Failed a semester, determined but I need a game plan!

  1. Hello everyone, I just want to start off by saying that I am a second semester BSN nursing student and failed this last semester (Pharmacology) due to a dosage miscalculation. I failed a couple of months ago and have been trying my best to pick up the pieces and move on. I really would like some input as to what a better game plan would be when I come back next spring. So far, I am currently working in a nursing home as a CNA, and have been reviewing books once in a while. I've talked to the head admin. of my nursing class and developed a plan where I would be doing practice hours in the sim lab, but I feel like this isn't enough.

    I want to make sure I pass this time, and pass strong. I still have 3 years ahead of me, and I never want to make such careless mistakes again. Can anyone tell me how they studied, practiced, talked to? I really need a game plan because it seems like mine just seem so unrealistic (I'm gonna read so and so 20 times before blah blah).

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  3. by   akulahawkRN
    As I see it, being that you failed the class, you probably know where you weren't all that strong in the course. Also, you probably have the course syllabus and schedule for what you were supposed to go over (assignments). I would suggest reviewing the material you weren't so strong with and if you're not so strong with calculations, go over those until you're able to get them done right, every time. Remember, med math isn't that hard, but you have to be accurate!

    That's on top of your plan to go do lab work every week. The most important part is that you actually do the work. We all have problems along the way. I was rolled back 2 semesters because I failed 3rd semester and they changed course content on us. I had to follow the content! What happened? Well, I did quite well and had a great time learning things I hadn't gotten the first time through the content and also a great time helping teach my classmates because I already knew that stuff. Remember, when you're able to teach the material, you're at a point where you understand the material pretty well. So, don't despair. That'll suck you right into a massive funk faster than anything. It's an opportunity. Seize it.
  4. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    You should find a math tutor and begin working with him/her PRIOR to starting the program. Many people don't seek out tutoring until after it's already too late.
  5. by   classicdame
    I agree with above post. A tutor made all the difference to me. If nothing else you get confirmation that you are actually learning the content. I admire your determination!