Hey future nurses!
I am a former student of UHV 2nd degree nursing program 2014
and I wanted to share my experience give you some advice that I wish I heard before I entered the program in January. First off I have a bachelors in biology and a masters in biochem and I was initially pre-med and decided to switch to nursing so I could start a family and eventually become a nurse practitioner. After being in school for so many years I really wanted to finish as quick as possible and I knew that nursing wouldn't be nearly as hard as the classes I have taken in the past. I got accepted into 5 different accelerated nursing programs (including UTMB and UTHSC SA) and I decided to choose UHV because it was only 11 months and it started sooner then the mostly 15 months programs that started in May. I moved from Dallas to Houston and for the last 5 months I gave them everything I got. The stress was high. They accepted 60 of us and every other week people were getting kicked out. We shed a lot of tears watching our fellow class mates and more importantly, our friends, leave. Watching them leave was very intimidating, being next to get kicked out is always on our minds, but still a part of me felt like maybe they just didn't study hard enough or they had some other weakness that prevented them from making. The fear was real! But I felt like it would't be me because I was actually excelling and passing all of my classes. That was until 2 week before the end of the semester when they kicked me out not because of my bad grades but because of a check off where they had a lot of discrepancies between graders and the mood they were in that day. They failed me for stupid stuff like I didn't put the bed down after I gave the manikin a morphine shot, but I asked the teacher if she would like me to put the bed down and the teacher said "No! just leave it!" so I did!!!!!! Then I was so shocked when she took be to another room to tell me I failed because I didn't put the bed down!! I told her "but I asked you and you said just leave it" and the teacher said "oh I thought you meant the head of the bed not the whole bed" but she still failed me because of that! If I try to put the bed down and the teacher says not to and I stop and don't do it I feel like it wasn't my fault I didn't do it. After that I went and practiced a million times in the lab and I even got a teacher who was in charge of the lab to help me with my technique. The teacher taught me a easy way to give shots, and in her way she took a vial and took out more than she needed into the syringe and then placed the vial down and scoped the cap back on and wasted a little of the liquid into the cap. Then I did this on test day and they failed me for it saying that it was a waste of medication. I even told them that I learned that from the very teacher who they told me to practice with! But they didn't care, they failed me. Another time they failed me because I had little tiny bubbles in my syringe! Are you kidding me? I'm getting kicked out for this? I got so tired of this school that I just wanted to leave. I just felt like they were just trying to find reasons to kick me out! I wasn't even failing anything! I actually had an 86 in the class that the lab was attached to!!!
They kicked out more than half of the class in the first semester! The class before us started with 60 and only 40 graduated and when someone asked about that in the beginning of the year Dean Tart made it sound like people left because of their own life choices and she told us to not plan weddings or get married or have babies, and to ask for help if you already have kids during this program! Well trust me! None of us left because we got married or pregnant or couldn't handle being in school with kids! We were all kicked out!
This school likes to brag on and on about their high NCLEX scores for their students. But honestly they are cheating because they kick out most of their students that they saw weakness in! Maybe we would not have scored the highest in the country but we would have still passed!! Especially me! I wasn't even failing any of my classes when they kicked me out!! The worst part is that they are so focused on having one of the highest NCLEX scores that they don't even care about all the people they hurt! It is EXTREMELY HARD to get into another nursing program after you fail out of one. Most schools won't even consider me now! Failing out of this school basically means I can't be a nurse! About 30 students from the 60 2014 cohort have to give up nursing because of them!
So honestly!!! All I want to do is warn you because I wish someone warned me! I hardly found anything about UHV besides someone warned that they were racist but I'm white so I didn't pay attention to that. If you get into another school CHOOSE THEM!!! No matter how many months longer it is going to take you!
I really wish someone told me that because I was accepted into 5 other schools! This wasn't my only option but now I don't have any options anymore! This school is new and it seems like they just care about High Score on NCLEX and not about making good nurses! Please do your self a favor and go to a school that cares about making their students successful! Ask questions about how many started and how many graduated from the previous year because that tells you a lot about how much they care about your success! You need a school and teachers who want you all to succeed! Not a school like UHV who only wants to weed out most of the class and keep the students who they think will do the best on the NCLEX! This school has literally ruined half of my class's future in nursing!
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