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Does it matter which nursing school you attend?

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How important is the nursing school you attend? It’s a question nurses ask themselves before, during and long after their nursing school experiences…particularly when applying for a coveted job!

That big question has been a topic of conversation all over the web as of late, including on allnurses.com, where member  started a thread asking how much hospitals take into consideration which nursing school you graduated from in the interview process. The question sparked a plethora of responses from other posters, and it got us wondering what our readers think about the debate.

“In this job market, I absolutely believe if matters where you go to school,” wrote . “The ‘best’ place in some areas could be a rinky-dink community college that the hospitals love or an Ivy League four year university. It really just depends. At my clinical site almost EVERY nurse I’ve worked with/met has graduated from my school or sister schools. I honestly didn’t expect that, but apparently the area thinks we’re putting out good nurses, so they keep hiring us.” Other posters agreed with this sentiment, though some think there are more important things you can use to set yourself apart in an interview.

“I find that most hospitals, if having to choose from hundreds of new nurses, tend to go with the ones they like and can connect with,” wrote  thinks it has more to do with how you prove yourself on the job. “If you wow your preceptor during clinicals and hustle, you could probably turn that into a job, no matter where you came from.”

What do you think, nurses? Did your choice in nursing schools affect your chances of getting jobs?

If you’re currently searching for your dream school, click into The Nurse’s Guide to Nursing Schools and see which schools are top rated in your area and around the country. If you’re an alum, be sure to rate and review your school and give new students a helping hand.

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One Response to Does it matter which nursing school you attend?

  1. earthey1

    When I gradated, the major teaching hospital 200 miles away preferred our grads to their own because the med students had preference during ‘teaching moments’ ie, IV starts, tube insertions; Basically technical skills, not critical thinking skills. The surrounding hospitals hired our nurses as we were the only nursing school within 200 miles. Our degrees were of no consequence. BSN, diploma, ADN as always were paid the same. As long as you have a license and the required certifications and liability insurance, where you obtained your education is of no consequence. School is expensive and your income will be low so unless you are capable of working the 24/7 schedule required for gas, groceries and the expenses of nursing, and they are many, get scholarships and go on the cheap if possible. As long as the school is accredited by ACEN or whatever accrediting body is in vogue at the time, the name is not important.

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