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Hi everyone.... I know this is a weird question, but I was discussing this with a few friends and none of us are sure if our conclusions are correct:
We all know that there is a shortage of nurses, and as far as I've heard, there certainly aren't as many students applying to nursing schools as there used to be. Will this shortage mean an easier time getting accepted into programs? Almost every schools website states that meeting the minimal requirements doesn't guarantee addmission because most applicants' credentials are well above the minimums... but if there really is a shortage, just how competitive do you really have to be to get accepted?
Any input would be greatly appreciated!
We have found here in NH (at least) the exact opposite to be true. First, the shortage of nurses also applies to a shortage of nursing instructors. No instructors, no classes. Instructors also must have a Master's degree, and not as many nursing students are obtaining a Master's, and if they do, it's not to necessarily teach (certainly not where the $$ are). I'm a non-traditional student at the age of 37 w/4 kids, and I'm going the quickest route first (ADN), then will obtain my BSN after I start working. But for now, getting INTO the work force is a priority.
Secondly, there are a TON of applicants in the programs up here, especially the CC's and tech school's. Spaces are few and far between, because of the shortage of instructors, so the school's can't take as many students. So, they get picky - VERY selective with who gets in. I have a 3.8 GPA, finished all but 2 non-nursing classes, applied to 4 schools, and got into only 2. My GPA wasn't HIGH enough for one of them! That's how tight the process is.
The schools must be selective. They want to make sure the students who start, are the ones that will stay and graduate. This is actually applicable to all of the Allied Health programs - from Radiology to Paramedic to Dental Health. They are all very selective now. I know of several schools - mostly the CC's and tech's - that are not even advertising their nursing programs any longer. They have way too many applicants for the spots available. I know it's even hard for the traditional student right out of HS to get into an AD program. The private college I go to has both AD and BSN programs, with a lot of the younger students in the BSN program. Many were denied admission to the AD programs in tech schools, most believing because they have yet to "prove" themselves as college students, and the school's don't want to give away a spot to someone that may decide after 6 weeks that nursing is not for them. Too late to let someone in at that point.
I'm interested that it is not this way across the US - I thought it was. Some of the 2 year programs at tech school's have 2 year long wait lists. They are desperately trying to recruit instructors, and some are building new facilities to accomodate such a huge surge in Allied Health admissions.