On the first day of class, we were told to look to our left and look to our right. They then said, one of those two people will not be here at the end. And that came true for me three days later. The lady sitting to my right never came back. And then we noticed how much less crowded the class was. People were dropping. My entire row now consists of 1/2 the original people it did.
I am finishing up my 1/2 mark through LPN school. We have 6 months left of a 15 month program. We started with 60 and are now down exactly 1/2..there are 30 of us now. And come finals next week, I know we'll be in the 20's. The majority of our class downsize came in the first mod (comparable to a semester).
I spoke with several friends who are nurses and all said that they lost a lot of people as they advanced through the semesters. I don't think its uncommon to loose people.
Lots of times, you loose a big chunk of the class during the first semester. It seems that, thats the time when people realize, nursing isn't for them, or it wasn't as easy as they thought it would be, or that they didn't study like they should etc. Or they are book smart, getting great grades, but they can't grasp or master the skills needed.
Add to that, life happens. Family members get very ill, women get pregnant and can't handle both pregnancy and school or a newborn and school, finances change and they have to leave in order to work. There are soooo many reasons people leave. But in my class, the majority of the students no longer with us, was their own doing.