Anyone failed nursing school and went back and was successful? - page 3

I've been out of nursing school for almost a year now. I was dismissed for failing two of my classes by less than one point in second semester. Since I have been out, I've been studying everything. I... Read More

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    YES.. I did.. I started writing this post under "feel like a loser" a year and a half latter.. I am "feeling better" I graduated, pass the boards and by the Grace of God.. I have a job!! The school was relunctant to take me back but we agreed I should be evaluated for learning disability.. I have adult ADD.. On medications and grateful that I failed(never thought I would say that). DO NOT EVER GIVE UP!
    futuresctRN, mschris, Kandy83, and 8 others like this.

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    YES I failed two classes in the same semester and they say statistically that those that have to repeat do not pass the 2nd time.... we'll I beat those odds. What I did was I sat in the front row, focused on everything the instructors had to say. I seeked out my instructors at least once every two weeks, I let them know I was in this 100% and asked for their assistance when I did not understand something or when I did not get the big picture of the lecture. I did NOT just ignore something when I didn't understand. I used my tape recorder and typed out the lectures and studied my notes and focused on what I did not understand over and over again. I lived and breathed it. I did pass the second time around but not by much. I believe with good support and the willingness to put everything you got into it, you can pass too! Believe in yourself and go for it..... Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. All the best.
    FutureRNx3, HappyGal73, JJStudent, and 2 others like this.
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    I had to sit out and wait after a D in Anatomy pre-req in LPN school, I had to re-take it but was promised by the Head of Nursing for LPNs that upon passing I could start Nursing classes in the fall.
    It stunk but I learned that studying is important and that some subjects need more time spent on them to learn it.
    I however did not give up. I wanted to be a nurse.

    Don't give up! Good Luck!
    mschris, tiredstudentmom, and nola1202 like this.
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    My failure in nursing is still haunting me and I exited the program almost 4 years ago. I wish I could say differently.

    I struggled initially with fundamentals, but did well in pharmacology because it was more black and white to me. I had As in all of my pre-requisite courses. I passed fundamentals after some intense review and studying. I did poorly on the first two exams, but did quite well on the last two exams and the final. It took some getting used to to be able to answer those types of questions, but it definitely boosted my confidence once I got the hang of them. I wasn't cocky by any means, but it reaffirmed for me that this was the place I needed to be and it encouraged me to progress.

    I then went into my second semester which was the first of two in a sequence of Med Surg classes and I had to take a concurrent Maternal OB class with it. I was happy and doing well for the first part of the semester. I got good reviews in clinicals and my previous test scores were low As and mostly Bs.

    Then my breast cancer metastasized. What previously had been poking, prodding, and lots of doctors appointments quickly became a whirlwind of chemotherapy, radiation, and misery. I was trying to be strong and persist. I wanted so badly for a happy ending to all of this and to be able to persevere. In the years just prior to nursing school, I lost my mother at 43 due to a heart attack and my infant son to SIDS. I went through a divorce that was nasty and felt incredibly defeating. I had 2 children to take care of and with my mother gone, not much help. I didn't expect help. I didn't want help. I didn't want pity or to make excuses. I wanted to pick myself up like I had so many times before and make a success story out of what happened. I wanted to be an inspiration to my children and to provide a better life for them than being a medical secretary could.

    The chemo proved to be too much and, yet, I stubbornly persisted. I ended up with a 74.5 in that Med Surg class and a 74.92 in the Maternal OB class. I was required to have a 75 to pass and the program didn't round. I performed poorly on the last few exams in each class that I studied as much as I could given the circumstances and still made it to every clinical despite being sick-and performed well in them. I took some of those exams with a trash can sitting next to me to vomit in. That should have been my red flag to withdraw and come back when I had more social support and was healthier.

    What breaks my heart is that I felt I had hit my groove since I got through an initial struggle of adapting to the nursing testing format that only other nursing students can empathize with. Once I got used to it and got my head around it, I performed well. It was particularly hard for me, also, that I was so close. After all, I was only eight hundreths of a point away from passing the Maternal OB class. I missed the patients I had cared for in clinicals almost immediately. I had "anticipatory grieving" from not being able to return to them. :P

    I appealed to the Dean to retake the final since I was quite ill during it. I had gotten sick during tests before, but this test was weighted quite a bit more and I was sick not once but at least 4 or 5 times during the exam. I was in so much pain that I was struggling not to cry--due to the pain. Not the pressure of the test. I had taken painkillers, but a lot less than I needed since I thought I would be in too much of a mental fog to do well otherwise. I was on all of one Vicodin, so that wasn't really an excuse and I'm not trying to make one. I had accepted the idea of repeating Med Surg and I even thought it was for the best. I knew it was important to have that information well saturated into my brain. I knew I needed rest and to get healthier before I tried again. I would have welcomed the break.

    I was turned down for my appeal. The dean's 2 sentence response to my lengthy letter and medical records proving my situation included "we don't round because statistically those who are that close do not go on to perform well in subsequent semesters. You have two unsatisfactory grades in the program and will be ineligible for readmission." I e-mailed back that I felt that I was under extraordinary circumstances and, yes, I should have exercised better judgement in knowing my limitations by not taking those exams sick or not progressing with the course at all. I know I had the blame for this, but I didn't want to give up on my dreams without a fight or at least another chance later. I argued with her logic by including clinical reviews that sincerely had comments such as "very good," "intuitive and organized," and "outstanding rapport with patients." These reviews were signed by her colleagues that she had known for years who had supervised me. I argued further by stating that while students who were barely failing might not make good candidates for reentry, I had done quite well on the first few exams. I had a 86 and a 90 in Maternal OB prior to the last 2 exams and the final which was weighted as a 1/3 of the grade. Yes, I did that poorly to pull my average down that far. My overall grade was still very close overall as i previously mentioned.

    My response was a letter from the dean reiterating that I would not be allowed reentry into the program at any point in the future due to my 2 Ds. I researched other programs in my area and they all stated within their handbooks and admissions literature that they would not admit a student who had more than one failure (technically a D, not a F, but still a failure) in either their program or any other nursing program. I wondered if that might still hold true if I got an LPN and attempted to bridge over to a RN at a later time. Perhaps it wasn't possible to readmit to a RN in the Knoxville area with 2 Ds, but I had done enough research perusing several other schools and reading through these forums and others like it to know that some schools allow it. Some students have successfully done it.

    I was scared of attempting LPN school due to not knowing the future of my health at the time, so I changed my major to Psychology and graduated on the Dean's List a year and a half later with a Bachelor's degree. I loved my undergraduate course work, but I haven't been able to find much of a job with it. I can't find secretarial work much less case manager or psychiatric tech positions that would be related to my degree field. I work in a computer tech support job. That pays a lot less than it sounds. I made less than $10/hour. I've tried to get jobs in that field as well in a better paying position with no luck so far. I have good references and a good work history.

    I still question returning to nursing as a LPN. I know it would put my family in a less scary position financially, but that's not why I would be doing it. I miss the science of it as geeky as that sounds and the interaction with patients. I honestly don't have the stamina for more school right now. After a year and a half of being free of cancer, it recently returned last fall. I'm coping with that the best that I can. I show up to work sick and tired because I'm afraid we'll be homeless if I don't. My condition isn't chronic or disabling enough--as in I'm still able to go to work--to get SSI. What bothers me almost equally as much is that I feel like such a failure and that I gave up on my dreams. It's often at least vaguely with me.

    If my long story accomplishes anything for any of you, please know that you are in good company. Part of my detail was cathartic, but I hope that it also serves to illustrate just how heartbroken and close I once was. You are not stupid, you are not a failure, and perseverance often wins out. My heart and prayers truly go out to you. I've been in that depressed state where I know you are. Failing myself due to my own stubbornness coupled with extenuating circumstances hasn't felt half as bad as feeling like I failed my children and our future. It's very difficult not to be hard on yourself, I know. I'm quite good at it. Ultimately, though, my kids are healthy, happy, and well fed. So what if we can't afford vacations or a house? They have what they need. They're beautiful and full of laughter. I'm lucky to have them.

    Please do it. Persevere. Go back. Give it your all. When you succeed, come back here and post about it and know that you will have inspired so many others to do the same. Good luck.
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    wish you luck
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    I failed a student last semester. She was clinically not safe, her grades in theory were in the basement. She came back this semester and is doing great! No one will be happier to see her walk across the stage and get her degree than I will.

    I cannot say the same for other students. Four students this past semester, had previously failed one or more courses. Out of 27 in the class, these four failed again. Most of them doing OK in the clinical area but couldn't pass an exam if their lives depended upon it.

    We will be working closely tutoring these four if they re-enroll. What sort of help will you be getting?
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    I failed 2 classes in my first year. The classes were 60 students total, and the teachers only cared about the money. It was a huge disappointment to me at an 18 year old and just entering college. My one class I failed by 1%!! They discontinued me from the program, so I took 6months off to work and save money up. I searched online local colleges, and decided to apply again. Within moments of filling out my application I recieved and email from one of the college co-ordinators. She offered to help me through tours of the facility, emails daily-weekly with encouragement, and went through every policy and procedure to ensure if I failed a class again that I would not be kicked out of school. I went to this college, and graduated knowing that I made a great choice. I reccomend going back to nursing school.... you'll miss it
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    i was touched by your story. I think you kicked ass just showing up for the exams.
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    OMG!! That story was such an inspiration!!!!! I am a pre-nursing student who is trying to get into the RN program at my school and its very competitive and although i am not weak, at times I second guess myself because all the nursing students say its really hard. I have a 1 year old son and im a teen mother. Ive been called every name in the book by so called friends because of being a teen mother and they dont expect for me to succeed in nursing! But after listening to your story about how you had the strength, motivation, determination, and drive to still give it your BEST shot while you were severely sick, motivates me so much to get off my ass and get my mind right! I have no reason to doubt myself. and i have no excuses to failing! You truly touched me! I will never forget this story!
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    Well... I did fail nursing school. I had one term left and would have been on my way to preceptorship. It was cardiac. One point took me. I repeated the class and failed again by 2 points. I was devastated. It took a while to get over and the worst part was seeing my cohorts taking care of my husband in the hospital. (My husband has a terminal illness that has him in the hospital frequently.) I do have to say though, that God provided a way for me to challenge the LPN boards after being out of school for almost 3 years. Not only was that opportunity provided, but I passed nclex on the first try and then was given the opportunity to go back through the program as an LPN in the career mobility program. And the best part was that I would get credit for everything that I took and passed in the program before, so I will be finished 5 months before the others who are starting with me in this class. I just started back and its different this time. It makes more sense this time around and I think that in preparing for nclex I learned more than I knew before. It's not that it's any more easier, it's just that everything is connecting for me this time. If you want something bad enough, sometimes it's persistence. It took 3 years to "pick up" where I left off. But in the meantime, I learned so much... about life, about myself, and about the path that my life has taken. Doors have been opened that I never dreamed of, and had I not failed, never would have happened. God is what kept me together all this time and placed me where I am today. It's because of Him that I am even a nurse today.
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