Quote from dope a mine
I can see why you feel so frustrated. But blaming nursing school for everything and saying you wouldn't recommend it to anyone is a bit unfair. Sure its tough and stressful but can be very rewarding in the end for those that make it through.
I think you should take some time off to cool down and reevaluate your goals. If nursing is your passion, you shouldn't give up.
That's it: Nursing-educator-think, in a nutshell. Blame the student. Up is down, down is up. "Student, if you are having a miserable time, then the problem must lie with you, not us.
If that was her experience with it, she is entitled to feel that way. All of these nursing schools seem to have an enormous amount of leeway in how they design a curriculum, how much favoritism they can show individual students, how much "cold shoulder" they show, and lack of help they can give students that they want to fail out, etc. If her experience was humiliating and negative, she has every right to feel the way she does, and counsel others to avoid at least that particular program, if not nursing overall. Nursing school must be the most dysfunctional and unhealthy (physically and mentally) academic curriculum on Planet Earth. I believe even the physician training and the resident hours had to tone it down a little, because patient safety suffered.
Nursing school is brutal, grueling, and nonsensical, to me. Instructors are often impractical in their demands, and the instruction is not always structured for efficient learning. (If it is, you have chosen an excellent program.)
OP, I was actually thrown out with a permanent dismissal, for one late care plan concept map, one trumped-up conduct that was a partial quote of a remark that I made (75% of the class failed two exams in succession, and I said in front of the class that the school should provide a tutor because this performance is the school's fault, and I'm tired of hearing the school berate students and accuse them of laziness), and the third one was a setup: The school moved up the date for a clinical, notified my group via a note in the mailbox, and I was the only group member who didn't get a note in the mailbox. There was no email, no posting the schedule change on the bulletin board, like they have posted ALL other schedule changes and revisions, and predictably, I missed the clinical and also failed to call in my absence. Since it was a note in the mailbox, there is no way for me to prove I didn't get it, but also no way for the school to prove they put it in there. Either way, notifying students via a note in a mailbox and not actually publishing a revised schedule is both amateurish and unprofessional.
I suppose I was supposed to feel, well, humiliated and chagrined, by getting a permanent dismissal and all.
Nope. I'd already decided that program was a bad investment of my time and money. And that nursing's culture perhaps didn't fit my idea of pleasant and practical. If I ever to go back to nursing, I just take all of my college transcripts and my PAX and HESI scores and go start over at some other school. I was in a diploma program with a non-standard integrated curriculum based on their facilities, so none of it would be transferable, anyway.
Failing out of nursing school is NOT a rare thing, anymore. I predict that it's actually going to become a more frequent occurrence, because the schools stubbornly refuse to accept that the curriculum must change to fit the changing demographic of the current and future pool of students. More students have to work their way through school. RN programs have had more, and more demanding, content added over the years, but the programs have not been lengthened to accommodate it. Because the admission criteria and the sequencing of content can vary widely, students are always wise to thoroughly investigate the demands of any RN program, and to shop around to find one that plays to their strengths and their available time. Nursing schools are full of students who started one place, and either quit, failed out, or had to drop out for financial or personal reasons. Just repeat it. Anything is easier the second time around.
My ex-school failed out about 8 students in Nursing I, I am sure that they failed 13 in Nursing II (and fired the Director of Nursing right afterward), and had 2 voluntary quits, plus me as the delinquent permanent dismissal after 4th semester.
If you like nursing, go to work as LPN, put in your app at that same school or pick a different one. Of find a LPN-RN bridge, or whatever.