Were you rejected the first time you applied to a RN program , but eventually became.

  1. A Registered Nurse? Please share your story.I need some comfort.lol
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  3. by   catlady
    I applied to six schools. Because I didn't apply until February, I was accepted at four and wait-listed at two.

    Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
  4. by   ZASHAGALKA
    NO. There was a 2 yr waiting list, but they moved all guys to the front of the list.

    Sorry. But, I really do have no regrets.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  5. by   busyernurse
    And I thought I was the lone ranger in that! In the early 1990s, I applied to one of our local colleges for a 4 year nursing degree. I had a good GPA, letters of reference, everything that so that I'd hoped I wouldn't have much trouble with applying. The dean took about 45 seconds for my "interview", never looked at the first bit of paperwork and said "Honey, I don't think that you have what it takes to be a nurse." I felt shot down to say the least. I applied to a school about 45 minutes from where we lived, and got in the first try.

    I graduated and got a job on a med-surg unit at a hospital close to where we lived. I had been out of school about 3 years when one day I sat down for report and freaked out when I saw one of my patients assigned to me. The dean of the nsg school where I applied first and turned down! She realized about noon who I was, and the situation, and requested another nurse!! How embarrassing for both of us!!
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Yep.

    Rejected one year.

    Accepted the next. RN for 9 years now. Don't give up!
  7. by   Vagon
    Quote from ZASHAGALKA
    NO. There was a 2 yr waiting list, but they moved all guys to the front of the list.

    Sorry. But, I really do have no regrets.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    Huh? You're saying they moved the male students to the front of the list or something? Why would they do that..?
  8. by   ICRN2008
    Quote from Vagon
    Huh? You're saying they moved the male students to the front of the list or something? Why would they do that..?
    Many programs show preference for students that, in the words of my program "Show the potential to increase the diversity of the student body and the nursing profession as a whole". In the case of nursing schools this means minority and male students.

    The Supreme Court recently upheld the practice of affirmative action as legal, as long as there are no strict quotas. It is a common practice used by many institutions of higher education to increase the diversity of the student body and of professional programs in particular.
  9. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    Oh yeah! Rejected twice by one school, once by another, and conditionally accepted at a third ("we'll take you but only if you agree to do all your clinicals in a rural community an hour or more from home...") before I was accepted to and attended a fourth. (And I was given special assessment because I called the dean of admissions when I got my rejection letter and started rhyming off all the things I've nursed my son through over the years!) I graduated in the top 5% of my class and never looked back. My first hospital job? At the hospital that ran the school that turned me away twice.
  10. by   TiffyRN
    I was on the alternate list the first time I applied (if one of the other accepted students hadn't been able to start I was kind of like an alternate). The good thing was all the students on the alternate list (just a few) were automatically accepted for the next class so I was in the next semester.

    Some students would hang out for 3-4 semesters waiting to get in. I wouldn't have had the patience. I would have gone on the the university and gotten my BSN (I wish I had gotten my BSN, I'm not motivated enough now).
  11. by   dragonflyaltoids
    Wow, I guess I don't realize how lucky I am!
    I only applied to one school- and got accepted but my dad works there so that might have something to do with it
  12. by   RNin'08
    Have you applied to, or considered applying to, more than one school? I was waitlisted by one university, rejected by one university and accepted by a third...all in the last 12 months. Just over 2 years ago I was waitlisted by two community colleges (which was my driving factor in taking more pre-reqs and applying the universities).
    Good luck to you! :spin: You'll get there!

    RNin'08
    ~my reality check bounced~
  13. by   rollybah
    I was rejected by 2 or 3 schools then took a special math class and got into my first choice. That was over 25 yrs ago. Still nursing, just not as fast!
  14. by   RNin'08
    I remembered getting this article from my sister-in-law after getting a rejection letter from one of the universities I applied to, I thought many of you would find this interesting (it's right along the lines of what Timothy was talking about).


    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/23/op...20a19f&ei=5070

    To All the Girls I've Rejected

    By JENNIFER DELAHUNTY BRITZ
    Published: March 23, 2006
    Gambier, Ohio

    A FEW days ago I watched my daughter Madalyn open a thin envelope from one of the five colleges to which she had applied. "Why?" was what she was obviously asking herself as she handed me the letter saying she was waitlisted.

    Why, indeed? She had taken the toughest courses in her high school and had done well, sat through several Saturday mornings taking SAT's and the like, participated in the requisite number of extracurricular activities, written a heartfelt and well-phrased essay and even taken the extra step of touring the campus.

    She had not, however, been named a National Merit finalist, dug a well for a village in Africa, or climbed to the top of Mount Rainier. She is a smart, well-meaning, hard-working teenage girl, but in this day and age of swollen applicant pools that are decidedly female, that wasn't enough. The fat acceptance envelope is simply more elusive for today's accomplished young women.

    I know this well. At my own college these days, we have three applicants for every one we can admit. Just three years ago, it was two to one. Though Kenyon was a men's college until 1969, more than 55 percent of our applicants are female, a proportion that is steadily increasing. My staff and I carefully read these young women's essays about their passion for poetry, their desire to discover vaccines and their conviction that they can make the world a better place.

    I was once one of those girls applying to college, but that was 30 years ago, when applying to college was only a tad more difficult than signing up for a membership at the Y. Today, it's a complicated and prolonged dance that begins early, and for young women, there is little margin for error: A grade of C in Algebra II/Trig? Off to the waitlist you go.

    Rest assured that admissions officers are not cavalier in making their decisions. Last week, the 10 officers at my college sat around a table, 12 hours every day, deliberating the applications of hundreds of talented young men and women. While gulping down coffee and poring over statistics, we heard about a young woman from Kentucky we were not yet ready to admit outright. She was the leader/president/editor/captain/lead actress in every activity in her school. She had taken six advanced placement courses and had been selected for a prestigious state leadership program. In her free time, this whirlwind of achievement had accumulated more than 300 hours of community service in four different organizations.
    Few of us sitting around the table were as talented and as directed at age 17 as this young woman. Unfortunately, her test scores and grade point average placed her in the middle of our pool. We had to have a debate before we decided to swallow the middling scores and write "admit" next to her name.

    Had she been a male applicant, there would have been little, if any, hesitation to admit. The reality is that because young men are rarer, they're more valued applicants. Today, two-thirds of colleges and universities report that they get more female than male applicants, and more than 56 percent of undergraduates nationwide are women.

    Demographers predict that by 2009, only 42 percent of all baccalaureate degrees awarded in the United States will be given to men.
    We have told today's young women that the world is their oyster; the problem is, so many of them believed us that the standards for admission to today's most selective colleges are stiffer for women than men. How's that for an unintended consequence of the women's liberation movement?
    The elephant that looms large in the middle of the room is the importance of gender balance. Should it trump the qualifications of talented young female applicants? At those colleges that have reached what the experts call a "tipping point," where 60 percent or more of their enrolled students are female, you'll hear a hint of desperation in the voices of admissions officers.
    Beyond the availability of dance partners for the winter formal, gender balance matters in ways both large and small on a residential college campus. Once you become decidedly female in enrollment, fewer males and, as it turns out, fewer females find your campus attractive.

    What are the consequences of young men discovering that even if they do less, they have more options? And what messages are we sending young women that they must, nearly 25 years after the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment, be even more accomplished than men to gain admission to the nation's top colleges? These are questions that admissions officers like me grapple with.

    In the meantime, I'm sending out waitlist and rejection letters for nearly 3,000 students. Unfortunately, a majority of them will be female, young women just like my daughter. I will linger over letters, remembering individual students I've met, essays I loved, accomplishments I've admired. I know all too well that parents will ache when their talented daughters read the letters and will feel a bolt of anger at the college admissions officers who didn't recognize how special their daughters are.

    Yes, of course, these talented young women will all find fine places to attend college-Maddie has four acceptance letters in hand-but it doesn't dilute the disappointment they will feel when they receive a rejection or waitlist offer.

    I admire the brilliant successes of our daughters. To parents and the students getting thin envelopes, I apologize for the demographic realities.

    Jennifer Delahunty Britz is the dean of admissions and financial aid at Kenyon College.

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