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Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Nurse?

Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Nurse?

Megan Malugani | Monster Contributing Writer

Although people considering careers in nursing come from all walks of life, many potential nurses share a surprisingly common set of questions and concerns, such as “Can I get into nursing school?” and “Am I crazy to become a nurse at my age?” Two nurses and a nursing professor address wannabe nurses’ frequently asked questions.

How difficult is it to get into nursing school?

It’s pretty tough. In many nursing programs, competition is fierce for a limited number of spots, so students need stellar grades from high school or their first few years of college to earn acceptance into a program. Nursing schools simply don’t have the capacity to accept as many students as are qualified. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reports that US nursing schools turned away 40,285 qualified applicants in 2007-08 due to a shortage of nursing faculty, a lack of clinical placement sites and budget constraints.

Persistence may be the key for those who are truly passionate about becoming nurses. “A lot of people I know had to [apply] more than once,” says Karen Burnett, RN, a labor and delivery nurse at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. Some of Burnett’s friends even repeated courses to improve their grades.

Although people considering careers in nursing come from all walks of life, many potential nurses share a surprisingly common set of questions and concerns, such as “Can I get into nursing school?” and “Am I crazy to become a nurse at my age?” Two nurses and a nursing professor address wannabe nurses’ frequently asked questions.

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    zee

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    If not what should I do ?And where should I start?

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    mcekrn

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Chauntel-Where are you enrolled in school? and how long is their waiting list?

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    zee

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    I am 42 and want to be a nurse do you think it is too late for me to start.I took no classes for it in school.I am a nurse assistant in an ealderly home.

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    heyarnold47

    about 6 years ago

    18 comments

    not sure how long LPN's are going to be able to stay LPN's if they want to work in hospitals. i have heard standards are changing and LPN's are being made to go back to school.

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    Chauntel

    about 6 years ago

    16 comments

    I previously looked for an online LPN school. Really could not find one. I don't know why it advertises that. I now am enrolled in a school campus directly for LPN.

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    Susansasso

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Why are there no LPN schools on line? I work full time and I am interested in becoming an LPN; however, every site I have seen and every school I have spoken with indicate they have RN programs or RN leading to BSN.

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