I know so many people who are smart, kind caring people who did not make the cut. I feel so bad for them. It seems to me that lots of nursing schools (all?) base their acceptance on grades, and not on who is truly cut out for the career of nursing.
My class started with 106 students. At graduation, we had 80something. Out of those graduating, there were very few who I would trust to care for me or a loved one. And most of my opinion on that is based on personality and NOT on GPA! I started college late in life (30something). I had worked in Veterinary Medicine for 16 years prior, and since alot of my medical knowledge translated to human medicine, I thought I would have it easy. My prereqs were a breeze (had a 4.0 GPA). Nursing School was a rude awakening! I had based so much up till that point on my perfect grades!
I had to get used to being an "average" student fast! I graduated with a C average. After 5 semesters of nursing school, I was very proud of my accomplishment. All my friends were just like me...Not great with the "book learning", but in clinicals, we were in our element. FYI, the student who got top honors in our class was perhaps very smart and aced the exams, but personality sucked, and she did not have a good bedside manner.
In my opinion, booksmarts are important in nursing, but it's how you treat your patients that makes you a great nurse, or just another body. Your patients don't care if you graduated with honors, they care that you will do your best to see them walk out of the hospital, no matter what it takes.
Those people who go into nursing for the pay are not in the right field. Also those who think they are above cleaning up poop.
I used to hear certain students complain that they were past giving bed baths and changing incontinent patients. That really got to me, because I feel as nurses we are there for whatever the pt needs. Yes I try to delegate, but if my NA is swamped, I help out with basic care.
Nursing is not a glamorous high paying job. It is dirty, smelly, tiring, and ugly at times. Call me crazy, but I wouldn't do anything else, no matter how much poop or vomit I have to deal with!
I think it should be a requirement for prospective nursing students to shadow a nurse to see what they are going to be doing, and then decide if it is the career for you. Also, although a strong foundation is important, I believe that not everyone looks great on paper, but should still be given the chance.