Will volunteer work help me into the RN program?

  1. I was just curious if volunteering at the hospital for a few days a week will help me get accepted into my community colleges nursing program. I have posted tons of messages on here about how only 75 people are accepted into the program and right now there are over 300 applying. I am trying everything I can to make my application stand out to give me better chances. I would love to hear any feedback on this and things I can do to make my application better. Thanks, Sheri
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   Agnus
    Can't hurt. 75 is quite a large number. And 75 out of 300 is a 1 in 4 chance you will get in.

    Volunteer work can help but don't expect it to make a big difference. Try getting a job that deals more directly with patient care. Generally volunteer jobs do not.

    If you want to know how to make yourself more competetive at this particular schools ask the head of the nursing department or someone in the nursing department at that school.

    Generally grades are the most important criteria. Taking one prereq at a time and getting a 4.0 is not as impressive as carring several courses (especially challenging ones) at a time and still getting a high GPA.
  4. by   sherichance
    Thanks for the reply. I was actually going to take the CNA program here in a few months as a back up just incase I do have to wait to get into the RN program. That way I can still work and make money to take care of my family. I would love to volunteer all I can but if there seems to be no point to it then maybe I should forget that. Its hard to find any spare time. I am a military wife with a husband going on deployment and a 2 year old at home. I am determined to become an RN.
  5. by   neonatalRN
    At my school, it wouldn't help. The only thing they go by is GPA and how many of the prereq's you have done.

    Heidi
    2nd semester ADN student

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