I have been on the waitlist for nursing school for 2 1/2 years. I have found many ways to be proactive while in nursing school.
1. Taking a CNA course this was probably the best thing I have done. It will teach you the fundamentals of nursing and nursing care. In my area the CNA course is about $800 and takes about 5 months but it is so worth it.
2. Finishing the pre-reqs! Who wants to take pre-reqs when their focus should be on nursing?
3. In Maine we have CRMA's; Certified residential medication aids, this allows me to pass medication at an assisted living home. The CRMA has given me basic knowledge on how medications work and has allows me to see pharmaceutical affects of the medications on the residents.
4. If you state doesn't have CRMAs you could do this by getting your Med tech license (I'm not sure how much this is?) then obtain a PSS certificate (personal support specialist) the PSS teaches the very basics in patient care
5. See if there is any extra courses you could take while waiting that could go towards your degree, for instance my Nursing school doesn't require the Associate degree to take pharmacology but I found out that I can take it at a different school and have it transfer to my BSN!
6. I love to stay active and to look up anything I can about nursing so I started a blog ... (TOS doesn't allow promoting own site in posts so contact me if you are interested in visiting)
... this is where I post anything I find interesting and want to share my thoughts on nursing. Check it out!
7. I also just signed up to join the Student nursing association at my school, which will be a great way to meet other nursing student at different levels in the program.
What have you found to be helpful? How long is your waitlist?