Exasperated...! 5th rejection?!? - page 2

Please hear me out, I really need to vent. I came hear looking for help with nursing school admissions, and now I find the situation even more hopeless than before with all your mentions of high... Read More

  1. by   Micci
    Quote from ShannonMorgan
    I think its terriable how hard it is to get into a nursing program. All the time we hear about the nursing shortage. However, the nursing programs are admitting so few people there is no way that we can fill the shortage of nurses.
    Well, the problem is that the nursing shortage has caused there to be a shortage of nurse instructors. Also, at the ADN advising session, the nurse instructor also pointed out that there is a limit as far as clinical spaces at hospitals. There can only be so many students in a group at a time and only so many students in the hospital at one time. My CNA class had the same issue, that licensing only allows a certain amount of students on the floor in the nursing home at one time.

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    As far as enterance stuff not being fair. Unfortunately, admission processes are always going to be unfair to someone. Lotteries are unfair to those who have earned high grades. GPA's are unfair to those who attended presitgious universities. Standardized tests are unfair to poor testers. Giving extra points to those who already have degrees in other subjects (my personal gripe) is unfair to those of us working on our first degree. Most nursing programs are trying to do the best they can as fairly as possible, knowing that most are not getting in.

    Though I sympathize with the original poster, to some extent, in some ways I don't. You have a degree in something at least that you can use to gain employment. You also have the option of taking classes to boost your gpa or retaking key classes at the community college level. YOu may not go the exact route you want, but ADN programs will look at only your applicable gen ed grades and give you extra points for your bach degree. You should be able to score pretty high on enterance exams and that should get your foot in the door. From what I have been told, nurses with Assoc degrees make about the same as nurses with Bach's and do the exact same work. Also, hospitals will pay for you to go on to get your Bach in nursing. It may be a longer route than you want, but I'm confident you will get into nursing if you want.
  2. by   AuntieRN
    Furmangirl
    I too am in SC. I also attend a community college. I have a 2.99 GPA. Here they go by your GPA in your prereq's. Also, if you already have a degree you are bumped way up on the list. I got bumped a year anyways for some reason and my girlfriend got bumped almost 2 years. I once told a friend of mine (who is an RN already) that I felt I was not getting the education from CC that I would have from the bigger Univ. and she reminded me that at least at the CC they knew who I was and there weren't so many people in my class that I couldn't get help from the professor if I needed it. Pts really do not care what kind of school you went to all they care is that you are competent enough to take care of them. We all take the same NCLEX exam regardless of where we go. CC seem easier to get into. If you are interested in what school I go to and interested in applying let me know I will get you the information. Good luck!!!!
  3. by   llg
    Quote from Micci

    As far as enterance stuff not being fair. Unfortunately, admission processes are always going to be unfair to someone. Lotteries are unfair to those who have earned high grades. GPA's are unfair to those who attended presitgious universities. Standardized tests are unfair to poor testers. Giving extra points to those who already have degrees in other subjects (my personal gripe) is unfair to those of us working on our first degree. Most nursing programs are trying to do the best they can as fairly as possible, knowing that most are not getting in.
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    Great post. The path to becoming a nurse is not always as smooth and easy as we would like it to be and most of us has had to overcome a few obstacles to fulfill our career goals. It sounds to me as if the OP has the ability to overcome her obstacles if she sets her mind to simply doing what needs to be done.

    llg
  4. by   JGHmaleRN
    Furmangirl I don't know if you want to go out of state to anursing school.
    If so the one I went to in Parkersburg WV is part of WVU. They are not as fixed on GPA rating as much as what you bring to the nursing field. I a had students in my class that had a GPA 2.5. She was one of the best student nurses on the floor. Because she cared about her pt's not what her grade were as long as she was passing. She passed boards the first try. A couple
    of the 3.8 and 4.0 failed boards. Good luck and would welome you to WVU.
  5. by   SouthernLPN2RN
    Quote from FurmanGirl
    What else can be done???
    Try Piedmont Tech in Greenwood and/or TriCounty. I think Piedmont has a smaller wait list. I am currently at PTC in my transition semester (LPN to RN). Next semester I'll be in the third smester of the ADN program. After I graduate, I plan on getting my BSN from Lander (online one year course). Since you've already got a degree, I don't know how you would feel being enrolled at a 4 year college with a large population of new HS grads. The population at a community college is going to be more diverse with age groups than the 4-year colleges.

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