I'm writing about a friend who is right now too distraught to know what to do and I'm hoping to find some advice for her on here. I'm a former New Yorker, but now live in a rural state. I'm posting here because anyone at the school I'm talking about would know exactly who I'm talking about and I don't want to further aggravate the situation. So...
My friend graduated from a community college this summer with her LPN. The program is a funnel program for the school's RN program, though the school admits far more people each year to the LPN program than they admit to the RN program. My friend already had a bachelor's degree but with unimpressive grades. She took the prerequisites to the LPN program and earned all A's, then continued to earn all A's in the LPN program for a perfect 4.0 at the school she attended, winning a handful of scholarships along the way. She immediately found a nursing job that paid about half what she was making as a server in a restaurant -- the pay cut hurt but she felt it was important to immerse herself in her profession before applying to the RN program. She applied this fall for admittance to the RN program, which begins in January.
Sometime last year my friend, who made a lot of sacrifices to earn the grades she did while working full time, told me something that I thought was strange. The director of the program remarked to some students that she would rather have a nurse who had been a B student care for her than an A student. It seemed to me like a strange remark for an educator to make. But it seems that the director has the courage of her convictions -- my friend wasn't admitted to the program.
My friend knew that she hadn't interviewed well -- she said she "froze up" in the interview, but I would have thought that an applicant's interactions with the faculty over a few years would outweigh a case of the nerves on interview day.
Anyway, I'm curious about how my friend should take the news. Should she assume that she's just not wanted in that program and look for somewhere else to apply -- which would require moving away? Should she try to appeal or write letters to the college president and board of directors and call into question the validity of the admissions process? Or should she wait around, avoid stirring up the pot, and just hope she gets in next year?
From an outsider's perspective (OK, I'm emotionally invested in this, but I'm not familiar with nursing/nursing education), I just don't understand how a school could reject it's top student from the feeder program. When I was in college and grad school, it was just taken for granted that if you achieved at your current level, there would be a place for you at the next level. Is nursing different in some way? What's the point of doing well if it doesn't help you advance?
By the way, we're talking about a normal, very social, person with plenty of outside interests and no character flaws, etc. This isn't a situation of the committee saying that there's no place for an intellectual freak of nature with no social skills. When her fellow students from the LPN program heard that she didn't get in, they responded with things like "wow," and "well, who did get in then?"
Lastly, I think I've done what I need to do to conceal what state I'm in. If someone notices that there's a way to see my location, please let me know so I can make the appropriate changes or delete this post. Like I said, I don't want to make the situation worse for her.
Any thoughts and suggestions will be appreciated.