Weeding out? - page 2

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It seem's like everyone is always telling me which semester is the "weeding out" semester. And everyone has a different opinion of which that is. So, I'm curious to know what the masses think. IS there a weeding out semester? ... Read More


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    Quote from wantccu
    That's good to hear. I'm just finishing up my first semester of clinicals and honestly, it hasn't been all that bad. Yes, there's a lot of material and time consuming for sure. I've just heard these horror stories and am in classes with people who are retaking because they failed last semester - and I don't get it yet. I guess I'm just scared that there's going to be a point where the hammer drops and it suddenly doesn't come easily to me anymore. (I don't want to say easy, I'm working for it - just that I'm not struggling with the material like a lot of my classmates)
    You know what, I've been thinking that way, too. When will it be really difficult like everybody says it is?! I haven't been struggling. I'm wondering when it gets crazy hard.
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    In my program, 2nd semester seemed to be the "weeding out" semester. The classes are Med-Surg I and Pharmacology... but because of the way our cohort's schedule fell, we had to take it during the 8 week summer semester instead of the usual 16 week semester. With two tough classes and a 12 hour clinical day each week, it was difficult. We lost 10 people and over half of the class was borderline passing at the time of finals.

    First & third semester were both easy to me. OB/Peds is up next and shouldn't be to bad, but we are taking Critical Care over the summer and I think it might be another difficult semester, especially to take in the 8 week semester :/
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    For us it was the third semester. Every group of students in 3rd semester loses almost half of the students. There hasn't been a single a in that med surg course in the past 5 years probably. It is unreasonably difficult. I was a straight a student in my program and I barely made a b.
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    Personally I think that should come when choosing from applicants and after that students should be encouraged to succeed. Anyhow, my program I would say from Junior year on is pretty difficult and gets increasingly difficult until you are done. We have not lost many.
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    For my program the weeding out semester is first and second semesters. We started out with 60 and we are graduating with 34. So that says alot about this program. It's sad they do that but that's how they do it. In all actuality some of the ones weeded out would make awesome nurses and the ones who stayed are good students as far as grades but know diddly as far as clinical. Its a risk programs take to keep their NCLEX scores up I believe.
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    I am just going to relax, do my work, and tune out horror stories when I start nursing school in January. What is difficult for one person may not be difficult for another. I find that if I go into something with a negative attitude, it usually turns into a self-fulfilling prophecy.
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    Quote from nguyency77
    I am just going to relax, do my work, and tune out horror stories when I start nursing school in January. What is difficult for one person may not be difficult for another. I find that if I go into something with a negative attitude, it usually turns into a self-fulfilling prophecy.
    that is definitely the way to go. I went into nursing school prepared to work hard and I'm doing fine. it's all about your attitude. have fun in nursing school!!!
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    Quote from kaydensmom
    The third semester!! Yes 1 and 2 were hard but nothing like the third. We started with 80 and lost 20 in the first 10 in the second and 32 in the third, all but 2 were due to grades. They said that only one or 2 will fail the final semester. We kept thinking that it wouldn't get harder, but it certainly did. In no way was per-Reqs like weeding out in nursing program in my experience.
    so you started with 80 and are down to 18 .. that is crazy
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    In my case, I just hit my "weeding out" point. I was in 3rd Semester at my school and failed clinical on my last day for the semester. I did very well in 1st, had a rough patch in OB and MedSurg during 2nd, got those issues worked out, then did well in 3rd up until the MedSurg rotation. I had some nagging issues that just kept me on my instructor's radar for the whole time. Not that there was any actual patient care problems, but certainly a couple of issues that needed more work to correct than we had the time to this semester. I will finish the process a much stronger nurse and far more ready to go to work when I graduate.

    At my program, weeding happens in all semesters. I believe that I'm the only one that got weeded clinically this semester, though we may get a couple from academics in a week or so, when the semester ends.
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    3rd quarter at my school was known as the weeding out quarter. Mainly because of pharmacology. I passed pharm without difficulty and really struggled with the supposed easiest quarter, summer. I struggled bc I really like to read on information over and over and let it sink in. during the summer we only had a wk per unit which made it rough on me. I almost didn't pass but I did, thank the lord.


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