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    I'm in a different DNP specialty but I can answer some of these questions. Many classes are online, but the in-person classes are condensed so you meet on campus 1-2 times a week at most. It may be possible to work full time during the first year of the 4 year program, as the first year of that track is all online. If you choose the 5 year track, the first two years are all online. However, in the subsequent years you start having clinical 1 or more days per week so balancing work and school becomes harder. People who work less seem to be the ones performing better. Most people I know are working part-time, 1-2 days a week at most. People who work 2 days per week have a more difficult time keeping up, but they seem to be managing. I know very few people who are working 3 days per week. This seems like the most stressful thing you could do to yourself, as you would be constantly juggling clinical hours, work, studying for tests, meeting assignment deadlines, etc.
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    Working during UMD DNP?

    Has anyone here completed the DNP program at University of Maryland? How feasible is it to work during the DNP program with a full-time course load? Or if you completed the program part-time, how many hours were you able to work per week? I love my job and want to stay on somehow, but I also want to complete the DNP in 3 years. Looking for some insight! Thanks.
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    My mailed acceptance letter had my ID number printed at the top. I went to UMD for undergrad though so maybe that's why? It should also be the same as the application number on surfs! On an unrelated note, is anyone planning on working while completing the program? I am not sure what to expect in terms of managing my schedule. I wanted to do the program full time and work 1-2 days a week if possible. Has anyone heard how feasible that is?
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    Congrats!!!!! I'm so excited. See you this fall
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    My status just changed to admit-institution for FNP at Shady Grove. No official phone call or letter yet, but surfs updates are in! :)
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    I think it went OK. It seemed quick but it lasted exactly a half hour. They said they will make decisions early next week.
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    I applied for FNP-Shady Grove. My interview is next week, so it looks like their timeline is later than the other programs.
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    FYI they are still conducting interviews! I received an invitation this week to interview in february. Congrats to everyone who is already in!
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    Johns Hopkins New Grad Nurse Residency

    At Hopkins there are residency cohorts every month, not just summer and winter. They hire new nurses throughout the year. You apply when you're ready to start. For the interview, you first meet with the nurse recruiter, go over general information. Then you meet with the nurse manager for a traditional sit down interview. Then you spend time on the unit shadowing and getting to know your potential coworkers.
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    Has anyone had an interview yet? How did it go? I'm still at "committee ready" and hoping for the best!
  11. Hello nurses! Does anyone here work at Children's National? Can you tell me how you feel about their benefits package? Are their health insurance options reasonable or pricey? How do you feel about the off-site parking? Is taking the shuttle a hassle? How much is off-site parking? What are their metro benefits like? Is it a discount? Or a pre-tax contribution towards your smart trip card balance? How does the Union effect your career? How much is the union fee? I can't seem to find any non-vague, readily available information on these topics. If I had some answers it would help me decide if I should work there or not. Feel free to private message me if you feel more comfortable that way. Thanks!! :)
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    Considering UMD? Please read a review from a former student

    If it's any consolation, students rarely learn any useful skills in nursing school. Clinicals are not like real-life nursing at all. You will learn everything you need to know once you actually start working. If you get into a good nurse residency program, you will get the best one-to-one learning experience. Getting a BSN from UMD will definitely help you land a nurse residency spot. Sorry that Shady Grove was such a headache. Things can only get better!
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    university of maryland rn - bsn

    I submitted all of my documents electronically through email to nursing admissions and they were marked as received within 1-2 days. You can send a screenshot of you license from the MD BON website. You can also call to follow-up on your application, the office number is listed on the UMD nursing website. The best thing to do is to submit everything through email and then call to follow up to make sure someone marks it as received right away. Make sure to put what program and semester you are applying for in the subject line as they get hundreds of applications for several different programs. If something isn't labeled appropriately it will never be seen again.
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    Interview at Johns Hopkins Hospital for New Nurse Position

    Hi MissPatricia. The scenario questions they ask you will depend on what kind of unit you are on. I interviewed for a pediatric position and had a scenario like "Your patient comes in for asthma exacerbation, what is the first thing you do? What do you do next?" After studying for the NCLEX you should be primed to answer these types on questions. Just remember ABC's. I also had a question about prioritization and delegation. It went something like "You just got an admit from the ED, your other patient just vomited and is calling for assistance, transport just arrived for your other patient who is going to the OR, and another patient is irrate and yelling because they have been waiting for discharge, how do you delegate in this situation?" I had the choice of asking my charge nurse, a tech, and other team members (I don't remember) for assistance. As a new grad I know I didn't answer this one correctly in hindsight, but I explained my rationale to the best of my ability and it was completely fine. The most important thing is to communicate that you would ask for help when overwhelmed and won't take everything on by yourself. Don't worry about not having hospital work experience. JHH is a teaching hospital and they don't expect everyone to have a hospital background. Since my work background was in retail, I was asked questions like "Tell me about a time you went above and beyond to help a patient OR customer". So you can draw on your clinical experience or whatever your work background is.
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    university of maryland rn - bsn

    Hi neenbeen93. Yes, since it's rolling admissions, the earlier you apply, the higher your chances of getting accepted. You are allowed to apply with some prerequisites in progress too, which means you should apply in your last semester of your ADN. If you meet the requirements and are accepted, you would just have to submit a final transcript after you graduate from your ADN, and then submit your NCLEX test results before starting the BSN. I don't know if there is a waitlist for the RN-to-BSN. When I applied, I got the feeling that much less people apply this way compared to the traditional BSN. To my knowledge, in early August there were still a few RN-to-BSN spaces open at the Baltimore campus for Fall. Meanwhile the traditional BSN had a long waitlist of people hoping to start in the Fall. Good luck on your journey to becoming a nurse.