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Letter to the Editor

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 14, 2010 7:30 AM

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An intimidating college

Nursing has been called both a rewarding profession and one that is not meant for everybody. It is no secret that nursing school, particularly the University of Iowa’s College of Nursing, is extremely difficult to gain admission to.

The April 6 Daily Iowan article titled “Nursing schools hurting for faculty” does not aid in the terror that pre-nursing students such as me feel when we can’t help but focus on the “what ifs” that come with applying. Some of the more obvious are: What if I don’t get in? What if I made a mistake — what if I’m not supposed to be a nurse? These questions are nearly impossible to ignore. The school accepts applications once per year, but a number of students who are directly admitted from high school cut the number of spots available to UI nursing-interests from small (90 spaces per year) to minute (figures around 57 spaces per year).

This article explains how the College of Nursing is understaffed, which prevents the number of people admitted each year from accommodating many more who are also qualified. Iowa’s College of Nursing is one of the leading schools in the country — why shouldn’t we desire a coveted spot?

It would benefit the staffing numbers if nursing educators spoke more about why they chose to go into teaching. As a student, I want to work in a specific field of health care and view that as my ultimate goal. I honestly never considered teaching until I read this article.

It’s unfair for students to be turned away because of understaffing, but it is truly up to the current nursing student population to fix the problem. More of us need to at least consider the teaching aspect of the job and allow future students the peace of mind in knowing that the admissions numbers are less intimidating than they are now.

Caitlin Peterson
UI freshman

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