I'm not yet a student nurse, but I wanted feedback from those of you who are. I am really in the need for some advice, or some "hey babe, been there" stories. First, my story (bear w/ me!): I'm 34 and have dreamed of being a nurse since I was 19. Due to a growing family since that age, I've been working on my pre-reqs for the last 15 yrs. Very long time, but to me that's dedication. I finished w/ a GPA of 3.62. I applied to my nursing school
of choice for Fall '06. Now, at this school Fall is studendously difficult to get into. It is very competitive. But, I applied none-the-less. I was one of 80 out of 800 to get a coveted interview, unfortunately I wasn't one of the 30 to get admitted. I had a great interview, solid app/recommendations, etc. Given what I knew about Fall semesters, I wasn't too surprised. I was also told that I was "so very close" to being accepted. I admit I was a teeny-tiny disappointed, but Spring semester was coming and I re-submitted. I was very positive about it. I knew that the letters were mailed out last Wed. So, on Friday I checked the mail every half-hour and when it finally came I could hardly contain myself. I should've contained myself...I was rejected. Again. For the second time. The air was sucked from my lungs and I just stood there in the middle of my front yard, crying. Luckily, we live in the country. I was/am devasted. When I called the school they told me this time that I was "so very, very close". Well, great. After 15 yrs of working my tail off w/ school, FT job, husband and...wait for it...8 children, I'm being told that I was very close. Again. The only thing I could do do prove/improve myself is volunteer and that will add to my application. But, this concerns my GPA. I was told that it is indeed good, solid, and competitive. It's just that it's not good enough. All this time and I'm not good enough. They "highly recommend" that I re-submit for Fall '07. Okay, I did that because I've come all this way and I know that I meant for this and I cannot simple walk away. But, if I wasn't good enough the first time I applied for Fall and the second time for Spring what makes them/me think I have a standing chance on getting in for next Fall? Who here has heard of someone being accepted after being rejected TWICE? Anyone? If someone out there has anything to offer, I would be most appreciative in hearing it. Thanks so much.
Oct 9, '06
I do not know this first hand, but I heard from a counselor that there is a former student at my school who was rejected twice. She was a single Mom who worked full-time to get through pre-reqs and co-reqs with (get this) a C average. She might of had a few Bs in there somewhere... In any case, she finally was accepted her third try and is a nurse today (I do not know if she is a LPN or a RN).
I need to qualify this with the fact that the competition over past 4 years at my school varied. Some semesters the school admitted 4.0s and so someone like her would not even get a second look. While other semesters did not receive many applications. The Semester she was admitted was one of those where the competition was not stiff and practically everyone who applied was admitted.
Is it possible you will get in without doing anything? Sure, if the competition does not receive more points then you.
Today, the nurse I am talking about would not have a shot as a student at my school. Not this semester, not next semster... not any time soon over the next decade.
The reason being, the competition has geared up and there is no sign of it slowing down. More applicants apply every year, and so more are rejected every year. Many are dedicated enough to re-take classes (she was not like that according to my counselor) to improve his/her points.
Is it possible to re-take classes to improve your GPA since this seems to be the major concern and why you continue to get rejected? It is not you, it is the competition. And so you need to do everything in your power to max out your points to beat the competition the next time.
By the way, I also agree with the above poster, do not give up. If possible apply to other schools. Good luck.
Last edit by SummerGarden on Oct 10, '06
Oct 11, '06
I applied to Baker School of Nursing on Stormont-Vail's campus.
Last edit by FinallyORrn on Oct 11, '06