Quote from KristinWW
The request was made in writing to the director and the asst. dean, to no avail. They know the distance as the director even cut me off when I spoke her, stating that she lives in the town adjacent to mine so she knows where I am. They are not budging, as too many students would take my place in a minute so I'm stuck. I just changed programs and had to go through the tension all over again, only to have the same thing happen. I am the only person in the program with two children, working, and am the second-farthest away. I just give up.
All I can tell you is that I went through exactly the same thing and was repeatedly told I was "inflexible" and what about so and so who commuted between coasts or so and so who made it to school despite her complete bilateral amputation? (just kidding but you get the idea). Well, it turned out that the so and so's had a lot of help at home so they didn't have to worry about who was going to take care of their children at 5:00 A.M. in the morning when their husbands were still at work and they had to leave to make the 7:00 A.M. clinical at Children's. :angryfire
To be honest, I lived with my "rep" because I knew in my heart of hearts that I wouldn't make someone else feel bad if they were under duress like that... especially when the program directors favorites always got the placements they wanted... :angryfire Sure I was an angry b***h through all of nursing school, but I graduated anyway and in the end got the placements I needed. I did take away one important lesson from it all about nursing in general, however... most nurses are done with being empathetic after they walk out their patient's door. They don't want
to hear about your suffering unless you are their friend and will resent you for sharing otherwise. My conclusion... don't lower my standards for helping others, but don't expect too much from my nursing peers. This is very pessimistic and I'm sure other people have other opinions but there is mine.
It sounds like you are stuck in the same, not so compassionate type of school as I was. Are there people outside of school who can help you manage your other responsibilities? Do you live near Maryland? I'd be more than willing to help you out in any way I can.