Attrition rate

  1. I'm curious what the attrition rate is in various nursing programs. For my class (with 19 days 'til graduation) it is roughly 80%. We started with 32 students and will hopefully graduate the remaining 7. What are your numbers?
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  3. by   Anne36
    whoa!! I was told by someone in my school LPN program it was roghly 50% a couple months ago.
  4. by   not.done.yet
    We have a 90% attrition rate....one of the best in Texas.
  5. by   Anne36
    Im sorry , mabye I dont understand what attrition is, but I thought it was the % that dropped out.

    90% would be terrible, not good.
  6. by   missy--kay
    We started w/ 36, hopefully graduate the remaining 15 on May 7th...
  7. by   llg
    Good topic for a thread. I wish prospective students would investigate this type of thing before they invest a lot of money up front in some of these programs from which few people graduate.

    Of course, most prospective students will think, "It can't happen to me" ... but it's hard to ignore some of those big failure rate numbers.
  8. by   Justanotherday
    I don't know what the drop-out rate is at my school, but I do know that close to 100% of the students who do make it through pass the NCLEX.
  9. by   not.done.yet
    Then I have it backward. 90% of the people who are accepted to our nursing school graduate and pass the NCLEX on the first attempt.
  10. by   steelcityrn
    Whe I started nursing school, we had over 50. When I graduated, we had 9! Thats right, 9. Most fell out the first year.
  11. by   Anne36
    This is a great topic.

    Can any of you please tell me what the difference between you still in the program and those that failed or dropped out was?

    The only thing I am worried about is that its about not being smart enough. That is scary because most of those who get in are straight A students. What gives?
  12. by   CoffeemateCNA
    Quote from Anne36
    This is a great topic.

    Can any of you please tell me what the difference between you still in the program and those that failed or dropped out was?

    The only thing I am worried about is that its about not being smart enough. That is scary because most of those who get in are straight A students. What gives?
    Part of it is critical thinking and being able to "see the whole picture."

    It's one thing to be book smart and have the ability to memorize tons of facts; it's an entirely different thing to understand the concepts and apply them to everyday clinical practice.

    At least in my class, it's the "application" questions on exams that give people grief, not the ones that require simple regurgitation of facts.
  13. by   not.done.yet
    Ability to apply knowledge and not just remember facts.

    TIME MANAGEMENT - those who don't get that you can't just cram and make it suffer the worst. You have to do something every single day.

    NCLEX style questions - learn to read and understand them.
  14. by   RNMeg
    We started with 20, and have lost 2 (3 if you count the guy who replaced our first dropout..he got a second chance and wound up failing again). One we lost due to a pregnancy (she's back in the program behind us and doing great) and the other we lost due to academics. She had some serious personal issues going on that semester, so it's not really surprising. She was smart enough, she just didn't apply herself at that time.

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