As a new graduate, you'll apply for jobs and get them largely based on your resume and interviewing skills. But, to get that interview, it definitely helps to have come from a nursing school with a good reputation. That's why it's important to consider this before you even go to your first nursing class. Figuring out the reputation of a nursing school is easier said than done, however.
Opinions are like noses - everyone has one - but the goal is to get enough of a sense of where certain schools lie to make an informed decision. Probably the best thing you can do is imagine yourself after graduation; think about where you would like to work. Look at some of the classified ads for those positions and try to contact those in charge of hiring for those jobs. Typically, you'll be dealing with the human resources department. Ask those individuals -- the ones in charge of offering you the job -- what they look for in potential hires and what their opinion is of the graduates from nearby schools. Once you're armed with this information, you'll know the reputation of the nursing schools you're considering and can feel confident that a job will be waiting for you upon graduation.
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