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by melissagj melissagj (New) New

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I'm devastated. I just started my second year of a 2 year ADN program in September. I failed my first class! I am an A B student. For the last 5 years this has been all I revolved my and my families life around. I did great the first year and for some reason I couldn't pass my last two tests and the final. I studied my butt off. There where some major issues with the teacher and a lot of the students failed the class. Many of the students blamed the teacher but I didn't concentrate on that. I just kept plugging away and tried to make it through. I'm embarrassed, Now I am starting to get very depressed. I plan on continuing in January but that's only if there is enough spots where I can get in. I'm not sure how to get out of this funk. It scares me that I did as poor as I did especially since I studied so much. I have to still face people at work, when they ask how school is going, I don't know what to say. Im sure people have faced this before. Any advise will help. Thanks in advance!

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pmabraham has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Hospice, Palliative Care.

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Good day, melissagj:

Did you seek help the moment you did poorly (i.e. first quiz, exam, paper, etc. with a poor grade)?

Thank you.

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NurseGirl525 is a ASN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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It happens. I just bombed my first test ever and was way stressed about it. Most of the class did. It was like a foreign language to me and I studied and did my ATIs. But these things happen. You just have to pick yourself back up, dust yourself off, and keep going if this is what you want.

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First of all I am glad you have a chance to make it up next January although I know its not ideal.

I am facing failure of clinical rotations with the possibility of restarting next August for which i am grateful even if its disappointing. . I am going through the whole "what do I tell everyone?" Jitters. I too feel embarrassment.

For what its worth, I plan to tell people the exact truth. Either illicit sympathy or boredom cuz my tale will prolly be long. Either way I am going to just leave it up to them to deal with.

Also, since you have to retake, revel in the fact that you have an idea of what to expect as far as teacher's expectations on tests.

I am not a teacher and a mere.student nurse but its always concerning when particular tests from particular teachers produce more failing grades than any other test or teacher or class. In my experience those lower grades have not been not indicative of students lack of effort.

Anyway good luck.

Good luck!

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akulahawkRN has 5 years experience as a ADN, RN, EMT-P and specializes in Emergency Department.

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I was someone that failed out of nursing school and was readmitted. It pushed my graduation off by a year. While I would have preferred to simply repeat that semester and graduate a semester late, I had to roll back two semesters and repeat those. It was because the program moved content around between semesters so I had to follow the content. I ended up doing very well and graduated with honors and having had that 2nd look at most of the material allowed me to really concentrate on what I needed most. I went from a student that was struggling to one that was a student that they were very proud of.

While you're in a tough spot now, regroup and figure out what you need to do to make it through next time.

All the best to you all!

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Tulip23 specializes in Otolaryngology-ENT.

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I just finished my ADN program ,I failed med surg class and I was devastated but I had a lot going on personally with family issues and stress from work . "Dust yourself off and try again " . It's a setback but as long as you finish is what matters most .

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I feel your pain. I just failed a nursing class. All was going great until two weeks before my final when my mom was admitted to ICU. It was touch and go with her for 8 days. It is hard to keep your mind on school when your mom is having repeated CT scans, echos, ultrasound, biopsies and blood drawn what seemed like hourly. She is doing better now. Needless to say, my mind was not on school. I tried, I really did, but I ended up failing the class by less than 1%. I didn't just fail the final, I bombed it. I am going back and am going to continue on. I am young, 19 years old, and although right now it seems like the end of the world, everyone is telling me that in the grand scheme of life, it is a bump in the road and not the earthquake it seemed to be when I looked at my final grade. Good luck to you, and as others have done, you can rebound after a set back. That is my plan.

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