Posts Tagged ‘GEPN’


First up: Med-Surg

28 August 2008

Well, orientation is complete. 82 GEPNs have been talked at for three days, with the presentations alternating between the tedious and the terrifying. Classes begin next week, clinicals disturbingly soon after that.

This first year is kind of oddly organized, with some classes lasting only a few weeks, some lasting a normal semester, some carrying on partway into the spring semester. But we all begin with Biomed (basically a crash phys/pathophys course), Intro to Pharm, and Med-Surg, which has both a clinical and seminar. About half of us (myself included) will also be taking Anatomy over at the med school.

GEPNs have classes two full days (MTh) a week (plus Fri afternoon if you’re in Anatomy) and two days of clinical (TW). We haven’t yet been given our clinical placements for the med-surg rotation, but we were given some idea of what the possibilities are and are aware that we have about zero chance of getting what we might think we want. But there’s a good mix of possibilities, all guaranteed to kick your ass and make you cry. We’ll be in groups of six students to one preceptor, and we’ll have six weeks at one site, and then six at another.

I can already see the fear in some of my fellow students’ faces. And I’m sure my hands will shake the first time I have to insert a foley or place an IV. But I am thankful for the experiences I’ve had that give me a little bit of confidence already, and take a lot of solace in knowing that hospitals are comfortable places for me. I’ve read hundreds of charts. I’ve interviewed scores of patients. I’ve drawn blood and sent labs. I’ve seen very sick people doing the gross things that sick people can’t help but do. I’ve seen death and trauma and anguish and I’ve watched great RNs handle all of these things with the utmost professionalism, grace, and humor.

So I’m ready to get my hands dirty and help them out. Let’s roll.


And the winner is…

19 February 2008

YSN ArmsWell, I dropped the class, making Yale my de facto choice. Realized that tonight was the add/drop deadline to get half of my money back from Harvard… and decided that I need the $350 more than I need the remote possibility of going to UW. Because even if I get in off the waitlist, I’m ambivalent about going there, and most likely, I would have to send six hundred nonrefundable clams to Yale before UW has any news. So I’m done. It’s not worth the money to stay on their list when I know that I liked Yale, was impressed with their faculty, program, and students, and I’m confident I’ll be happy there.

Now what I’m going to do all night at work without assigned reading, I don’t know… 

You know what else is kinda funny? When I was in elementary school, I had a blue Yale sweatshirt that I wore all the time. I have no idea where it came from, I’ll have to ask my mother if she remembers it. I know we didn’t know any Yalies. And I also recall owning one other piece of collegiate apparel – a cheap Harvard T-shirt. I guess someone must’ve given them to me, or maybe I asked for them since my brother was always getting Michigan stuff and for some reason I decided to align with the Ivies. I remember wearing those shirts all the time and telling amused aunts and uncles that I was going to go to one of them… Funny that I didn’t apply to either as an undergrad but will end up with an affiliation to both after all.



21 December 2007

Alrighty, two for two. Yale invited me for an interview. And it continues to be clear that Yale treats its prospective students pretty darn well – they sent a letter AND an email, offering a full day with orientations, tours, financial aid sessions, and a one-on-one interview with a faculty member in your intended specialty. My interviewer has published four books (one of which won the AJN’s Book of the Year Award) and about a million articles, and developed her own theory of home health nursing. Yipes! Eek! Ack! Gah!

But back to my point — Yale is even offering two potluck suppers with current YSN students during interviews as well as a moderated discussion board w/a current GEPN participating. Talk about rolling out the red carpet. It just goes to show you: top-ranked program or not, Ivy League institutions know how to play the admissions game.

In other news, my suit from 2001 still fits.
Unfortunately, it makes me look like Ellen DeGeneres…