Nursing makes me nuts!!!!

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    I have a question for all of you out there.

    Why don't all nursing programs adn/bsn/NP/CNS/CRNA etc have the same requirements for admission? For example, medical school has the same requirements for everyone and a universal, one stop shop admission process for every single program. Literally the same process for every single program that exists from application and prereq requirements, to essay and MCAT, secondary essays, interviews and so on. No surprises. PA program application is just about the same.

    Yet every program from associate's to doctorate level for nursing is completely different in every way possible from school to school and program to program.

    I have an AAS in nursing and wanted to shoot myself when I was applying for schools in different states and even different schools in the same city with all the different requirements. To me this makes it seem like nursing education from an admission standpoint on all levels is very disorganized. Why is it set up this way and not more streamlined like medical school and PA school admissions?? Since competition is steep and only getting worse, one would think you would apply to more than one program in an application cycle at all nursing degree levels from programs in different cities and different states. Yet, one program or two or five could require 8 different things to qualify for admission whether it be extra classes, experience, entrance testing letters or rec etc.
    KRomney, DedHedRN, scrabble nurse, and 1 other like this.

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  2. 40 Comments...

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    An ADN is not a PhD
    An MD is an MD
    A PA is a PA
    canoehead likes this.
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    You have discovered one of the many wonders of nursing school education.
    Money, is one of the major considerations I have run into. Then, once
    you meet the requirements, things change yet again. So you need to
    invest more money.

    I hope I live to see the day that a uniform, but fair with no games
    admission process is streamlined from university to university
    and from state to state.
    netglow and prettymica like this.
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    Yeah I'm aware of that I am talking about within the degree itself. Applying to ADN programs and BSN and MSN and PhD have differing requirements for admission.

    For example. When I was applying to ADN programs I looked at 3-5 programs in my city and 3-5 in other states. Every single one had different requirements for admission. The same goes for BSN and MSN programs I have been researching for future education purposes. ALL of them have different requirements for every program. Nothing streamlined. So I could apply to BSN program X, Y, and Z but not BSN programs A, B, and C because they have extra or different admission criteria.

    Does that make sense? It makes it hard to apply to more than one program whether you are going for ADN, BSN, MSN etc. Why aren't the requirements for admission the same???????
    netglow likes this.
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    Yes. that is what I don't get. No uniform admission process at any any degree level for nurses. I don't get it.
    netglow likes this.
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    That's fine. Make them the same.
    netglow likes this.
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    Quote from ksc0723
    That's fine. Make them the same.
    That follows the line of thinking that we need to dumb down schools for kids, so all pass. Turn out a bunch of subpar kids, just to keep everybody "the same".

    Should the College of Yahoos have the same requirements as say, Northwestern? Or, more likely, ask Northwestern to drop down their expectations of excellence by admitting anyone with a birth certificate?

    I want some folks out there who went to schools that require more than the minimum
    Amisadai, ohioSICUrn, pixie120, and 3 others like this.
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    And if the admission process makes you nuts? HA! Just wait !!
    KRomney, bols27, crazytonurse, and 10 others like this.
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    The technical colleges in WI have joined together to make it the same. It's so nice because you can take on online theory course through a different tech school if you can't get in the one at your home school. I was so happy to see this taking hold. I agree that is should be universal. I'm happy to say that maybe it's getting there.

    Years ago I couldn't understand why a school couldn't have a pm clinical for those that work or are parents. Now its pretty common to see. So there is hope
    netglow likes this.
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    I'm kicking around getting my BSN and have noticed the same thing. It makes no sense to me.
    netglow likes this.

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