First Semester Flunkie!

by QLittlestar (New) New

Hey Guys

I have just failed both med surg AND pharmacology in my first semester which means I am most likely out of my schools program. I am not giving up nursing that easily.

I am going to look for another program, but must I apply as a transfer or can I start a program from the very beginning? The director of my school told me that they would give me a great reference as I am awesome in clinicals and most places just want to know that I am a safe practitioner.

I am absolutely devastated, ashamed and Idon'tknowwhatelse. Once the crying stops, I plan to jump to finding another program asap. I am not interested in LVN, because at my age, it will take forever to get my RN.

The thing that gets me though, is 3 of us are out and this one guy is an incredible nurse, we just did not make the grades. There is no probation or chance to correct your mistakes, I just hope we will be given a second chance by someone.

I live in Los Angeles, so if you guys know something it would be greatly appreciated. Even if you don't live here any information would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much.


Specializes in Neuro, Telemetry. Has 7 years experience. 1,761 Posts

See if your school has an appeals process for re entry. You will find it pretty difficult to find another program willing to give you a chance with a nursing school failure on your academic record. And lying about attending the previous would be a terrible idea as if a new school were to find out you would be removed from the program for dishonesty.

This is because, No, schools do not only care that you are a safe practitioner. They care about the whole package. You cant possibly be safe if you do not have the knowledge to back up your work. The school will not care if you were just a bad test taker but really do know your stuff. A failure is a failure to them.

I am not trying to be a downer, just being honest. You may make an incredible nurse one day and you may be incredibly smart, but again all nursing schools see if your grades. A reference from the previous school may help, but with most schools being competitive entry, many schools would rather chance the 3.95 GPA student over one who has already failed out of a program.

Lastly, before you jump right into trying to re enter your program or find another, you need to self reflect. Find what it was that you did wrong to fail. If you don't know why you failed, or if you do and dont correct the problem, you will likely fail again. Also, for any school to accept you with a failure, you will like need a decent sized application letter explaining why you failed and the steps you are taking to ensure that doesnt happen again. GL


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Thanks GL for you reply. My intention was not to lie, but I was wondering if I could start as a new applicant. If anyone would ever be caught in a lie, it would be me LOL. My school does not have an appeals process, it is two strikes and you are out. My clinical instructor has asked me to reflect as well. Something she noticed early on is I tend to mamabear my young classmates which is a character flaw I am working on.

I think if I did not know my stuff in a clinical setting that would reflect on my clinical grade no? But think also my work prior as a CNA helps with that part. Now that I think of it, our first med surg test, only one person in my class passed.

Thanks again for taking your time to offer your advice, it is greatly appreciated. All the best.

LadyFree28, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma. Has 10 years experience. 8,427 Posts

I was a "former" "first semester flunkie"...

To be honest, if you want to be a nurse, your best route is to become a vocational nurse, THEN try again in a BSN program; you have to show that not only you can put things together at clincials, but to be a safe, critical thinking practitioner-through the classroom.

I chose that route and it took me 7 years post PN school to obtain my BSN-it was worth it, I had all my pre-req's done, an AA so I didn't have to repeat my courses and being a LPN have me an edge in entrance where I could test out of classes; however I choose to go through all the courses because healthcare is fluid and I wanted to be in the loop for the most updated information.

I ended up enjoying my years as a LPN; I worked in so many out if the box settings, it helped immensely when I finished my BSN program and started working, it bridge the gap, succeeded in the learning curve and have been an RN for about 3 years; some aces recognize LPN experience and compensate me for that experience as well.

I know this is what you didn't want to hear; however sometimes slow and steady wins the race, and gives one a rich, meaningful, and valuable experience along the way.

Best wishes.