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Does being a guy have any affect on being accepted into your schools nursing program?

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I tend to cherish truth over having to hear things discussed that make me feel uncomfortable or inflame my own feelings of persecution.

Whether you hate the idea of quotas or champion the idea, I think your idea should be added to the pile where it can compete with other ideas. Your proposal seems to be to stifle this discussion and put your head in the sand, which I guarantee won't stop people from thinking about it and acting or speaking from their own ideas without ever having had the benefit of considering other people's opinions and idead first. Discussion leads toward resolution.

Here's the truth: it is up to an individual school to decide how they run admissions. Some use quotas, some do not. Many universities use different quotoas for gender, race, and ethnicity. This is perfectly legal (though fodder for litigation). Schools try to reconcile this by filling those quotas with the same high grades as applicants at large. Sometimes that is accomplished 100%, sometimes not. Heck, it's not illegal to lend weight to a person whose family supports a university through donations or has a long line of alumni. To people just trying to get in, that's an unsavory truth. But it's still the truth.

BTW, I had straight A's in prereqs and graduated from what is, according to US News & World Report, the #1 public university in the country. I smoked the entrance test. I had military and work experience. I didn't need any extra advantage. Still, some classmates have told me that they feel a bit jealous that I didn't wait 2-3 years to get in and one said "perfect grades shouldn't be a factor". This I disagree with, but I'm glad that they are voicing their opinion and if those opinions are out there I'd rather hear them than have them stifled.

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Being a guy does NOT help.

Take it from someone who got SCREWED on his admission to an ADN program.

I have a 3.7 GPA, passed their placement test, currently work as an aide in a hospital, had glowing letters of recommendation from

executives in the Nursing organization who ENDORSED me as a good RN and I still didn't get in.

I have read multiple posts from a bunch of 20 something girls go on and on about getting in the program where I applied. Most of them

have never set foot in a hospital before. Trust me, it doesn't matter one bit and I am beginning to think it might even lower your chances depending on the background (or lack thereof) of the people running the place.

My advice is go to a BSN program. Borrow money, take out loans, apply for every scholarship you can find and just do it. You'll be better off and you wont have to deal with these high school level educators at the community college level. You will get a far better education and it will be worth it in the long run. I got into two BSN programs with no problem. That should tell you something.

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I wish. My program is first come first serve? They have minimum requirements and once met, you get in line. I understand that nursing is suppose to be compassion based, but I have been waiting over a year with a 3.96 GPA, and test scores that but me into competition at the elite schools (Ivy league, or top state schools Like UofM), and think this is a crock. Since I have been waiting I have counted it least 20 dropouts through our registration system. So they have upward revised the criteria every year, which has delayed me an extra year. However, they grandfather people in under the old rules, if they are already on the list, and do not meet the new requirements. I guess my school ascribes to the old joke; What do you call the worst graduate from a doctorate program.......... Doctor.

It least I should hopefully be in this winter.................

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Well....me, personally, I've heard plenty of stories about it being alot easier for males to enter the field of nursing. I even heard if from several of my family members. I applied to a total of 4 different programs all over Georgia and Tennessee (since I'm originally from Tennessee) and I've yet to hear back from all of them. I did get accepted to an ADN program here in Georgia:yeah:, Gordon College to be exact :up:. Needless to say,:smokin: I will be attending the Gordon:yeah:. I said all that to say that in some scenarios, some colleges and universities may very well allow "x" amount of males to enter their nursing programs more easily than the female applicants.

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OBigdog26 has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN, NP.

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In my BSN program there is only me and another guy. We have a total of 60 students in the class.

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I really don't think it did have any effect. The teaching and academic advising staff all acted like I was a godsend when I applied to nursing schools but I was still rejected from one university and had to wait an extra year to get into another when I transfered to a school closer to home.

I a forced to conclude that being a male student counts for much less than some would assume

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No. It doesn't at my school.

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I am in a bachelor's to BSN program and my class is about 10% male. All of the guys I have met have been pretty competent, so I would have to say they rank higher up in the class overall. The best advice is to work your hardest and do very well in your pre-reqs and in nursing school. If you know that you put in 100%, you never have to look back with regrets.

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I've heard that a male has priority getting accepted than a female into the Nursing Program simply because they need a lot more male nurses in the workplace.

P.S. I hope that's true!!!!

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sjessamy specializes in Adult Home Care & Long Term Care.

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Not to offend anyone...but in the past..when you thought of a nurse..the picture that most likely popped into your head was a white woman...with those little white hats. But of course as nursing has become more and more a desired profession you are seeing that change..however its still dominated by women...when i was accepted into my nursing program..i believe i was considered because of my grades....and the interview but i think the major reason i was accepted was because i was a male and a minority..I think people are trying to see a change in the demographics of nursing towards the future.

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