I just applied to nursing school and I thought I was a shoe-in: I have a 4.0 in my prereqs, and I had a 4.0 graduate school gpa & a 3.6 undergrad. I got a 93 on my TEAS, and I've been volunteering at a clinic for 2 years. I have an MA in writing, and I had other writing profs help me perfect my SOP. Great LORs, too.
But the people who got in had something I didn't - they'd been shadowing nurses and physicians, and working directly with patients. I am in nursing case management, which means that while I make sure patients get, and make it to, their appointments, I don't get to take blood pressure, etc. How on earth did these other applicants get such great experience without even having gone to nursing school?
So I've decided it's time for me to get more experience before I apply again. Here's my question: would it be best for me to get my CNA? Or should I become an MA? A paramedic? Something else?
I am leaning toward the CNA, since my dream is to become a hospice nurse. I guess after I get it, I'll be able to apply for jobs in nursing homes. But it seems like the MAs I work with get to assist the NPs, which is what I'd really love to do - the MAs get a lot of mentoring. And paramedics learn how to work under pressure & know just what to do in an emergency. Hmm.