Published Mar 13, 2014
Hi guys, I got accepted into the John Hopkins accelerated BSN program for the fall of 2014 however the school fees is ridiculous. I also got an offer from Union University in Tennessee but I am having a hard time picking. JHU is ranked no 1 in the nation and Union is ranked no 13 and I know JHU is a highly reputable school that can open doors after graduation. I will appreciate your opinions.
Hopkins is a brand name and they command big bucks to be part of their 'legacy.' However, I worked with many many JHU nursing grads who were unable to land a job even at the JHH or Bayview (affiliated) facilities despite it being their alma mater. This leads me to believe that the tangible benefits of paying such a huge sum of money for their education would equal that of pursuing the same education elsewhere. Personally, I would choose the cheaper school. Yes, it's a big name, but you'll be the same nurse as everyone else when it's over.
nurseprnRN, BSN, RN
Slight clarification. She'll be the same person, but it's quite impossible to say that all new grads are the same, due to clear differences in quality and level of their educational institutions.
I say, go for the one that gives you the best vibes. It might also depend on where you think you'll be looking for work-- the JH name may open more doors in different parts of the country compared to UU.
Essentially, she will start with a license to learn just like everyone else when she passes her boards at the end of the program. That's what I meant. Not all new grads are the same; that is a precise and truthful distinction.
Having lived and worked in Baltimore in close proximity to the Johns Hopkins University, I know more than a several handfuls of grads who interviewed and were weeded out based on more than just their school's name.
Of course it is up to the OP; and by the way, OP congratulations on your acceptance to both programs! It's so competitive out there.
Strike 'a' from my sentence citing 'handfuls of grads'
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