Quote from firstyearstudent
daytonite, you always give such great advice. i am surprised that you would tell someone to "make something up." perhaps this person could just inventory what they've been doing with their time and put a positive spin on it, without mentioning that they've been recuperating from a mental illness. i wouldn't put that in the same category as lying...
i say that when it comes to getting a place in a nursing program or a job, all's fair. the powers in charge don't have to know what goes on in your personal life. shame on them if they ask--if they do, they deserve whatever bs answer they are given. i've been a manager for many years, seen many resumes, know that much can be faked, and know that good interviewing will bring forth the worst in people. this is one of the major reasons people are interviewed. i think it's a bit ridiculous to have students reveal their prior work histories as part of the selection process. to my way of thinking it has nothing to do with the teaching of nursing which is what the school is supposed to be focusing on. it's a bit prejudicial since a 19-year old is going to have little to no working history compared to a 40-year old. and it serves what purpose? if they are looking for a lousy work history a skilled interviewer can try to get that from an interview. i guarantee you, i can come up with a resume full of 100% false, verifiable information in about an hour. is that fair to anyone? obviously, the people asking for these resumes haven't learned that this can be done. the school can also put a more positive spin on the question of a resume or work history and ask it a different way. why not just ask for a essay on why you want to be a nurse. the bottom line here is that the program, all programs, are trying to screen for students who they feel are not going to be a waste of their valuable time and resources. they will ask you to write essays, interview you, ask for letters of recommendation and ask all kinds of questions trying to determine this. in the end, they really only know when they get you sitting before them in the classroom or at a clinical site and actually see how you act and perform under the gun. until then, you all have to play the game to "get in" to the school.
and just a word to those who have guilt about their past illnesses. . .keep them there, in the past. no one wants to hear about them. reveal them at your own peril--especially if they involve mental issues. put yourself in the place of the people who have to chose candidates for these programs, or any job. do you think they want to hear about your struggles with mental health? (they might if it means an automatic passing you over for a place in the class.) do you think that maybe it sounds like you still need to be talking to a counselor if you have to rehash that stuff? keep it mum. if you are well now, it doesn't need to be discussed by you to anyone--so keep it to yourself. and, i mean to yourself. don't be telling other students your life history on prozac. many times the decisions about who gets into these programs is purely personal on the parts of the selectors. why give them something to exclude you? there are times when you can go too far with honesty.