You know, I was accepted 3 times over a 12 year period on interviews alone.
Terrible HS grades, great NLN entrance exam and SAT scores. Of course that was back in the 60's and 70's.
Hospital school cost $50 for uniforms and $50 a year. I went 4 weeks (I think that's what I remember). College the next year was $13 a semester hour with a max of $163 for an 18hr semester, I went 2 1/2 years there, and to finish the other 3 semesters 7 years at the University later cost me $900 total in 1973-74. Hmmmmmm? I believe I still have the University receipt/student ID cards for you doubting Thomas-es.
spent two years spending 4 -5 hours studying after school every day in order to get a good leaving cert, applied for nursing , got the points and since starting university, i learned how to use a diablo (well and nursey stuff too i spose :P )