Advice for a Potential Nursing Student

  1. I'm a freshman at a major university and I was wondering what nursing schools (and graduate nursing programs) look for in a candidate. Good grades of course, but what personal aspects are they looking for if any? I plan on going to grad school and studying to be a CRNA, and I was wondering what distinguishes the above average candidate from an ordinary one. If anyone has experience with interviews, any advice would be extremely helpful.

    Also, is there a way I should be studying/classes I should be taking to best prepare myself for nursing and grad school? How did you make it through college? What did you do and what would you have done differently given the chance?

    Thank you
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  3. by   lisabeth
    Each school is somewhat different. Our school has just changed some of the things they are looking for. One thing is I think most schools want to make sure you will be able to handle the stress and pressure that you will have to handle as a nurse. I can say, my skin has thickened a lot.
    I think all schools are looking for grades for a lot of reasons, but also interviews, entrance exams, and I think personality has a lot of influance also. They want people who can work with other people and know how to handle situations with diffficult ones. Compassion is also a necessity. It is most of those things in a healthy balance.
    Those are just a few of the things that the different schools look for. I am sure other people will have some more.
    Best of luck to you.
  4. by   xt1
    GPA, GRE Scores, Professional Affiliations, Letters of Reference, Certifications, basically anything that shows you are really eager to learn and will go to any lengths to do so.
  5. by   Jilaweez
    A postive attitude, belief in yourself and a strong desire to learn!!
  6. by   srvfan2021
    Sounds great, I'm definitely eager to learn and willing to do whatever it takes. Thanks for the advice!
  7. by   nursemelani
    Depends on the school. Mine won't take letters of reccomendation. If you sucessfully complete all the pe-requisites with at least a B average, then they put you in the "lottery", and they draw 30 names plus 10 alternates out of approximately 300 applicants. Good thing we don't have a nursing shortage or anything.............
  8. by   srvfan2021
    Are the programs simply not big enough or is it just something no one is willing to fix?

    Quote from nursemelani
    Depends on the school. Mine won't take letters of reccomendation. If you sucessfully complete all the pe-requisites with at least a B average, then they put you in the "lottery", and they draw 30 names plus 10 alternates out of approximately 300 applicants. Good thing we don't have a nursing shortage or anything.............

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