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Failing Clinical Options

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by skhy skhy (New) New

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I'm failing clinical in my first semester and it would basically set me back a year. Basically, we had three clinical days and we didn't get feedback on them until the next week. If I had feedback on my previous week, I could have improved my paperwork for the final week and passed. My grades in classes are fine. I'm not happy with the school simply due to the effort I put in and the money (~10,000) I paid that it's unlikely I will retake.

Is it better to have a record that you changed your mind and withdrew entirely from the university or to have a transcript with a U in clinical, then take classes entirely from another school?

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/username is a BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care.

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Are you sure you're thinking this through? Withdrawing from the university seems a little extreme, and frankly, may torpedo your chances of becoming a nurse since I've heard of many nursing programs refusing to admit someone who dropped out of a nursing program somewhere else.

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Carpediem1012 has 7 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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Are you finished, or am I reading correctly that you have yet to do your final week? If that is the case- give it your all!! Find your instructor and see what you need to do. Do everything in your power to pass! It's one week. If you have to put in a n extra push, do it. You will thank yourself when you are done!

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Stephalump has 2 years experience and specializes in Forensic Psych.

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Sounds like it's time to appeal!

I helped a friend who was failing right before graduation appeal....she had an A during her midterm eval, and then 8 days before pinning they called her in and told her she was failing and would have to repeat the year.

I wasn't in her clinical group...I'd actually never been in her group, so I have no idea how she performs. She could've been awful, BUT our program manual states that we're to see our grades within a week and sign off so we know where we stand. You can't improve to someone else's standards without feedback. You might want to look into it.

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mrsboots87 has 5 years experience and specializes in Neuro, Telemetry.

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Am I reading this right that you only get 4 total days of clinical over the span of 2 weeks? Is this an accredited program since I have yet to find a state BON that will accredit a school with 40 or less clinical hours in the first semester. There has to be more to this. You are failing due to poor careplans? Or what does your paperwork have to do with it? If you weren't getting feedback, then why were you not asking for it? And if you had 3 clinicals in one week, with 3 careplans due, imagine how many careplans your instructor had to read and grade. Of course you wouldn't get them back until the next week. Either I am just not seeing the big picture of what youre trying to say, or this seems pretty normal and you should have sought feedback sooner. Or, of course, your clinical instructor dropped the ball on your clinical group and this is not right. Are you the only one failing due to not getting feedback or are there others from your group?

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mrsboots87 has 5 years experience and specializes in Neuro, Telemetry.

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And as for withdrawing completely, that would be a terrible idea. I imagine it is well past the withdrawal date so you would be taking a Y. A Y is dropped while failing and looks just as bad as failing on your transcript. Only difference is it wont effect your GPA that way. Most schools (except the for-profit schools that will take anyone with money) wont take nursing students who failed at a different school. And furthermore, many wont take students who withdrew before completion because you become a risk and there are other applicants. Have you even tried working with your instructor and seeing what you can do since you didn't get feedback before your final clinical shift? Have you gone to the head instructor for your block? The DON for the program? Appealed the grade? There are far better options that actually have a chance at appealing the grade beside dropping and possibly ruining your chance at completing nursing school for the next 5 years or longer. GL

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I'm thinking that withdrawing from the university is a bad idea and I don't really want change colleges if I don't have to. I think the worst case scenario is that I'll have to wait another year before getting a nurse job.

I'm going to talk to the chair to see what can be done and maybe file an appeal, but I still need more information.

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