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Why is nursing so competitive nowadays?

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When my mom went through to become an RN (1989) , she only had to do 3 years at a college, and was granted acceptance to all of the schools she applied to even after failing math and nearly failing chem lol. Today, it seems as though you have to have the smarts that would have been needed only from a medical student back then! What has caused for such a discrepancy!?
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That's because in the 80's, you only got A's when you actually earned them. Now, even pot-smoking aspiring gangsta rappas in high school will be able to breeze through their courses with flying colours due to grade inflation.
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1) Grade inflation. Like the first poster mentioned, everyone seems to be getting 80s and 90s in high school quite easily nowadays.

2) Supply and demand. There are more students going to university now (50-60% of high school graduates go to uni). 

3) Nursing is hugely in demand because the baby boomer population is nearing seniority and retirement.

4) Immigration. You're competing with smarter kids for these university spots now. Massive wave of immigration in the 80s and 90s from Asia, India, and the Middle East, bringing with them the new first generation wave, who are dominating top university programs and professions. Just see how many Asians and Indians are in medical school and other healthcare professions today (I, myself, am South Asian).

5) Higher liability. Society and its laws have changed so much from the 80s, where now a simple mistake could cost you your career in healthcare and potentially land you jailtime. They were more forgiving back then. This is why the requirements to accept high caliber potential is necessary for healthcare programs, where you're working directly with patients. I'm actually scared to think of a nurse treating me in an emergency ICU, who failed high school math and nearly failed chemistry. 

6) Poor job market. Back then, university was a privilege and any degree could land you in the big leagues. Now everyone can go to university and it's become so common and diluted. The competition has become more fierce, as students want to enter these competitive, employable programs and get good jobs. Nursing is known to be one of the very few fields left in Canada - especially one in the healthcare field - that actually has decent job prospects. 

David
Western JD, Ivey HBA/BMSc
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Nursing in 2019 is a lot more technologically complex than in 1989. It takes greater skills to do the job and so more schooling and greater knowledge. It's also become popular as it pays well and has great job stability so there is more demand. Higher demand and greater skills required = more competitive admissions.
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BECAUSE PEOPLE JUST WANT A JOB YET THE GOVERNMENT KEEPS LETTING PEOPLE TAKE THEM ON CANADIANS. ITS ESSENTIALLY A BUTTFUCK FOR US CANADIANS WHO WORK HARD TO SERVE THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY.
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there's a lot more intricacy into nursing now. you need far more skills now than in the 80s. Technology grows, medical advances grow, knowledge and discoveries grow. In the 80s, nurses were seen more as PSWs and did a lot more labour work then than now. Now, it focuses a lot more on the medical and education aspect. A lot of nursing schools look for people who can handle the gruelling 4 years now, hence the higher average to get in. Also, a lot of schools are starting to implement the CASPer exam as part of your admission requirements. That's to see if you have the mental/emotional ability to be a nurse. It's a lot about grades, but just as much about your mental capabilities to handle being in a nursing profession. If you decide to go to nursing school and get in, you'll learn a lot more about this and history of nursing in your first year!
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