Dear Nurse Beth,
I entered nursing in undergrad, by 3rd year my GPA was 3.5 until I failed a clinical rotation twice. This resulted me to be booted from the program. Before being booted I had already gained admission to medical school in the Caribbean. I completed my MD and 4 medical licensing exams physicians taken in the United States.
Despite my competitive scores, I could not attain family medicine residency in United States. Wanting to become a nurse practitioner, I've been inquiring nursing programs
that have accelerated nursing and direct entry masters programs. Both programs are giving me resistance because I have a taken nursing programs in the past and failed a class. I don't know what to do.
Will this one nursing class failure haunt me forever and not allow me to ever return to nursing? I'm a registered physician in the United States and competently completed every board and clinical licensing exam a physician would take but I'm not qualified to enter nursing? I don't know what to do.
Dear Wants to be Nurse Practitioner,
Your situation sounds frustrating.
A medical degree does not qualify one to become a nurse any more than a nursing degree qualifies one to become a doctor.
Without knowing the details, failing a clinical rotation twice is serious and could be an indicator of aptitude, or simply lack of interest or focus? You were pursuing medical school
while enrolled in nursing which speaks to a dual mindset.
Each school has its own admission criteria, and chances are with persistence, you may find one that works with you. It's important to present yourself professionally, and when submitting
written letters, etc., to proof read for grammar
From a nursing point of view, it could be that your commitment is under question.
You changed from nursing to medicine when nursing did not work out.
You are currently changing from medicine to nursing now that medicine has not worked out.
With your education, have you considered becoming a PA?
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your and your next!