Quote from anxiousgirl
Hello everyone. I am currently a nursing student. (RN) Last semester, I failed med surge by less than one point. I was upset at first but then resigned myself to retaking the class and felt it may even help me to become a better nurse. The next semester, I began med surge again. I took the required dosage and calculations test and did not pass the first time. The student is only allowed to take it two times and if you fail it the second time you fail the class. Well, shockingly, I failed the dosage test for the second time. Since that was considered failing med surge twice, I was no longer in the RN program. The staff recommended that I write a letter to the director of nursing asking for a letter of appeal in order to attempt med surge a third time, therefore allowing me back in to the RN program. I did just that and was accepted back in. Needless to say I was very happy and I have been working on my dosage. I have high anxiety anyway when it comes to tests and now that I will be taking med surge once again in the next few weeks, I am scared to death. My confidence level is very low. I have told very few people including my family. I suppose I am ashamed and embarrassed. Are there any words of advice or comfort anyone can give me?
I feel EXACTLY the way do now...except my devils are with pediatrics
Recently I had a family member pass away, and with the death on my mind I didn't study for a while. I failed a test that was 25% of my grade in my pediatrics class miserably. My professor and dean won't let me take the test over giving me some lame excuse that if I took it over again the whole class would be. Unless I make all A's (when do nursing instructors ever give out A's? My instructor's rationale for not giving out A's is that, "If the student got an A, why would they need the teacher?) then I'll have to take the class over, which means graduating a semester later. I got so depressed over this to the point I'm thinking about changing my major and forgetting about nursing.
My advice is talk to someone. A good friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, anyone outside of school or the field. It will allow you to vent. Vent as many times as you want to as long as the person is willing to listen. Find a way to release the stress, burden, depression, etc., because it'll eat you alive if you let it. Take no shame in yourself, because we are human. Evaluate your options and whatever decision you make have no regrets. I hope everything works out for you just as much as I hope for myself. Keep the faith!