1/2 way through level one... 1/3 of the students are gone...

  1. That pretty much sums it up.

    Today in NU 116, Level one, I noticed that many of the seats that were once occupied are now empty. Just to check, I thought I'd count the occupied seats. Sure enough, of the +/- 65 students that I started level one with, there were only 43 left after eight weeks. Talk about depressing!

    I'm a "B" and hope to be there at the end of the next 8 weeks. How does this compare with your school?

    Any tips?
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  3. by   theblondeone
    We started with 97 first year LPN students. There were 34 of us that graduated. This year in the fall program, there were 57 in the RN day program and 16 of us in the accelerated RN program. After fall semester we have 31 in the day program and 11 left in my program. It's a toughy!! Most of us are checking ourselves into the psych ward after graduation!!
  4. by   Lasoniamacaroni
    Why do you think that is? I will tell you what. The time, money, money, and time I have invested in this whole thing. I will be d***** if I don't get my degree. I will stick it out to the end if it's the last thing I do even if I hate it. I have wanted this for sooooo long.
    Maybe that is what the deal is. There are some out there who thought it was going to be all covered in rose petals. I don't know, ask me in my second year how I feel, but at the present state, graduating is my top priority.
  5. by   MikeLPN
    Our LPN class graduated 6 people with about 24+ starting. It was a very small ceremony :stone . It was pretty usual for my school. 3 went LPN to RN and got it over with right away, 2 of us (me) are PT LPN to RN and 1 I don't know.
  6. by   hopefully
    I start LPN school in the Fall. Don't depress me. Anyway, I am taking an A/P class right now. And about 75% of my classmates have an F grade. I have a B avearge. There are about 50 people in my A/P class.
  7. by   Soonstudent
    Quote from Lasoniamacaroni
    Why do you think that is? I will tell you what. The time, money, money, and time I have invested in this whole thing. I will be d***** if I don't get my degree. I will stick it out to the end if it's the last thing I do even if I hate it. I have wanted this for sooooo long.
    Maybe that is what the deal is. There are some out there who thought it was going to be all covered in rose petals. I don't know, ask me in my second year how I feel, but at the present state, graduating is my top priority.

    I'm with you!
  8. by   Pab_Meister
    lasoniamacaroni,

    I don't know why that is. I'm in an ADN program here in Buffalo. Apparenty, this is typical of level one. I'm sure you are right that some people just wanted to "try it out" and had no real desire to be a nurse. I think the elevator eats the rest. This will be interesting.
    Last edit by Alexander on Mar 19, '04
  9. by   Carolanne
    Yes, it's the elimination process down to the semi finalists. I remember on the very first day of my first semester the first thing the instructor told us was, "take a good look at the faces around you. They all won't be here when you graduate." Right then the hair on our necks stood up a little and we knew we were in for a long haul. It's hard to tell what brings everyone into the nursing program, everyone has their own motive. I think some are lured by the demand for nurses, the status, the flexibility, chance for advancement. Others are there for more personal reasons, where life has taken them and the desire to help others. It's all such a mix. We all sit there bright eyed and bushy tailed on the first day of class and, as we have all seen, things change pretty quickly.
  10. by   TinyNurse
    started with 80 RN students graduated with 59 that is with 12 LPNs articulating through......in my program that graduated last June......
    xo Jen
  11. by   orrnlori
    We started with and accumulated along the way about 150 total students if they were all counted at the same time, 64 of us graduated. I think it's very very common to lose upwards of 1/2 of any given nursing class, in any given program, in any given state. People (and that includes me at that time) just don't understand the demands of a nursing program. I would be interested in knowing the attrition rate of medical schools, I would bet they are comparable.

    Just make up your mind that you will be in that 50% that gets through it. I got to the point where I determined that they would have to physically take me from the building and put me in the middle of the street before I would give up. Determination makes the difference. Hang in there.
  12. by   JenRN_2B
    That's about right on with my school. We started out with 70 RN students. Only about 40 of them (including me, Yeah!) made it to 2nd semester, but then a lot of LPN transition students and 2nd semester students from the previous year (those who made it through the 1st semester but not the second were able to begin in the 2nd semester this year) joined us. That put us up around 60. Now we're back down to about 48 or 49.

    I remember on the very first day of my first semester the first thing the instructor told us was, "take a good look at the faces around you. They all won't be here when you graduate."
    We got the same speech but it's weird to see it actually happen!
  13. by   manna
    Wow, I guess I didn't realize that students dropping was so common. My school's lowest ever retention rate (in the past 10 years or so) was 95% (they accept 50 students a year).
  14. by   nurseshawna
    wow...

    we haven't lost any out of first semester yet. although we did hear the other day that second semester has already lost 5.

    i remember being in my A&P 1 class, the first day, the room was jam-packed, and by the end of the semester, i bet not even half of us were left, it was weird.

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