Failed First Semester..What Should I Do?

  1. Dear Nurse Beth,

    I work as a CNA. I just failed my first semester ADN-RN by 3 percent. My instructor told me that I am great at hands-on but when it comes to applying the facts with the questions I struggle. She has also said that I could reapply to the ADN-RN program or I could due the LPN program. She feels that in the LPN program there is more class time that will help me with my struggles. I don't know what to do because I was so close to passing.




    Dear Failed First Semester,

    I think she may be giving you good advice and a path to success. You can always bridge from LPN to RN later (I did).
    It's a big decision and inside you probably know the right answer. Trust yourself.
    Best wishes and Happy Holidays.

    Nurse Beth

    Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!
    Last edit by tnbutterfly on Jan 7, '18
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  3. by   Accolay
    If you fall off the horse... Try not to feel like you're the only one that has ever failed. I have this "friend" who once failed physiology and then had to wait a year to rejoin their program...

    The choice is up to you but does reapplying into your program make it a sure thing that you will get in, or is your instructor giving you a hint that you really should go into the LPN program?
  4. by   aquakenn
    Nurse Beth, you stated that the LPN program offers more class time. What are LPN classes like as compared to RN? Thank you.
  5. by   Nurse Beth
    Quote from aquakenn
    Nurse Beth, you stated that the LPN program offers more class time. What are LPN classes like as compared to RN? Thank you.
    Actually it was the OP's instructor who said that... but I was an LVN before becoming an RN and the LVN classes were challenging because they were my first exposure to medical knowledge and terminology. I found that getting my RN was not necessarily harder.


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