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How do you know that the college you are going to will educate you enough to get you hired over someone else?

I was in the middle of two nursing colleges and couldn't decide which one would be better for me in the long run. #educator #entrepreneur #healthcare-it

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Kevin’s Answer

Dear Madison, do your research, look for students who have graduated, and what jobs they have been able to get ? Ask the college what kind of outplacement programs they have as well as their success in placing students in employment.
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Teresa’s Answer

Dear Madison- I see from your question date that it might be too late to offer advise- But I wanted to let you know that as a nursing manager who hires nurses, I am more likely to put emphasis on the interview than the school. I have applicants that have graduated from many different schools across the country and have been very satisfied with their preparedness. Nurses all must pass the NCLEX exam and schools are focused to prepare their students for this exam. This really helps to standardize many of the schools approaches. I would recommend that you obtain a BSN to increase your choices when you graduate because hospitals who are MAGNET status require BSN for hire.
Best of luck!
Teresa

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Jon’s Answer

In you are looking for the most competitive colleges, you should do some googling plus research sites like US News (https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-nursing-schools?int=top_nav_Nursing).

Employers do consider the quality and reputation of your school as a factor in your potential hiring. You have heard of big name schools like say Duke or Stanford or Georgetown... some schools just carry impressive credentials, quality students are drawn to them, and employers take that into account. Use available online college search tools, filter onto the ones that offer nursing programs, and then run some comparisons.

You may need to make some initial decisions like:
1) do you want to stay in state or go out of state
2) do you want to save money and live at home while you pursue your degree
3) are there some schools where you may have a better chance at a scholarship
4) would you want to work in that state or locally (i.e. local or state employers may pay closer attention to local schools)
5) cost can always be a factor

Good luck in your quest. Just by asking these types of thoughtful questions means you are already on your way to making the right decision!
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