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Tips for Getting into Nursing School

Tips for Getting into Nursing School

Cindy Mehallow | Monster Contributing Writer

Given the nursing shortage, it’s unfortunate that nursing schools reject many eager prospective nurses each year. In 2007, nearly 31,000 qualified applicants were turned away due to a shortage of faculty and resources, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

In Maryland, nursing schools are “bursting at the seams,” says Tracy Jamison, director of admissions at the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore. At her school, the BSN program typically receives eight to nine applications for every one it can accept.

Even with this stiff competition, applicants can learn how to stand out with these tips from nursing school admissions officers:

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High Schoolers: Performance and Passion

High school applicants need to demonstrate strong academic performance. Grade point average (GPA) is more important than class rank, the significance of which varies depending on a school’s class size. Holding a leadership position in a student organization, such as student government or band, makes a positive impression.

Some nursing schools also scrutinize attendance records. Too many tardies and absences raise a red flag. “We want students dedicated to coming here prepared to study,” says Ann Schiele, PhD, RN, president and dean of Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio. “Nursing is a difficult curriculum built on the sciences.”

Mount Carmel admissions officers also look for prospective students to show altruism. “It’s part of our mission statement that every graduate must complete a minimum of 20 hours of community service,” Schiele says. “We believe that every educated person should give back to the community they live in.”

Community-service experience, such as candy striping or volunteering at a nursing home, also demonstrates that you have some knowledge of healthcare and a passion for nursing. You can also convey that passion (and showcase your writing ability) when answering the application essay on why you’re interested in nursing.

Tip: Making positive, strong connections with your supervisor during volunteer work, especially in a healthcare setting, can yield a recommendation that carries more weight than one from a teacher.

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    I am thinking of going to community college for a LPN and I am almost 60 I hope it is not too late

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    AmbitiousFutureRN

    almost 6 years ago

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    Encouraging posts ladies! Thanks for posting! Im 23 and Iam almost done with my prereqs so I can apply to nursing schools this Fall.

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    JoRN

    almost 6 years ago

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    All I can say is if you are going into this profession thinking you don't have to be a bedside nurse or even touch the patient, this is NOT for you.

    Seen so many young people who do not get that.

    Don't waste the time of those who train you (including me) if you get grossed out.

    Sorry guys, but this is NOT--I repeat NOT for you.

    From: a 17 year RN

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    I considered Maryland Nursing School, a high rated Academy where I can be well TRAINED and ORIENTED.

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    To aguerin40: God bless you too. I think it is a wonderful thing to be able to continue on doing what you started so long ago. I'm sure you'll fly through those classes and be an Anesthesiologist before you know it. I've seen that this is one of the top paying jobs in nursing.

    May the Lord open up the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing that you don't have room enough to receive.

    Take care and continue to be blessed! :)

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    mrsbeck826

    about 6 years ago

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    This article really helps me, because I know that I am capable of getting all A's once I start school next year, but I know that education alone will net get you into the nursing program. The tips help because they I don't have any medical experience. I'll figure this thing out, but I know that I want to be a nurse.

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