How do I find a good nursing school in MN
- 0Nov 20, '03 by JangelI have recently decided that I want to go to school for Nursing. I live in Minnesota and I am unsure how to choose a good school to go to. I have decided to start out getting a 2 year degree at either Anoka Ramsey Community College or North Hennepin Community college but I am unsure how to decide which one is the best or which is right for me. I do plan to continue to get a BSN after. Does any ane have any suggestions?
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- 0Nov 21, '03 by ceecel.deeOriginally posted by Jangel
I have decided to start out getting a 2 year degree at either Anoka Ramsey Community College or North Hennepin Community college but I am unsure how to decide which one is the best or which is right for me.
Call some area hospitals (or Nursing Homes or clinics - where ever you see yourself working after graduation) that you are interested in working in after graduation and speak to the Staff Development Nurse or the Director of Nurses. They will probably tell you quite frankly which schools they like and for what reason.
I went for my BSN right away, so I'm likely to say...if that's your goal anyway, why not go to the University? There isn't a better rated school of nursing in Minnesota.
- 0Dec 15, '03 by mstewartI found this on the state Board of Nursing...thought it might help you.
Also, nurses have told me to look at the Pass/Fail rate for students taking NCLEX. They had previously posted that on the BON website, but I haven't been able to find it now. You can call and I am sure they would be happy to tell you how to get that information. The idea is if the school has a bad pass/fail rate there is an indication that something is not right at that school.
Good luck in school!!
- 0Jun 7, '04 by neonatalRNI am currently a student at North Hennepin in the evening/weekend program. To be honest, if I could start over I would go to Anoka-Ramsey instead, just because they get a wider variety of clinical experiences. We have to do mostly Med-Surg at just one hospital, we only get one weekend of Peds and one weekend of OB experience. Not adequate if you ask me. Anoka-Ramsey students get more of that, plus they also get to do a preceptorship.
- 0Jun 8, '04 by neonatalRNSorry, my name is actually Heidi, my daughter is Anna.
It was pretty competitive, I think they got about 800 applications for about 120 spots. It is harder to get into the evening program than the day. They go by GPA in the prerequisites, and how many prereqs you have finished. They told me that the average GPA for people getting into the day program was 3.2, for people getting into the evening program it was 3.5.
Hope that info helps you!
- 0Aug 10, '04 by mlolsonnyQuote from mstewarthttp://www.state.mn.us/mn/externalDocs/Nursing/Number_of_Candidates_and_Percent_Passing_of_First-time_NCLEX_-_RN__042103083629_PercentPassingNCLERN2003.pdf
Also, nurses have told me to look at the Pass/Fail rate for students taking NCLEX. They had previously posted that on the BON website, but I haven't been able to find it now.
Good luck in school!!
this is the URL for NCLEX-RN passing rates
and here's the one for LPN passing rates