How Many Did You Lose?

  1. There are rumors circulating that my class has one of the highest turnover rates ever at my school. I don't know exactly how many but this is my first semester and we did lose a huge chunk. They say that less than 50% will finish--this is a crazy amount! Does anyone know how much they've lost?
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  3. by   jackson145
    My husband just finished up LPN and they lost about half. I think a lot of people get into a NS without looking into what nursing really is. Once they start clinicals, they discover that they don't like touching people or the sights/smells/sounds really bother them.
    What I don't understand is the people who can't make the grades. To get in the nursing program at my school, it pretty much takes a 4.0 and about a 90 on the TEAS. If you work that hard during GenEd, you should know what it takes for NS. I know the classes aren't quite the same as GenEd but they should already have established good study habits and note taking skills. I've talked to a few people that went through NS where I go and they felt like the pre-reqs were actually harder because only A's were acceptable.
  4. by   DesertRain
    Quote from jackson145
    My husband just finished up LPN and they lost about half. I think a lot of people get into a NS without looking into what nursing really is. Once they start clinicals, they discover that they don't like touching people or the sights/smells/sounds really bother them.
    What I don't understand is the people who can't make the grades. To get in the nursing program at my school, it pretty much takes a 4.0 and about a 90 on the TEAS. If you work that hard during GenEd, you should know what it takes for NS. I know the classes aren't quite the same as GenEd but they should already have established good study habits and note taking skills. I've talked to a few people that went through NS where I go and they felt like the pre-reqs were actually harder because only A's were acceptable.

    You know, I have totally wondered the same thing myself. For me, like you said, the study habits were already embedded into my lifestyle so the workload was a familiar foe...but I see people struggling with the material and I kinda question if I just had really rough prerequisite instructors. I don't know about them, but getting the good grades in the A&P's and Micro was not a walk in the park...it was more like a run through the jungle! You're absolutely right about all that! Things that make you say hmmmmmmm
  5. by   CT Pixie
    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.
  6. by   Megsd
    We lost 2 out of 24 people by graduation. One dropped in the first term, one didn't make the grades in the 2nd to last term.
  7. by   shippoRN
    Hey desert, hows it going girl. I only know of one drop, i don't know anymore. Hope all is well with you.

    ~M
  8. by   jackson145
    Quote from Megsd
    We lost 2 out of 24 people by graduation. One dropped in the first term, one didn't make the grades in the 2nd to last term.
    That's all you lost? That's incredible. When I hear people taking about the vast amounts of students who drop out, it scares me to death. I always tell myself, "that won't be me", but maybe those people thought that too?
  9. by   BklynNurse
    we lost about half....they didn't drop out either.....they couldn't pass the classes.
  10. by   Cosper123
    We had one drop out in the second week. Annoyed the hell out of my that someone could just squander a spot like that with so many that didn't get in...I mean jeez, they turn away hundreds of applicants and this one who got in drops out before we even start clinicals.

    In this semester (3rd) they merged us with some LVN upward mobility students and one of them was either kicked out or dropped out, the rumor mill isn't exactly clear haha.

    In any case, out of 40 RN students we lost two and everyone else seems to be keeping their heads above water just fine.
  11. by   Eirene
    at the beginning (september '06), we had 110 students.

    we are now 2 quarters away from graduation and have 58 left.
  12. by   Conrad283
    My class started with 65 and graduated with around 40 and that's including those that had to re-take the class.
  13. by   futurecnm
    Quote from jackson145
    My husband just finished up LPN and they lost about half. I think a lot of people get into a NS without looking into what nursing really is. Once they start clinicals, they discover that they don't like touching people or the sights/smells/sounds really bother them.
    What I don't understand is the people who can't make the grades. To get in the nursing program at my school, it pretty much takes a 4.0 and about a 90 on the TEAS. If you work that hard during GenEd, you should know what it takes for NS. I know the classes aren't quite the same as GenEd but they should already have established good study habits and note taking skills. I've talked to a few people that went through NS where I go and they felt like the pre-reqs were actually harder because only A's were acceptable.
    Studying for generals and nursing classes are TOTALLY different. Our avg grade point to get in our program is at least 3.7-3.8 so everyone is getting A's and a few B's in the generals. However, just being a good studying/note taker/etc does not guarantee you will do well in nursing school. honestly, many of those who have failed out or who are doing poorly on tests are those who study the MOST time. It really isnt' how many notes you take or how long you study, it is studying the correct way and the correct things and some of it is how good you are at picking the BEST answer. IT is a lot of thinking during the test. I sometimes wonder how much the studying really helps me as it is critical thinking on the test. I do well and do not study a ton. I do the reading adn the NCLEX questions for the subjects before each test. I mainly do well because I think I can usually pick the best answer, even though usually at least 2 sound pretty good to everyone. In no way did I feel that the pre-reqs were harder at all. And I don't know anyone in my class who would think so either. The generals were all memorizing and straight forward answers on the test. WAY easier to study for.
  14. by   treysdaddy08
    I'm in my first qtr of nursing. We started with 30 students, and we're now at 24 with a week left. 1 person quit because, "It looks too hard, so I'm going to become a P.A. instead". Another person quit because she decided she didn't want to go into nursing anymore. One girl got into a school 2 1/2 hours closer to home. The rest dropped because they didn't think they were going to pass.

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