Former NYC nurse here,Years ago someone gave me the advice of leaving NYC to get into nursing school and I listened. After being but on the waiting list of many schools in NYC I started to apply upstate. I sent a general application to many SUNY's and was accepted into Plattsburgh. When I arrived to the meet and greet for new students I walked to the nursing table and told them I wanted to be a nursing major. There was no fuss and that very next minute I was one. I made the mistake of coming back to NYC after graduation and didn't get my dream job. I wanted to be in the ICU but instead got a nursing home & med-surg job.After trying to get into the ICU for 7 years I decided to leave NYC. I started to apply to all ICU jobs in every state and was called the same day I applied to hospitals in ND. I was hired in the ICU from a telephone interview and given a chance to follow my dreams. Fellow NYC nurses leave NYC if you want to really be a nurse. I live in ND now and the entrance to the Nursing programs are not biased. Students are given a chance to prove themselves. I see so many nursing students getting practicums in the departments they want without any fuss. In NYC you have to have a 4.0 or have great contacts.I was a BSN with a 3.3GPA and couldn't get an interview in NYC. I love NY & NYC but I love myself more. If being a nurse is your dream and you are having a hard time getting into a program, look at out-of-state schools. If you can't get the position of your dreams in NYC look at out-of-state hospitals.