Appeal Letter for Readmission Tips Needed


Need any advice or tips that you may have for my appeal letter for nursing school readmission, due to an unforeseen circumstance. I have used initials to keep names and identities private. Any help will be greatly appreciated!! Thank you!!

To Whom It May Concern,

My name is T., and I am writing to appeal my academic dismissal from the Spring 2016, Nursing Program at M.C. First of all, I would like to apologize for my previous failure and dismissal from the program. I was not surprised; however, it was very upsetting to receive the dismissal letter. I would like to urge you to reinstate me for the next semester.

I will admit that I had a very difficult time during the Spring of 2016, and my grades suffered as a result. I am not making any excuses for my poor academic performance, but I would like to explain the circumstances. I was so excited to start at M.C., and the first month and a half of the semester was going really well for me, but in mid-February my 53-year-old father tragically passed away. I had a really hard time dealing with the circumstances of his death. I closed myself off to the rest of the world, and I stopped communicating with both my family and my professors. At the time, I guess I just needed time to grieve in my own way. I now understand and have learned that I should have kept in communication with my professors, instead of avoiding them, or I should have tried to talk to someone about taking a leave of absence. I thought that I could handle these burdens more effectively, and I really tried, but unfortunately, I was wrong.

All of my professors, except one, offered me in completes for the Spring 2016 semester. After talking with the professors who were offering an incomplete, seeing how much work I needed to complete for each class, and understanding the policy and the time constraints I was under, it was cohesively decided that yes, I could probably do the work, but would I really learn anything by doing it that way? My answer was no, and I wanted to make sure that I had a good, solid foundation to start nursing school and to begin my career.

Since the Spring 2016 semester, I have worked with D.D., a counselor from the VA office, Dr. S.S., and my advisor J.W. In May 2016, I set up a plan of action with D.D. This consisted of meeting with her once a week to check in and talk about whatever I needed. I have consistently met with her, and now I am doing so well that we have cut back our meetings to once a month, or as needed. I will continue to keep her as a plan of action for anything that comes up, and if I ever have to deal with another family tragedy, D.D will be one of the first people that I will seek because I have learned that it is best to communicate, rather than to avoid people. J.W and I set up a plan of action back in May 2016. This plan of action was to take the classes that Mrs. W. felt would carry over into the nursing program, achieve the best grade that I could to improve my GPA, and to keep in contact with her, especially if anything came up that would hinder me in any way. I have kept in constant contact with Mrs. W., and I have excelled in all of the classes I have taken since the Spring of 2016. In fact, I have received A's in all of the classes I have taken since then, and I was even the top grade in my winterim class, which was full of students who were about to graduate. The classes that I have taken since the Spring of 2016 have helped me to understand diseases and disease processes, and they have increased my critical thinking skills. I was enrolled in the Medical Microbiology class for the Spring of 2017 semester, but unfortunately, not enough students signed up, so I had to find a replacement for that class. I choose Applied Ethics because there was not much else for me to take that would have helped either degree, and it was an upper-level class. I have dealt with my grief, and I am happy that I am back to myself again, however, I am going to continue counseling because it has helped me tremendously. I will never get over my father's death, but I have learned to live with it, and I am going to use this tragedy in a positive way because it will help me to be more compassionate with my patients.

I have worked very closely with both D.D and Dr. G. these past few semesters, and they have both seen the changes and improvements that I have made. They are both confident, as well as I am, that I will excel in the Nursing Program. Please feel free to contact them as a reference.

Please understand that the grades that led to my dismissal from the Nursing Program, do not indicate that I am a bad student. Really, I am a great student who had one very terrible semester. I hope that you will give me a second chance. Thank you for considering this appeal.