I flunked out of clinical today.. - page 7

I`m devastated.. This was my last semester.. 3 weeks away from graduation. What happened is I didn`t have my watch for clinical and that was a break in dress code.. and when I went to take a vital sign i was confronted with the... Read More

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    Yeah, make sure you get a final answer before anything else. Keep positive! Hope all works out.

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    Yes, this sucks. I had a similar experience with no recourse. So, I applied at Excelsior College (it's online, Excelsior.edu), and was accepted. A year later, I graduated with High Honors and took the NCLEX and passed a month after that. I've been an RN for six years and am currently working on my RN-MSN FNP at Graceland University (also online). A brick and mortar nursing school is not the only option if you've had more than 50% of nursing school done from an accredited nursing program (which you have). Good luck to you and please keep us posted. (if you have any questions regarding Excelsior College, PM me, I would be glad to help you
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    Quote from RoadRN
    Yes, this sucks. I had a similar experience with no recourse. So, I applied at Excelsior College (it's online, Excelsior.edu), and was accepted. A year later, I graduated with High Honors and took the NCLEX and passed a month after that. I've been an RN for six years and am currently working on my RN-MSN FNP at Graceland University (also online). A brick and mortar nursing school is not the only option if you've had more than 50% of nursing school done from an accredited nursing program (which you have). Good luck to you and please keep us posted. (if you have any questions regarding Excelsior College, PM me, I would be glad to help you
    Since Jan 2012 Excelsior is no longer an option if you failed out of your program. You must be currently employed in a clinical capacity with a grade of C or better in ALL nursing courses:

    "Effective January 1, 2012, applicants who have completed 50% of the clinical credit hours in an associate, bachelor's, or RN diploma nursing program are no longer eligible for direct admission to the School of Nursing. Individuals who have completed at least 50% of the clinical nursing credit hours with a minimum grade of C within 5 years of enrollment into Excelsior College will be reviewed on a case by case appeal basis. This appeal process requires submission of the undergraduate application, fee, official transcripts, and letter of appeal indicating where and how clinical skills are being practiced in a health care setting. Only applicants who are currently employed in a clinical capacity and maintained good academic standing (minimum grade of C in all nursing courses) throughout their nursing program will be considered in this appeal process." source: Admission Requirements for Associate Degree in Nursing Programs - excelsior.edu
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    I wasn't aware of this new policy. Thank you for setting me straight Just FYI, I didn't flunk out of nursing school, I dropped out after my 3rd semester because of one particular instructor. I was thankful that I was able to complete my ADN with Excelsior. Thanks again
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    Quote from RoadRN
    I wasn't aware of this new policy. Thank you for setting me straight Just FYI, I didn't flunk out of nursing school, I dropped out after my 3rd semester because of one particular instructor. I was thankful that I was able to complete my ADN with Excelsior. Thanks again
    Those that drop are still eligible, so leaving after the 3rd semester completing 50% of coursework (while working in a clinical setting, some stated working as an EMT or CNA was sufficient) would make you eligible for the appeal for admissions.

    By my statement, I was referring to the OP who has stated that it seems they have flunked a clinical course which would garner them ineligible (assuming the poster resides in a state that accepts Excelsior's nursing program for initial RN licensure as not all do (MD and CA are two examples).

    I suppose it makes sense to only accept those who successfully completed 50% of the nursing program with a grade of C or better as it can be very rigorous to complete a self-directed, credit by examination program that requires self-discipline. Excelsior is a wonderful program for many but it isn't appropriate for everyone.


    To the OP, hopefully your situation works out to your satisfaction as your situation is definitely not a typical one posted in the forums.
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    Oh what a shame.. I was actually thinking that
    Excelsior sounds like a nice option until I saw that. I was passing pretty well with a B average if it hadn`t have been for this incident with clinical. So they won`t except someone who failed clinical and was taken off of the program that I only had a month left to complete... wonder if any school does.. I don`t want to do an entire YEAR though.. I was hoping more for a month. I do well with online classes.. so that would be a bonus .. any option would be good if it only allowed me to finish in 1-2 semesters because honestly I can`t afford this anymore.. I already paid for my NCLEX.. $200.. and that deadline is due in a year.. since I thought that I was going to pass this semester and i`m unemployed. I hate that this rearranges my life even more
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    You can try contacting other schools in your area. Excelsior is one of the few schools that have a pre-licensure program. I think Western Governor's University is another, but both are only acceptable in specific states. Several county/community colleges have on site/online entry to practice programs that you can look into. Since cost is an issue for you, I'm going to venture a guess that transferring to a for-profit private school is not a real option.

    Since there isn't a standardized cirriculum even with individual states (one school may do med-surg in the first semester and pedi/maternity the next while another school does fundamentals the first semester and psych the next), it's very difficult to transfer mid program to another nursing school. Note I said difficult but not impossible. You'll need to determine the final outcome of your situation because if the school states you were dismissed for falsification of patient data you may have a much more difficult time finding another program to accept you (whether in person or an online program)

    If you find a school to accept you mid program and give you credit for work completed, you'll likely have to repeat the semester not just a month worth of classwork. Even if your current school decided to drop you from this semester and permit you to re-enroll in the spring you'd have to repeat the entire semester worth of work. So it would be at least 12-16 weeks depending on the school calendar not a month.

    I'm surprised you were encouraged to apply for the NCLEX so early before graduation since the fees are non-refundable and time limited. We were told to wait until our last major exams (about 2 weeks before graduation) before applying to the board of nursing and not apply for NCLEX until graduation as successful graduation is a requirment for the BoN to issue an authorization to take the NCLEX.

    It's frustrating. It's heartbreaking. Try and work with your current program first as that will most likely be the fastest route to graduation. You can inquire in other programs in your area while you wait for the final decision.
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    I thoroughly expect to repeat a semester, not a month.. thats not a problem for me. What i am not comfortable with is repeating a year.. or more.. that would be awful. The school gave up our paperwork to apply for NCLEX at the beginning of the semester.. i waited under 3 days BEFORE I was dismissed from the program..thinking yay.. it`s less than a month away I need to be proactive and apply before the good spots are taken.. a lot of other people in the class were doing the same thing. I have a year to take it now and i`m very anxious because we don`t have a lot of schools near me and from what I do see in PA.. the schools are very expensive.. like 4X what I paid for this program. This is not going to be an easy time for me financially
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    This is just a thought, if all else fails.I know in some state's you can take the nclex for your LPN at either a certain semester or when when you have enough credits accumulated from your current schooling for your RN (I know that's a step backwards in a sense) does anyone know if then she can then apply for an LPN/RN bridge program and apply those credits she already has, you would almost have completed the program right from the start.
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    Unfortunately in PA, that is not an option: "15. I am entering my senior year of a RN (baccalaureate, associate, diploma) nursing program, am I eligible to sit for the practical nurse exam now?
    Answer: The answer is NO. In Pennsylvania, to be eligible to sit for the practical nursing licensure exam you must have completed an approved practical nursing program."

    (Source: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal...Q-tpp_exam.pdf )

    You can try contacting other schools in the area to see if there is the option to repeat your final semester. See if your present school will permit you to re-enroll the next semester to finish up one semester late.


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