1. I am not a nurse and right now I feel as if I will never be one. I have been taking nursing pre req classes here and there for the past 4 years while taking care of my small children. I have been preparing for a bachelors degree program all this time. I had my first set back with chem, I have taken it twice and failed it both times due to my apparently limited understanding of math. I have taken statistics and passed with an A. I took algebra and passed with a B. So I thought well I will take the NET and go thru the associate degree nursing program and later work on a bachelors. I got my grades back from the NET and I failed the math portion of the test.

    I feel so utterly defeated. Should I start considering another career? Would I simply not make a good nurse? Did anyone else have a hard time getting in to nursing school?

    I have just wanted to cry ever since I got my results back.
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  3. by   renerian
    Don't give up. Go to the college and post a note on the student bboard and try to find a math student to tutor you. I had one. I use old math and I had to find someone to help me when I was in the pre part of nursing school. I passed fine after some help.

  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    DO NOT GIVE UP....algebra nearly killed me. Ihad to do all my assignments TWICE to understand. WORK HARD! TRY HARD....nursing school is a have to be up to it. so youhave to adapt the attitude NEVER EVER TO GIVE UP!
  5. by   txsugarlvn
    Renerian gave you great advice. don't give up! alot of suffer from being mathematically-challenged. You've come so far. Have a good cry then straighten your shoulders, shake it off, and get to finding a tutor to help you through the math. Once that hurdle is crossed you will be breezing right along.
    wish you the best! hang in there.
  6. by   txsugarlvn
    i meant to say alot of US suffer...forgot the US...guess i am challenged in more ways than one...
  7. by   altomga
    Hey girl, Please don't give up!! It took me over a span of 6yrs to get my choice b/c I too wanted to be able to raise my children!! I am now back in school finishing up pre-reqs for my BSN. I took Algebra last semester...and yes only got a I will have to retake (I royally suck at algebra and was taking it I looked at this way..I still technically passed)
    Anyway, don't give up..sometimes it is a struggle for all of us one way or another...if you really want to be a nurse though, it is well worth it in the end...
    We support you!

  8. by   redshiloh
    Are you sure you weren't just a victim of 'test anxiety'? If you got a A in Stats I can't believe you did poorly on this test.
  9. by   lissagirl
    I just want to hug all of you guys. Thanks so much for your support. I really needed to hear all the stuff youve posted. You people have so much heart and compassion--- sniff sniff. I will keep trying.
    (((hugs))) Lissagirl
  10. by   kids
    Definately do not give took me 5 quarters to pass 3 quarters of Chem. I had the same instructor (who put as much effort into my passing as I did), the ONLY reason I passed Biochem (3rd class) on the first try was pity from the instructor...he had to round a 1/2 point: up was a "C" (pass) down was a "D" (fail)...he told me I knew the material if I thought about it and gave me the "C".
    (I was a single parent & had 3 children catch chicken pox EXACTLY 14 days apart that term...the first got sick on the 2nd day of the class, he passed me the note from daycare saying to come pick him up)
  11. by   oneLoneNurse
    Nah, don't give up, I only had grade 11 chemistry and I got in. Unfortunately, that was 20 years ago and I came through the back door.

    But, why not consider the LPN route ?? I question if you would have to have chemistry, though I don't know for sure. Just a suggestion but I would advice to forget the bachelors and go for the money. Why with small children do you want to go through the hassle of the bachelors ?
  12. by   mystc42
    I'm going through the same thing right now. I was going for my RN but just didn't have the time to study because I have to work full time and all. And I just don't think I can afford to take off work for two years. I am trying to get in to my LPN program now. I know people say you will never go back if you don't go all at once. But the thing is you learn more as you go you just have to work a little longer up the ladder. Don't give up, it may take a few extra steps to get there but you will one day. I know what you are feeling right now because I am feeling the exact same way so if you ever need to PM me go ahead.... Maybe try buying some study books from any bookstore preparing you for the ACT and stuff like that. Math comes pretty natural to me, but I struggle majorly in English, I am working with a book right now hoping it will improve my scores.

    GOOD LUCK!!!
  13. by   Tweety
    I've known many people who have gotten slowed down by those issues. If you really, really want to be a nurse, work hard, buckle down and make it happen! Best wishes.
  14. by   glow_worm
    The type of math used in nursing is so easy, that I wish that I could show you on a computer. It's difficult to show you how to do things via typing and computer symbols.... but if we could only sit down for a few minutes with paper/pencil!

    You should find a math teacher, maybe one at a college, to sit down with you for 2 hours and go over basic stuff. It's really very formulaic, and you will do the same things over and over and over again. I truly believe that no one has spent time with you & really gone over how it's done, which has led to some kind of math block.

    Please don't give up. It's really very easy. You just need someone to show you how it's done until you get it. Once you learn, you will never forget how to do fractions, percentages or equivalencies (the only things you really need to understand for dosaging).