Does the name of the university OR ranking of their specialty impress employers more? - page 2

Hello, I am graduating with my BSN in 1.5 months and I am already looking into graduate programs. Specifically, I am looking into online FNP programs, of which there are a good number of and they... Read More

  1. by   SHGR
    Quote from mooshgigila
    Do you know why they preferred a B student over an A student?
    The thinking is that the B student is well-rounded, may have spent more time developing other interests, hobbies, volunteer experience, and developing soft skills rather than the perfectionist spending all of his or her time in pursuit of the "A" grade. It makes sense to me, for the most part.
  2. by   CarpeDiem'15
    llg - Thanks for your post, out of all the ones listed on this thread I think it was the most balanced and informative. To sum up what you're saying, schools WILL have a bearing on employers if they are on either end of the list: either the very top or the very bottom. If schools are towards the middle of the pack, than other factors will have more weight. That makes complete sense, and I would think that is also how it is for doctors, lawyers, and every other profession out there. Personally, I don't understand WHY a person in HR would NOT look at the nursing school of a candidate. Of all folks, I would think that HR would know that just as a school does not necessarily make the nurse, neither does the license. It's a combination of BOTH education and experience. Especially in today's evolving nursing standards, where education is becoming increasingly important in the profession.
  3. by   CecileSF
    nurse recruiters prefer the type of degree (BSN, MSN). But experience and background are most important. However, I did have one person on a recruitment team tell me that they looked at specific schools when all else is equal because top schools are way harder to get into. However, that is not going to get you a job.
  4. by   Julius Seizure
    So....how do I find out the reputation of a school? I am having trouble with that. I am looking at grad schools, and for instance, I know that Vanderbilt has a good reputation (and a high price tag)....but some of the others I just dont know anything about them. Are any of these "bad" name schools, or are they all ok?

    Drexel
    University of South Alabama
    University of Alabama - Birmingham
    University of Texas - Arlington

    Halp!
  5. by   calivianya
    Quote from mooshgigila
    So, calidianya, you mean the specific subset of hospital that care are more research oriented? Is it safe to say the university hospitals are more this way?
    Exactly. And it's usually not just university hospitals in general, but the world-class, world renown hospitals at the top of the pack in a certain specialty. I interviewed at one in the top five hospitals in the country for the specialty I was interviewing for, and the level of snobbery I experienced did not impress me. I will never apply to one of those kinds of places again.
  6. by   Jules A
    Quote from calivianya
    Exactly. And it's usually not just university hospitals in general, but the world-class, world renown hospitals at the top of the pack in a certain specialty. I interviewed at one in the top five hospitals in the country for the specialty I was interviewing for, and the level of snobbery I experienced did not impress me. I will never apply to one of those kinds of places again.
    I'm not surprised this was your experience but it is a shame and likely in some part due to the fact that many pay such poor wages. Ever notice that a majority of their nursing staff is young brand new nurses? There are a handful of lifers who teach at the university but the rest leave for better opportunities. Imo its similar to academia where the pay is so lousy that many feel they need to fiercely protect their turf and flex their superiority by having a ton of virtually meaningless credentials.
  7. by   KelRN215
    I don't think anyone cares about the US News and World Report rankings of schools (or hospitals, for that matter). If you go to a nationally known school your resume might grab someone's attention but won't make or break you being hired. I worked at a hospital that was consistently ranked #1 or #2 by US News and World Report in their specialty. When they were #2 they disregarded the rankings and said they knew they were #1 no matter what US News and World Report had to say. When they were #1 they plastered the hospital with advertising about it. These rankings have less meaning than US News and World Report would have you think.
  8. by   Jules A
    Quote from KelRN215
    If you go to a nationally known school your resume might grab someone's attention but won't make or break you being hired. I worked at a hospital that was consistently ranked #1 or #2 by US News and World Report in their specialty. When they were #2 they disregarded the rankings and said they knew they were #1 no matter what US News and World Report had to say. When they were #1 they plastered the hospital with advertising about it.
    That is hilarious.
  9. by   guest08/01/16
    I am in the dilemma of choosing between Hopkins/Duke and CSUN. Both seem to have its pros and cons.
  10. by   EmergencyRN22
    You are totally right on about this. I live in a state with two very large and well known hospitals and I swear they have banner wars. Hospital A post 10 flags, next day hospital B hangs 15 even BIGGER flags.


    Its A complete joke and inside joke.


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