Do employers look at what Nursing Program you went to? - page 2

I am looking into going to WestCoast University to get my Bachelors in Nursing. I have been on a CC waitlist for over a year now. I feel so stuck and trapped. I have spent a lot of time on my... Read More

  1. Visit  elkpark profile page
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    Quote from KelRN215
    Employers do look at where you went to school in that it's on your resume. How much weight it holds depends on a lot of things.

    I'm in the minority here, apparently, as I spent well over $100K on my education and I graduated six years ago. I still have over $45K in loans to pay off. I started college in 2002 and even then, the cost was somewhere around $35K/year... the cost at my university today is around $60K/year.

    I do not now nor have I ever regretted the money I spent on my education. I have no doubt that going to a well known and well respected university helped me get noticed by recruiters and land every job I've ever had. I had my resume reviewed at a conference I went to earlier this year and the person who reviewed it told me "you have a degree from a nationally known university and the first 5 years of your career were spent at a nationally known hospital, you can go anywhere with this resume."
    You're v. right; when I said that "some employers do look at what school you attended," what I really meant was that, of course, all employers look at what's on your resume' and application -- it matters (sometimes a great deal) to some employers where you went to school.

    I went to a hospital-based diploma program many years ago that was not expensive, but v. well-respected in my state (and, indeed, the entire Southeast US), and attended a nationally-known graduate program years later that was v. expensive. I got an excellent education in both cases (I chose that particular graduate program not for the "name," but because v. few schools offer a concentration in my subspecialty and the program has always had an excellent reputation, in my specialty particularly), and I know that, whether it's entirely justified or not, the schools I have attended have made a difference for me in employment and how I've been regarded professionally over the years. Not a huge difference (and less so as the years have gone by), but a difference. I could have gone to a cheaper graduate program, and probably would have gotten an adequate education, but I've never regretted the extra cost. It was definitely the best choice I could have made.

    People in nursing know which are the good schools and which are the "ehh" schools (and it's not about the expense -- there are great schools that aren't expensive and crummy schools that are) -- and it makes a difference.
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  3. Visit  matthewandrew profile page
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    Does that 100k include an MD or PharmD as well? Sound like you're getting played by a for-profit business. Please be very cautious in taking on so much debt. Work harder and try to gain admission in a state school.

    Also, from my personal experience, interviews depend largely on personal perceptions. My interviewers always had positive reactions on the school I went. So yes, it does matter. As far as its actual extent, it really depends.

    Good luck!


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