Failed first semester by very small amount...

  1. HI everyone... I just failed by first semester of nursing school and I'm devastated. A few people in my class have failed by such a small amount I don't even see how they can do this... our program requires 80% so 79.5% is the lowest you can get to pass. There are people in my class that have 79.48 and they have failed. Has this happened to anyone else? Can they even do this?
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  3. by   Sun0408
    The short answer is yes they can do this and many have failed due to a 10th of a point.. I'm sorry this happened, pick yourself up and get back in next semester.
  4. by   krisiepoo
    My school didn't even round up, so you could have (and would have) failed with a 79.99%
  5. by   Everline
    My school also won't round up AT ALL. So where I am they certainly can fail students on tenths of a point.

    I can't imagine how you must feel. I'm sorry. I know a couple of people who had to repeat their first semester and they did fine second time around. You can too. I wish you the best.
  6. by   StudentOfHealing
    YES! This is a common occurrence and definitely allowed.

    I understand you feel devastated and might have a mix of emotions. *HUGS* - but if you decide to continue with this journey, I guarantee you this fall will make you stronger.

    Take some time to relax but get back on your feet and evaluate WHY you failed.

    Go to your professors and be open to criticism.

    I wish you well!!! (:
  7. by   EMT-PJean
    WOW!! I'm sorry, just brush yourself off and get back at it. I know it's easier said than done. Good luck next semester, you can do this.
    Last edit by EMT-PJean on Dec 12, '13 : Reason: typo
  8. by   ArrowRN
    Yes our school also has a no rounding up policy in order to make a passing grade. I am sorry to hear about your dilemma. So what options have they given you?
  9. by   lovenotwar14
    How did you fall?
  10. by   nurseprnRN
    Nursing school gets harder every semester. It has to. There is more to learn, the expectation that you will integrate what you learned last semester with what you learn now, and increase your ability to think critically with every new course.

    Hard to hear, but students who are marginal in the first semester often find themselves failing in the next one, unless they find a way to really step up their games. Knowing this may help you decide to do it better next time, or decide that you should consider doing something else that isn't so demanding. Your call.
  11. by   hopefulRN23
    they said I can try again, but I'm not sure I want to. I want to do this more than anything, but I'm really confused right now. I'm thinking of maybe doing an LPN program at another school because I can't get back into the program I was in for another year now
  12. by   hopefulRN23
    wow GrnTea...way to kick someone when they are already down. Thanks for the optimism
    Last edit by hopefulRN23 on Dec 12, '13 : Reason: forgot name
  13. by   Caribbean Character
    I understand how you feel, but you have to ask yourself, "If the required score to pass is 80% then how much should they give you to be "fair"". If they give you 0.52% then what about the person that fails with a solid 79% or the one with a 78% or..or...or..? If the absolute minimum score is 79.5% then that is what it is. Like others here have said, my school does not round up AT ALL so if you get a 74.9% (our minimum passing score is 75%) then you fail. That is the way the world works.
  14. by   Sun0408
    Quote from hopefulRN23
    wow GrnTea...way to kick someone when they are already down. Thanks for the optimism
    I don't think she was doing that at all. I understand you are raw right now but her words are the truth. Each semester gets harder and figuring out where you went wrong will ONLY help you next time around.. This does not mean you can't or wont be a nurse, its a setback.