Students flock to nursing programs - popular profession - page 2

while enrollment in nursing programs nationwide has increased every year for nearly a decade, the deepening economic crisis is making such programs even more popular - and competitive - than ever. ... Read More

  1. by   ToxicShock
    Quote from brian
    However, some experts say a lack of available spots in nursing schools and the hard work and dedication required of nurses could be barriers for some aspiring RNs. "Yes, it's a route to some form of job security, but you really have to want to be a nurse," said Frances LaFauci, associate dean of nursing for Suffolk County Community College, adding, "You have to be tough, physically and mentally."
    Thank God someone FINALLY wrote something that depicts the reality behind nursing.

    Almost EVERY article I read about the shortage paints nursing out to be this miracle career: go to school for 2 years and you will have a job forever! You can make big bucks so you can buy all sorts of useless stuff! And if you want to work 1 hour a day, then doggone it, you can do it - and STILL make a lot of money! All you have to do is wipe some butts, fill out some charts, and maybe give a shot or two! Easy! Oh, and don't forget the MONEY!!!

  2. by   1andrea1
    There may be tons of people trying to become nurses, that doesn't mean that they will make it through the program. It takes so much time and dedication to even make it through school, between my first and second semesters of an ADN program we went from 47 students down to 23.
    Even though I am still a student, I truly love nursing already and I commend the men and women that do it on a daily basis; I hope to join their ranks soon!
  3. by   HeartsOpenWide
    Quote from awsmom8
    what i find it funny that this article reports that "such programs even more popular - and competitive - than ever. however, some experts say a lack of available spots in nursing schools and the hard work and dedication required of nurses could be barriers..." as if this was a new trend? it's been this way for years!!!!
    yes it has always been hard work and dedication, but it was not that long ago that nursing schools were not as impacted as they are now. a year before i applied to the two nursing programs i applied to (one asn and one bsn; i got into the bsn) the asn program announced that they had the most enrollees and longest waiting list in history. my friend said that he was talking to one of the teachers and said that only a few years prior she was having to go to hs to try and recruit people, that it was only after the nursing shortage announcement and the hard sell of nursing did people start to want to become nurses. totally frustrating for me because i have wanted to be a nurse for what seems like forever, i had so many people in my pre-reqs that i will be surprised to still be nurses five years out; one girl even said she wanted to be a surgical nurse because she did not like people and at least they are asleep when they are in surgery and that she was going into it for the money.
  4. by   luv2yoga
    My nursing class in 2005 started with 110 students. The number that graduated on time was less than 20. Can you believe that? We counted at the graduation ceremony. I think it was 17. There were 10 that dropped out in the first week, after the bed bath video. My concern is that the screening process to select students needs to be better. More than 300 people applied for those spots....and this was right after they dropped the point system and said they were using a "holistic" process (with no rules). Didn't work out too well, huh?