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- by Dionyonce Sep 2, '09HELLO TO YOU ALL, I WANTED TO KNOW IF ANYONE HAD ANY KNOWLEDGE OR HEARSAY ABOUT RN PROGRAMS THAT HAVE NO WAITING LIST OR NO ENTRANCE EXAMS. NEW YORK OR NEW JERSEY. IVE BEEN APPLYING EVERYWHERE AND I JUST FEEL SO GLOMMY ABOUT THIS..PLEASE SHED SOME LIGHT...PLEASEEEEEE
- Sep 2, '09 by island40wake up...you're dreaming. Entrance exams weed out the ones who couldn't possibly make it through the program, wait lists tell you how good the program is (or how far away another program is). To get a job that is "recession proof" you have to jump through a few hoops- and it doesn't stop with getting into class or getting your first job!! but it can be worth it.
- Sep 2, '09 by DionyonceWow..well someone just pm me about 1 in jersey but its 5000 the second class..its no entrance test no hesi teas nln...
- Sep 2, '09 by I_See_You_RNHey,.. if you're doing a BSN what you can do is apply to binghamton university as a bio major,.. take the first semester classes,.. even second semester if you would like,.. get great grades,.. and then request an internal transfer. You'll have preference and they will see from your transcript that you are a great student. If accepted there really isn't any interview or entrance test. During the first semester you can also visit the nursing office often which is small and they learn your name so that they remember you when you apply for a transfer.
- Sep 2, '09 by DoGoodThenGoWaiting lists are the simple result of supply versus demand. All nursing programs are limited in the amount of students they can handle by such things as instructors, clinical space and so forth. When the amount of applicants (those that have met all pre-nursing requirements), exceeds supply of spots available for each incoming class, there will be a waiting list. It was that way in the 1980's and is more so today.
There are also less nursing programs than ten or even twenty years ago, thus you have more students trying to gain entry into fewer programs. Remember it was just ten or fifteen years ago nursing programs were shutting down due to lack of applicants. Programs cannot be ramped up or created just like that, nor can existing schools always simply increase space.
As for testing, make your mind up to and prepare for it. Most all programs require some sort of pre-nursing exam such as the NLN, and or SAT scores. As another poster stated, such exams weed out those not likely to make it though a nursing program, thus not waste theirs or the school's time and money. Bottom line for all nursing programs is their board passing rate. While there may be exceptions, and one hates to use the phrase, but "garbage in, garbage out", comes to mind. If one struggles through a nursing program, one is likely (at least statistically) to struggle through and or fail the boards. While one could make an excellent nurse, that is neither here nor there if you cannot pass the NCLEX.
The nursing profession has moved from a merely practical one to nurses that not only required to critical thinking skills, but are capable of independent function as well.
Finally there is the fact that the United States educational system is not what it once was. Not all high school graduates arrive at colleges and universities prepared to cope with course material. The areas many are lacking in, math,science, English (reading, comprehension, communication) are the main points of deficiency, and they just happen to be the skills required by today's RN.
Nursing math at best requires nothing more than 8th or 9th grade math (algebra), however that is not to say it is easy. If one cannot understand what is being asked of one in a word problem (which is what med/dose calc mainly is), how to set up and perform said problem, also how to check for correctness, then it is of no use. Many nursing students are tripped up by the math class and never make it past their first semester in a program. Harsh? Maybe, but I certainly wouldn't want any nurse who took several attempts to master dosage calculations administering to me and mine anything stronger than an aspirin.
Rather than seeking an easy program to enter, why not look at it from the other side. Consider being admitted and graduating from a challenging nursing program a source of pride. It means you probably are well on your way to becoming an excellent nurse.
- Sep 21, '09 by m2736185Quote from I_See_You_RNAre you kiddin? Its a lot easier to get into a nursing program than to get into Bing.Hey,.. if you're doing a BSN what you can do is apply to binghamton university as a bio major,.. take the first semester classes,.. even second semester if you would like,.. get great grades,.. and then request an internal transfer. You'll have preference and they will see from your transcript that you are a great student. If accepted there really isn't any interview or entrance test. During the first semester you can also visit the nursing office often which is small and they learn your name so that they remember you when you apply for a transfer.
Dionyonce: What school in NJ is this? Are they accreditied?
- Sep 21, '09 by DionyonceThank u dogoodthengo.
...u are so encouraging.........and N2736185......that school is Union County College......but the reviews are out of this world......
- Sep 21, '09 by DionyonceThank you dogoodthengo you are so encouraging.........and m2736185 its called union county college.....the reviews are crazy........smh
- Sep 26, '09 by I_See_You_RNQuote from m2736185Are you kiddin? Its a lot easier to get into a nursing program than to get into Bing.
Dionyonce: What school in NJ is this? Are they accreditied?
really?? b/c i met a lot of idiots there,.. lol. just joking... I think Don't sell yourself short. As long as you have the baseline grades I feel like its all about presentation. Highlight all of your accomplishments and make them sound really really important. Show passion about your future goals in your entrance letter (to any college). Explain the why you want to do something and not just the what you want to do. If you're not good at writing have one of your friends,.. those poetry types,.. look it over and help you give it some flare.
No matter where you apply.. GOOD LUCK!