Mary J’s Answer
That has changed dramatically since 1977! Now there is a significant amount of "book learning" or classroom time depending on the individual employer. And this is a good thing. This field of nursing as every other field of nursing has grown by leaps and bounds with all the advances in both the medical field and technology field. Besides more knowledge is always a good thing!
Always say yes to projects and acquire transferrable skills!
I think besides what you learn in school or college, work experience and self learning are also very helpful to get into the company that you want to join.