I just graduated from UMD School of Nursing, and I have a few things to say...
Overall, I have received an excellent education and feel prepared for anything the world could throw at me
The admissions office has a bad habit of losing applications and associated materials. Over half of my classmates experienced more than one lost application. I attribute this to the fact that the state is gutting the school's budget, so only a very few people are available to handle applications.
The labs are wonderful, and the equipment in them is better than the equipment in many area hospitals. Debbie Spunt (the lab director) is tough, but you will learn a lot from her. The simulated patient interviews are great too. Actors are trained to be patients, and you are sent in there to take care of them. State Department nurses from all over the world come to Maryland to train for their embassy positions.
I would say the original poster is a shoo in ! They are taking anyone who meets the admission requirements as long as there is room in the class. Our state really is in a desperate situation when it comes to nurses. Especially since more and more employers are preferring the BSN, Maryland is a great choice!
If anyone wants more info on classes, professors, tips on how to do well, please don't hesitate to ask me !