"It shouldn't be that hard to be a nurse" - page 7

Competition tough for nursing school Interesting. I am sure that some of our pre-nursing and current nursing students may agree but after 16 years in this business, I am convinced that... Read More

  1. by   nrs2b07
    I am a recent grad nurse. I worked extremely hard to make it through my nursing program. But I feel that nursing should be "hard". You have to use your skills and knowledge in order to provide good patient care and if one of my family members or friends were in the hospital I would want that nurse to be very confident and competent in what she does.
  2. by   catzy5
    Quote from mercyteapot
    I wonder how it is they focused on this girl. There are students with much higher GPAs (and, one would imagine, fathers that aren't so moronic) that can't get in to nursing school. Bewailing the problems of someone with a GPA that wouldn't even earn her honorable mention on the Dean's List at a lot of schools doesn't highlight how challenging it truly is very well.

    This was such an interesting thread I just read it all top to bottom. I am a 39 year old mother of 3. I have one week left on my pre requisites, I go to a very small school in an area very much lacking in hospitals and schools. My school accepts on GPA and 2 lottery spots no wait in the fall they take 12 students yup only 12 and in the spring 24. I can't apply until the fall they are very very strict academically and I will have a 4.0 GPA I am not a good student at all, infact I barely even graduated high school, what I am is a hard worker and I want this very bad so have been working my butt off for 3 years trying to get here. If they had had other requirements instead of GPA I would have focused on that but here its GPA the cut off this fall was 3.89 I fear by the spring they will be turning 4.0 gpa's away.

    I agree GPA does not equate with a good nurse, there are programs that have other requirements, there is a school near me with a wait but its 3 years (no time at 39 to mess with that) there is a university just started doing nursing but I don't have all the BSN pre reqs yet and they base criteria on points, work experience, testing and GPA. So my point is its not all cut and dry, yes there is a shortage on instructors, clinical locations (in my area) and funds. However its not impossible to get in, if whats not working at one school to get you in, you try another, its hard frustrating and has made me a little more then crazy at times. I do think I will be a better nurse for it though, I have worked extremely hard, I have even given up for a semester but I have realized its what I really really want and I will do what it takes to get there and for me it means working and studying harder then I have ever done in my entire life. And hey guess what its working.
  3. by   jlv1971precious
    I really despise people who make comments like those her father made. Nursing is a profession, one which I work my butt off to provide quality care to my patients. Some people just don't get the fact that we are the eyes and ears for these "exalted" doctors, and without us, they couldn't function. I work in a teaching hospital, so my residents listen to me when I tell them I need certain things, and it's just as much my job to teach them as it is the attending physician. Matter of fact, I see the residents more than the attending. Hmm, maybe I need to discuss teaching fees with the hospital ;
  4. by   luvpeplrn
    Why should it be that hard? I feel that you should be able to get into a school if the proper prerequisites are met, and let the school decide if you are "smart" enough to become a nurse, there is a lot more to becoming a nurse that just getting into school! The Boards have something to do with it as well.