Published Aug 17, 2019
I have been on the lookout for the 2020 thread but figured that I'll have to create one. I am sorry if there is one that I am not aware of.
I am a 2020 hopeful that is looking to make a career switch. I was at one of the information sessions where I gained further insights on the application process and the program. I took the GRE yesterday and was around the 50th percentile for both Q&V.
One of the changes to this years' requirements is that you don't need the GRE if you already have a masters degree or would complete one before the start of the 2020 session. I haven't taken the major prerequisites, but I will take and complete them in the summer of 2020.
I will start talking to my recommenders from next week, I have a tentative list that I composed with a view of having them tell different stories about my candidacy.
May I crave the indulgence of both current and past GEPNs and the benevolence of prospective class of 2020 to make this thread the best one yet. Your views and insights are welcome and appreciated!
I have been lurking in this website for a while and so glad to find a thread about yale gepn 2020!
I am a current undergraduate with double majors in Biology and Psychology, and I am going to apply for the mental health track.
I took the GRE during my junior year and got 85% on both V&Q, but I don't think scores matter that much! I got letters from my organic chemistry professor, psych professor and my research lab PI.
Because I live far away from New Haven, I, unfortunately, cannot make any of these info sessions, and I hope they can hold one online. ?
Looking forward to discussing more during the next few months and good luck to everyone.
Ohm108, MSN, NP, CNM
Please feel free to post your questions. Those of us who are current students do monitor this thread and we will do our best to help answer your questions.
Good luck with your applications!
Hi think34,Thank you for starting this thread. I signed up to one of the information session days, however I was not able to attend. I called the department and asked them if they would have any info sessions in the Fall. I was told that the person I talked to needed new staff to be able to organize info sessions. If the department doesn't hire anyone, then there will be none. I am planning to visit the campus and department in the Fall semester by myself and wondering if you could share some more about what the info session was like? Thank you so much again!
Thank you for getting this thread going!
I am like you jules in that I was unable to attend an information session. I left a message with Sandra Esposito today hoping to schedule a telephone advising session, but given they are needing new staff I'm not sure that it will happen! In other words, I'd love to know more about the info session as well.
Questions for current students:
Are there any classes or aspects of the clinicals that you are finding most beneficial? Any that you wish you didn't have to take?
@ohm 108, thanks for lending a helping hand.
@Jules and JessB, I will be dropping what I could from the information session in bits. I attended the information session that was held on 07-10-2019, it was anchored by Joseph Korevec. @JessB, Sandra retired from the YSN effective 08-01-2019.
What they look for in a candidate is their fit with the program and they determine fit by looking at the entire application package. The most important item in that package is your personal statement. We were told to highlight our accomplishments and not undersell ourselves as some folks tend to. Get conversant with the YSN themes and proofread your essays before submission - you shouldn't inadvertently be talking about John Hopkins or Columbia in a YSN essay.
On the GRE, his words were "don't stress but prepare." A 50+ percentile in Q, V, AWA is okay. The essay is now waved for masters degree holders. The three LOR should highlight different aspects of your accomplishment. There was an extensive talk on funding and scholarship.
If selected to proceed, a zoom interview will be conducted. The highest scholarship from the YSN is the merit-based one with an award of $15,000, the mission and need-based scholarship is worth$10,000 each.
I'll keep updating as I have additional information.
AmyS4, MSN, CNM
Thank you for creating this thread. Support through this process will be helpful to us all! I was also at a recent information session and am applying to the MSN CNM program as I already have my BSN.
Even though it is still almost 2 months before the deadline I am fairly new to my interest in Yale's program. I had not looked into it much in my previous research, but based on comments from current students about the support I am now intrigued. Plan on spending the next few days deep diving into Yale nursing and editing essays. I already have one from another school that asks very similar questions but now must customize it to Yale as well as cut it from 685 to 600 words. Editing is so nerve wracking to me because I want to be concise, fully answer the questions, and not undersell myself. Thanks for creating this thread!
Does anyone know if Yale helps students get matched with preceptors?
On 9/7/2019 at 11:47 PM, laurynd said:Does anyone know if Yale helps students get matched with preceptors?
Yes, they do. We do not have to find our own preceptors.
On 9/4/2019 at 6:52 PM, JessB said:Hi!Thank you for getting this thread going! I am like you jules in that I was unable to attend an information session. I left a message with Sandra Esposito today hoping to schedule a telephone advising session, but given they are needing new staff I'm not sure that it will happen! In other words, I'd love to know more about the info session as well. Questions for current students:Are there any classes or aspects of the clinicals that you are finding most beneficial? Any that you wish you didn't have to take?
Clinicals are chance for you to practice the didactic skills and theoretical book work that we learn in class so I have always enjoyed my clinicals overall. I don’t think there is clinical that we wish we didn’t have to take for GEPN year. It is more accurate to say that some of us look forward to certain clinicals a little bit more than others. Maternity and Pediatrics are two that come to mind. There are others that really looked forward to their community health placements in palliative and hospice care.
19 minutes ago, Ohm108 said:Yes, they do. We do not have to find our own preceptors.Clinicals are chance for you to practice the didactic skills and theoretical book work that we learn in class so I have always enjoyed my clinicals overall. I don’t think there is clinical that we wish we didn’t have to take for GEPN year. It is more accurate to say that some of us look forward to certain clinicals a little bit more than others. Maternity and Pediatrics are two that come to mind. There are others that really looked forward to their community health placements in palliative and hospice care.
Thank you so much for a quick response. That is definitely another thing I have appreciated looking over Yale's material. They offer a variety of unique classes and clinicals so even though we have selected a specialty, we will still get our feet wet in other areas. Maybe I feel that way because I am interested in a bunch of areas in some form or another, but I honestly think it's good to step outside the comfort zone.
I'm happy to have found this thread/forum as I'm sure I will have more questions over the next 2 months. So thank you in advance to fellow applicants and current students.
Currently, I do have a few questions that someone might be able to help me with. In terms of the admissions process, applicants are required to apply to a chosen clinical specialty, but doesn't this make the applicant pool vary greatly per specialty? Theoretically, wouldn't one have a better chance of getting in if they choose a less popular specialty than the majority? Maybe YSN is only looking for individuals dead set on specializing in one field? But, if you were to be denied in one field, and think you might have comparable desire for another, wouldn't it be beneficial to be considered for both? Just food for thought...
I plan to apply to the dual Nurse Midwife/Women's Health Nurse Practitioner track and was wondering if there are or have been any men in that speciality. Do any current students have a feeling of how that might be received amongst the fellow students (or even the admissions committee)?
Lastly, I worry about my candidacy in regards to experience in and around medicine. I initially started doing pre-med in college and have a fair amount of those courses under my belt, but I ended up pursing a career in dance and have been performing professionally for the past 12 years. Simultaneously I have worked as a bartender and bar manager. I think my career experience can translate to health care well, but it is not immediately obvious on my resume that nursing is the next step. It's a clear career shift for me, and I'm wondering if that is something other students have seen or experienced? Have there been people accepted/enrolled who come from what might be commonly perceived as a completely different career path?
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