Nursing Student Retention

  1. How do your nursing faculty help you stay in school when the going gets tough?
    What do faculty do that make you question your decision to be a nurse?
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  2. Poll: Please let me know....

    • I am a nursing student under age 23.

      27.78% 10
    • I am a nursing student age 23 or older.

      66.67% 24
    • I am graduate of a nursing program, under age 23.

      0% 0
    • I am a graduate of a nursing program, age 23 or older.

      5.56% 2
    • I am a student in another discipline.

      0% 0
    36 Votes
  3. 4 Comments

  4. by   essarge
    Jess,

    I am 46 years old and finally figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up. Seriously though, life's circumstances brought me to where I am now. I've always known that I was going to end up in the healthcare field, just couldn't quite get there til now.

    As far as our faculty, they are great!! They keep track of us and are open to talk about ANYTHING even if it doesn't have anything to do with school. We pick their brains about what nursing was like when they started compared to now. It's just fascinating! The technology is what keeps my interest, it seems like every day there is something new to learn!!

    Hope this answers your questions !
  5. by   jessbells
    Essarge.... et.al.
    Thanks that was very helpful.
    I'm glad you found your calling.
    We loose so many good people from nursing because many students leave before completing the program.
    I wonder if communication is related to this.

    Do faculty understand student needs?
    Do students know how to communicate with faculty?

    Sounds like communication in your program is very good.
    I wonder how that happens.
    Thanks,
    Jessbells
  6. by   essarge
    I think it's because all of our instructor's want to be there AND they want us to be successful, even if it means that they have to tutor us on their own time. Not bad for a state university huh!?!?!?
  7. by   MRed94
    I'm 42, returning for my ADN after 15 years as a LPN, and didn't think I would ever get the opportunity to return.

    Uncle Sam is helping with finances, otherwise I wouldn't be doing it.

    It's tough to be an old dog learning to sit and stay and play dead, but I am at least advancing.

    Roll over is beyond me, yet, though. The ole bones don't wanna cooperate.

    But, like I told Shannon, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and each day successfully passed gets me closer.

    I am in a community college, and have some of the BEST instructors, and some of the WORST. But the good ones really make it all worth it, both by recognizing the willingness and determination of the older students, and the crazy mixed up youngsters, and melding us into a working group.

    I am having the time of my life, hard tho it is!

    And how much better a nurse I will be, having struggled for each point of my grades. Much more valuable having had to work for it.

    Good question!

    Marla

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