Why Are They Doing This????????

  1. Question:
    Why are they making it so hard for people who want to go into the nursing career to do so? I went to this open house and the speaker was not even intrested in answering questions. "400 applicants...60 seats, good luck"....

    Am I in the twilight zone?
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   EricJRN
    Was this an NCLEX-related seminar? Or an open house for a nursing school?
  4. by   jess2007
    may be because it's tough to pass NCLEX later on.
  5. by   Jessy_RN
    I am assuming it's for nursing school. Unfortunately, that is the picture around the country. Not enough educators, not enough spots.........blah, blah, blah.

    Other countries have a surplus waiting to come here.......*sigh*.

    Be confident, try your hardest and you will be successful. You will never know unless you try!

    Hugs,

    Jess
  6. by   nclexwarrior
    They make it so hard because when you get through the program you will be responsible for the lives of your patients. They should not allow nothing but the best through. The purpose of being lisenced is not for our benifit but for the benifit and the safety of the public.
  7. by   jjjoy
    Quote from nclexwarrior
    They make it so hard because when you get through the program you will be responsible for the lives of your patients. They should not allow nothing but the best through. The purpose of being lisenced is not for our benifit but for the benifit and the safety of the public.
    The problem the OP is bemoaning is the problem of qualified applicants being turned away despite the doom and gloom warnings of growing nursing shortages. The reason it's so hard to get into nursing school these days is because of the strong competition for a limited number spaces. If there were more nursing school spots open, then more students could and would be accepted and become licensed accordingly, without any threat to patient safety.

    With the increased earning capabilities of nurses and the publicity in regard to the demand for nurses, people who previously weren't interested in nursing are now pursuing it. The same students that are being turned away today would've been readily accepted not long ago when there wasn't so much competition.
    Last edit by jjjoy on Oct 2, '07
  8. by   nclexwarrior
    Quote from jjjoy
    The problem the OP is bemoaning is the problem of qualified applicants being turned away despite the doom and gloom warnings of growing nursing shortages. The reason it's so hard to get into nursing school these days is because of the strong competition for a limited number spaces. If there were more nursing school spots open, then more students could and would be accepted and become licensed accordingly, without any threat to patient safety.

    With the increased earning capabilities of nurses and the publicity in regard to the demand for nurses, people who previously weren't interested in nursing are now pursuing it. The same students that are being turned away today would've been readily accepted not long ago when there wasn't so much competition.


    The problem is also the limited amount of qualified staff that are able to teach at universities. you must have an MSN to teach in colleges and the ones who are qualified to do so are aging and retiring. Plus at the college I attended, the nursing instructors are very underpayed. Probably 100% of my graduating class are now more highly paid then my past nursing instuctors.
  9. by   **new!!
    I hear what you are saying Warrior...but I was born and raised in New York...most of the nurses that I have come across don't even speak English. My mother who is a nurse said that some people are great test-takers and lucky..I have seen girls get into the seats that I wanted and a semester later, fail because they were good in math (chemistry, algebra)...but sucked in english.
  10. by   sunray12
    It is not as hard as you think - provided you are willing to get through the prerequisite coursework. From the high applicant to available seats ratio I'm guessing this is a community college. A lot of people want to be at cc because of the low tuition rates. If you are willing to pay more to go to a private school you won't have any problem getting in as long as you pass the prereqs.
  11. by   malestudentnurse
    From what I've been told the problem lies with not enough educators. Why would someone with a BSN choose to teach when they can make alot more money in the private sector? Hang in there, keep your GPA very high and hang in there. Finish your pre-reqs at the CC then if you can't get into the program, apply to other schools. Keep a positive attitude and don't listen to the drama from the other students and you'll be fine.
  12. by   dreamon
    I think they want applicants to be afraid, it's probably Step 1 of 'weeding out'.

    For example- 800 people show up for information. They start off with-
    1. We have too many applicants....only 50 of you will be accepted. Right there, people will begin second guessing themselves.

    2. They say you can't work and be in this program. Now even more are skeptical and in their heads they are thinking of other options. Right there the school may have eliminated 100, 150 applicants without even looking at their qualifications.

    3. They may stress financial aid, or lack thereof. Now another 50 or more students won't apply.

    Personally I'd let it go in one ear and out of the other.

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