I failed out of nursing school midway, now what? - page 2

So, I decided to complete and one year accelerated BSN program in May. I quickly became the class' unofficial "class president" by planning events for us to do, and even speaking to professors and... Read More

  1. by   neogirl
    It sounds like you need to figure out your priorities. You need to get your own things in order before taking on any other responsibilities.
  2. by   Jkliu888
    Destin293 thank you for the insight, your word have helped me a lot with my decisions.
  3. by   Orion81RN
    I had 3 clinicals to go in my 1st semester of nursing. I had already passed 2 accelerated classes that I didn't have to repeat. Then, I had to have surgery. It was the very end of the semester with no time left to be able to make up the missed clinicals.

    I cried. Did my grieving, then during the year it took to start that class over, I continued working as a patient care tech in a hospital and continued studying. When the class started up again, I wad VERY prepared bc I used that year very wisely. Concepts in class were easy ro grasp bc I already read the text in my year off. It ended up making me a better student, and I believe, a better nurse.
    Blessing in disguise.

    You will have an advantage when you go back. The material won't be new. You will know your areas of weakness. Prepare in that year how to deal with them.

    It did suck initially, I'm not going to lie. I was so upset that I would not be graduating with my class. As it was my family never believed to begin with that I would finish nursing school, let alone go back after leaving the program for a year. I went back with my chin up and rocked those classes.

    Allow some time for the sadness. Then pick yourself up. There are MANY MANY amazing nurses who had to repeat classes. And you would never know unless they told you.

    You got this!
  4. by   Orion81RN
    Quote from Jkliu888
    Guy in babyland: you may have had friends who passed, but I was newly diagnosed and still figuring it all out. Not everyone with adhd reacts the same, esp in school.
    I'm not blaming the school for what happened, I am just telling what happened. I plan to get back into it after calling some people. I was a cna before I came to school so that shouldn't be a problem. Thank you all!
    I agree wirh others. Take that time to focus on your ADHD and learning how to be functional in a rigorous academic setting. AND..... Have a close knit support group. Trusted friend or family to be there for you through this year and when you go back. I made it through with VERY severe depression and anxiety. I started seeing a therapist and continued working with my psychiatrist for medication management.

    I even had a period of suicidal thoughts while in nursing school, so I understand *extra* challenges of nursing school. But I relied on my support group I built. I will forever be greatful for them.
  5. by   JenTheSchoolRN
    OP, I had a couple of friends that failed a class during nursing school. And yes, these classes were only offered once a year, so they had to wait an entire year to repeat the course. And they did. They cried a bit, dusted themselves off, got a job in the meantime, and both came back and kicked butt. They are both excellent nurses right now and know that their care only improved by navigating this set-back.

    That is what this is. A set-back. You have another path open to you and I say take it. Swallow your pride, figure out what works for you to manage your ADHD during this year period waiting to re-take that class. And succeed.

    No matter what challenges a person faces, the biggest challenge they may face is the one they create within.
  6. by   Tacomaboy3
    What made you a successful student in your previous bachelor's program? You probably experienced the same symptoms of your undiagnosed ADHD. I'm having a little trouble understanding why you're placing a heavy emphasis on your ADHD for your failure when you were previously successful.

    Yes, I'd enter the traditional 2-year program offered at your school - that way you won't have to pay a different school for the same classes you already passed.
  7. by   Irish_Mist
    The fact that you have the option to complete the two year program at your school is a huge deal. Not everyone in your situations is as fortunate. Be relieved that this is even an option.

    Talk to a psychiatrist about getting your adhd under control with the right medication(s). Be open minded to taking medication. It isn't a bad thing to take medicine.

    I agree with the advice to work as a CNA or PCT somewhere. I recommend studying your material from school to stay fresh and then get back at it in a year. When you start back, no more unofficial class president activities. Devote your attention to your studies. Best of luck!
  8. by   SpankedInPittsburgh
    Take a year to get your health issues under control. When you are in Nursing School you have to be very selfish. You don't have time to do much besides study & clinical's. You need to be uber-focused. Prepare to give up whatever passes for a social life & certainly let people plan their own parties & functions & deal with their own problems. The people you were assisting are graduating and you are not. Its that simple
  9. by   not.done.yet
    I can't imagine how it has to hurt right now, how frightened, frustrated you feel, maybe even humiliated. Just know that all sorts of people fail all sorts of classes for all sorts of reasons.

    Go for the two year and don't look back. You will be stronger and better because of this.

    This is a motivation video that I watched on a really regular basis as I was struggling through earning my MSN. I also have ADD. You aren't alone and this can be done. Yes, it will be harder for you than for some others. Dig deep and get on it.

    Unbroken - Motivational Video - YouTube
  10. by   nps07
    you have a case and are able to sue... but be warned it might not be good for your future nursing career..
  11. by   Julius Seizure
    Quote from nps07
    you have a case and are able to sue... but be warned it might not be good for your future nursing career..

    Sue for what? You mean for not accommodating OPs disability? I'm not sure we have enough info to know if there is a legal case here. Did the school know OP had a diagnosis? Did OP go through the proper channels to get an accommodation? What accommodations are we talking about that weren't provided? We simply don't know enough of the facts.
    Last edit by Julius Seizure on Oct 23, '17
  12. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from Devnation
    As usual, those believing in tough love are out in full force, because of course they've never needed advice with compassion in all their lives! They were hatched as perfect nurses. Let me offer a different perspective. First, relax. You have failed no one. You have a medical issue, one that is going to make school a lot harder. But you can get through. I also was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult. I'm in grad school now, and it is tough, but manageable. Ignore all the people who say,"but so-and-so did it, why can't you?" everyone is different. Find out what works for you. If you do take meds, work closely with your provider to titrate for max effect. Consider getting an ADHD coach to help you when you start in the program again. I think that it is great that your were an advocate for your class; we need those types in nursing. However, remember your education comes first. You have to take care of you!

    I'm also wondering why they did not offer accommodations if you have ADHD documented. Under Title IX (federal law) disabled students have certain rights. Every university has a Title IX compliance officer. I suggest you get in touch with yours. Your school may not have deprived you of your rights, but I would certainly check. Read more about it here: Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education

    Keep your chin up and work hard. Good Luck!
    Are you serious right now? Why do we need to be nice & hold hands all the time? The OP is an adult, not a child. It's time to take responsibility for her actions. I am bipolar & was undiagnosed throughout my program. But I managed to pass my program & the NCLEX with no accommodations.

    If the OP has ADHD why did she take take on so much & not just focus on school? Especially if she was newly diagnosed. She doesn't know how to properly study with ADHD.
  13. by   Julius Seizure
    Quote from Devnation
    As usual, those believing in tough love are out in full force, because of course they've never needed advice with compassion in all their lives! They were hatched as perfect nurses. Let me offer a different perspective...
    You basically said the same thing as everybody else here: don't give up, learn to manage your ADD, and go succeed at school a year from now. They only difference was that you had to bad-mouth the other people who said it. Nobody has been out of line in this thread that I can see.

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