Nursing is not a profession where any person with a basic high school diploma and good academic skills can find entry in to with ease.
Though there are a number of specialized schools for imparting the required education and training for nursing, the entry into the schools is very strict and students are screened thoroughly before providing admission into the nursing school.
Before deciding to take up the profession of nursing and applying to any nursing school for admission, it is advisable that you take some time to understand what the job means to you and as a nurse, what are you expected to do. Coming out with flying colors in the academic part of your school education through mastering the subjects will not be sufficient for you to become a good nurse.
There is a gulf of difference between theoretical knowledge about the subject and the practical application of the same in the clinic or hospital after you graduate from the nursing school or college. You should cultivate in yourself the mental capability to meet the challenges in the nursing industry, be tolerant to the unpleasant odor in the hospital or clinic and should be temperamentally prepared and mentally strong to see the pain and grief of the patients in the hospital.
With this kind of attitude and preparedness, you can also try to enhance your knowledge about concepts such as first aid, medical terminology and such other related terms used in medical field. Some of these concepts are probably taught in the school level as a vocational course or extra-curricular activities. If not, you can try to take private coaching on these concepts and prepare yourself for the nursing profession mentally.
The Nursing Entrance Test, which most schools conduct to enroll students, tests not only the general proficiency of the student in academic skills such as math, science etc, and communication skills, but also your temperament and attitude to take up and face challenges.
Preparing yourself mentally for these requirements will definitely help you get into a good nursing school.