the ICU. For this reason, I have been planning to apply to the intensivist track. I have almost two years of experience in the float pool in a hospital - which has given me some ED experience and some very miniscule experience in the burn ICU, however.. I really am not a critical care trained RN. Do you think it is against my interest and my chances of admission to apply to the intensivist track? Do you think applying to the hospitalist track instead would be a better option for my admission, even though I do want to be in the ICU after graduating? Thank you in advance for any help with this!
  10. SaraStrong

    Vanderbilt CNM/FNP 2014

    Well I took the GRE today... it was harder than I anticipated. I scored 156 quantitative and 158 verbal, still awaiting written score. Hopefully it's good enough cause I don't plan to retake it.
  11. SaraStrong

    Vanderbilt CNM/FNP 2014

    Hi all! I am taking the GRE tomorrow for the first time. Took a Kaplan course, hopefully it did some good. My ideal would be to score a 160, which is about the 85th percentile I believe, and is well above average. We shall see! I actually have decided to change my choice of specialty and am now applying to the acute care NP track. @aruttan84 .. it doesn't look like you have much to be nervous about considering your experience and GPA. I only have a 3.4 nursing GPA, although a much higher pre-req GPA, and 1.5 years experience in the float pool. Good luck to everyone. I'm planning to have my application complete by mid-November.
  12. SaraStrong

    Vanderbilt CNM/FNP 2014

    Hi! I am taking the GRE tomorrow a well! I started this thread in Pre-NP inquiry, too, since it seemed more appropriate. Let's continue that one instead: https://allnurses.com/pre-nurse-practitioner/vanderbilt-cnm-fnp-849634.html
  13. SaraStrong

    Suggestions about being both FNP and CNM?

    Vanderbilt University in Nashville has a dual CNM/FNP program that would take you only two years since you already have a BSN. I am applying for Fall 2014. :) Also, I would look into state laws governing scope of practice for CNM vs. FNP wherever you are. I know in Connecticut where I am, midwives surprisingly have MORE autonomy to practice than nurse practitioners. Good luck!
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    Vanderbilt CNM/FNP 2014

    Hello fellow nurses! Soooo.. I am preparing to apply to Vanderbilt University's dual CNM/FNP program for Fall 2014 and wanted to start a thread rather than [COLOR=#1c7dff]searching for info on here. I've been studying for the GRE cause I haven't taken it yet - planning to take it at the end of October. I'm heading to Nashville next month to check out the city cause I've never been! I'm a little freaked out, but overall excited because I know this is what I want and I think Vanderbilt offers a great option with this joint program. Anyone currently in the program with some sage advice or details about the curriculum? Anyone else looking to apply? Thoughts, fears, future career plans? Compulsive comparisons of GPA, GRE scores and work experience? :)
  15. SaraStrong

    Vanderbilt CNM/FNP 2014

    Hello fellow nurses! Soooo.. I am preparing to apply to Vanderbilt University's dual CNM/FNP program for Fall 2014 and wanted to start a thread rather than searching for info on here. I've been studying for the GRE cause I haven't taken it yet - planning to take it at the end of October. I'm heading to Nashville next month to check out the city cause I've never been! I'm a little freaked out, but overall excited because I know this is what I want and I think Vanderbilt offers a great option with this joint program. Anyone currently in the program with some sage advice or details about the curriculum? Anyone else looking to apply? Thoughts, fears, future career plans? Compulsive comparisons of GPA, GRE scores and work experience? :)
  16. Sooo... I just started my first job. I'm in the float pool at a 425 bed hospital in CT. I just began my 6th week of orientation, and it's going really well. Today I had a particularly stressful day. We were short a tech, so each tech on the floor had 13 patients.... I had a 6 patient assignment. This specific floor ranges from 5-8 patients per nurse. 5 and 8 both being uncommon, 6-7 being the norm. I know this is not uncommon for most hospitals. And I know I'm still orienting and things haven't become second nature yet. Nonetheless - I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off for most of the shift. I hate feeling like I'm put in a position where I cannot physically DO the job that I am responsible for. I hate not feeling like I am providing compassionate, thorough care because I am too busy passing this or that med, helping with a boost, charting, restarting an infiltrated line, etc etc. I know I am capable of this job, and I can see that I'm gonna have to adjust my expectations, and I will. I just wish I had had time today to feed breakfast to the 92 year old woman being sent home on home hospice care tomorrow.