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pkstien has 2 years experience and specializes in Critical Care.

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  1. pkstien

    USAGPAN 2019

    zander1991, thanks for posting and welcome to the thread! I am direct accession as well. My question is about our starting rank as an officer. Do we start as a 2LT?
  2. pkstien

    USAGPAN 2019

    I've been accepted, too! Looking forward to meeting you all next year!
  3. pkstien

    USAGPAN 2019

    Haha I know, got my hopes up for nothing! Hopefully we will find out in two weeks from now or less!
  4. pkstien

    USAGPAN 2019

    hoekan01, thanks for the reassurance. I've actually lost quite a bit of weight this past year and went through MEPS without any problems! I am in much better shape, too, but still nervous about the PT test. Glad I have some time to continue to improve my fitness!
  5. pkstien

    USAGPAN 2019

    Hello everyone, the waiting continues. I received an email last week saying that we will be notified in September! How exciting! I have completed MEPS and it went smoothly. How is everyone else coming along? I'm curious how many people applied this year. Compared to the thread last year, it seems like there's less interest this year but of course not everyone posts on allnurses.com!
  6. pkstien

    USAGPAN 2019

    First of all, there is a great past thread entitled "USAGPAN 2018" that contains others' experiences at their phase 2 interviews! I read those ahead of my own interview, and I would say my interview was fairly similar to what they had experienced in the past. I do not live near any of the phase 2 locations, so I was flown out to Fort Hood in Texas. I stayed at a hotel that was within walking distance to CRDAMC. The phase 2 director contacted me prior to my interview and asked for a few materials, including my resume, GRE scores and transcripts. He also provided me with a chapter to read from an anesthesia textbook. Mine covered pharmacology. I was instructed to read it ahead of time and would be expected to answer a few questions related to the chapter. It seems as if others have been asked to read a chapter from a textbook in the past as well. Over the course of the three days, most of your time is spent shadowing a SRNA and/or CRNA. I followed the same student the entire time, as the other SRNAs were on out rotations or on leave. The SRNA I followed was in the third year of the program. I was basically there from 0500-1500 or so on the the first two days, and was able to watch her set up her room before the cases started, watch her during the cases, and see what she did to prepare for the following day. I saw a variety of procedures, from a c-section, to several tonsillectomies and a procedure that required the use of a Da Vinci robot which I had never seen before and was cool to see in action! I was able to see a variety of airways and types of sedation used throughout these cases. It was a great time to also ask questions! In addition to shadowing the SRNA, I also got a chance to meet the two CRNAs that would be interviewing me, as they were the faculty overseeing the SRNA during her cases. One of these CRNAs was the phase 2 director that I had emailed with a few times prior to the interview. It was nice because I saw how they instructed the student, and I was also able to get to know them before the formal interview. Both of them did ask me a few interview-like questions throughout my shadowing experiences, so they also got to know me ahead of time as well. On day three, I watched the SRNA perform one case and then had my interview afterwards. I'm not sure how long it lasted, possibly 30-45 minutes. They reviewed my materials that I had given to them ahead of time, and asked a few questions related to my resume and transcripts. They emphasized the significant commitment that you would make by being in USAGPAN, as it is a total of eight years between the program and the five year commitment following completion of the program. At the end of the interview, they told me that they would recommend me to the program! They sent me a copy of the letter of recommendation the following day, and sent it directly to LTC Adams. Overall, it was a great experience as you get to witness the day in the life of a SRNA that's currently in the program. It does seem pretty challenging, but I'm still very excited about it!
  7. pkstien

    USAGPAN 2019

    First of all, welcome to the thread, and best of luck to you on your application! Let me start by mentioning that I am also a fellow applicant for FY2019, so I am no expert. But to me it sounds like you are a competitive applicant, and you have a great GRE score. In regards to your GPA, I feel like they have accepted students in the past with lower GPAs. In my phase 2 letter of recommendation, they specifically calculated my science GPA, so that seems to be the most important aspect to them! If your science GPA still isn't that great, I'm sure they will ask you about it...but your experience and other qualities should make up for it! Regarding MEPS, I actually completed my phase 2 interview BEFORE completing MEPS. I thought I had to do MEPS before the interview, but I am proof that that isn't necessarily the case! I am completing MEPS next week though. Since I haven't completed MEPS, I can't fully answer the question about whether you're "pledging" into the Army or not, but I was told by my recruiter in the past that it's pretty much an all or nothing process- you need to get into USAGPAN/Baylor to then become a commissioned officer in the Army. As for a timeline, I have been told by Baylor that we should expect to hear sometime in mid-September about acceptance into the program. The Army accession board is a distinct process and would happen sometime in October. I asked LTC Adams (deputy director of the program) about this, and he said typically you'll be selected for active duty as long as you meet the height/weight requirements, are healthy, and lack any criminal activity/history. I hope this helps!
  8. pkstien

    USAGPAN 2019

    Hey everyone, just thought I would give an update. I have completed my phase 2 interview at CRDAMC, and I am happy to say that they gave me a positive letter of recommendation! It was a great shadowing experience! I still need to complete MEPS, and after that it is a long wait to find out whether I will get into the program. I have to confirm with my recruiter, but my interviewers told me the next Army Board will not convene until October/November. Here's to hoping these next few months fly by!
  9. pkstien

    USAGPAN 2019

    Just saw this today, it was recently posted on the Baylor admissions website! It contains helpful information on guidelines for civilian and reservist applicants. https://www.baylor.edu/nursing/armydnp/doc.php/312625.pdf
  10. pkstien

    USAGPAN 2019

    Got my CCRN today! And just submitted my application to Baylor. Now it's a long summer of waiting, hopefully getting through MEPS and getting a phase 2 interview!
  11. pkstien

    USAGPAN 2019

    Bootsnpants, I'm applying as a civilian, but if you're interested in their VA limit for the cohort I would contact Jana Johns with Baylor, she is the program coordinator. Her email is jana_johns@baylor.edu. Hope that helps!
  12. pkstien

    USAGPAN 2019

    Thanks for the insight, it makes me hopeful! I'm personally not quite at the height/weight requirement quite yet, but I'm hopeful I can reach it in time for this application cycle.
  13. pkstien

    I need advice

    I've used the Lynx brand, I think I found it at a Scrubs & Beyond. I've had them for about two years now and haven't had any problems! They're more of a stretchy material, and not the traditional cotton? or whatever fabric is used for Grey's Anatomy brand, etc. I would recommend them!
  14. pkstien

    What has been your career path?

    When I was in nursing school, I was particularly interested in ICU nursing. Of course there's some that think that new grads should get experience on the floor before moving into ICU nursing. But I didn't heed that opinion and landed a position in a medical ICU. Unfortunately, it was a tough transition for me and I left after a few months. I ended up moving to a different city and found a different ICU job. It was somewhat risky, but it ended up paying off and I really like my current position! I've been in it for about a year and a half now. I'm interested in attending a CRNA program in the future. Based on my own personal experience, I think you have enough work experience to find another job in a city that you would prefer. However, I'm sure that what's available depends on the city, and every work environment varies greatly!
  15. pkstien

    Accelerated BSN Advice!! HELP!!

    kroseCNA13, If you are truly determined to get into an accelerated nursing program, then you will have to improve your GPA. In order to do this, I would recommend retaking some of those courses that you received a C grade in, particularly organic chemistry. I think that would demonstrate that you are really committed and can also handle the rigors of an accelerated nursing program. Programs are typically looking for candidates that they believe can successfully make it through the program, and these programs are tough because you are taking nursing courses over a condensed period of time (since you already have a previous Bachelor's degree and have taken the science courses). Best of luck to you!
  16. pkstien

    ED after ICU?

    FNKA, I had a similar experience to you. As a new nurse, I had started in a MICU and just wasn't fitting in and decided to leave after a few months. I was really disappointed and lost a lot of my confidence, too. I really wanted to stay in the ICU setting, so I ultimately decided to stick with it and found a different job in a different city- and I flourished! Of course, I didn't transition into ER nursing, so I can't say what it's like to be an ER nurse. But if that's what you would truly like to pursue, then I say go for it! Just because you had a bad experience the first time around, doesn't mean you will the second time. Hope that helps!