I went thru a year of the ADN program at HCC. I left due to a serious family illness but w/ good standing and a solid "B" gpa. I left because they are very much a cliquish and politic's type program....
I am FAR from a bad student....I can still write a care plan w/ one hand tied behind my back and I have NEVER had one come back looking like zoro got ahold of it w/ a red pen....but when I notified my clinical instructor that I did not feel I could SAFELY give med even under her guidence one day at clinical because the fact I had been in the ER ALL night, (LITERALLY and only drove home to get my uniform and actually dressed when I arrived at the hospital)..w/ my dh who had just been told he had a brain tumor and was told "suck it up".
Yet other classmates REPEATEDLY would call in and say she would be late because of car troubles, daycare issues etc and were always excused...yet me being in an er...w/ documentation to prove it..wasn't enough?? Burns my butt really.
It was the ONLY time I had ever not performed to standard..I went to my mentor nurse told her the situation and that I would not be taking charge of my patient and then left a message for the instructor on her ans service (she dissappeared HOURS at a time and wouldn't answer pages) that I was on my way back to campus for further counseling about my options.
Unfortunately they are all so busy being worried about stepping on each others toes that there was little choice....I was not in the hospital for my clinical and I would be kicked from the program OR I could leave on my own...as I had used my other 'absence' days the previous week taking my dh to the neurologist and for an MRI.
I made a decision that day....I cried and cried but HCC will NEVER EVER get a penny of my money ever again...not for my education (and it wasn't that great of a program either..mostly theory..very skills lacking) or that of my children's in the future.
I could have reapplied and returned w/in the next 3 yrs but if anything I'm a woman that stands by her principles even when it costs us time, money and effort....at least I can sleep knowing that I left a nice long resignation letter in my file that the instructor who was counseling me BEGGED me not to, but I call them as I see them and feel I 100% did the right thing.
and now.....all that is past...and I'm applying to NHCC (north harris) LVN program next week...a full 4yrs later and know that everything happens for a reason and I can be confident that I am being true to myself, my patients ~even if I'm just a student and my family.
So...run....don't even THINK about HCC....