Ucsf Mepn Goal Statement Essay

UCSF MEPN 2016

by SBCvixen
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  1. 0 Hello!

    I know this is a bit early, but I'm planning to apply to the apply to the UCSF MEPN program (among a few others) this summer/fall. I've seen similar forums for past application periods, and thought it might be nice to get one started so we can start to bounce ideas and questions off each other.

    Has anyone been to an open house? Any information worth sharing?
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  3. Hi! I will be in that pool too. I went to the info session--it was informative but a mixed crowd, so not all was about MEPN. It primarily focused on Nursing programs at UCSF in general. I found most of the info could be found online. Although it was nice to put faces to names and meet friendly people.

    Anxiously waiting for the application to be launched. I created a login but only see Dental and PT programs listed. Maybe it's still too early?
  4. AlldogseastKiwi - it is still too early; I believe the application opens July 15th.

    I am still debating if I am going to apply. There are a lot of good things about UCSF, but it closes well before most other schools (Sept 1) which means it's a bit of a push for me to get everything done. I might run through the application though and see how feasible it is to fill out and also use it as a test run to make sure I have all the documentation I need for other programs lined up.
  5. I haven't seen the MEPN application as an option yet either. The site does just say July though, not July 1st.

    I would think if it's not up today that it probably won't be up until next week or later.

    I agree it's going to be a bit of a push to get everything ready in time. I think I'm most nervous about giving my references enough time to write their letters, but we'll see how it goes!
  6. Hi--I am also applying for this cycle, but will probably not make it to an open house, since I am on the East Coast. What specialty are you all interested in?
  7. I'm on the east coast too! I'll actually be in SF the first week of September though- it'll be too late for application help, but maybe I'll get some helpful information to share.

    I'm applying to the FNP specialty. What about everyone else?
  8. Oh, nice! I'm applying for PMHNP
  9. Hi everyone! I'm re-applying to UCSF this year for FNP. If any of you have followed last year's thread, I was one of the candidates who made it to the interview round, didn't ultimately get in, but was selected for a follow up conversation. So, if you guys have any questions about the process, I'd be happy to answer them.
  10. Jul 2, '15 by FutureNP2019
    fpjc, I would be interested to know what you learned (if anything) after talking to admissions last year once you found out you did not get accepted. Also, what, if anything, did you do to "beef up" your chances of getting accepted this year?

    I will be applying this year too, undecided between FNP and PNP (I guess its about time to decide!!)

    Thanks!
  11. Last edit by fpjc on Jul 3, '15 : Reason: Typo
    @futurenp2019 - In my follow up call, they said that overall I was a solid candidate but needed more experience with NPs. I've volunteered at a hospital since the end of 2013, but have been mostly around physicians and PAs. So this year, I'm looking for shadowing opportunities with NPs. I've also interviewed a few NPs to get a better understanding of the profession and have more ways to express why this is what I want to do and why I would be good at it.
    Hope that helps!

    Also, I collected some stats from the people who got accepted last year, if anyone is interested.
  12. Jul 4, '15 by FutureNP2019
    @fpjc it would be really great to hear stats of people who have gotten accepted.

    also, regarding experience with NPs, I too have minimal experience. I am hoping to shadow some NPs but am not sure if I can get it in before the application is due. Do you think it is important to have the shadowing experience down on paper, or just to have it to talk about when you have your interview?

    Thanks again, Happy 4th!
  13. I'm applying to the midwifery program this year. Is anyone in the same boat?

    I also wondered why the application wasn't open it. I assumed when they said it would open in July that it would be July 1st, but that's obviously not the case. I really depended on that to get further information about what to write for the goals statement and the personal history statement. I didn't know there were two essays required until I read these threads, so I'm pretty late. Does anyone know where I can find the actual prompts, if anyone posted them from previous years? I've requested letters but it's difficult from the writers to start when I can't give them my personal statement as reference so I'm really nervous :/
  14. I think stats from last year's accepted pool would be really helpful (though also a little intimidating).


    Do you know if it is common to apply a few times before getting in?

2014 UCSF MEPN Applicants

by JustD16
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  1. 1 Hey everyone! Given that applications are due a month from today, I figured it was about time to start a thread. How are everyone's personal statements and applications coming?
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  3. I'm new to this site! I'm glad I found it, because the threads from previous years are very informative! I started on my goal statement and received plenty of feedback from my friends and colleagues. but, i'm spending most of my time studying for the GRE right now. I'm really hoping to get an above average score since my undergrad GPA isn't very impressive.

    I'm a bit worried that I don't have much experience (volunteer, paid, int'l, etc.) in clinical settings. I volunteered at a hospital during school breaks, but I spent the past 6 years working full time. Then, when I finally decided to go back to school, I was taking evening and weekend classes to fulfill the prerequisites. So, I really didn't have a lot of time left for volunteer work.

    Is clinical experience (or exposure to clinical settings) required/preferred for this program? Are there any current or past MEPN students on this site that can answer this question? I'd really appreciate any insights or advice!
  4. Hey guys!
    I�m excited that you took the initiative to start a 2014 thread; I�ve read all the threads from previous years and have been waiting for someone to start this year�s. :-)

    Can anyone share any tidbits about this year�s (unofficial) requirements? I called to ask some questions, since there�s no way I can go to an information session. They said that with the GRE, they don�t officially weigh any of the three components differently, but if they were to give one of them more weight, it would be the writing section, and they look for at least a 4. I�m taking it again on Thursday.

    As for clinical experience, I don�t know about this year, but from what I read in other posts, clinical experience is preferred but not required. I don�t really have clinical experience (except for working as a lifeguard and doing first aid), but I do have pretty extensive health education experience.

    I haven�t even started my statement yet! I�ve been scurrying around trying to get my prereqs done! Statement is next :-)
  5. Aug 7, '13 by starharvest
    Hello! I'm glad someone started a thread for this application cycle I just created an account for this.

    As michigan_expat mentioned, I read somewhere on the UCSF website that clinical experience is preferred but not required. I recently became a certified nurse assistant so I'm hoping to quickly find a job for the year. I have shadowed RNs and family nurse practitioners, and I have volunteer experience in hospital settings because of two different programs I was part of during undergrad. I graduated a year ago and I hope I'm not only recent grad applying! So many other applicants from previous years have more extensive life experience that I lack I really don't know how competitive I am as an applicant. Some days I think I have a good shot, and on other days (usually after reading about previous applicants' accomplishments ) I feel a little more discouraged.

    I'm taking the GRE soon, and I'm just worried about math -- it's my (veeery) weak point. May I ask which specialties you are all applying to? Family nurse practitioner for me!
  6. Hello all! I'm a current MEPN student (midwifery/women's health NP route) and was in your shoes last year. On the topic of clinical experience, it is definitely important to have. Although it is not required, it will help strengthen your personal statement and interview if you can incorporate how your clinical experiences has shaped your reasons on becoming a nurse. It also depends on your specialty. Certain specialties will want more clinical experiences more than others. For example, for midwifery it is vital to have birthing experiences!

    The process was grueling last year, but worth every bit!
    If you have any questions, let me know
  7. Thanks everyone for sharing info about clinical experience!

    starharvest, I'm applying for FNP, too! It's definitely one of the most popular programs. I read in the previous year's thread that there were only 15 spots! yikes!

    kdiem, thanks so much for sharing your insights! Did you apply to any other schools? I have a few schools in mind, but I'm really worried about the high cost of attendance. Also, do you think UCSF is geared more towards preparing students to practice in hospitals versus small clinics or rural communities? And so far, what do you think of the faculty? Are they easily accessible, and how likely will you recommend them to other students? Sorry for all the questions! Although UCSF is my #1 choice, I still want to evaluate if it's a good fit.
  8. Hey there...another prospective student for the MEPN program here! Just got out of my GRE today, unofficial scores of 160 VR and 165 QR. Guess we'll have to wait and see what the essays produced... I wish that the Acute Care NP specialty was open toe MEPN applicants, as I'd like to get into the ICU or ER, but since it's not, I've the task of selecting another specialty. Looks like it's between FNP and AGNP, both hopefully comprehensive enough to allow me to be in critical care...
  9. Aug 14, '13 by MarshaRabbit
    2014 USCF MEPN Goal Statement:

    I am having an excessively difficult time writing mine. Any tips or examples would be greatly appreciated!

    I'm applying for the Psychiatric NP track, and have one question in particular (but it applies to anyone writing a goal statement for ucsf):

    I am wondering, should I include a personal nuance in my intro paragraph? The reason I became initially interested in psychology is because I grew up in a broken home, and a psychologist saved me, and my family. Obviously I would word it much better, but should I put something like that? (there is a natural transition into how it became psychiatric nursing I would include too). I feel as though it's relevant, but want to be careful not to seem as if I'm asking for any kind of pity.
    Maybe I will post the rough draft (which I am hoping to complete now) for any suggestions.

    Are you including personal information in your goal statement?

    Thanks and good luck all you brilliant, ambitious candidates
  10. Aug 14, '13 by MarshaRabbit
    Oh an if it makes anybody feel better, I got a 151 on my quantitave section of the GRE :/ According to google, there's at least a 50% chance that you did better than me in that area!
  11. Quote from MarshaRabbit
    2014 USCF MEPN Goal Statement:

    I am having an excessively difficult time writing mine. Any tips or examples would be greatly appreciated!

    I'm applying for the Psychiatric NP track, and have one question in particular (but it applies to anyone writing a goal statement for ucsf):

    I am wondering, should I include a personal nuance in my intro paragraph? The reason I became initially interested in psychology is because I grew up in a broken home, and a psychologist saved me, and my family. Obviously I would word it much better, but should I put something like that? (there is a natural transition into how it became psychiatric nursing I would include too). I feel as though it's relevant, but want to be careful not to seem as if I'm asking for any kind of pity.
    Maybe I will post the rough draft (which I am hoping to complete now) for any suggestions.

    Are you including personal information in your goal statement?

    Thanks and good luck all you brilliant, ambitious candidates
    Well a nuance is a small difference, so maybe you should include and anecdote

    Anyways, I think it's nice to have something solid like that which has influenced your decision to pursue your specialty. I, on the other hand, don't have anything like that so I'm going to have a much tougher time as far as I'm feeling!! Seems like you've got yours together, just go with it...

    Have fun!
  12. Aug 14, '13 by MarshaRabbit
    Thank you for the response! I agree, I believe I will include some background as to why I ended up in psychiatric services. I'm taking a quick break from writing right now.

    What is your specialty? Perhaps instead of describing a personal anecdote, you can express reverie for some of the more specific aspects of your specialty, and the differences ithey make in people's lives. Surely there are reasons you want to specialize in whatever it is... Also UCSF seems to be emphasizing community service, especially in the local area (a disadvantage for me, as a resident of NC). So maybe speak on why your future role is important to the community, using specifics, maybe even touch on grandiose goals (for me: mental healthcare reform, increase collaboration of psychiatric professionals, etc).

    Anyway, just some ideas off the top of my head; I feel kind of daunted by this goal statement, but am pushing through it as best I can. I expect to edit this thing with a machete.
  13. Last edit by myelin on Aug 14, '13
    Quote from MarshaRabbit
    2014 USCF MEPN Goal Statement:

    I am having an excessively difficult time writing mine. Any tips or examples would be greatly appreciated!

    I'm applying for the Psychiatric NP track, and have one question in particular (but it applies to anyone writing a goal statement for ucsf):

    I am wondering, should I include a personal nuance in my intro paragraph? The reason I became initially interested in psychology is because I grew up in a broken home, and a psychologist saved me, and my family. Obviously I would word it much better, but should I put something like that? (there is a natural transition into how it became psychiatric nursing I would include too). I feel as though it's relevant, but want to be careful not to seem as if I'm asking for any kind of pity.
    Maybe I will post the rough draft (which I am hoping to complete now) for any suggestions.

    Are you including personal information in your goal statement?

    Thanks and good luck all you brilliant, ambitious candidates
    I highly recommend that you do not do this. Talking about your own psychological issues in a goal statement is definitely risky and can potentially hurt you, depending on who reads your essay and how you frame the issue. They might worry about your boundaries, and it's just often seen as a red flag. I understand (and commend you) for using your own experience as a launchpad for wanting to help others. However, you are applying to a very intense program and you do not want them to worry about your mental health or ability to make it through.

    Try and use an anecdote that is not personal, but is professional (an experience you had working with a patient that made you want to become a PMHNP, for example). Keep it professional, but sincere. I'm sure you have had very meaningful experiences with psych populations, and choosing an anecdote from those experiences is a great idea. Gear your personal statement towards your career goals and how becoming a PMHNP will fulfill them (and how your background relates, blahblahblah). Stay away from making it overly personal.
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    I highly recommend that you do not do this. Talking about your own psychological issues in a goal statement is definitely risky and can potentially hurt you, depending on who reads your essay and how you frame the issue. They might worry about your boundaries, and it's just often seen as a red flag. I understand (and commend you) for using your own experience as a launchpad for wanting to help others. However, you are applying to a very intense program and you do not want them to worry about your mental health or ability to make it through.

    Try and use an anecdote that is not personal, but is professional (an experience you had working with a patient that made you want to become a PMHNP, for example). Keep it professional, but sincere. I'm sure you have had very meaningful experiences with psych populations, and choosing an anecdote from those experiences is a great idea. Gear your personal statement towards your career goals and how becoming a PMHNP will fulfill them (and how your background relates, blahblahblah). Stay away from making it overly personal.
    That's interesting myelin! I've been worried about my personal statement as I feel there are a lot of people that have had direct life experiences that have put them towards nursing. Though I didn't realize they weren't writing about them in their personal statements... Often, I figured that having a reason that sparked one's passion was a sign of what would be sure to be lifelong commitment to a particular specialty.

    Thanks for clarifying!

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