"Thank you so much for you comments. You have been very helpful and encouraging. But, if you do not mind me asking, what is your idea of a perfect nursing school application?"
I am glad my comments are somehow useful. Well the ideal nursing school application wouldn't be mine that's for sure. I underestimated the process, the schools I picked as safety schools, and I sent very vague essays, didn't adjust my resume, threw in professional references instead of academic ones. These being told stands for UMB and MGH and Simmons (still haven't heard from them, and hoping to maybe get in). Also applied in the last minute and the last two school. UMB just lost my application, so not really my fault on that one.
My strong application was UMass med. , second year in a row I apply. Last year I was wait listed, then accepted in July , weeks prior to the program starting. I said, No since I wasn't done with all my prereqs. I re-applied, picked 2 academic references and 1 professional, wrote a nice essay on their chosen topic, adjusted my resume , re took the GREs, got a higher score. Again, Pamela is right, they don't just look at the GPA, they look at the whole packet. My friend also applied with me at Umass medical for the direct entry nursing and med. school part. She also applied at MGH and BU Med. excellent GPA of 4.0, great references, essay, Chemical Eng. degree and yup she got wait listed by MGH, got into BU Med. and Umass medical school (not nursing). Proves Pamela's point again.
Keep your hopes up and try over and over again, don't give up if it's your dream. It my dream, and rejection is hard to take, specially when you fight so hard during undergrad maintain a perfect GPA and at the end being turned away for an unknown reason...it hurts.
I am certain you will get in, you sound like a very determined person and you will make a great one day:) Best of Luck to you, keep us updated :)