Category Archive: Uncategorized

Jan
10

Thank Uncle Sam

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently opened their application window for the Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program (NELRP). This is an incredible loan repayment option, especially for nurses working in critical shortage areas (critical access/disproportionate share hospitals, clinics, government agencies, etc.) and nurse faculty. This federal program repays you 60% of your nursing student …

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Nov
11

A Salute

To our men and women in uniform. And to their families and loved ones… Thank you for your sacrifices. Thank you for your service.


Dec
11

25% RN

Well folks, it’s official. I walked out of my pharm exam an hour ago, feeling groovy (the grooviness not necessarily correlated with my performance on the exam, but honestly I did feel pretty good about that too). Semester 1 of nursing school is OVER. Whew, that was fast. I was mentally done with the term …

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Aug
30

Sell This House

Anyone live in or moving to the Triangle area and looking to be a homeowner? Or want some investment property to rent out? Buy my house! We purchased it in early 2006 when I thought I was going to Duke for nursing school and would be sticking around North Cackalacky for at least 4-5 years. …

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Jan
22

Someone Else Likes Me

Got my acceptance letter to Pacific Lutheran’s ELMSN in the mail today. At this point it’s irrevelant because I’ve decided on a different school.  But it’s gratifying to know that my qualifications have been recognized by someone else. Rejection letters have a funny way of playing on your deepest self-doubts but boy does it feel …

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Dec
25

Just In Case You Were Curious…

I’ve noticed on Allnurses and via WordPress.com’s awesome stat-keeping (which tells me what search terms folks use to lead them to this blog) that there is some interest in just how competitive the UCSF MEPN program truly is. So as a public service, I will help myself to a nice big slice of humble pie …

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Dec
22

Tick-Tock

Folks in the Bay Area have reported that they are starting to receive their interview letters from UCSF.  Perhaps it was wishful thinking, but I booked it outside to our mailbox.  Contents: A big pile of Christmas cards…catalogs…bills (ugh)…  But letters from up north?  Nuttin’ honey! ‘Til Monday…


Dec
21

Convalescence

I must say that recovery has actually  been a lot less hellish than it could have been. Ah, the wonders of laparoscopic surgery! And Vicodin, of course. 🙂 And what should greet me upon my return home than a post on the message board that UCSF letters were supposedly mailed out today. Which puts the …

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Dec
18

Time-Out

I will be MIA over the next couple of days for a little bit ‘o surgery. Merry friggin’ Christmas indeed. Maybe I’ll have news from “The City” when I’m back, maybe I won’t. They just like to leave you guessing up there. 🙂 More soon…


Nov
28

“The City”

San Francisco. A place I’ve always wanted to live. Also the home of the school I’ve been itching to attend ever since I heard the phrase “Master’s Entry Program in Nursing”. If I were to line up “plus” and “minus” columns under the name of each school to which I applied, UCSF would win hands …

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