Where oh where do all these references come from?

  1. I'm considering applying for graduate school to become an FNP. One of the schools that I am thinking of applying to needs three letters of reference: One from an NP, one from a supervisor, and one from an instructor.

    I'm a night resource nurse, and I rarely meet NPs, and I also rarely work somewhere often enough that anyone really gets to know me. My direct supervisor only knows that I don't get in trouble.

    So what do you think? Apply somewhere that prefers academic letters of reference? Take a pay cut and pick one department to work in, and wait?
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  3. by   txrn84
    I've heard that some applicants without access to a FNP might choose to shadow for a specific period of time and get a letter of recommendation that way. I agree with you though, I felt the same way when looking at schools that require letters from specific people.

    From what I understand, most schools are looking for recommendations from a professional that show positive interaction with you and understanding of your ability to perform. I think a recommendation from your immediate supervisor would be fine if they are able to provide some insight into how you work. You can also meet with them and explain that as an immediate supervisor for you as a resource nurse, they have specific knowledge about your ability to work in all areas and be flexible. They should also have a general idea of your work ethic and attitude. I think these are all positive things that you could discuss with them and get a very nice letter of recommendation.

    Only the other hand, I've also seen many programs that just ask for 3 professional references (non-specific), so it might be to your advantage to look into some of these other programs if you feel something is just not right about asking your supervisor.
  4. by   tryingtohaveitall
    I would definitely talk with them and ask for other options. Is there a dr you've worked with who is able to vouch for your abilities? Your supervisor can speak more for you than you probably realize. I would imagine she gets feedback on your performance. She also knows you are reliable and that she can relax when you are working, that you are responsible and able to manage any issues that arise.

  5. by   BitOGranola
    Thank you for all the help and suggestions!
  6. by   frecklefacedawn
    I also encountered problems with getting references from "qualified" people when applying to grad schools for the FNP program. I work with BSN's and my BSN was through Excelsior (no face to face with professors). Most of the FNP programs want your references to be MSN's. I have plenty of MD or DO references but the programs would not accept those. I find that silly to say the least. I have just applied to Kaplan's FNP program. Their admission process was without this nonsense and sounds very promising. I am hopeful to finally be able to get started in a FNP program! Hope this info. helps!
  7. by   MBrickle
    I have the same issue. I work in home health where my supervisor never sees me! Also, I would prefer that my employer not know that I am looking into going back to school...

    I am also annoyed that most schools want specific cover letters filled out as well. I have lots of tracking down of my former professors to do...