I am male trying to get accepted into numerous LVN or RN programs in a large city in Texas.
I am constantly hearing about "waiting lists" due to "gluts" of students.
I have met the prerequisites for two different schools LVN programs (passed the tests) however, while one campus accepted my application and said the "numbers look good" for me to be accepted to that campus, the other campus (same school system) stated that while they would accept my application my chances were "slim" on being accepted into the program based on the "glut". ie 200 qualifieds applied and only 60 seats available.
I would like to hear information regarding gluts of students, lack of teachers, and the board possibly purposely limiting the amount of teachers to keep pay up.
The RN programs have better ratios, however all of this has caused this potential male nurse to become very worried. I won't go into the day to day hair pulling experience I have had so far but will say the schools seem to be in a state of chaos.
Any other advice / feedback on getting started is appreciated.
Aug 15, '02
Hi Ann, thanks for the advice
The nursing instructors did mention that funds were the number one reason more students could not get in - there is not enough money to hire more nursing instructors.
Not enough funds? I signed up for two prerequisite classes for the RN progam at two different schools as I could not take them concurrently at the first school. There are no in district schools for my area Cost $680.00 dollars. Called today to see if the books were in and get cost. A&I book $115.00 dollars, A&I lab book $50.00 dollars, BIOL 2401 book $78.00, BIOL lab book $25.00.
Total for two prerequisites : $948.00
My wife has been an RN for 19 years and said she believes that the board controls the amount of teachers in order to keep pay up for nurses.
Be patient and keep on applying.
I am trying very hard. But I must say that when I read about the compassion needed for being a good nurse and then meet with directors that great me as a potential student for the first time by loudly stating "What do you want !" it is only becomes more difficult. I met with another that was so stressed out she was literally on the verge of tears and treated me worse than a burger king order taker would. For the most part everyone I have come into contact with at both schools acts in this fashion and seem very unhappy. It makes me wonder why they as holders of MSN degrees choose to work there?
Now we know a little more about the cause of the nursing shoratage.
Last edit by NJS on Aug 15, '02