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  1. moggsy

    Duke University ABSN Fall 2013

    Hi everyone- not to beat a dead horse, but I'm also a current 2nd semester ABSN student (hi laflaca!), and I basically agree with everything she has said. When I decided to come to Duke, I definitely wasn't banking on getting tuition reimbursement... even though they talked about it a lot, they always said it wasn't guaranteed. Everyone in our cohort is pretty upset though because most of the people who just graduated in December and got jobs at Duke are getting the tuition reimbursement, so I think we all just thought it would still be an option for us. I feel like it's weird timing to announce this, but maybe not... Bottom line, I also don't recommend doing any nursing program anywhere if you're going to be 100k in debt. I have no idea how you pay that off on a nurse's salary. Duke's program is great and we're all being trained to be amazing nurses, but nothing is worth that kind of financial hardship (IMO). If you have the funds (or the majority of the funds), go for it! Also keep in mind (and I have posted this before)- when the tuition reimbursement was an option, you got about 9k a year back and were maybe making 30k a year. It wasn't a ridiculously good deal if you crunched the numbers. Also keep in mind when reading these boards that there are Bitter Betsys out there, and not everyone has had a great experience at Duke... but there are people like that everywhere. Not every class is going to be well organized or stress-free, not every professor is going to be on the ball, and not every test is going to go in your favor... but that's school for you! Expecting Duke (or any program) to be perfect no matter how much $$ you're paying isn't realistic. Having attended public schools all my life, I can absolutely say that you get things at Duke that you will never find anywhere else. To me, it has been more than worth it. :)
  2. moggsy

    Duke University ABSN Fall 2013

    I haven't been on this site in forever, but just popping in to say that the tuition reimbursement (if you get it) IS taxed - after taxes it comes out to be about $9,000/year (for the record). They also basically subtract that number from your salary, so you're not going to be making much if you work for the Duke system, but people do to get their foot in the door. Just something to consider. The cost of living is much cheaper down here though then in the North or on the West Coast, so that helps.
  3. moggsy

    Duke ABSN Spring 2011

    Tiny elf, the Duke ABSN Spring 2013 thread is right below this one... just redirecting you. :) For what it's worth, I don't recommend applying to UNC if you are OOS b/c they take so few out-of-staters, and with the recent budget cuts it's hard enough to get accepted as a second degree in-stater. Hope that helps!
  4. moggsy

    Duke ABSN - Spring 2013!

    Keep in mind that any info you put out there about the interview is fair game for the people at Duke to read about... and then change... lol, I'm (half) kidding, but given that they've been doing an office revamp, I wouldn't be surprised if they switch a few things up at Duke Days too. Seriously though, I don't think the personal interview determines who is first round, second round, or waitlist (second round is not waitlist - just wanted to clarify). Pretty sure they have 98% of that already decided by the time you roll up unless your answers/behavior raise a bunch of red flags. Not going to comment about the group activity b/c they asked us not to... makes for a better experience if you don't know what's coming. It was fun, I promise! :) I would dress very professionally but definitely wear layers and bring a change of flats or sandals - you go on a campus tour that involves walking around outside, so you're definitely going to want to take your blazer/suit jacket off and ditch the heels. Stepping off the soapbox now...
  5. moggsy

    Duke ABSN - Spring 2013!

    My friend got an interview too!!!! Congrats, everyone!! :) ETA - She is going the 16th. :)
  6. moggsy

    Duke ABSN - Spring 2013!

    My friend who applied is going nuts... here's to hoping you guys hear this week! Can't believe the wait has been so long! I think they are doing some office reorganization of roles, etc, so that might explain it.
  7. moggsy

    Stethoscope for New Grad

    Starting an ABSN program in August, and I just bought the Cardio III from medisave.net - free engraving and a 5% off promo code! My total was about $25 cheaper than other sites. Feeling pretty proud of myself - ha!
  8. moggsy

    Duke ABSN - Spring 2013!

    Hey guys - I am starting the ABSN program in August, but I have a friend who applied to the Spring 2013 cycle. She emailed admissions and was also told that interview invites won't go out until mid-July which seems a little crazy since the deadline was May 1st! I know the deadline was June 1st last year and then they bumped it up to May this year, so the timing is a little wonky. Past cycles seem to have heard about interviews 3ish weeks after the deadline, so my friend was expecting to hear this month. A little silly to keep everybody waiting if they truly do have the Duke Days planned out already...
  9. moggsy

    DUKE ABSN Fall 2012

    Congrats, jbl!! I have your same thought process - I definitely want to work for awhile before doing any kind of MSN (not sure if I even WANT to do an MSN at all), so no rush there. I'm always surprised by people who have it all mapped out already, and we haven't even started the ABSN program yet! I get why people starting a second career might feel anxious to plan it out, but when you're 22/23, how do you even know for sure you want to be an NP, etc, if you have no experience? I have a feeling my ideas about nursing school and the areas I would like to work in are probably quite different from reality - looking forward to finding out for sure in a few months, ha ha! :)
  10. moggsy

    DUKE ABSN Fall 2012

    CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  11. moggsy

    DUKE ABSN Fall 2012

    Okay... tomorrow has to be the day, right? ABSNhopeful, we need you officially in the group! About time!! :)
  12. moggsy

    DUKE ABSN Fall 2012

    I really thought they would haul it out and tell people today... b/c the # seems low and you'd think they would want to snatch more people up! Fingers crossed for tomorrow AM for sure!!
  13. moggsy

    DUKE ABSN Fall 2012

    For real?? The FB group is at 55... they obviously need more people, imo. Did anybody write to M?
  14. moggsy

    DUKE ABSN Fall 2012

    Girl, I was just going to write and say that you better hear something tomorrow!! At 8AM! Seriously. :)
  15. moggsy

    DUKE ABSN Fall 2012

    ABSNhopeful, your inbox is full! :)
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