A little pet peeve re: returning students, this is a vent!

  1. I have no problem when it comes to accepting that some students may be going through a problem (personal or healthwise) when deciding to drop out one semester and then reapplying the next semester. But my pet peeve is when someone takes a spot, doesn't give it a real chance, quits and reapplies the very next semester. Because they have all of their prereqs done, they will go to the top of the list. So not only have they taken a spot from a student last semester, they are going to take another spot this semester. It is even more frustrating because it is a friend of mine who is doing this!

    Am I being petty?

    Kris
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   RN 2005
    Well that does not seem quite right does it?! I see why that is upsetting. Especially when we all know how much anxiety we are put through waiting and hoping we get in. Seems like they should put some stricter conditions on who can drop and why. Those spots are so hard to come by that you should give it your all in my opinion and they should only let you reapply if there was some real hardship. Just my two cents!
  4. by   nursedawn67
    Originally posted by 2banurse
    I have no problem when it comes to accepting that some students may be going through a problem (personal or healthwise) when deciding to drop out one semester and then reapplying the next semester. But my pet peeve is when someone takes a spot, doesn't give it a real chance, quits and reapplies the very next semester. Because they have all of their prereqs done, they will go to the top of the list. So not only have they taken a spot from a student last semester, they are going to take another spot this semester. It is even more frustrating because it is a friend of mine who is doing this!

    Am I being petty?

    Kris
    I'm no longer a student, but I know how hard I fought to get my spot and I would have been ticked right off if someone that blew last year off got it ahead of me....now if they had some kind of emergency and that is why they had dropped the year before...well then that is a different story.
  5. by   Vsummer1
    Our program limits this by only allowing you to enter the program 3 times. There are 7 different classes to pass. Many do NOT pass these the first time either! The class I am in now is an example: of 25 who started last semester, 6 finished.

    If this happens in the 1st semester, you get in line behind those ahead of you -- you don't automatically move to the head of it! First come, first served, so if the class is full tough. Also, if a student finished first semester, then dropped out in the 2nd they would then be at the END of the line for re-entry, not the beginning. If there is no room, you don't get in and wait for the next semester.
  6. by   wv_nurse 2003
    I know that at the college I attended (okay many years ago) students who were being "re-instated" were the last to be accepted, and then only if there was room. "Room" hasn't really been an issue here in the last few years.
  7. by   Jenn_RN
    Students that drop/fail out are allowed back in...one time. If they don't succeed in every class from then on, they are dropped and not allowed to return. Period.
  8. by   AmyLiz
    Wow. That would tick me off too!

    I can see if it was a one-time thing, but if they did it repeatedly, I'd have to cry FOUL!
  9. by   Ortho_RN
    That is frustrating.... Some people just care about themselves...
  10. by   studentdeb
    I'm sorry to hear that this bothers you, but I am one of those people who applied and got in last fall. I signed up for two classes (but not the clinicals) and due to personal problems at home, I had to drop. Was automically accepted into the spring class (but did not take the spot). If you give up a spot the 2nd time, you have to reapply and get on the list as everyone else.

    So I reapplied last December and was accepted again for fall 2003. It used to be at this college, first applied would get in, now they are going by how many prerequisites a person has to get in (so I hear).

    I think each college is different and it appears that in some areas there are long waiting lists for school. In my area, the lists must not be too long, but we also have several colleges in this area that offer nursing programs.
  11. by   nursbee04
    In my program, if you drop or fail out you have to wait a year, then reapply and go before our school's nursing board. Even then you are not guaranteed. They look at attendence, grades, participation in class projects, and they take into account whatever personal issues you were dealing with at the time. And then if you get readmission, you have to pass all of your classes or you're out with basically no chance of readmission.

    I don't think you are being petty at all. There was a girl in my study group who said, "oh, I'll just drop and come back next year." Well, thats all fine and good, but if she hadn't accepted her spot this year (knowing she wasn't serious about it) then someone else could have moved up off the waiting list.
  12. by   Dublin37
    At our school, if you drop out for a semester, you are only allowed back in ONCE. After that you are not accepted back in at all. Heather
  13. by   2banurse
    studentdeb, I don't know if you saw in my original email that it isn't people having personal problems that irks me, which I can definitely see happen, but it is the students like the one that nursebee04 talked about.

    The person I am talking about applied to the nursing program at a distant campus instead of waiting until this fall to get into the local one. Not only did she take a spot from someone that might have wished to go to this distant campus, but she is also taking a spot away from someone who is applying for this fall.

    Thanks for all the responses!
    Kris
  14. by   babynursewannab
    I know what you're talking about.

    A girl in my semester dropped last month. I asked her why and she said that she only made nursing her major because her friend was doing that. Her friend failed last semester by one point and since the girl I was talking to didn't have her friend there anymore, she decided to quit. JEEESHHH!!!! I was irate for exactly the reasons you mentioned. It's one thing to take the spot and learn you just don't think nursing is right for you, but to deprive others of a spot just to do something your friend is doing and then throw it away is quite another. IMHO.

    I could go on.....

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