sad nursing student

  1. Hello everyone. I'm really sad because i was going to a four year university trying to get my bachelors in nursing when i was dismissed because of 2 bad grades. While I don't think it was fair because i feel some of the fault was of the professor not teaching well..i do put blame on myself. I tried to appeal the decison but lost.I know from the bottom of my heart that nursing is what i want to do. So i decided to go to my nearby community college and get my associates and then go try again to get my bachelors...but i feel discouraged cause i feel as if i am moving backwards. Is that a sign that nursing isn't for me or am I doing the right thing.

    please help!
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    About SnoopyNJ

    Joined: May '00; Posts: 6
    Nursing student


  3. by   justanurse
    Oh, Snoopy, don't be too discouraged. If nursing is what you want to do, get your degree however you need to do it. If you need to use the ADN as a stepping stone to get the BSN you want, do it. And, you aren't really moving backwards, you're just taking a different direction to get where you want to be. Plus, after you get your ADN and become employed, most companies will offer some tuition reimbersement and help to pay for that BSN.

    Good luck!!!!!
  4. by   PPL
    Snoopy, I agree! Don't beat yourself up about it! Just get to your goal whatever way works for you. What were your "bad grades" in? Many of us had trouble with one thing or another. We had to get a "B" or above in all nursing related courses, if I remember correctly and "C" in prereqs. Keep on keeping on, no matter which route you take. If it's what you want, then go for it! Best of luck.
  5. by   angelaADSN
    Hi Snoopy! I am going for my associates and our program works the same way, if you fail the first semester you have one more try and your out. Which I think is wrong! After all we are paying for the tuition and it should be our decision. I haven't failed yet but it worries me. I don't think this is a sign, Nursing is hard, just try again. Stepping back will not be so bad either. Look at how much more experience you will have! From what I understand associates have more clinical experience than a BSN. Once you get your associates and go ahead and take the NCLEX and get your liscense you will be one step ahead of the BSN students. Don't get discouraged, your doing the right thing! Good luck! Email me if you want!
  6. by   CEN35
    snoop - just keep it up this time, and plug away. Lots of studying and time. Although I hate to say this, I know people who have dropped classes at the last minute, when they have had difficulties. Then they take it again the next quarter or semester. Otherwise, just put your nose to the grindstone you can do it.

    Rick RN CEN
  7. by   nightstar41
    Don't give up!!! Failing a course is not always because one cannot absorb the knowledge...sometimes, marks are based on how well you can write a term paper and how it is presented. Marks do not always reflect one's ability!! Go for nursing, work for a few years, then go for your BSN if you feel you still need it or want it. The bottom line is not the title one has at the end of her name but how she nurses. I do not have a BSN but have taken speciality courses which I found reflected on well I could write a paper and it did not reflect on my skills as a nurse who has loved and still loves nursing after 20 years. I take pride on my nursing abilities and my patients do not care whether or not I have my BSN. Good luck to you! Do not let this stop you from becoming a nurse!!!

  8. by   CEN35
    Smile snoop it will work!!!!!

    Rick RN CEN
  9. by   saphie
    I know this may not be helpful but from my experience.... I have not been kicked out of the program but I did fail in clinical in my second year and was devasted especially when the instructor told me that I shouldn't be in nursing and that i would never be a good nurse much less a nurse. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know if i should go back next year or quit or what. I decided to go back because basically... I am a nurse, it's in my blood and it's all I ever wanted to do. I love my career and wouldn't choose anything else - though somedays when things are hairy I do wonder but mainly I love what I do. Look deep inside you'll know what the answer is. Don't quit because of a failure, if you're going to quit, quit because you don't want to be a nurse. After all I found the failure just made reaching the end all that much sweeter.

    Tara Lee
    ps. I just graduated after five years with my bachelors and believe me it was worth it.
  10. by   dianee
    Dear snoopy,
    If you feel that nursing is your destinay and passion, hang in there. Do what you have to do to make it happen. If your community college is your best choice, go for it. The education and classes you've had may make it easier the next time around. Do your best, and you'll get it. If you some classes tht are particularly hard, you'll know now to get the extra help you need. Take care of little problems in school before they become big ones. Remember there are many paths that canget us to our final destination. sometimes the ones we weren't planning on taking turn out to be the best. Hang in there! Di-
  11. by   Caseyrnbsn
    Dear snoopy,
    Don't fret let me tell you a story.
    This nurse I know tried for 3 years to get into a nursing program in her local area. She was denied 3 times only to be told she did not have what it took to be a nurse or complete an ADN degree. She ignored them all. sought out another ADN college and graduated and has been working ever since. Also she then pursued her BSN attained it and continued working. She now is tryiing to oursue her Master's degree in Nursing. Remember when I told you her first college told her she didn't have what it took to be A NURSE? Well guess what! She works for hat college now training Student Nurses in the Clinical Setting while working a full- time job and being a wife and mother. Pretty amazing HUH. Just keep pursueing your dreams any way that you can what ever way you have to it will be worth it trust me. Oh Yeah by the way that Nurse was ME!
    Keep it up
  12. by   SnoopyNJ
    I just wanted to thank everyone who replied. Your replys have defintely made me feel 10 times better.

  13. by   KT
    Dear Snoopy,
    I couldn't help but reply to you message because 7 years ago I was in a similar situation. I was (get this one) Completing my very last day of clinical in my senior year with graduation only 4 days away. When the nursing instructor and I went in to a patients room to transfer her back to bed. Together we moved the patient and placed her into bed. Five or so minutes later the patient climbed out of bed on the instructor's side of the bed and fell. The instructor had left the side rail down. I was taken to the cafeteria and told I was expelled for endangering a patient. I was beyond devastated, I was on the verge of suicide. With the help of my family I found an attorney and took action. I didn't sue the school, we made an agreement to allow me to repeat two weeks of clinical to prove to them I was safe. The dean of the school said I wouldn't make it and would never be a nurse. The instuctor that I did the final clinical with stated that I didn't need to repeat and they allowed me to graduate. It has now been 7 years and I am the manager for a home infusion company. So my lesson to you is GO FOR IT!! Don't listen to anyone but yourself, all doors are open to you and if you want to be a nurse you will be.. let me know when graduation is..