Quote from HollyJ
Thank you so much for responding. Why did you end up switching schools, and which one did you switch to? I heard the program is very hard. I can't believe half the class failed or dropped out. What is it that makes it so hard, if you don't mind me asking? Well I am hoping when it is time that I am one of the first appointments to pick a group and I get the night slot. If not I am sure I could figure things out to go during the day.
Again, I appreciate the info. It helped me understand how the night/days work.
my reason for leaving was not the typical "i couldnt pass the tests". honestly the tests werent so bad if you know how to critically think. unfortunately some people just cant, and cant get into the groove of being able to figure out NCLEX style questions. that is why a majority of people failed out. i however had a whack job for a clinical instructor who failed me in clinical, so even though i got a B as a grade, it was turned into an F. she had no significant reasons to fail me, and the staff there was less than willing to discuss anything with me. i went to the dean of nursing crying and she told me to get over it, threw a tissue at me and told me to leave when im done and walked out. when i inquired about readmission, they said i could get back in MAYBE fall 2012, but more than likely fall 2013. so i would not have even started yet. the attitudes of the staff just left a bad taste in my mouth so i decided to look elsewhere.
im happy to say i applied to St. Lukes in Bethlehem ( a bit more of a drive, but worth it), and was one of 60 who got in out of 400 applicants. im now more than halfway through the program and have not had any issues. the course work is in no way easier, same question format, same material covered. but we get more clinical time, and since they are associated with the hospital we get first pick of clinical site and preceptorships. they also have an above 90% first time NCLEX passrate, and are known to hire ~80% of their graduates. i feel like the staff is much more friendly, supportive, and actually wants everyone to succeed. they intervene when they see someone is in trouble and give them one on one tutoring, coaching, etc. whereas at RACC it was just kind of sink or swim and i got the feeling they were deliberately weeding people out in the beginning.
dont get me wrong. i am in no way trying to sway you into going or not going to particular school, just giving you my reasons on switching. truth be told, i probably would have braved the storm and went back to RACC if they offered me a seat in 2010. its cheaper, and closer. if you do end up going, just have the mindset of "do whatever my clinical instructor wants me to." kiss her ass, dont question things she says, even if it seems wrong. just try your hardest to impress them and be the best nursing student you can be.
i wish you luck wherever you go, nursing school is very hard regardless.