Quote from logank622
The lottery system may have worked for the Hunger Games, but I think it's ineffective for nursing school. Nursing schools should select the most qualified applicants, period. Accepting students based on how long they've been patient enough to jump through your arbitrary hoops is kind of backward.
Sorry I don't have an answer to your questions, but this needed to be said.
Okay, so the university around here selects 26 people PER YEAR for their nursing program. It is merit based. I know people with 3.7 GPAs and tons of volunteer experience who did not get in. Their only choice is to go to one of the private schools that lets everyone in who meets a certain GPA/test requirement or one of the ADN programs that has a wait list system (oh no! the horror!). So are you saying that this person does not deserve to be a nurse? Or that those schools that don't do it on a merit system have crappy programs?
I take offense to this, because merit based programs are always going to miss people who might make good nurses. Nursing schools are very competitive. I've heard of programs where you can't get in without a 4.0. Should the students with a 3.9 find a different career? I know a girl who went to college when she was 18, partied too much, failed some classes, went back to school when she was 24 and got straight As but still could not get into a merit based program because of her past history. Does she not deserve to get into a program?
There needs to be programs that aren't completely merit based for the good students who don't get into a merit based program. I'm not saying nursing programs should let anyone in, but to say that someone with a 3.5 GPA who didn't get into a merit based program should have no other options is ridiculous. The programs around here that aren't merit based are still VERY rigorous once you are in clinicals. Many people fail out, and the number of people that graduate 2 years later is only a fraction of the number that started clinicals. So when all is said and done only the best of the best are left standing after 2 years. The private BSN programs that aren't merit based are just as hard as the BSN programs that are merit based. The merit based program around here actually has an easier grading scale than the non merit based programs. I think it's silly to say that all nursing programs should be strictly merit based, because you will miss out on a lot of potential good nurses. Honestly, some medical schools are easier to get into these days than nursing schools with the number of people going into nursing.
I am sorry if my post came across strongly, but I am one of those students who messed up my grades right after high school because I wasn't seriously about school, but now I am serious about school and all my recent grades are great. I can't get into a merit based program because of my overall GPA (going back to when I first started college) To basically say that I shouldn't be able to get into a school then and try to prove a good nurse I can be is a slap in the face.