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Is nursing at CSULB even worth it?

Atctst001Atctst001 20 replies3 threads Junior Member
I’m in my first year of college right now at CSULB and I hate it. I wanted to go to a UC but got waitlisted then rejected. I feel miserable because I’m constantly feeling like I won’t get any job opportunities because I go to a CSU and not a UC. I know that nursing at CSULB is supposed to be highly regarded but is that really true?
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  • Emsmom1Emsmom1 1007 replies78 threads Senior Member
    I do not think you will have a problem getting a job with a BSN from CSULB. Do you hate it because you don't think you'll get a job or do you hate the program itself or the university or what? Also, if you get good grades, you can always go to a UC for grad school.
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  • Atctst001Atctst001 20 replies3 threads Junior Member
    Hi, thank you so much for replying first of all. I hate being here because I’m sick everyone telling me that being at a UC is better and that I’m somehow inferior to people who go to a UC. I just wanted some reassurance that I’m not wasting my time pursing nursing here if hiring managers only care about UC nursing graduates. And yes, it is my goal to go to a UC for grad school
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  • GumbymomGumbymom 28496 replies190 threadsForum Champion UC Forum Champion
    Getting a BSN at a UC will not open up any more job opportunities than getting a BSN at CSULB. What exactly do you hate about CSULB?
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  • Atctst001Atctst001 20 replies3 threads Junior Member
    @Gumbymom I know this sounds incredibly immature, but I hate that there is an overall inferior perception of CSU vs UCs. I constantly feel like I’m inferior to my friends who go to UCs. And then I feel like that will affect my job outlook. Thank you for replying
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  • GumbymomGumbymom 28496 replies190 threadsForum Champion UC Forum Champion
    There is nothing “magic” about the UC’s and going there will not guarantee you or your friends a job. You can get just as good as an education at a CSU like Long Beach as you can at a UCI. I know it is difficult to ignore what other people think, but as long as you like the program and are doing well, you will succeed. Employers are more interested in what kind of job skill set you possess vs. the name of the school you attended. In a few years of working, it will not even matter. Best of luck and congratulations for getting into a selective program like Nursing.
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  • Atctst001Atctst001 20 replies3 threads Junior Member
    @Gumbymom thank you so much! I couldn’t appreciate more your words of reassurance
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  • aunt beaaunt bea 9904 replies64 threads Senior Member
    Whom are you listening to?
    Why would you want to listen to people who, maybe have a grudge that they didn’t get into their UC?
    Long Beach is a strong school. They have a strong nursing program.
    Nursing is impacted at all of the schools because it is a well-paid profession.
    It sounds like you are surrounded by the wrong people. Get away from those toxic people!
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  • NCalRentNCalRent 6193 replies14 threads Senior Member
    That is an absurd concern. LB has a really strong reputation for all majors. You will have no trouble finding a job with a nursing degree from there. Walk into the career office and ask how many medical firms hire their graduates.
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  • hophop 987 replies2 threads Member
    I would not worry about the differences, particularly if Nursing is what you're looking for.
    The key differences between UC and CSU is not their academic rigor, but their academic offerings.
    The mission of the CSU's is based on practical applications and non research-oriented careers. The CSU system awards mostly bachelor’s degrees, and no PhD's by design.

    The UC system is more research and theory-based teaching. Most professors engage in research, providing students with the opportunity to learn in a research setting. But the UC's tend to be more graduate, rather than undergraduate focused. UC awards professional and doctorate degrees.

    It’s important to keep this in mind when choosing between the CSU and UC systems. Neither is better than the other – rather, students may be more suited to a particular system due to their academic and/or career goals.
    If your goals include Nursing, then you'll see that the CSU's have far more 'hands-on' opportunities than the more theoretical UC's, and as such can provide you with the skills sets that employers will want.
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  • Atctst001Atctst001 20 replies3 threads Junior Member
    @hop thank you so much for your response!
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  • Atctst001Atctst001 20 replies3 threads Junior Member
    @auntbea thank you so much for your response! I am around toxic people, thank you
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  • Atctst001Atctst001 20 replies3 threads Junior Member
    @NCalRent thank you for your reply. Yes I will do that!
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  • Atctst001Atctst001 20 replies3 threads Junior Member
    @Gumbymom thank you!
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  • CharlieschCharliesch 2046 replies70 threads Senior Member
    edited November 2017
    Catch up to some nursing students who are seniors or recent grads from your university. They will give you the most accurate info. Your career counseling office may be able to link you up with some recent grads. At many universities, they ask grads to sign up to provide advice to current students.
    edited November 2017
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  • Atctst001Atctst001 20 replies3 threads Junior Member
    @Charliesch I will, thank you!
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  • calmom17calmom17 125 replies3 threads Junior Member
    CSULB is an excellent nursing school. I agree completely with Aunt Bea. You will have no trouble getting a nursing job having graduating from Long Beach. As the CSU nursing school grad myself and knowing many more… I can tell you that you have nothing to worry about with regard to job recruitment. People telling you otherwise are misinformed.
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  • Atctst001Atctst001 20 replies3 threads Junior Member
    @calmom17 thank you so so much for your response!
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