I was curious to know whether nursing schools look at the amount of time an applicant has been volunteering at a hospital prior to applying for admission. The reason I ask this is because I know there are surely some people out there who are just volunteering (as stated in the title) "for show" - to "pump up" their credentials for nursing school admission. Then there are others like myself who started volunteering long before applications were due to see whether or not the nursing profession is something they really want to pursue, liked it and stayed on. For me, the fact that this experience would also look good on my applications is a secondary benefit that I (seriously) did not even think of until I started looking into applying to school.
By the time I will have submitted my first nursing school application (this November), I will have been at my volunteer position a total of 8 months. I was just curious to know whether that is a respectable amount of time to be volunteering without anyone thinking that I just did it to improve my chances of getting accepted into a program. I would assume anyone who started volunteering a few weeks before the application was submitted would appear less credible, but not sure.
Anyone already accepted into nursing school with volunteer experience please chime in, thanks for all replies.