Bad news...

  1. Found out today that I am not accepted into my nursing program yet, but have been put on alternate status. Basically, there were about 100 applicants, 40 were thrown out right away because prereq's weren't done. Which left 60, of which they accept 40 per semester. My problem is that ALL of my prereq's are completed, nothing else I can possibly take. I really don't want to sit out a semester because I am 33, 3 kids, etc. and i am afraid I might never go back!! Anyway, they say that a few of those 40 accepted do decide not to attend, so there is a chance I could be called on, but now I really don't know what to do.
    Thanks for listening, just had to vent that!

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  2. 20 Comments

  3. by   JudithL_in_NH
    Sorry for the disappointment, but keep those fingers crossed that a space will clear . . . folks' live change, many folks apply to multiple institutions then weigh their options, so there may well be spaces in a couple of weeks!

    Also, you really do still have time! This, from a 46-year-old with three children :chuckle It's hard to wait, but one semester is not all that long!

    I have applied to three places, and I was just offered a spot in my third choice program. Hopefully by the end of the month I'll get in to my top choice, then I can "release" the seat they're holding for me at #3. (Choice #3 is a great school, but way too pricey at $18,500/yr . . . and so far they've only offered me a grant for $4K . . . I'm waiting to hear more from financial aid. If they can improve the offer--the 4K was an institutional grant, not federal aid--they will start looking better and better to me!)

    Best of luck, and I'll pray that a spot frees up for you!
  4. by   ashemson
    Thanks for the encouragement. I know that spots do open, but they couldn't tell me if I was alternate #1 or 21. So it's really hard for me to plan anything for the future, not knowing what is going to happen. Thanks, and good luck to you!
  5. by   nurse-in-boots
    Sorry to hear about that. One thing you could do is go ahead and start classes needed for BSN. For our school, there are extra classes needed like Chemisty, Algebra, etc, that aren't needed for the RN school. Just an idea. Good luck to you!!!!
  6. by   Mkue
    I think nurse-in-boots has a good idea, if that is something that interests you. Or just hold out in case someone backs out.

    Good Luck !
  7. by   justjenn
    It is SO VERY FUSTRATING. There is a shortage of nurses, yet we CAN"T GET INTO SCHOOL TO HELP!!!!! What is one suppose to do?

    I am very sorry. I too was in that same mess. Applied & took courses at a school 10 min. away - thought I'd get in - but I didn't. In fact, I was bumped from #38 to 47 in 4 months. The bright side for me is that I applied at another school last year for the same program (LPN) & with some fast work last week - Monday I picked up my letter, paid my $$ and am waiting to take my physical.

    Keep your fingers crossed. I am catholic, so I had a bunch of novena's going for me.


    Best of luck and I will be thinking good thoughts.

    Jenn
  8. by   rosemadder
    Don't give up! I was 80th on the alternate list and I got in the same year. Many people don't follow through. Good luck!
  9. by   RNonsense
    I agree with the above posts...don't give up! I had "the call" 2 weeks before classes began due to a cancelled seat! Good luck!
  10. by   CountrifiedRN
    I'll keep my fingers crossed for you! I was on an alternate list for my program as well, and enough people cancelled or had moved on that I got in, so it is possible. Too bad that they can't give you a number though, I know I was very anxious to find out if I was going to be able to start that fall. Good luck!
  11. by   essarge
    Best of luck to you!! I'll say a prayer that you make it into the class. I agree with the above. Go ahead and sign up for the BSN reqs and if you get in then just switch classes.
  12. by   emily_mom
    Originally posted by ashemson
    Thanks for the encouragement. I know that spots do open, but they couldn't tell me if I was alternate #1 or 21. So it's really hard for me to plan anything for the future, not knowing what is going to happen. Thanks, and good luck to you!
    That's completely stupid that they can't tell you where you are on the list....

    Just thought I'd let you know that I gave up my spot to someone on the waiting list. I had some pre-reqs left so I just bumped back a semester.

    So, people do do it! Keep your hopes up!!!
  13. by   renerian
    That happened to me when I was done. College wanted me to take other classes for another year. They kept telling me there were seats but only for high school grads and younger students. After doing this for over two years I was waiting, they again told me the same. I threatened them with an age discrimination lawsuit for admissions policy and the next day I had a seat. Might that be your case?

    Sounds drastic but I think all students should be allowed seats regaurdless of their ages.

    renerian
  14. by   A Kitty RN
    I am in shock! With the shortage you would think they would be begging as many people as possible! I have been a RN for 4 years and what I hear from students, new nurses, etc. is many schools are recruiting like crazy and offering all these lucrative deals---I thought it would be easy to get in these days--but the schools sure don't let the gen. public know that they are limiting the admissions. I understand you can only handle so many students, but only 40? I thought my school was small with 100
    I wish you all the best and will also pray for you! Don't give up!

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