Sorry for the late reply! Nursing school
is pretty busy.
@sol1994 -- Two things that I needed to work on were my resume and personal statement. Honestly, I didn't expand enough on my resume and poorly used my space. Come up with a method to eliminate unnecessary blank space. As for my personal statement, I needed to reflect more on my healthcare experiences and hone in on specific examples when answering the prompts. The less tangents you go on, the better.
@Hk2017 -- It doesn't have to be an RN but it would great because who else truly knows the responsibilities of a nurse than a nurse themselves? But if your person writing your letter of recommendation can provide examples that show how you can be a stellar nurse, then go for it. It's also good to have a supervisor that knows you well.
Some quick stats 1st time vs. 2nd time
1st: | Hours - 500 | Leadership Experiences - 2 | Community Involvement Experiences - 3 |
2nd: | Hours - 1000+ (I took the year off and just worked, so you can imagine how many hours I had) | Leadership Experiences - 4 | Community Involvement Experiences - 4| *better personal statement* | *more organized resume* |
@taylorr13 -- Whether your experience is volunteer or paid doesn't matter. It's what you get out of the experience that will benefit you. As long as your grades end up being above the minimum requirement, you will be considered. To make yourself stand out, reflect upon your experiences. Truly think what a nurse does and connect that back to how you can prove you'll make a good nurse. It's more than just the meds and knowledge, it's about the critical thinking and personality that you emulate. So the best way to make yourself stand out is to talk about your experiences.
I might put myself on fire for saying this, but I can try to go over some of your applications if you'd like and give feedback. I'll do my best to read any that come my way. If you're interested shoot me an email with your email address and we can exchange emails.