Nursing School Selection

Selecting the nursing school that’s right for you depends on several factors. You should investigate each school, identify their differences, and ultimately choose the one that will best prepare you for your nursing career.

Some nursing schools concentrate on academics and limit clinicals to instructor based procedures. Other schools have intense academic prestige in the nursing community but also have very sharp grading curves. Nursing school applicants should interview a range of doctors, technicians and nurses to gain insight into what school or program choice is best for them.

Professional referrals coming out of the clinicals will make or break a residency or nursing internship. Look for a school that has cooperative relationships with reputable hospitals and clinics. You should also pursue nursing schools with clinical practice sessions in healthcare environments you want to work in. If they are short staffed, you can log volunteer hours and earn the goodwill of management and future peers.

If you already have some college credits or nursing training, you may be able to apply your prior experience toward fulfilling certain nursing school requirements. Present your grades directly to the counselor or Dean’s office and get it in writing that completion of certain curriculum courses will be considered met. College catalogs for nursing schools should spell out procedures for academic issues and situations.

When you graduate from nursing school and are looking for a job, positive referrals from physicians and instructors are key. Supervising nurses looking to hire additional staff know from experience which nursing schools graduate aggressively prepared nurses and which merely operate as diploma mills. Check that your intended nursing school is accredited by their state Nursing Board.

The kind of environment you want to work in will also impact your choice of nursing school. Home care nurses for example may not need the full emphasis of community care training. Some nursing schools work heavily from theory and don’t give the full benefit of practical nursing experience that vocational occupations in nursing need.

Review the housing and financial aid situation for any nursing school you are considering. If you plan to commute, what is traffic like? Will you be able to fulfill work and study commitments? Will your work schedule be flexible enough to attend unscheduled clinicals and sudden additional courses or seminars?

As you can see, there are many aspects to consider when selecting a nursing school that’s right for you. Carefully weigh all your options along with the strengths and weaknesses each school offers. The time you invest now will pay dividends in the future.


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