I am having a very difficult time understanding why getting into a nursing program is sooo competitive if there is a shortage?
I have a degree is psychology, used to be premed..took biology C+ and B- and chemistry B and B+..one semester of organic which I took pass/fail...
I am now taking anatomy and physiology and microbiology..
I dont have clinical expereince...but I have a phlebotmy licence and a EKG licence. I volunteer a few hours but nothing notabe because of my work schedule..anyoneknow how I can get any clincal experience.
Is there any hope for me? I wanted to apply this November, but looking on the board..I am very intimidated.
Are there any schools
where I could do my RN with out having to be biting my nails??? I live in NY, please help!
Sep 12, '06
Quote from Vixen17
OH I am soo frustrated i dont know what to do!
You do know what to do, you just may not want to do it. First change your attitude. Getting into nursing school is not the hard part, it is only frustrating at times. Graduating nursing school is the hard part.
Second, contact the schools you are interested in attending. Then find out how an applicant is ranked. How many points do you get for each category (piece of information) submitted with your application? Then create a plan to maximize your points.
Yes, this may mean you will need to retake courses. This may also mean you may need to take additional courses. I have two degrees and I had to take half a dozen courses due to expiration and courses that were not transferable to my new endeavor. However, I did it because that is how bad I want to become a Registered Nurse.
I do not know how easy or hard your mom had it or how long ago she went through this process, but evidently times have changed. As the other posters have mentioned, you are not alone in your frustration.
As for there being a shortage, don't confuse that with there being an easy way to becoming a Registered Nurse. The profession will not relax standards and schools will not water down material to crank out more nurses. So nothing you do to improve yourself as an applicant will be a waste of time.
You will gain valuable knowledge you will need later on. Or you can be like some and try to get out of retaking courses or brushing up on needed skills and flunk out of nursing school. Your choice. Good luck. :wink2:
Last edit by SummerGarden on Sep 12, '06
Sep 12, '06
Quote from CTRNTOBE
Nursing should be soo competitive because you literly will have peoples lives in your hands when you start working.
As a patient would you prefer someone who squeeked into school with a minimum average or someone who studied their butt off and got in with a 4.0.
The pre-reqs are never ending and nursing classes are even harder. My school has about 600 applicants for 110 spots. There are 11 of us taking our pre-reqs together that have GPA's between 3.97 and 4.0; so there goes 10% of the spots.
A C+ or B- in science classes is not going to cut it. Also you have to have a very tough chin and a tremendous attitude toward making it. If you start doubting yourself, you are not going to make it.
I would have to disagree with you because I know really competent nurses who got into a Nursing program with a gpa of 2.7-3.0 not too long ago.This has nothing to do with not being smart enough to get into the program, it has to do with not having enough funds, resourses and teachers .In addition, there are many private schools who admitt students with a 2.75 gpa and up.Oh and as a patient, I would rather have a nurse who knew what she was doing in Nursing school and actually passed the board exam.As long as she has the qualifications to be a nurse and the owner of a License, I really don't care if she/he had a B or an A in sociology or BIO.Having A's isn't a guarantee that she will turn out to be a comptent and caring Nurse. Also I see no huge difference between a difference of 5 points( B+ and a A- ) student)...LOL
Last edit by RNsoon! on Sep 12, '06