4 Reasons Nursing School Is So Competitive + 4 Tips to Make Your Application Stand Out

FEATURED ARTICLE | JUNE 7, 2016 | BY DANIELLE LAMARRE-SMITH, DIRECTOR OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT SERVICES, UB SON

We’ve all heard about the need for more nurses nationwide, so you may be asking yourself why it is so difficult to be accepted into a nursing program. If there is a nursing shortage, why aren’t colleges and universities graduating more nurses? As a higher education professional at the School of Nursing at the University at Buffalo, I can provide several reasons for the high level of competition in nursing schools.

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4 Reasons Nursing School Is Competitive

4 Tips to Make Your Application Stand Out

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I don't agree with accepting people into nursing school by test scores and grade point averages. I have been a nursing assistant for years, I love what I do and I am constantly praised for being such a great caregiver. But, at the same time, I am not a good test taker, I am very book smart, but, I have very bad test anxiety. I also struggle with math and chemistry so, even though I study constantly, I may only pass those classes with a C. But, yet someone who scores a better percentage has an advantage over me, and they may have no experience and may not even make it as a nurse versus me, who has experience in a hospital ICU and knows she wants to be a nurse but, If I don't score well on a test or have a certain GPA, I will not even be able to apply for the program. So, I do not agree with these rules. I am doing a research paper on this matter as we speak, that is how I came across this article.

-Donya Henderson