Quote from HouTx
What makes you think that you can be successful in nursing education - or any other health science - if you have been unable to cope with these classes in the past? Nursing is a science-based profession. It is not possible to become a competent clinician without mastering the basic sciences. GPA is the most important factor for admissions because it is the best indicator of an individual's ability to cope with the hard slog of nursing education. Even with high GPA entrance requirements, it is not unusual to have 40% attrition rates.
If you are attracted to the "idea" of helping/rescuing/saving people, there are many other routes to pursue. Perhaps counseling or psychology? There are also other health professions that have less competitive entrance requirements than nursing.
This. It's possible to rescue your GPA and change fields to nursing after a lackluster performance in a previous area of study, and I know multiple nurses, including myself, who have done so. But in all those cases, it was a matter of being either more mature at the time they switched studies or having first pursued a field that was a poor fit for their interests (often humanities-based). Nursing training and practice, especially the prerequisites, are hard-science heavy, and if you're already struggling with those, you'll struggle in nursing school, too. You need to have a solid foundation in chemistry and biology before you start- core nursing classes will assume that you have that foundation and if you don't, you'll be swamped.
I attended a program with a very high rate of attrition, well over 50%, and those who failed out were often really nice people who would have had great bedside manner and who were genuinely passionately interested in helping others, but they could not hack the academic content. I assume when I meet a nice nursing student that they will make a good nurse-because I assume they have a background in science as evidenced by their admission to nursing school. I would probably assume the same of a personable chemistry student, but if I found out they struggled with their science classes, maybe not so much.
I'm not trying to be discouraging- only you know whether you're struggling in your classes due to a lack of aptitude for or interest in science or for some other temporary reason. Maybe you can turn it around and be successful at nursing studies. But I think too many people see the stereotypes of "nurses are angels" or the Johnson and Johnson nursing ads and think all you really need to be a nurse is heart. You do need heart, but you need chemistry, biology, anatomy, physiology, pathology, and pharmacology, too, and you can't make up for the lack of them with just more heart.