Some of the students in the practical nursing program right now are in it for the wrong reasons, and not just for the money. When my husband was laid off, he was working with a career counsellor trying to navigate the channels for Second Career and she was trying to push him towards taking Practical nursing because she knew it was covered but he wanted to get into something computer oriented. I've been trying to get into a practical nursing program for the last 2 years or more and couldn't get in until this past spring. Definitely, there are people in the program that don't belong there.
I've commented to others about the discord between the levels of nursing. I can understand the need for the different levels. Too bad they wouldn't come out with a different model for the education of nurses (every one goes through the 2 year program first, then have to get nominated to continue to earn the next level of education based on their work performance, marks, etc. that would include the interview process they used to have. Everyone would start from the same place and those that continue on have proved themselves worthy of the title that comes with the extra work. Just my way of thinking)