I was picked in the lottery!!! - page 3

by Chasngmydream

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O M G, I am soooo happy right now! Out of 585 applications, my name came up in the first 100, which means I should get into Spring 2014 at CCSF (they pick 50 for fall; 50 for spring). Nothing's set in stone until I get the... Read More


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    To Katrina Mahl:

    I'm so sorry for all you have been through. Understandably you are angry for many reasons. Honestly, if I could give my spot to a specific person, I would gladly give it to you. I, too, have lived through similar situations, and I can tell you that things will work out for you in the right time. That's little consolation right now, but I believe this to be true. What other schools have you applied to? I was planning on applying to all ADN programs in the Bay Area until I got into one. There are many, and if you want a merit-based program, apply to the BSN programs.

    I wish you the best going forward, and one day this struggle will be a very distant memory.
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    Quote from mskrisCNA2RN

    I'm excited for you congrats. I just got my acceptance letter today for fall of 2014
    Congratulations! :-)
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    Quote from Carley77
    Congrats to the OP for getting called on first try!!
    Thanks! :-)
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    Quote from Chasngmydream

    Congratulations! :-)
    Thank you I wish you the best of luck
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    Quote from mperal10
    If individuals are really passionate about becoming an RN, then they'll do what it takes to get in - even if it means waiting another year.
    That's just naive to say. I have a lot of passion, but if my situation was the same and I got rejected from a lottery system and was told to wait another year, I'd have to look elsewhere. I don't have the money to wait a year, and neither do a lot of other people. You can say all of this feel-good stuff about people "chasing their dreams", but the reality is that most people who are academically strong are that way for a good reason -- because they are the ones who are strong enough to survive the nursing program and do well in this stressful profession. All the good intentions, warm and fuzzies, and feel-goods in the world won't help somebody who struggles to get Cs actually make it through the nursing program. It won't make it any better if a nurse who is a "great person" makes a med error and seriously harms or kills a patient.

    I would never attend a school that ran a lottery like that.
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    I'm going to treat this like you actually have experience in the work field. I stand strong with what I said because it's just fact. If you really want to become a RN then you will do whatever is necessary, and yes people do wait a year even if they don't want to. If you don't have time to wait then apply to other schools that accept applications based on merit. "Academically strong" has nothing to do with how well you'll be in the work field. You gain and retain just enough knowledge to be competent enough to be able to establish ebb and flow with your professional peers, and if you believe that horse shi*t about only the elite pre-nursing students can make it through the nursing program then you got another thing coming. Get off your high horse and start realizing that nursing isn't for academic elites. It's for people who want to provide care for others and try and make a difference. If your reasons are otherwise, I'd have to question your endeavor of wanting in on the profession. Look up the word nursing sometime in the dictionary, I don't know, maybe you may find it surprising. I don't quite get your logic, however the whole reason behind nursing school is to learn as much as you can, make mistakes now so you can learn from them, and apply it to the work field. Everyone is going to make mistakes/errors - it is inevitable. That's how you learn and if you think otherwise on that too, then all the best luck to you. People with straight A's make mistakes too and may cause harm or injury, you know why?? because they're freaking human. You get? try and do some thinking first. it really helps.
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    Quote from Amnesty
    That's just naive to say. I have a lot of passion, but if my situation was the same and I got rejected from a lottery system and was told to wait another year, I'd have to look elsewhere. I don't have the money to wait a year, and neither do a lot of other people. You can say all of this feel-good stuff about people "chasing their dreams", but the reality is that most people who are academically strong are that way for a good reason -- because they are the ones who are strong enough to survive the nursing program and do well in this stressful profession. All the good intentions, warm and fuzzies, and feel-goods in the world won't help somebody who struggles to get Cs actually make it through the nursing program. It won't make it any better if a nurse who is a "great person" makes a med error and seriously harms or kills a patient.

    I would never attend a school that ran a lottery like that.
    I'm going to treat this like you actually have experience in the work field. I stand strong with what I said because it's just fact. If you really want to become a RN then you will do whatever is necessary, and yes people do wait a year even if they don't want to. If you don't have time to wait then apply to other schools that accept applications based on merit. "Academically strong" has nothing to do with how well you'll be in the work field. You gain and retain just enough knowledge to be competent enough to be able to establish ebb and flow with your professional peers, and if you believe that horse shi*t about only the elite pre-nursing students can make it through the nursing program then you got another thing coming. Get off your high horse and start realizing that nursing isn't for academic elites. It's for people who want to provide care for others and try and make a difference. If your reasons are otherwise, I'd have to question your endeavor of wanting in on the profession. Look up the word nursing sometime in the dictionary, I don't know, maybe you may find it surprising. I don't quite get your logic, however the whole reason behind nursing school is to learn as much as you can, make mistakes now so you can learn from them, and apply it to the work field. Everyone is going to make mistakes/errors - it is inevitable. That's how you learn and if you think otherwise on that too, then all the best luck to you. People with straight A's make mistakes too and may cause harm or injury, you know why?? because they're freaking human. You get? try and do some thinking first. it really helps.
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    Quote from mperal10
    I'm going to treat this like you actually have experience in the work field. I stand strong with what I said because it's just fact. If you really want to become a RN then you will do whatever is necessary, and yes people do wait a year even if they don't want to. If you don't have time to wait then apply to other schools that accept applications based on merit. "Academically strong" has nothing to do with how well you'll be in the work field. You gain and retain just enough knowledge to be competent enough to be able to establish ebb and flow with your professional peers, and if you believe that horse shi*t about only the elite pre-nursing students can make it through the nursing program then you got another thing coming. Get off your high horse and start realizing that nursing isn't for academic elites. It's for people who want to provide care for others and try and make a difference. If your reasons are otherwise, I'd have to question your endeavor of wanting in on the profession. Look up the word nursing sometime in the dictionary, I don't know, maybe you may find it surprising. I don't quite get your logic, however the whole reason behind nursing school is to learn as much as you can, make mistakes now so you can learn from them, and apply it to the work field. Everyone is going to make mistakes/errors - it is inevitable. That's how you learn and if you think otherwise on that too, then all the best luck to you. People with straight A's make mistakes too and may cause harm or injury, you know why?? because they're freaking human. You get? try and do some thinking first. it really helps.
    You're taking this entirely too personally xP. I offered you a dissenting opinion and a backup of reasons for my opinion. It's based on the facts that:

    1) I'm a pre-nursing student, and I know that a lot of the students who feel like they want to be nurses never make it past the first semester on the pre-nursing track because Anatomy & Physiology I is the first taste they get of nursing, and it ain't easy in the least. I'm a seasoned vet as far as studying and college classes go, and I devote massive amounts of time to studying for my classes and still am barely swinging A grades in them.

    2) By every account I've ever heard from any nurse, the actual nursing program, no matter where you go to school, is much more academically strenuous than the pre-requisites for it, and that makes a lot of sense considering that peoples' lives are going to be in these students' hands when they graduate.

    Nursing isn't the easiest path to pursue, and it's that way for a very good reason. Yes, everybody makes mistakes, but the person who truly grasps the material and can apply it under the pressures of a critical situation in the real world is much less likely to make a mistake than somebody who struggles with it. It isn't about academic elitism -- it's about the fact that, as a nurse, it is your legal responsibility to monitor another person's health, and if you don't have the knowledge to do that, it's a very bad situation for you and the patient.

    I can understand some people being bad test-takers and not necessarily doing well with a paper-and-answers format of testing, but still really knowing the subject and being able to apply it in the real world, but I think that's much fewer and far-between.

    Questioning my motives for choosing nursing and trying to undercut me as a person isn't going to change those hard facts.
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    congratulations on getting in! I just got my acceptance letter from Bakersfield College and I am so incredibly happy! Good Luck!
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    Quote from Amnesty
    You're taking this entirely too personally xP. I offered you a dissenting opinion and a backup of reasons for my opinion. It's based on the facts that:

    1) I'm a pre-nursing student, and I know that a lot of the students who feel like they want to be nurses never make it past the first semester on the pre-nursing track because Anatomy & Physiology I is the first taste they get of nursing, and it ain't easy in the least. I'm a seasoned vet as far as studying and college classes go, and I devote massive amounts of time to studying for my classes and still am barely swinging A grades in them.

    2) By every account I've ever heard from any nurse, the actual nursing program, no matter where you go to school, is much more academically strenuous than the pre-requisites for it, and that makes a lot of sense considering that peoples' lives are going to be in these students' hands when they graduate.

    Nursing isn't the easiest path to pursue, and it's that way for a very good reason. Yes, everybody makes mistakes, but the person who truly grasps the material and can apply it under the pressures of a critical situation in the real world is much less likely to make a mistake than somebody who struggles with it. It isn't about academic elitism -- it's about the fact that, as a nurse, it is your legal responsibility to monitor another person's health, and if you don't have the knowledge to do that, it's a very bad situation for you and the patient.

    I can understand some people being bad test-takers and not necessarily doing well with a paper-and-answers format of testing, but still really knowing the subject and being able to apply it in the real world, but I think that's much fewer and far-between.

    Questioning my motives for choosing nursing and trying to undercut me as a person isn't going to change those hard facts.
    It's okay. You don't have to convince me. I based my rebuttal solely on what you were trying to say. you decided to speak for everyone and began assuming that because you feel you can't wait another year, that everyone else must feel the same. You seemed very irrational with your previous post and I felt it was important to make you aware of it. I'm aware of the rigorous course work involved. You don't know me so I won't go any further than that, however I will say this. You cannot assume by proxy that because a student is having C grades in pre-req courses that they will ultimately fail in a nursing program that was designed by lottery. There are far more variables involved that determine success or failure. To level with you, the one's who 'don't truly grasp the material' will eventually weed out of the program (or may not even make it into one) and for them, that's just the way the cookie crumbles. But you can't make blatant statements such as "people with C grades wont make it through the nursing program." I did question your motives because you seemed incompetent (no offense) and your hard facts are linear at best. Try finding different paradigms to back those "hard facts." I'm not trying to be an ass, just feed you some perspective.
    Last edit by mperal10 on Mar 13, '13


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