Wondering if I should quit while I am ahead?

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    Hello all,
    I was accepted into a nursing program this August and it has been a very tough road. I went from working 40 hrs/wk to 17/hrs/wk to no job at all.

    Any how, since I don't qualify for any grants/free money for school, everything comes out of pocket. Classes/clinical sites were selected via "lottery" and I was picked second to last (from 120+ students) for my choice of classes and was left with "that professor", ya know, the one that has ALL of the bad reviews on the professor rating site and that every cringes at with the sound of their name... and as a result, I don't see my clinical experience getting any better and its just the beginning...just can't win with this one.

    Thus, if I fail clinicals I must pay to take it over with money that I don't really have since I quit my job at the start of the semester. I have considered quitting the program now and think of the time/money I have invested in nursing as loss. I have also heard with the skills that I've already learned I may qualify for some CNA positions. I really do want to work in the healthcare setting with the public but I feel like I got the short end of the stick on this one. Any advice/information? MANY THANKS!
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    If you really want to be a nurse then I would stick it out. Surely you are not bound to get the crappy professor for the rest of your time there. Also, I would talk to Financial Aid. Providing that you have not already earned a degree in another field, you can fill out a "Change in Circumstance" form. This may allow you to qualify for financial aid. Colleges have become accustom to doing these since the recession.

    Also, do not let being picked close to last get at you. You are in and that is all that counts! It is hard to get into Nursing school so just being there is an accomplishment. Tough it out and stay focused. There is something to learn even from the bad instructors, even if it is just how to not treat people.

    I wish you all the best!
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    So you are worrying yourself to death over something that has not happened yet? Why are you assuming that the gossip over this professor is the gospel truth and you are assuming the worst out come.You need to ignore what everyone says about the professor and go in with an open mind and a good attitude.Do you know what I have discovered about most "bad" professors? They aren't liked by the students because they have high expectations and don't put up with slackers. They will challenge you to be on your toes and to know your stuff.They may not give you the warm fuzzies but you will learn from them. Too many students expect to have their hands held and for any transgressions( breaking rules) to be ignored. When they get taken down a peg or two they start squawking about what a "bad" teacher they are.

    Make the best of your situation and deal with stuff if and when it happens.As the old saying goes, "don't borrow trouble".
    Good luck.
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    Don't give up! You have come this far and I agree with the last post, even if you have a bad professor you will learn something! You will come across a lot of them in the future even with Doctors! So, try to hang on and stay around your positive students that want this too! First of all, I would trade sits with you in a "heart-beat," there is no last person in line in nursing school. You are in and in a team group... Sometimes, this can happen to pull you up again. It's a "win-win." I remember, in Chem class with no background at all... My "F" grade was around the corner and my teacher moved me up front with the top student. I wanted to crawl under a rock. Well, it was the best thing for me, because this student was so happy and wanted to help me out with tutoring... I got an 89.5% grade. At the end of the class, most of the students wished they too moved down to the front row. So, take what you can and learn right where you are! It will go by very fast. My prayers are out to you and know you are not alone in how you feel. Stay positive! This is Your time~
    God Bless~ Keep us posted!
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    Quote from ggsnickets09
    Hello all,
    I was accepted into a nursing program this August and it has been a very tough road. I went from working 40 hrs/wk to 17/hrs/wk to no job at all.

    Any how, since I don't qualify for any grants/free money for school, everything comes out of pocket. Classes/clinical sites were selected via "lottery" and I was picked second to last (from 120+ students) for my choice of classes and was left with "that professor", ya know, the one that has ALL of the bad reviews on the professor rating site and that every cringes at with the sound of their name... and as a result, I don't see my clinical experience getting any better and its just the beginning...just can't win with this one.

    Thus, if I fail clinicals I must pay to take it over with money that I don't really have since I quit my job at the start of the semester. I have considered quitting the program now and think of the time/money I have invested in nursing as loss. I have also heard with the skills that I've already learned I may qualify for some CNA positions. I really do want to work in the healthcare setting with the public but I feel like I got the short end of the stick on this one. Any advice/information? MANY THANKS!
    Worry less about what you cannot control and more about what you can control. To drop out of the program before it even started would be something you might regret for the rest of your life.
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    If you quit no, you've wasted more than money; you've wasted much of your time even prearing to get IN to the nursing school. Just becuase you're in an undesirable situation right now doesn't mean it's going to stay that way. I say stick with it and learn what you can.
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    Thanks for all of the advice, I really do appreciate it!

    As far as funding goes, I will try to see what is available to me, possibly in terms of scholarships because I do already have a Bachelor's Degree which is making me exempt from further government funding. As the days progress so do my headaches but I am going to push through and take the mental/emotional abuse, all the while hoping for the best. I guess I just find my current learning environment a insanely hostile Could be worse right? ha ha.
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    I came close to having my husband deploy just for the extra money so we could pay for my school. It's hard. I have been there done that. You will find the funding, someway somehow it will come. Don't quit!
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    Do not quit. Getting in is (more than) half the battle. The funding will come, otherwise just do the work; when they say "jump", say "how high?", and when you're done, and when you've taken your boards, it will all have been worth it.

    Anything worth having is worth sacrificing for and unfortunately it sounds like you'll be sacrificing more than most.

    Keep your chin up.
    bigsick_littlesick likes this.
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    Why are you assuming it will be hostile? If you go in with that frame of mine it will be a self-fulfilling prophecy.Try and keep an open mind.
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