I am noticing an increasing number of posts lately by soon-to-be graduates (or prospective students) casually
mentioning that they are attending a 'prestige' school. I'm not sure where this is coming from. (Besides bragging of course)
Just know that nursing school
rankings (if that's how you are determining the prestige of your school) matter not a whit to the overwhelming majority of employers. What employers care about is:
Did you pass NCLEX?
Can you do the job?
Dropping $80 - 120K on a 'prestige' school when you can get the exact same degree from your state university for half the price is just plain foolish.
May 7, '17
Quote from ~Mi Vida Loca~RN
I think before you go on and on about how you go to one of these prestigious schools the OP is talking about (which they are talking about those in Nursing school going on about their prestigious nursing schools) and it's known to everyone in the country, so prestigious that people come from all over the world just to attend, and you argue that your school is going to be a huge asset to you after you're done with nursing. You should clarify that you're not in the US and haven't even applied to or been accepted into a nursing program yet, and the earliest you think you'll be starting is another year and a half away.
Why would that matter, though? I have several friends that go to multiple different nursing schools. But my point wasn't necessarily that the "prestigiousness" (probably not even a word lol) probably doesn't really matter when applying to jobs. But it is the amount of opportunities that such schools often have for students, any student, that will be beneficial for us in advancing our goals and careers. Of course, this only matters if you actually pursue these opportunities. Many people don't, and that's fine. I agree that simply saying you went to a certain school on your resume may not affect your job opportunities (although this is something I see debated nearly everyday). I just find it's the other opportunities these schools thrive on that help. But yes I agree, 80-120 thousand dollars would not be worth it to go to a "prestige" school unless you are very wealthy.
Last edit by AspiringNurse0223 on May 7, '17
May 8, '17
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I'm not allowed to have an opinion? In NO WAY did I comment on the quality of education in nursing programs between different schools. I was merely pointing out how many of these schools provide students many very good research and employment opportunities that can be used for resume-boosting when pursuing future goals...
You're definitely allowed to have an opinion, and I can see where you're coming from, but when I read your comment I must say you really did give off the impression that you go to one of the "prestige" nursing schools that the OP was talking about. It was just very confusing to find out that you're still pre-nursing. I think that after you start nursing school and interact more with the broader nursing community you will see a lot less emphasis on the "top university" and "prestige" rankings. It's just not a big thing in the nursing world as a whole.
Anyways, I agree with the OP. Going to a prestige nursing school is great if you can afford it or are willing to go into debt for it, but we all pass the same NCLEX in the end. I don't think it should get to anyone's heads. If anything, the schools in my area that offer the cheapest tuition are the most competitive ones to get into, because people want to graduate with as little debt as possible. I know a girl who was applying to a state program in my area that had a hard time getting in with an excellent GPA (I'm thinking it was over 3.8, but I can't remember exactly). It was something absolutely ridiculous and near perfect, and it was hard for her to get into the program.
Last edit by HermioneG on May 8, '17