I like some of the suggestions brought up here. However, most of you are focusing on the "Who will make a good nurse?" scenario as an admissions criteria. To be honest, I think most schools can care less before admissions who will make a good nurse.
Most schools I think are trying to admit people who are going to make good Nursing Students. The reason being, during the program the school assumes that it can weed out the bad future nurses. On the other hand, good nursing students are a prize because the student will assist in making the program look good. In other words, admissions into nursing school is not about making dreams come true. It is about improving or continuing to develop successful nursing programs.
In fact, according to my counselor admissions and retention is " all about the program." He gave me an example, where passing students were asked to leave because instructors did not have a good feeling
about them as a future nurse. He said that was the official assessment. In reality, the students were not making the program look good.
In addition, based on the criteria of my school, I know a few students who received acceptance this Fall and were STRUGGLING to get through science courses prior to being accepted. Now, as student nurses they are struggling to get through the first semester.
My school admitted them over others (including me) because they had more classes done. Thus improving chances of giving more time to studies within the program, unlike the rest of us who had a slew of co-reqs to complete.
Will the struggling students graduate? I'm not sure. I hope so. However, if they don't I will not think the school made a mistake admitting them over me for the Fall because I have accepted the point of view of my counselor; "its all about the program."
This is is why I have done everything in my power last Spring and this Summer to finish my non-nursing courses and complete them with As. I wanted to show the admissions committee that I will make a good Student Nurse, so accept me! Once I start clinicals I want to show my instructors that I will make a good Registered Nurse, so pass me! :spin: