So many nursing majors in my class!

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    Hey everyone! I'm taking my prereqs, and in my sociology class, every single person in the class is majoring in nursing. There are 32 of us. Is this seriously what its like? I read things on here constantly about the field being flooded... Is it really this bad?! I've been told many of these people will end up not making it or changing their minds, but its freaking me out a little bit.

    Have you experienced anything like this?
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    Yes, it's really like this. Last semester in my chem class there were about 125 of us, about 120 of us nursing majors. This semester in A&P there are 140 students, nearly 90% are nursing majors.

    I've been told the same thing. I know there are alot that will change their majors/quit/transfer schools, but there's many that won't. While I'm in class I have to remind myself that I'm competing against every one of them for a spot in the nursing program-- that's my motivation to keep my grades up.
    Esme12, lindarn, loriangel14, and 1 other like this.
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    Yes, it's pretty accurate. Most of my gen eds are full of hopeful nurses to be. Even when I took English 2.5 years ago, 90% of the class was pre-nursing. I took my TEAS the other day at a BSN program that offers the test once a month, and there were like 70 people there. I was shocked. Since it is offered so often I thought there would have been less people. Lot of people have bought into the myth that nursing is a recession-proof job, unfortunately. Have you already taken your sciences? I noticed that a large proportion of people drop off during those, especially the A&P's. We started with probably 60 people in the class and ended with 15 or so. Those people likely will not apply, and others change their minds for various reasons. All you can do is worry about yourself. Do everything you can to make yourself as competitive as possible for admission.
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    This is pretty common, like the other two posters mentioned. The numbers do tend to drop off pretty drastically, especially if your area is highly competitive. In my A&P II course, about 25% of the class withdrew, and about half of my lab class decided to change to different majors. I'm in a BSN program now with about 120 students, which is pretty standard around here.
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    Quote from meeep
    Yes, it's pretty accurate. Most of my gen eds are full of hopeful nurses to be. Even when I took English 2.5 years ago, 90% of the class was pre-nursing. I took my TEAS the other day at a BSN program that offers the test once a month, and there were like 70 people there. I was shocked. Since it is offered so often I thought there would have been less people. Lot of people have bought into the myth that nursing is a recession-proof job, unfortunately. Have you already taken your sciences? I noticed that a large proportion of people drop off during those, especially the A&P's. We started with probably 60 people in the class and ended with 15 or so. Those people likely will not apply, and others change their minds for various reasons. All you can do is worry about yourself. Do everything you can to make yourself as competitive as possible for admission.
    I've taken chem, but I'm saving A&P for a semester so I can take it alone to give it 100% my all and get an A. I hate to sound rude, but I hope the number does drop. I'm sure someone will read this and take what I'm saying the wrong way, but is it even possible that this many people truly want to be nurses? The dirty aspects of the job and all? I find it hard to believe every last one of these people are really up for every aspect of the job and maybe some of them think its just about handing out pills all day. Yikes.
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    Quote from ♫patiently_waiting❤
    While I'm in class I have to remind myself that I'm competing against every one of them for a spot in the nursing program-- that's my motivation to keep my grades up.
    Same here, but I'm trying to find a balance between using it as motivation and going full-blown hunger games competitive. I have to admit I was definitely expecting a lot of people, but nowhere near this many.
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    Yeah, I agree there are way too many people going into nursing. There are also some that go into nursing as a backup plan for whatever. I also heard from some students that nursing prereqs are probably the easiest in all the health professions and quicker to get done which is why most people go into it vs med school/pharmacy etc.

    Nursing schools will probably weed out students in the future by changing the prereqs to upper level science and higher math past college algebra. Or will they?
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    Quote from mmcc26
    Hey everyone! I'm taking my prereqs, and in my sociology class, every single person in the class is majoring in nursing. There are 32 of us. Is this seriously what its like? I read things on here constantly about the field being flooded... Is it really this bad?! I've been told many of these people will end up not making it or changing their minds, but its freaking me out a little bit.

    Have you experienced anything like this?
    Ok, so I just applied to my program, but in my chem class...there's 170 kids...all nursing major! It's a specific chem for the program so yeah I feel crazy in there lol but most of them are freshmen & I'm a junior that already applied. I know how you feel though! My A&P II class has about 75 kids & about 70 are nursing as well. I think also is a lot of kids start taking the pre reqs & realize its too hard & they back out.
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    don't worry, close to when the last day to drop with a W, you will always see your classes get cut by 20-30-or even 75%. the only class that i've ever taken where no one dropped was my English honors class, and obviously, because it was honors, that's why no one dropped. A lot of people want to go for nursing and stuff, but only about 15-20% of the people you encounter will actually finish the prereqs, do good in them, and get accepted into nursing school. Once you get up to like Physiology and Microbiology (Microbiology is the last pre req science to take at my school since every other science is a pre req to it), every one of your classmates will be nursing majors because those types of classes are offered to people entering the clinical field.
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    The last university in which I taught (a respectable-but-nothing-special state uni BSN program) routinely admitted four times as many prenursing majors each year as there were slots in the actual nursing program. I taught one of the required prenursing courses, and the desperation in the air was palpable. Everyone was killing her/himself to get As but knew that it wasn't enough because everyone else​ was getting all As, too, and only 25% of them were going to make the cut. It was awful, and I thought it was a terrible way to run a nursing program.
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