F in math course, quit nursing altogether

  1. I made an F in math course, i passed 2 out of 3 tests but did not pass the last test so i have to retake it in Fall and clinicals will begin in Jan 10. I am debating on whether not to go back at all because the school is sadly lacking modern uptodate lab facilities and few practice oppt. Has anyone else had similar experience?

    If I don't go into nursing the only other option for me is being office clerk (I have BS in another field which i don't use)
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  3. by   kgh31386
    I would retake the Math course, then transfer to another school. That way when you retake it and pass, you are in good academic standing and can easily transfer to another school.
  4. by   beth66335
    This is a question only you really know the answer to. How badly do you want to be a nurse? Even in the best school most of your hands on practice will be in clinicals and after graduation. I failed the math test last Fall and we only get one chance a semester to take it, but I'm going back if they let me in because I really want this...and I only have one year left. If I transferred now I would have to start over and I'm nearly 42, so I don't want to do that! If it's your dream do it...don't let anything, even yourself, stop you! If you do decide to go back get some tutoring in math and blow that math test out of the water! Good Luck whatever you decide,

    I just reread your post...are you already in nursing or not, your title sounds like you are but your post sounds like your not?
  5. by   i<3u
    I was recently in a similar situation! Except my professor failed the entire course (except one person), after the class reported him to the dean because of his lack of teaching the class, telling the class we were "incapable" of learning b/c of the "type" of college we attended (historically black college/university), etc....but this another story so to the point....I ended up re-taking the course and I am transferring to another school. I felt that the school didnt have efficient resources for pre-nursing students (we were not given an advisor AT ALL until we were officially accepted into the school of nursing) and the department was not one that I would want to receive a nursing degree from!
  6. by   caliotter3
    If an F in one course was enough to make most people quit, few people would get anywhere in life. Retake the course and get yourself in the right frame of mind for whatever is in your future.
  7. by   on eagles wings
    Aw don't give up. I had Fs all through high school and a lot of people never thought I would go to college, but here I am. Tomorrow is my first day! Never ever give up on something you really want! But only you know if you really want it!
  8. by   Sarah Hay
    I am the worlds WORST when it comes to math but I didn't have problems in my math class. We were allowed to use a calculator. If we were not, I'd surely have failed. I wish you luck!
  9. by   smarti15
    Ultimately, this decision is yours, but I really think you should take some time to think about it. I dropped out of school in the 8th grade, and yet, here I am, a new graduate practical nurse! There are a lot of books out there that can help you prepare for another attempt. You can also check with your local high school, most high school teachers are willing to tutor. You can also talk to the director of your nursing program to see if there is anyone who has already passed the class that might be willing to help you a couple of days a week. Not only will you get the help you need, but the director will see that you are willing to do what it takes to get that degree.

    Good luck!
  10. by   Busia
    A math class is only one class, if you're doing well in your other classes, definitely look into transferring to another school. If you're not doing well in the other classes, and don't want to put forth the effort of remedial classes to get up to par, then maybe start looking into other options. I am awful at math, I always have been. I barely made a passing score on my placement tests in math, although I aced everything else. I don't think I would consider quitting though if I fail my math class, I'd rather look into a remedial class over the summer or a tutor. I guess it all boils down to how bad you want to continue on with school. I hope you find your answer!
  11. by   VM85
    theres just one question- if you had passed the math class, would you have gone onto clinicals without a second thought?
    i know failing is very frustrating, but dont let it get you down! you have to look back and remember why you enrolled and spent all this time to become a nurse- if you had wanted to be in the field you already have your degree in,then you wouldnt have begun this journey. i know it gets tough at time, but just hang in there. if you are really doubting the clincal situations, then like another postee said, finish the math, go onto clinicals and then transfer-or look and see if possibly you can do the math(maybe even at an earlier date!)by transferring now- either way, if you really want this, dont let anything deter you! and think of it this way, youll be a math pro the next time around!!!!
  12. by   BabyLady
    Quote from carlarenee02
    I made an F in math course, i passed 2 out of 3 tests but did not pass the last test so i have to retake it in Fall and clinicals will begin in Jan 10. I am debating on whether not to go back at all because the school is sadly lacking modern uptodate lab facilities and few practice oppt. Has anyone else had similar experience?

    If I don't go into nursing the only other option for me is being office clerk (I have BS in another field which i don't use)
    I personally, have never used a math lab...the concept, is strange to me.

    In Math, there are two rules to success.

    1. Never, ever miss class. Ever. Every day they teach you a little bit more in the mathematical puzzle...if you miss one piece of it, you'll never figure out how to put it together.

    2. Do your homework, never rush to get it done, do it in pencil by hand....make sure you allow lots of time.

    The good thing about math is other than formulas...you never need to study for a math test..either you know how to work the problem or you don't.

    It is important that you do well in the math...b/c most nursing programs require Chemistry and you need to score near perfect on a nursing math test very early on with most nursing programs, before they start letting you dispense meds.
  13. by   carlarenee02
    Thank you for your input. I took one clinical and finished it successfully (but had to put up with a .... clinical instructor...but i didn pass test 3 in math, despite passing the other tests in math. Now i have to wait till next fall to take math and jan 2010 to take clinicals.
  14. by   oppa84
    Of course, the decision is yours. But, please don't quit. Retake the math test and just go from there.

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