Failed Accelerated BSN program

  1. Hello group,

    So I have failed an accelerated nursing program (crying), I am very upset and feeling down. Feels like my dream of being an nurse has fallen apart. My school has offered me to switch to a traditional program which is 2 years long! Same program but slower pace. I can not decide what to do! I really planned to finish just in 12 months and now my whole plan is destroyed. My concern is that's this program is two years long. I am 38 years old and I don't know if this is the right time to do it(I'll braduate at 40!). I do have all the support from the family so this is pretty much all up to me to decide. I do want to be a nurse but if I failed the school, is nursing for me?
    The problem that I had in school was the pace and how quickly everything went. We had exams every other week or sometimes even every week and on the top of that clinical. I definitely knew what I signed up for but maybe it's just too fast for me? I need an advice here if I should do two years or not? An encouragement and motivation. Thanks!!!!
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  3. by   Wuzzie
    You're kind of lucky they're offering you the opportunity to do the traditional program. If you don't take them up on it you may not be able to go to nursing school at all. Many programs will not accept a student who has failed out of another program. Two years is just a blip on the radar. You have support from your family. Why not do it?
  4. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from DreamGrl2020
    Hello group,

    So I have failed an accelerated nursing program (crying), I am very upset and feeling down. Feels like my dream of being an nurse has fallen apart. My school has offered me to switch to a traditional program which is 2 years long! Same program but slower pace. I can not decide what to do! I really planned to finish just in 12 months and now my whole plan is destroyed. My concern is that's this program is two years long. I am 38 years old and I don't know if this is the right time to do it(I'll braduate at 40!). I do have all the support from the family so this is pretty much all up to me to decide. I do want to be a nurse but if I failed the school, is nursing for me?
    The problem that I had in school was the pace and how quickly everything went. We had exams every other week or sometimes even every week and on the top of that clinical. I definitely knew what I signed up for but maybe it's just too fast for me? I need an advice here if I should do two years or not? An encouragement and motivation. Thanks!!!!
    You might do great in the regularly paced program, or you might fail out of that one too. It's difficult to guess knowing so little about you.
    You say you'd be 40 at graduation, but you'd be 40 if you didn't graduate too. If you don't go ahead with nursing, what's the alternate plan?
  5. by   DreamGrl2020
    Quote from Sour Lemon
    You might do great in the regularly paced program, or you might fail out of that one too. It's difficult to guess knowing so little about you.
    You say you'd be 40 at graduation, but you'd be 40 if you didn't graduate too. If you don't go ahead with nursing, what's the alternate plan?
    You made me smile and I thank you for that!
    Alternative plan is to go back to my previous degree (healthcare management) but I DONT WANT TO! Nursing so,etching that I wanted for many years!
  6. by   beekee
    Quote from DreamGrl2020
    Nursing so,etching that I wanted for many years!
    Well, then, slowing it down so you can be successful seems like a reasonable solution. You'll be 40 in 2 years whether you go back or not.
  7. by   AnnieOaklyRN
    I say just go for the slower pace!! Two years for a BSN is no time at all!!

    Annie
  8. by   AmberK1026
    I graduated nursing school at 42 and the majority of my class were second career students. I didn't have a previous bachelors degree so I went the ADN route and there was so much information thrown at me in 2 years time that my head was spinning. I can't imagine trying to do all of that in 1 year. You might find the traditional route is a slower pace for you and just the right thing. I say go for it if it's what you really want to do. 1 year vs. 2 years is not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things.
  9. by   NICU Guy
    Quote from DreamGrl2020
    I am 38 years old and I don't know if this is the right time to do it(I'll braduate at 40!)
    I was 48 when I graduated from my ABSN program. Even if it takes you two years and graduate at 40, you still beat me by 8 yrs. If you graduate at 40, you still have at least 25 yrs of working before retirement.
  10. by   turtlesRcool
    Failing at the ABSN is, I'm sure, pretty ego-brushing, but you've got a great opportunity to continue on your path towards becoming an RN. Like other posters, I really think you should look at the opportunity you've been given as just that, an opportunity. Having 2 years to absorb the material rather than 1 is a real blessing, and can make you a better nurse, if you use that time to make the most of your study time.

    As someone on the other side of 40, I can honestly say that a year or two doesn't make a big difference, even though the idea of "BEING 40" seems like this huge barrier when you're approaching it. 38? 39? 40? 41? Does it really matter? Finish up when you're ready, and after you've been a nurse for a year or two, no one - including you - will care what age you were when you graduated.
  11. by   DreamGrl2020
    Quote from AmberK1026
    I graduated nursing school at 42 and the majority of my class were second career students. I didn't have a previous bachelors degree so I went the ADN route and there was so much information thrown at me in 2 years time that my head was spinning. I can't imagine trying to do all of that in 1 year. You might find the traditional route is a slower pace for you and just the right thing. I say go for it if it's what you really want to do. 1 year vs. 2 years is not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things.
    Yes I understand and it's true. I'm just still so upset but trying to make the right decision.
  12. by   DreamGrl2020
    Thank you! You're right! I guess I just wanted a quicker pass and thought I'd be working soon. I wonder if I can do externship during next summer somewhere in the hospital?
  13. by   DreamGrl2020
    Quote from turtlesRcool
    Failing at the ABSN is, I'm sure, pretty ego-brushing, but you've got a great opportunity to continue on your path towards becoming an RN. Like other posters, I really think you should look at the opportunity you've been given as just that, an opportunity. Having 2 years to absorb the material rather than 1 is a real blessing, and can make you a better nurse, if you use that time to make the most of your study time.

    As someone on the other side of 40, I can honestly say that a year or two doesn't make a big difference, even though the idea of "BEING 40" seems like this huge barrier when you're approaching it. 38? 39? 40? 41? Does it really matter? Finish up when you're ready, and after you've been a nurse for a year or two, no one - including you - will care what age you were when you graduated.
    Thank you! You're right! I guess I just wanted a quicker pass and thought I'd be working soon. I wonder if I can do externship during next summer somewhere in the hospital?
  14. by   CelticGoddess
    I was 41 when I got my ADN. I was 44 when I got my BSN. If they are offering to allow you to go into the longer program, I would go for it. YOu want to be a nurse? Take the second change. Don't worry about your age. I graduated with a couple of people who were 51 an 55!

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