Hello all Nurses and future nurses,
I just wanted to give some information on those who may be interested in attending Polk Community College RN program in Winter Haven Florida.
As a student of the RN program, I can only speak about what I have seen first hand. If you were considering this community college for your RN program, you may want to read this before you apply.
1. Polk community college accepts about 100 new RN students each term. That is the best part of the program.
2. Passing any class in the RN program is 80 percent, which is a C. The RN program has modified the grading scale to cut out any students who would have normally made a 70 and passed. They state that the reasoning for this change is that the State RN test is 80 percent. Many other nursing programs now require an 80 in all their classes also.
For those who have gotten in life with a 70, you will not make it in nursing unless you change your ways.
3. I would estimate the number of students who retake Nursing I is about 15 to 20 percent. Retaking Nursing I is no easy task as you will have to pass all new test material, and repeat your nursing home clinicals and hospital clinicals. You will also have to submit new written material, as you cannot reuse any material already submitted.
4. You can only repeat one nursing class out of 5. After you have used up your magic wish, you will be dropped from the program and only allowed entrance after two years later.
5. In review of the policies of this RN program and many like it in the state, you can come to the conclusion, that of the 100 students who start, each term you will lose about 10-20 percent of the original class. In the final term, of the original class, you will graduate about 25 originals and another 15 from other classes who joined your class after failing one of the 5 classes.
As you can see, there is still a nursing shortage, which is not being helped by many RN schools including Polk Community College. In an effort to keep their image of being in the top 5 state RN NCLEX exam results, they are failing dedicated and sincere students. Nursing schools should teach students how to perform skills. The NCLEX is what makes you a RN, not the diploma from a nursing school.
You can take NCLEX review courses to brush up on your testing skills. A student should not be failed on tricky NCLEX style questions in Nursing I, but that is what is happining at Polk Community College, and perhaps other institutions.
Some may say that others lives are in your hands and an 80% should be expected, becasue you only killed 20% of your patients.
If you are able to memorize vast amounts of information, some usefull, some just poliically correct, then you will do fine in this nursing program. If you are one who questions why nurses do the things they do, and likes to analyze, and see a larger picture, then medical school may be your calling.
Statistics show that 33 percent of RN's in their first year will quit, even after making it through RN school. This truly is a thankless job, and at present, a pretty hard occupation to get into due to the burdens placed on the current RN student population.
I wish each and every one of you good luck in your nursing or medical careers, and good luck in getting in, and staying in your RN progams.
Aug 12, '09
You are absolutely correct! This is one example of their unethical practices, they absolutely will do as they see fit, regardless of written policy (PSC or State of FL). I have not heard of this policy (as a transfer) in any other program. You are correct that a student who fails in Program A must wait a certain number of years to re-admit to Program A, depending on school policy. I have never heard of a student being required to wait any amount of time to be accepted into a different school.
All I can say to you is that when I went through their program, I never once met a student that was a transfer from another program. Perhaps what you are going through is what others have experienced as well, who knows, maybe they just don't want someone who didn't make PSC their first choice.
I'm actually wondering why you are being told this. Did you have a decent GPA in all prerequisites decent enough to be accepted? Did you fail all nursing courses at the other school or were you looking to transfer in at least one nursing course? It sounds to me as though all was in order & that you are a could be accepted with the exception of this 3yr rule. If this 'rule' is the only issue for acceptance I would go up the chain of command and keep fighting, but I warn you, if you are remembered by others in the program, there will probably be some retaliation for your efforts.
One suggestion... you can get over to Ridge or Traviss and get your LPN by next summer, then go to PSC for their LPN-RN transition. I hope something works out for you, keep us all posted. Don't give up! In the meantime, go to the college Ombudsman and ask him/her to get you a copy of the school policy for admittance to the nursing program. The nursing program (or any other) cannot have policy that has not been approved by PSC. I have never seen this 3yr rule for any NON re-admitting PSC nursing student. Good luck!
Last edit by sirI on Aug 13, '09
I met all their program requirements and more because I was enrolled in a nursing program before. If I got in, I would be a little ahead of the game. I was willing to start from the beginning at their program. Obviously I'm not in good standing that's why I'm no longer there. Ever since then, we have gone back and forth in emails and she has been giving me little parts of the policy which she copies and pastes and it doesn't make sense... because everything she sends me has to do with a PSC student applying for readmission after failing there and I am a new student who has never attended PSC. Nothing so far that I have seen has anything to do with a student coming from another school. I requested a copy of the policy rather than the bits and pieces she is sending me that is irrelevant. She has been a trip. Finally this morning I wrote a letter to the Dean of Academics (since I noticed that there is not a Dean of Health Science as far as I know) and when I get a response I'm sending all the emails over to her and if this isn't clarified by the dean, my next step is taking it to the provost. I no longer want to go to their nursing program because of all the hassle I've been going through so far.. but I don't plan on walking away without letting someone higher up know that I know that this was not right and not handled appropriately.
Last edit by sirI on Aug 13, '09
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one suggestion... you can get over to ridge or traviss and get your lpn by next summer, then go to psc for their lpn-rn transition. i hope something works out for you, keep us all posted. don't give up! in the meantime, go to the college ombudsman and ask him/her to get you a copy of the school policy for admittance to the nursing program. the nursing program (or any other) cannot have policy that has not been approved by psc. i have never seen this 3yr rule for any non re-admitting psc nursing student. good luck!
thank you for your understanding. were you a graduate of their program? i have never heard or ridge or travis, are they nursing schools? *name removed by moderator* just emailed me back saying that the nursing admittance policy is lengthy and if i want to see it i would have to come to her office. she again stated that i cannot apply to their program because it is their practice to apply the same policy to someone applying for the program as they would for someone in their program. she also said per this practice, being ineligible to continue in one program makes an individual ineligible to apply to their program. i want a copy of that policy. what do you think is the best way to get it? i think i just may ask her if this "practice" is written anywhere in policy.
Last edit by sirI on Aug 13, '09