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advice re dismissal from accelerated BSN program

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angeweise angeweise (New) New

Hello.

I am in need of some advice. I was recently dismissed from an accelerated bsn program because I got a C and not a C+ in one of my classes. I am devastated. My schedule makes it difficult to go to a traditional day program. Does anyone know of any weekend programs in NY or on line programs (not sure if you need to be an LPN already for on line programs).

I think it is crazy to give up my dream because of a missing plus sign?

Thank you

Zoe

Kuriin, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency. Has 5 years experience.

It's an automatic dismissal after failing ONE class? Have you tried to appeal it?

loriangel14, RN

Specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

Yes for an online program you would need to be an LPN already.I would appeal your dismissal.

Yes, it seems that once you fail one class in the accelerated program, you are asked to apply to the traditional program but that does not work with my schedule. When I ask about the appeals process, I am told there isn't one.

Kuriin, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency. Has 5 years experience.

I can understand that you would only get one try in an accelerated program because of how fast and difficult it is. If there is no appeals process, then I would recommend changing work schedule and biting the bullet and doing their traditional program. See if you have to take the same classes over again.

That is not possible for me, I wish it was. I am a working mom with a mortgage and I currently have a good salary that I cannot give up.

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

What do you want from us? You have already stated that your situation does not allow you to take another educational pathway & it is impossible to resume the one you were on. There are no other options. So I guess we can only offer sympathy.

MurseJJ

Specializes in Neurosurgery, Neurology.

What part of NY are you in? Perhaps you'll have to look at ADN programs if you can't do a day schedule (they often have evening and/or weekend options).

Wow,

I am not asking for sympathy, I was asking for any ideas that I may not have thought of.

I do not appreciate your rudeness and hostility.

I live in upstate NY. Yes, an ADN looks like a possible option.

Thank you

VivaLaVespaGirl, BSN, MSN

Specializes in ED, Medicine, Case Management. Has 5 years experience.

Wow,

I am not asking for sympathy, I was asking for any ideas that I may not have thought of.

I do not appreciate your rudeness and hostility.

She wasn't being rude or hostile; she was being honest. We assume that is what you want if you are asking the question. While an ADN program MIGHT be an option for you, there are very, very few that offer evening/weekend classes and you are most certainly not guaranteed to be accepted. They are just as competitive - if not more so - than ABSN and BSN programs. So, frankly, your options are exceedingly limited and if you are unable to change your schedule to accommodate your "dream" you might very well be out of luck. I hope you find something that works out for you.

MurseJJ

Specializes in Neurosurgery, Neurology.

Which part of upstate are you in? Like Buffalo area, Albany, Syracuse, Binghamton, etc?

I live in Dutchess County, Fishkill area.

duskyjewel

Specializes in hospice.

The LPN program I'm waiting to get into has an evening option. Since LPN is regarded as vocational training, it's more likely to have those kinds of options, so maybe look into that.

You can always bridge later. That's what I'm doing: foot in the door with LPN, finish prereqs over a couple years while working, then bridge to RN. Hopefully BSN in time....

Edited by duskyjewel

MurseJJ

Specializes in Neurosurgery, Neurology.

I live in Dutchess County, Fishkill area.

Well I see that Dutchess Community College has an evening ADN RN program (phasing out in 2016). Depending on how far you're willing to travel, Cochran School of Nursing has an ADN evening program, as do Montefiore, Orange County Community College, and perhaps a few others I didn't look into.

So maybe you'll want to look into those. But yes, as someone else mentioned, ADN programs are very competitive to get into, and typically they'll ask if you were previously enrolled in a nursing program. When you answer, "yes", you'll have to explain what happened. It's interesting that your accelerated program doesn't have an appeals process. The ideal thing would be for you to do what they say and go through the process of transferring into the traditional program (especially since it's a BSN which is more ideal than an ADN as far as job options at this time), but I understand why that is very difficult at this time for you.

So if it is simply impossible for you to do that, I suggest looking into those ADN programs (some community college programs, such as one that I applied to (not attending though) only look at the prerequisite course GPA, and not anything else), and know that it may be difficult to get in, and you'll have to explain why you were dismissed from your nursing program. Doesn't hurt to try I guess.

Thank you for your input.

tyvin, BSN, RN

Specializes in Hospice / Psych / RNAC.

It wasn't rude, it's called reality. All I want to say about that is you really can't afford to too sensitive if you're going to have a long term career in nursing.

If I were you I would be doing a search on the internet for possible solutions. You're the only one who knows the circumstances under which you can succeed. It also sounds like the advanced options aren't for you so perhaps you will need to seek traditional school in order to succeed. You need to be really honest with yourself as far as ability is concerned; even the traditional route is hard on people.

It's nursing and flexibility is required. Also, you need to consider that your GPA has been affected and no matter what you end up doing, the GPA will follow. With that and your inability to be flexible you need to consider who you are competing against...a very long list of ambitious persons with high GPAs and flexibility.

You know what you need and what you can afford, etc... Research is also a big part of any nursing program in order to be successful; again, if I were you I would "research" it on the internet with the suggestions that these gracious people have offered you.

Good luck to you and yours :yes:

I disagree, to ask "What do you want from us" is rude no matter how you put it.

I obtained a C because I had difficulty concentrating due to an unexpected death in the family. I think I have a right to be a little sensitive. As a nurse one should be sensitive and compassionate.

I think we need to be careful when we address one another, because we have no idea what the person on the other end is going through.

I understand the reality of nursing and getting into a program. I still have a good GPA and did extremely well in my other courses. Nursing is a compassionate and Caring career, we should treat everyone with respect.

Take Care

Zoe