So I have been doing everything in my power to make myself the ideal nursing school applicant. I live in Portland, OR and the nursing program I will be applying to is competitive (as they all are) they get about 1000 applicants and accept 80. So that alone scares me. I am 20 years old and have taken some time off from school since graduating HS. I have been working full time in customer service just to pay the bills and gain some life experience. I am now starting to really buckle down on getting my prereqs done so I can apply for the 2016-18 RN program. I get good grades and I have good recommendations but 88% of the accepted RN student had worked previously in healthcare and 50% of had prior degrees. That really scares me. I love my current job but I am willing to resign so I can gain healthcare experience. I am interviewing for a caregiver position next week at a local nursing home. I will be making less than I do now if I take the job but I can live with that as long as the experience is worth it in the long run. What do you guys think? Anyone do anything similar? Any advice? Thanks!!