Competition tough for nursing school
Earning a spot in nursing school can be tough, even in the midst of a nursing shortage.
Just ask Georgia State University student Rachel Edmundson, who has failed three times to win entry to GSU's program despite carrying a 3.29 GPA.
"I don't think it should be that hard" to become a nurse, the 21-year-old said over a chilled coffee drink near the GSU campus.
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 it should
be that hard. Nursing is a tough field which requires smart, fast-thinking people. If there is a bright side to the nursing shortage, it's that nursing schools are forced to accept the highest quality students. And raising our standards isn't a bad thing IMO especially since people's lives rely on our skills.
Here's a little gem from her daddy:
We're not talking about medical school, we're talking about nursing school," her father, Chuck Edmundson, said
Yeah, it's only nurses and everyone knows you don't need to be that smart because after all our work isn't that critical, not like a doctor
May 3, '07
I think another point that can be made is that a GPA doesn't tell the whole story about a prospective student - maybe that 3.29 is comprised of a whole lot of basket weaving and some poor science grades - or maybe she lacks maturity - or maybe she picked her nose during the interview! (Or maybe she brought her Dad along!)
I don't think trend is unlike what is being seen in colleges across the nation - a high GPA/SAT isn't always a guaranteed ticket to the school of your choice.
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May 3, '07
It's really would be interesting to see what turn will take nursing as a profession when all these bright young women will graduate and will join us in the field. They are for sure very smart, assertive, capable and outspoken. How will it go with the fact that nursing is still submissive profession, that you have to be able to please everyone from visitors to management? I got myself in trouble last week by cutting off very sarcastic doctor, who immediately complained about me being rude. I can't even imagine anyone outside the hospital talking to me the way he was; and he came out right, and I was wrong in the eyes of the management, because we have to maintain "positive" relationship with doctors. It is naturally assumed in should be maintained at my expense, since he is a doctor, and I am nothing.
<<vent over, thanks for listening>>
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