Feeling Defeated from RN Program

  1. Hi all,

    The past few months have not been easy for me, and it's really making me reconsider pursuing my "dream" of becoming a nurse. There have been 4 tests total so far, and I haven't passed any of them higher than an 78. There are two tests left, and my test grade average is so low that I won't be able to advance to the second semester. In other words, I'm failing out of the program. I won't bore anyone with the "I poured my heart and soul into this program and now I'm lost". I did pour everything I had into it, and I have little to show for it. And ever since knowing I won't be continuing on, I've felt like I just don't care about anything. In fact my dreams of being a nurse have turned into disgusts about the rigorous intensity of the program, and possibly, the very work a nurse does. I guess when you get to that point where, no matter how hard you study (and I studied every day; week and a half in advance for 4-5 hours a day, read the chapter, powerpoints, took NCLEX style questions based on the chapters), and you continue to get failures, you start to lose interest really fast.

    So I'm at that cross road right now... I'm 22 (everyone keeps telling me I'm still young and can do anything I want). The dean of nursing suggested I go down the LPN track. I went to the welcome session for it, but the whole time I was there I felt like I didn't belong. And that I heard all this already and none of these students know what they're in for.

    Right now I'm looking into other medical career options. To be specific, chiropractic, physical therapy assistant, or dietitian. I've already shadowed a chiropractor and a PT. And both really interest me. But I also have a love for fitness and healthy eating, so that's why dietitian really appeals to me much more than any of the others. But I also find myself wondering if what I'm doing is right; if I should just go become an LPN and go through that way and get the eventual BSN. But really right now my mind is scattered, and even though most of my classes I took align with the prerequisites of other majors such as physical therapy, I still feel like I wasted time. Like I spent three years of completing prerequisites only to find myself at this point and realize nursing may or may not be for me. Still though, I'm happy it happened now the way it did, and not later down the road. It's been a real eye opener, and I realize there are so many other worth-while medical professions out there.

    I guess what I'm looking for is your thoughts and opinions on it; if I should go the route of an LPN and reignite that spark, or pursue a different career. Thanks everyone.
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  3. by   Ruby Vee
    Can you pinpoint WHY you're doing so poorly in the nursing classes? Could it be that the material really doesn't interest you? That you don't like studying sciences (or therapeutic communication, or whatever it was you were taking)? Do you have larger issues going on in your personal life that make it difficult to learn at this time? For instance, are you suffering an illness, going through a break-up or caring for a sick parent?

    Most of the disciplines you've listed are also going to require intense study. Physical therapy, for instance, requires graduate education. To be a dietician, you need to understand chemical reactions in the digestive system, nutrients in various foods, organic chemistry, statistics and other "difficult" subjects. If those subjects don't interest you, you're going to find that course of study difficult. Even chiropractors have to study the skeleton and musculature. It involves a lot of rote memorization and it also involves graduate studies. If you're flunking out of nursing school, you won't be a good candidate for admission to graduate school.

    There are health care jobs you can do without graduate education. My sister-in-law is an X-ray tech; specifically a mammographer. She loves her job and the people she meets. The X-ray techs who come to our ICU to do portable CXRs believe they have an interesting, challenging job. Respiratory therapists can become licensed with an associate's degree. There's still a lot of anatomy and physiology, but colleagues who have left nursing school to go to RT school tell me that the courses are "easier." (Of course, "easier" is relative, and what is easier for some might not be easier for others.). Check into phlebotomy, medical technology, pharmacy assisting and coding.

    School is easier if you're really interested in what you're studying. I'm not sure where your interests lie or what kind of classes you find easier than others, but once you figure that out, your course will be a lot easier to plot.
  4. by   HopefultobeRN
    What are your schools requirements when it comes to passing/failing? My program is 75 average. You are making at least a 78 per your post per test. Even if your school requires 80, its really not that much to bounce back from? You have 2 test left to recover..dont give up hope yet!!

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