Vanderbilt Nurse Residency 2015


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by MrsMc MrsMc (New) New

Has 5 years experience.

Craig-- I started writing my letter of intent but i haven't finalized anything. i'm waiting until the 4th to request the full application package

You know I am doing the same thing but I am ready for all possibilities. I believe that graduating from NYU with such a great GPA and having pretty stellar extracurriculars presents a solid advantage for you going into the application period.

well thanks! i hope so! i hope everything works out for you too!

I'm applying too, but I did an accelerated program which means I didn't have time to work or do extracurriculars. I barely had time to eat and sleep. This is my second career, and the first wasn't in healthcare. It seems that don't have much of a chance, but I'm applying anyway.


Specializes in Coronary Care.

NewYorkerGirl, I am in a similar boat. I won't be applying until November because I graduate in May 2015. I am also in an accelerated BSN program, so I haven't had time for work or much of anything. However, I worked as a CNA prior to starting the ABSN program and volunteered at my university hospital during my undergrad (I graduated the first time in 2013 and started the ABSN in 2014). Does my prior volunteering and CNA work experience help? Or do they only want what you did while in nursing school?

I think that any recent healthcare related experiences would help an application, but I am not sure of how much - that is for the admissions committee to decide. By the time I graduate from my accelerated program this December I will only have been working as a tech for 7 months, but I am hoping that my volunteerism/involvement will help to buffer my application. I feel like the most important thing for me to do now is to write a powerful cover letter and get this first part of the app in. How much progress have you folks made?

I'm working on the second part of the application right now, and they only care about work/volunteer/leadership experience in the past 6 months, and they're looking for substantial amounts of time (more than 166 hours I think was one option, over 600 I think was another, who has this kind of time on their hands?) The message this sends me is accelerated people need not apply, because no one in my program worked or volunteered, ABSN is your life, it's impossible to do anything else! I'm really depressed about this, :no: but I'm going to apply anyway. The worst they can do is say no.

I say don't get down about it. They may take this into account for accelerated program applicants and they may not, who knows. Either way try to stay hopeful. What does the second part of the app entail? I'm still tweaking the first part because I have been busy with work

There's a part where you chose your track, an experience form where you detail volunteer/work/leadership, the letter of intent, a place to upload a transcript/resume, and they want 4 clinical references from clinical instructors only. There is also a section for VISA sponsorship, (hmmm, aren't there enough Americans applying?)

You're right, I'm not going to get down about it. I am what I am an I can't change it. I couldn't have done any more in school if I wanted to. I'm just crossing my fingers that I get into an excellent nurse residency.

Edited by NewYorkerGirl

Ah nvrmind I totally forgot about my peda and maternity professors lol