Run out of nursing school - what to do? - page 5

Greetings all, I started my last semester of my RN program very badly. My clinical instructor and I had a serious personality clash. It snowballed into a big mess. I forgot that the instructor is... Read More

  1. by   CaLLaCoDe
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    Quote from SeanyRN
    I swear the responses I see on this board are making me sick!!! To the nurses who say quit, run out, do not pass go, are coawards and are part of the reason why nurses are so disrespected!! I went through a harder time that 99% of the people here. I had to speak in front of the the president of the university and the board of trustees. I had a teacher fail me because she didnt like me. After I fought and won I was treated like a GOD by the teaching staff including the dean! Teachers and students congratulated me on my perseverance. If you quit in your last or even first semester b/c of a teacher they were most likely right. You nurses who said quit and start over again are the type of nurses that get stepped on everyday at work. RESPECT for yourself means standing up for your rights in any situation no matter how tough! This is why we need more men in nursing!:angryfire
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    :wakeneo:
    Sometimes it does take being beaten up twice as a nursing student to be foolish and, I do mean foolish, to return (sans coward! and a male nursing student to boot!). Because not all nursing schools jive with all their students, to chose another institution is absolutely not FOOLISH! I saw really amazing students get befuddled, lose hope and die and not return to nursing school. I do not see it as failure on their part, if they had like me decided to try their luck at another school more power to them. I see it as a failure on the part of the nursing school not to retain students who other than a mess up, would have made damn good nurses. I chose not to continue with a school of which I had to wait a full year to return to to attempt to continue only to be shot down once again. Now that I have my degree from another school the original school can bite my dust. I have full contempt for that school that Cal State and do not hesitate to share it to whomever is considering entering its doors.

    I think we should hold accountable those institutions with high attrition rates. It is immoral to destroy the hopes and dreams of so many honorable students!
    Last edit by CaLLaCoDe on Feb 20, '07
  2. by   TrudyRN
    Quote from Diahni
    Greetings all,
    I started my last semester of my RN program very badly. My clinical instructor and I had a serious personality clash. It snowballed into a big mess. I forgot that the instructor is always right. There are many chapters to this which I won't bore anybody with, other than the final one. I was made to sign a contract that said, among other things, that I would meet with the lab instructor once a week through February. After my first meeting with her, I came home to find an email from the dean of nursing saying I was going to be thrown out of the program because I did not pass my lab exam. I wasn't aware that I was being tested when I went to see the lab instructor. Throughout this crisis, I attempted to contact my advisor, other teachers, the dean, and so on. No one responded to me. I have such a bad taste in my mouth about how the entire episode happened that I don't think I would want to continue in this program even if I was allowed. Has anyone had an experience like this? Right now, my strategy is to look into other programs. I will probably have to spend a longer time in school, but I have no choice. Please advise!
    Diahni
    No one told you it was a test??? No one would get back to you??? :uhoh21:


    You need to start at the start and get to the bottom of this. I, also, would not throw in the towel without a major battle if I were at the last semester. Surely you've had some warnings and notices along the way and this is not happening out of the blue??? Fight it.
  3. by   cozmo_blozmo
    My best advice is not to argue with the instructors period. You can complain once the program is complete, but to argue with them while you are i9n the program is pointless and will only hurt you in the end. Do your time and stay off the radar.
  4. by   TrudyRN
    Quote from Diahni
    Good point, Caliotter3. yup, this is the military, the authority is always right, and this is very very important in war to get everybody on the same page and work as a unit. On the other hand, I see various health care people arguing about who is right all the time. Could Seans "victory" be because of his gender? HMMMMMMM. Let's see, guys are "studs" and girls are you-know-what. Guys are are assertive and manly and girls are agressive rhymes-with-witches. His story would have played out very differently were he a woman. As I mentioned before, there are many things to reccommend men into the profession - so many. But Sean jumped in, was presumptuous, accusatory, and finally said something to the effect that if I had behaved just like him everything would have worked out and I would be treated like a "God." Guys do that, don't they? Men who enter the profession have much to learn from women, and I applaud their joining a traditionally female profession. It takes a lot of guts to do that.
    God Bless!
    I think it might be good to spend less time here and more on your studies. What is your current status at school? Have you involved an attorney?
  5. by   Diahni
    Quote from TeleRNer

    :wakeneo:

    I think we should hold accountable those institutions with high attrition rates. It is immoral to destroy the hopes and dreams of so many honorable students!
    TeleRNer,
    You speak great wisdom. Not all schools jive with all students. I feel so badly for so many of the LPNs who bombed out of my RN program. I truly believe they flunked out because they received no support.
    Diahni
  6. by   Diahni
    Quote from TrudyRN
    I think it might be good to spend less time here and more on your studies. What is your current status at school? Have you involved an attorney?
    Trudy,
    Switched schools, I'm okay. Time spent here was well worth it, no regrets.
    Diahni
  7. by   fultzymom
    Quote from NRSKarenRN
    Think some people missed this info in OP follow-up post:



    This info is most likely why they met with the Dean and why no longer in program.

    I agree. I mean, when you are almost to FINISH school, your skills should not be suffering. And if you were supposed to be strengthening your skills and they were letting you have extra practice in the lab to stay in school, wouldn't you want to study up on the procedures BEFORE entering that lab so that you were up on your techniques? I never went into lab without studying up. I practiced all week long at home with the supplies given to take home. And if we diid not have them to take home (for instance, sharps) I read up in my text, lab book, and notes on what I was supposed to be working on in lab. It seems to be common sense that you would not walk into that lab without reviewing things.
  8. by   katienj
    What did you mean that you were off for a while and than went on vacation for a month. Did you take time off from school?
  9. by   Diahni
    Quote from katienj
    What did you mean that you were off for a while and than went on vacation for a month. Did you take time off from school?
    yeah, we had at least a month of psych clinicals, then a month off for winter vacation. As many have pointed out, that's no excuse. I don't have a problem with catching h*ll for being rusty, my complaint was the way it all happened. Sometimes you have to know when to fold 'em, and that I have.
    Diahni
  10. by   katienj
    Have you transferred to another school? Have you just given up? I certainly hope not.
  11. by   Gennaver
    Quote from Diahni
    Hi TeleRNer:
    Not sure I made it clear, I'm speaking of an ADN program. I'm not sure if individual experiences depend on which kind of program one is in. This is funny: I told my tale of woe to two nurses I know, both shook their heads and said, "You should have gone directly to Yale." They've got a program you can go to if you already have a bacherlor's degree. Supposedly, it's as far from boot camp as nursing school can be. I don't understand what all the meanness is about. I started having a clue when I watched a movie in class about the history of nursing. There's one place where the commentator says that nursing schools took women and turned them into compliant children. I can really understand this legacy. Time for a chage, I think, don't you?
    Diahni
    Hi,
    Oh, I would bet that direct entry programs are indeed just as tough as associate ones.

    We lost three men in the last two quarters of my program. Our program concludes this june.

    So, yeah, the programs are equally about personalities and teamwork as it is about the grades, integrity, clinicals and skils.

    Good luck to you, my own thoughts are still reeling at having lost FIVE out of our 25 people in the last two years...

    (fwiw my program tuition alone is 42,000 dollars-big investment to get booted out of ).
    Gen
  12. by   SonicnurseRN
    I'm sorry for your situation. Maybe it's just my personality, BUT if I had a contract with them & they did not honor that I would be filling a suit to get all the money back I invested - while looking for another Nursing School. Can't let them get away with that.
  13. by   Tiwi
    How can they get away with not notifying you that a lab session is an exam? I have to agree with sonicnurse; that should be clear from the start! Studying's an expensive business both financially and mentally. Like everyone else here, I support you and best of luck

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