Some great points were made. Schools that claim they will help your in finding a job may even be quite a stretch. I'd want to know, "How many of your graduating class are actually working as nurses?" How many of your last four graduated classes did you actually help in procuring a position? What did you do with the student and how did you do it? My point is, I'd ask the tough questions.
But schools are businesses, and it is incumbent upon each prospective student to do his/her research. Generally, as market changes occur in the negativie, student enrollment in a particular area drops. As expected, when enrollment drops, admission requirements drop--at least to some degree; thus making entrance into a school and program, generally easier. The latter shows in part that schools functions as businesses.
The trouble is that people are going into nursing as some kind of "fail safe" career. There are a number of pockets that want more nurses, but I would be reticent to work those areas unless working as a traveller with a decent contract. There are a number of areas any of Florida that can be used as a good example. There are some exceptions, but the hospitals there are often not viewed as good as the ones up in the north or other parts of the country. (This has been stated by patients, physicians, nurses, you name it.)
The pay is awful compared to the north, many parts of the mid-west, and the west coast. I think you really have to do your research before you work down there. It still may be beneficial to pursue work down there, but I think you'd have to cull through a lot in comparison with the COL and other factors.
So as in alll things, the individual really has to do his/her research and then make their own benefit:loss analysis.
You also have to decide which educational route you want to go for education if you do choose nursing. Both my school nursing programs
were excellent. I decided on a much more expensive, private school later, b/c of my future plans. If it weren't for those plans, I would have found a school that was considerably less. I still would have been picky
, just as I was for my first school, as a 20 year old. I wanted to know all the details and NCLEX pass rate, etc--even back then, when people were throwing jobs at nurses. I met with the dean, now retired, who was awesome, and not just b/c you received her doctoral degree from an highly respected, ivy league school. No nurse should go through as shaby nursing program
; but some people really don't do a proper vetting process--or the think "cheap, cheap, cheap," and don't realize they are losing out. And why necessarily nursing? Many OR tech positions make as much as some nurses. If you are just concerned with having a "reliable" job with decent pay, why not go through a tech program? Problem is, people don't really see nursing as an art and a science. So you wonder why these folks don't just become techs. IDK.
Everyone has to go through the vetting process and then make their decisions to the best of their ability.