When you are getting ready to apply to a nursing school, you will need to make an appointment to speak with an admissions counselor. It is vitally important that you make a good impression. You have a lot of well qualified competition these days.
Here is what you need to do to ensure that you dazzle that counselor.
First of all, show up ON TIME. Plan to get to the campus half an hour early; that way, if you run into traffic, you’ve given yourself some leeway. If you show up late you’ve already made a bad impression. People’s lives will rely on you when you’re a nurse; don’t make the admissions counselor think that you’re unreliable.
Secondly, show up neat, clean, conservatively dressed, and hygienic. If you have long outlandish acrylic nails, consider getting rid of them. Many hospitals ban their employees from wearing acrylic nails, because they harbor germs and microbes. You want to show up at your interview looking like someone that a hospital would hire.
Thirdly, prepare beforehand for your nursing school admissions interview. You will be asked why you want to go into nursing. Good answers: Because I want to help people. Because I want to make a difference in people’s lives. Because I enjoy interacting with people. Because I want a job where I can do a public service.
Bad answers: Because I want to make money. (This may be one of your reasons, and there is nothing wrong with it, but if you mention it to the nursing admissions counselor, it will make it sound as if you are drawn to a very high-stress, challenging profession for all of the wrong reasons.) Because I keep getting laid off, and there are always jobs for nurses, right? Because I want to meet a doctor so I can get married and quit working. Because I don’t really know what I want to do but everyone’s going to nursing school these days because it’s such a hot job.
Fourth: ask questions. Make sure they’re good questions. Example: what are your student’s passing rates for the NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-LPN? What percentage of students who start your program successfully complete it? What type of job placement assistance do you have for your graduates? What type of NCLEX preparation courses or support do you have?