What are my options?

  1. Ok I began my journey to nursing in 2015. I originally took A&P I in the spring. I received an A- in lab and C- in lecture. I was unhappy with the C- so decided to retake it in the Summer of 2015 and received a C. I realize in hind sight, I should have stopped at this point as there are some community colleges that accept a C. I then moved on to A&P II in Fall 2015, but was going through many personal issues at that time and received a D in both. Moving onto Spring 2016, I retook A&P II, at which point I received an A in the lab and an F in lecture (I was under the impression I had withdrawn from the class but that wasn't the case) And then finally to dig myself into an even bigger hole, I retook the lecture portion of A&P I yet again and received a D.

    I live in Bronx, NY. I know obviously this is a very bad track record. I was attempting to see if I could retake both lectures (yet again) however I am now at a community college, where as I was at a private college prior. I also have an associates degree in liberal arts (not sure if that makes a difference) Wondering if there's any hopes of me getting into any nursing program in my area. Will literally be willing to do anything at this point. I am obviously very disappointed in myself for allowing stress etc to distract me from my goal. However, this is what I wanted to do since I can remember and I don't wanna give up my dream, but I also want to be realistic.

    So please, give it to me straight and let me know what my options are, if any. Also, if anyone had a similar experience, I would love to hear it.

    Thank you all

    Signed,
    a very stressed out wanna-be Nurse
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  3. by   Jimpagliazzo
    BUMP.
  4. by   meanmaryjean
    OK- since you asked. I think you should re-take both A&P 1 and 2 at the community college. You need to ace them or you are not going to get into anything except an extremely expensive for-profit. Which would mean decades of crushing student loan debt and sub-par chance of passing NCLEX.
  5. by   idkmybffjill
    I agree. Find nursing programs that allow multiple attempts on prereqs and retake both A&P class. You will need to get A's in them to offset your previous low grades and show improvement. This means you need to figure out where you are going wrong in these classes and fix it now.
  6. by   RainbowSprinkles
    You should really go straight into a lpn program then bridge into a rn program. I know we often don't want to start from the bottom but trust me the time will fly regardless. I'm from New York, nursing programs out there are extremely competitive. If you want to be realistic , try another route i.e.. lpn. Its 11 months for most schools, they make a decent salary(27-30) and its easy to bridge over. Heads up most girls i know that enter a lpn program had to travel to long island , nj, to accomplish their dreams because community colleges lpn programs have all these requirements and are competitive as well. Check out monroe college in the bronx, I believe they just got accreditation. Its a lpn program then you atomically go straight onto the rn program.

    Pay attention to rn nursing school requirements, many schools only allow a one science pre req retake, and community colleges normally go off a point system. Create a excel sheet with a list of colleges you want or are willing to go to (traveling wise), their g.p.a requirements, and the cost. Then be realistic about where you could get into. Also, you may really want to have a talk with yourself..no matter what is going on in your life it has to go on the back burner while you are pursuing your dream. Push through

    Good luck!!!
    Last edit by RainbowSprinkles on Jan 19
  7. by   Mr_Edwino
    Quote from Jimpagliazzo

    So please, give it to me straight and let me know what my options are, if any.
    Ok here it is:
    Take a break from academics and get your **** together so you can make A's in these courses. It can be done, and sometimes it looks better if you have some time pass after you get poor grades so that schools can see that "that was in the past, but things are different now." Figure out a winning strategy; don't enroll unless you know that you can dedicate yourself 100% to getting an A. Once you are enrolled in the class, implement your strategy to win and make adjustments as you go. There are many resources here on how to do this, but I can't give you any because I don't know which learning style suites you best. Set benchmarks for success i.e. "I will ace this quiz", "I will ace this exam", "I will ace the midterm" etc etc until all of the small goals make up the whole of the big goal; finish strong on the final. Take mental notes along the way about what information will be on the TEAS. TEAS preparation starts in the prerequisites; they are the foundation of your future nursing study. Stay way from negative students and losers; if you don't know who they are, they sound just like this:

    "Why do we even have to know this?"
    "You don't need this in nursing"
    "No one can do this much work, it's not realistic"
    "I'm so hungover"
    "This professor is bad blah blah blah....every in the class is failing blah blah blah"-THIS IS RUBBISH I guarantee you someone in the class is getting an A. Seek them out and find out what they are doing to maintain high scores.

    Stay focused, don't let your personal life intervene in your studies, and stick to the game plan!!
    If you are incapable of creating a strategy for success, read into Bloom's Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain. This is the paradigm for the psychology behind TEAS and NCLEX. Embrace this way of critical thinking and you will be unstoppable in nursing study.
    Are you pumped up yet? GOOD. Now, get out there and start winning!
    Last edit by Mr_Edwino on Jan 19
  8. by   Jimpagliazzo
    Thank you so much for the info. I looked into Monroe College and that seems like it will be my best option. I'm awaiting their call back for more info. I'm just worried because I got my associates degree from a private college and now I'm in the hole 28k in student loans and didn't want to add on any more but it looks like this is my only option and hopefully it will pay off in the end. Thank you again!!
  9. by   Jimpagliazzo
    Quote from Mr_Edwino
    Ok here it is:
    Take a break from academics and get your **** together so you can make A's in these courses. It can be done, and sometimes it looks better if you have some time pass after you get poor grades so that schools can see that "that was in the past, but things are different now." Figure out a winning strategy; don't enroll unless you know that you can dedicate yourself 100% to getting an A. Once you are enrolled in the class, implement your strategy to win and make adjustments as you go. There are many resources here on how to do this, but I can't give you any because I don't know which learning style suites you best. Set benchmarks for success i.e. "I will ace this quiz", "I will ace this exam", "I will ace the midterm" etc etc until all of the small goals make up the whole of the big goal; finish strong on the final. Take mental notes along the way about what information will be on the TEAS. TEAS preparation starts in the prerequisites; they are the foundation of your future nursing study. Stay way from negative students and losers; if you don't know who they are, they sound just like this:

    "Why do we even have to know this?"
    "You don't need this in nursing"
    "No one can do this much work, it's not realistic"
    "I'm so hungover"
    "This professor is bad blah blah blah....every in the class is failing blah blah blah"-THIS IS RUBBISH I guarantee you someone in the class is getting an A. Seek them out and find out what they are doing to maintain high scores.

    Stay focused, don't let your personal life intervene in your studies, and stick to the game plan!!
    If you are incapable of creating a strategy for success, read into Bloom's Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain. This is the paradigm for the psychology behind TEAS and NCLEX. Embrace this way of critical thinking and you will be unstoppable in nursing study.
    Are you pumped up yet? GOOD. Now, get out there and start winning!


    Thank you for being brutally honest! You're right I do need to get my ass together. I was overloading myself with classes and believeint I would still pass. I need to put all of my energy into my goals and dreams! I am an auditory tactile learner so any advise would be appreciated. And thank you again!
  10. by   Mr_Edwino
    Quote from Jimpagliazzo
    Thank you for being brutally honest! You're right I do need to get my ass together. I was overloading myself with classes and believeint I would still pass. I need to put all of my energy into my goals and dreams! I am an auditory tactile learner so any advise would be appreciated. And thank you again!
    Check out "crash course" videos on you tube. They cover every topic in A&p. Good luck!

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