Thanks, SingDana! Sorry you had to miss the admitted students day, but there will be several events during orientation where you'll have the chance to meet everyone! As for the Northeastern student's comment, I've actually had the opposite experience. I know several graduates (more than one :) ) from the MGH program who were all able to find great jobs working as an NP immediately following graduation, and they indicated that this was the case with the majority of their class, so I'm not at all concerned about having to work as an RN. I also spoke with graduates and current students from 3 of the other direct entry programs in the Boston area to feel this out when I was deciding where to go because I had two concerns: clinical/preceptor placement in the NP portion of the program, and employment as an NP upon graduation. I already addressed the point about preceptors in my other post about the admitted students day (I actually was the one who asked the question that day about guaranteed placement for all students during the NP portion), and I really liked their answer (obviously, since I'm going there :) ). I also liked that they are very deliberately training you to be an NP, not an RN, and they said that the additional hours spent doing RN clinical work that some other direct entry programs require were largely superfluous, unless your goal is to work as an RN professionally (and if that's the case, I'm not sure why you would enroll in a direct entry program). Clearly, some people value the extra time spent in a program, and to each his own. For me, I've been a lawyer for 6 years and I can't really afford (time wise or financially) to spend extra time in a program building up RN experience on the floor, when my goal is to be an NP and treat patients in a clinic - a completely different job.
Anyways, best of luck to you! I'm jealous you're getting your email addresses in a few weeks - I'll have to wait another year for mine! :)