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?
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.
Apr 22, '10
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.
Apr 22, '10
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.