Could someone explain to me why if there is such a shortage in nursing is there so much red tape to get into nursing school. I have thought about a nursing teaching shortage and the fact that schools what to put out the most prudent nurses possible. What about the B and C students? I know that some schools start with the applicant with the highest GPA down and they may not even have the heart for nursing. I have been an average student my whole life and I am getting discouraged because I don't have a 4.0 GPA. I want to hear form people who have been in my shoes and have made it in and what you think really helped you more.