GreenTree: me too, my RN degree is my 2nd BS; but i didnt go due to the cost; did so because it was a 4yrBSN, & the NCLEX pass rate was exceptional. Alamagordo is a 2yrRN but i know of people who went there & stated the "atmosphere" there was worse. What semester r u in? Yes, there r certain classes/instr's that teach way over yer head or dont "teach" the info (lecture). How many are in your classes (student/teach ratio)? When i went thru the ratio was ample for hands-on instructions, but just before i graduated there was an influx of students, way too many to teach effectively/learn, pushing students to get very minimal hands-on comfort level (in my opinion). Clinicals were jammed w/too many students & not enough areas to put'm in (medsurg etc.) to learn basic skills. If u know what u are lacking (lecture or clinical) make an effort to speak w/the instructor. Remember, the RN school is "like" a business where they need to produce RN's, students who pass the NCLEX w/in 1st or 2nd sitting. I got frustrated too when i didnt think we were getting enough "real" instruction/clinical hands-on, but (wen i was n RN school) all the RNs i've spoken to said u learn all that after RN school. If u decide to transfer, UTEP, much more exspensive & criteria for passing HESI tests (i think) is higher. Again, the goal is to have a "knee jerk" reaction for the HESI & NCLEX tests. There's 1000's of students out there that dont get tests/prepared (thruout all RN school) like this until they graduate & then theyr screw'd for the NCLEX. If things were perfect/more time, RN school should have electives so u could pick/choose areas u r interested in (example, not take Community & learn more about ER nursing etc.). If u r near the end of RN school u can take & externship (before last graduating semester). Highly recommended, u will learn tons
(all the stuff u want/should learn in RN school
), & be very stedfast for yer final internship in the 8th semester... but nothing additional (from what the school will teach) for the NCLEX. Hope this makes sense; good luck & keep positive & do what ya think is right for u.