Hey guys, below are some of my stats for when I applied to PA school last year. They aren’t the strongest but GUESS WHAT? I GOT IN! If I can do it, you can too! The areas I was weak in I tried making up for it in other areas. I had quite a few volunteer and patient care hours. My letters of recs were the bomb diggity. I believe that my personal statement was pretty good, and some other experiences helped my application stand out.
Overall GPA: 3.5
Science GPA: 2.9 at the time of application
GRE Score: 298
Volunteer Hours: about 5,000
Healthcare Hour: 152
Patient Care Hours: 1,600 at time of application
Shadowing hours: 70
LORs: 2 PAs, 1 NP, 1 Professor
Love you guys and God loves you sooooooooo much
Hey guys! Below I will be sharing what my daily routine was as an Emergency Department Medical Scribe.
Depending on the shift I would go in at either 9-6pm, 2-11pm or 6-3am (I usually worked the 9-6 or the 2-11 shifts). I had the pleasure of working with Physicians, PAs and NPs. I would get to work about 10-15 minutes early so that I could get set up and have time to get my breakfast together before my shift started. (Sometimes that was a stretch the way Nashville traffic was set up lol). We used laptops to chart, so I would open the charting system and a word document so that I could write my HPI (History Presenting Illness) before putting it into the system. In order to help me out, I would type something along the lines as: “The patient is a year-old male who presents to the emergency department for evaluation of. . .” This would help me write my HPI’s quicker once I started seeing patients with my providers. When my provider signed up for patients we would head to their rooms to see what was going on. Sometimes I was able to finish the HPI in the room and if the visits were more complicated I would most likely finish it back at our desk. The HPI is basically a more detailed story of the chief complaint. I would write down what the patient said including symptoms, etc.
For example, if a person came in with abdominal pain; I would say something along the lines as The patient is a year-old male who presents to the emergency department for evaluation of abdominal pain (or I could be specific depending on where the pain is and say left upper quadrant abdominal pain) that began 12 hours ago. The patient reports vomiting, a fever and denies a headache or any rashes. The patient states that he ate a shrimp pasta dish at a new restaurant last night. There are no other signs, symptoms or complaints other than noted.
After completing the HPI I would go ahead and complete the ROS (Review of Systems) and the Physical Exam. Some providers gave the physical exams in the room and others would wait until we got back to our desk to give it (this part really helps with your medical terminology; rhinorrhea? Why can’t I just say a runny nose lol) I would complete this process for each patient that my provider picked up. Another task we were responsible for was asking the patients their social history which could very awkward at times. Tayler: Do you smoke, drink or do any drugs? The patients usually responded quickly, paused or looked at me like “why are you asking me that!” I would say it’s something we are required to ask every patient so that we can put it in your chart. As a scribe in our ED, we would also pull lab results, X-rays, CT’s, etc. for the providers. We were also responsible for putting the results into the system until our system updated and we no longer had to input them (easy for us 😊)
I worked in a rural area and was blessed to be able to see a variety of cases in the ED. The providers, nurses, techs, etc. that I had the pleasure of working alongside were amazing! The providers knew that a lot of the scribes were getting ready to apply to school and they were very helpful. They would take time out to teach me things that were very informative. If they were doing procedures, they would allow me to come and watch which was pretty cool! I was able to see the daily routines of everyone in the ED. One of the most important things I learned while working as a scribe in the ED was that we are a team! Everyone is needed whether you are the provider, nurse, tech, scribe, registration, housekeeping or security. We all work together to serve the patient; no one can do it alone.
Here's some jazzy and funny pics of my work fam bam! God blessed me which such a great family while scribing!
God has done it again! I'm beyond excited to announce that I’ve been ACCEPTED to PA School. God is so faithful and he keeps his promises! Since my senior year of college, I was torn on if I wanted to go ahead and go to medical school or PA school. I knew what I wanted my end result to be but I just wasn’t clear on what route God wanted me to take. God sure did answer my prayers and gave me clarity on what it is that I should be doing and I hit the ground running! Well, Last cycle I applied to about 18 schools, received 2 interviews, 1 waitlist and 1 acceptance. Let me be completely honest with Y'all !! My application was pretty good but a red flag was that my science GPA wasn’t as “strong” as the average applicant but I know what was strong and that was my FAITH! I knew my science GPA was low for some schools but I trusted God and I knew that what he had for me was for me despite my stats! It didn’t matter what it looked like because I knew no matter what God had me. Y’all My faith carried me through this journey do you hear me !!!!! Almost every day I spoke that I’m getting into PA school on the first try ! I will not have to apply again. Four months after applying, my top choice sent me a rejection letter! I remember going into Kayler’s room saying man they denied me but it’s okay that must not be where God wants me to go. A month later I received more rejection letters. I was like “Nah hold on Lord” Lololol I had moments where I got down but I told him I will keep my faith because I truly believe that I'm getting accepted somewhere! The rejection letters kept rolling in but long behold at the beginning of September I received my 1st Interview offer! My interview was in January and I thought it went so well !! I loved everything about the school and I just knew I had it in the bag. Well, weeks came and went and I was like man God I thought this was the school for me! I kept hearing of people getting accepted to school and I was like I don’t care I’m still believing God! Two of the girls that were in my January interview was talking about preparing to apply next cycle and I kept telling them “Y’all I’m going to continue to believe God!” I’m not applying again because I’m going to get in! ( They probably got so tired of me saying that lol) Well at the end of February I decided to apply to this school before the March 1st deadline. When I first started applying I thought about applying to this school but I never did (It's in a small town and I was like hmmmm I’m going to apply to big cities so it will be like what I'm used to) well God will definitely take you out of your comfort zone . . . So I applied and A few days later I was sleep and heard my phone ringing, I saw the city on my phone and did a double take and was like nobody can be calling me from that city except that school! I answered and they were calling to offer me an interview spot! Y’all I was so happy !!!! My interview was scheduled in the next two weeks. I left the interview feeling really good!! They said the earliest we should hear back was a week later and by mail. I was going out of town so I checked the mail before I left and there was no letter. Two days later someone kept calling me private all day. I wasn’t expecting it to be the school because they said we should hear by mail. They kept calling so I finally answered and it was the PA program I interviewed at 2 weeks ago. They said I wanted to let you know that we want to offer you a seat into our 2020 class!!!! When I tell Y'all I was so happy! The way I celebrated and screamed was unreal! I was so happy and still am! I got that call a few weeks ago and I have moments where I’m like God you did it!!!! I got into PA school! You did this God !!!! Thousands of applicants, 32 seats and you allowed me to be apart of that 32. Y’all don’t even understand my journey! It’s been a long time coming and in 2 1/2 years, I will be Tayler Stephens PA-C. God never ceases to amaze me, you guys. If you just stick with him you never have anything to worry about! He will see you through and I can promise you that. See I thought I knew where I was going but God had a different plan! He knew exactly where I needed to be. So here is to PA school! To BIG faith !!! To trusting God no matter what! If I can do it, Y’all can too! What I’ve been speaking now is that I won’t struggle but that he will be with me every step of the way !!! I am like okay nah Holy Spirit me and you both got accepted bahahaha we in this together! It’s been a long time coming but I’m one step closer to doing what I love and I’m forever grateful for the journey. ❤
P.S. don’t get me wrong this journey had its ups and downs, it’s stressful moments but God made it so worth it!
After writing this testimony God dropped this scripture in my spirit.
James 1: 2-8 "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do."
I graduated nursing school December 15th, started studying for the nclex the following week on and off for about 3 weeks. I took my nclex on Saturday January 27th @ 8am. Literally finished my test with 4 min left. Want to know how many questions I received?! Yeah I had 265, ALL of the questions you could get. My brain literally stopped working and during the test I just wanted it be over. Afterwards I walked to my car and literally started bawling. I called my friend Hannah and cried about how hard it was and how I had received all of the questions. I was feeling so defeated and I have no idea why I wasn't Believing that God wouldn't let me fail. (girl you crazy for doubting God) that night I Got on a plane to Atlanta to look for a place to live because I would be moving in two weeks to start my job. Two days later I woke up to pay that good ole $7.95 for my quick results. I pressed submit and it said "FAIL" in all CAPS my heart dropped to the bottom of my pinky toe lol. I was like "dude I failed" I said "Tayler I failed my test" omg I can't Believe it. Why me ? How could I fail ? I'm so used to passing every test I take. I'm so used to excelling in my education. I literally started Bawling again ! I didn't want to lose my Job, I didn't know what I was going to do. I was literally sad for a whole two days. But guess what ?! I still signed a lease to an apartment in Atlanta believing that I would be here and working at my job soon. It's something about failure that brings you closer to God. I'm so grateful for my afflictions, without them I have no idea where I would be. In between the time i failed and the time I took it again, God stretched me. I was forced to trust in him. He increased my faith like never before ! He showed me how he brought me out situations where I couldn't see my way out. He reminded me that he was God and he can do exceedingly and abundantly above all we can think or ask. I sought God in the time of my failure. I asked him to show me the way to study so that I can pass when I retake my exam in 45 days, I asked him to give me discipline to study and take all distractions away. I moved to Atlanta and literally started studying Monday - Friday from 8 am to 5 pm like it was my job ! My faith level was so high ! Nobody could tell me I was failing that test again. I started repeating Gods word back to him. I told him that he said "he knows the thoughts and plans for my life which are to prosper me and not to harm me" I told him he said "if I delight myself in him he would give me desires of my heart" I started thanking him in advance. I started speaking that I was a Registered Nurse. On March 23rd I woke up happier than a nanny goat lol ! I left the house early and then boom Atlanta traffic almost had me late for my exam lol ! ( I can't deal) @ 8 am I started taking the nclex for the second time. The test started and I was thinking to myself " oh I'm for sure only getting 75 questions" and then the test went past 75 then past 100 then past 180 then to 200 and I thought okay really I just know I'm getting 265 again. On the last stretch I was telling God I won't give up ! I'm still depending on you. I know I'm gonna pass. Finally after 265 questions I was done ! I literally started laughing because I said just like I failed in 265 questions, God you are about to show yourself real and allow me to pass in 265 questions. And today March 25th I checked my results and I Passed !!!!!!! Literally I can't thank God enough!!! I keep thanking him for blessing me. I just want to encourage anybody who is studying for boards or any test not to give up ! Trust God and keep the faith. God does not operate in doubt and you can't succeed in life without faith. God is bigger than you think. He can do anything just hold him to his word ❤️ P.S God allowed me to keep my position as a mother baby nurse. ( when God opens a door no man can close it.) ahhh Thank you father, I love you with all of me.
I'm so grateful for my family and friends, my support system is bomb.com 💕
Now allow me to reintroduce myself: Kayler Stephens, BSN, RN 💕