Failed nursing school but didn't give up! - page 4

by NursingLove4all 9,727 Views | 34 Comments

HI all! I wanted to share my experience of how I finally became an RN after going through tough obstacles. It all started back in 2002. I did my CNA but never practiced as I wanted to go back to get a bachelors degree in pych.... Read More


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    Thank you so much for sharing your story, you are very inspiring to me. I am going thru the same thing that happened to you. Currently I am in a BSN accelerated program and this is my last chance to stay in school;if I dont pass my class I will be kick out. I am thinking that my problem is also the pace of the school. If I don't pass my class I am thinking of enrolling myself to an LPN program and then do what you did. I don't want to give up in my dream in becoming an RN. I love nursing and I will do everything that I can to be a nurse.
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    Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I really needed to read this to provide further encouragement. Like many other students, I am having some difficulties with getting into the nursing program. I refuse to give up because I know this is my dream. When I spoke to the nursing coordinator about alternatives to bringing up my GPA, she immediately said maybe I can change my major. I couldn't believe she went there. It's one thing if I suggest changing my major or something but for her to suggest that without even asking me how bad I wanted to be a nurse, was clearly a slap in the face for me. Nevertheless, I will do what I need to, to make sure I get in next year, leaving no room for anyone to suggest otherwise.
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    Thank you for sharing! Congratulations on sticking it out and succeeding in your dream!
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    Thank you so much. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU. I have been crying and beating myself up for almost a year ever since my instructor failed me. She told me I couldn't critically think, I had no independent thought, that I made my patients uncomfortable and not trusting of me and that I was robotic in my assessments and interactions with the patients... She completely destroyed me.

    I was offered a job at an ICU in the hospital I work at, by a nursing staff who wasn't aware that I failed out but was under the assumption I was a senior and would be graduating soon. I was flattered, but still terribly upset. The thought of going back is daunting, but I know Im young (21) and I have so much time. I'm extremely sad, but there is hope from reading your post.

    Thank you<3
    Last edit by BanannaFish on Sep 22
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    Quote from BanannaFish
    Thank you so much. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU. I have been crying and beating myself up for almost a year ever since my instructor failed me. She told me I couldn't critically think, I had no independent thought, that I made my patients uncomfortable and interesting of me and that I was robotic in my assessments and interactions with the patients... She completely destroyed me.

    I was offered a job at an ICU in the hospital I work at, by a nursing staff who wasn't aware that I failed out but was under the assumption I was a senior and would be graduating soon. I was flattered, but still terribly upset. The thought of going back is daunting, but I know Im young (21) and I have so much time. I extremely sad, but there is hope from reading your post.

    Thank you<3
    If you can, ask them to hold that thought because you're not going to be done quite yet. It's OK to let some personality out... just not too much. IMHO, the fact that your current employer is willing to offer you a position says to me that they know you and they're willing to put you into a position where you're interacting with patients. So, there's something different in the personas you use for school and work that may be contributing to problems.

    As to the rest, well, you're going to have to learn to do "critical thinking" and part of the problem may lie in relying on your instructors and professors to spoon-feed you answers to questions that they have about your patient. You have to always think "why is my patient doing this" and "what could be wrong with my patient" and "what can I do to address those problems?" You'll be developing your sense of doing nursing Dx differentials. Doing care plans is great for helping develop this sense. I completely loathe and detest doing care plans, yet I did them with much gusto because I knew what they were supposed to do...

    Sometimes, if you have a couple of ideas as to what's going on and your instructor asks you, speak up. In those situations, saying something equivalent to "I have no idea" doesn't sit well with many instructors because then they're liable to think you're unprepared, can't think, and may be possibly unsafe. If you list a couple of things and they're pretty close, your instructors should see that you're trying to put things together and help you figure out things.

    Yes, I too failed out of nursing school and I was offered a seat in their LVN class and was later offered a seat in the RN class. I was able to choose the latter and now I'm an RN that's looking for the elusive 1st job...


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