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Apply to your state board of nursing to take the NCLEX-PN to get an LPN license. You might be able to do this through educational equivalency. Many states allow something like this when students have problems completing RN school depending on how far they have progressed through their RN programs. Why not work as a CNA or LPN for a while and then attempt to get back into school after some on-the-job experience?
I'm a little concerned that there is a feeling that the school has been the bad guy here. A negative attitude holds people back from making any kind of progress. Perhaps some personal counseling would help with that.
I understand that when someone complains too much that they are always on the receiving end of mistreatment from school, the government, or other authority, we tend to assume that much of the problem lies within that person.
However after starting nursing school at age 43 in 1992, I tend to be more trusting of such complaints. I received a BA degree in English and Secondary education in 1971. I graduated with honors.
After working 20 years in employee benefits & actuarial work, I lost my job at 41 due to company downsizing. It was a great time to lose my job though because my son was 2 months old and I was happy to stay at home.
I have always loved school and been a good student. I had a perfect 4.0 average in the few pre-req classes I had to take (A&P, Microbiology, Organic Chem, and Human Growth & Develop. The nursing program, however, was a horrendous experience. Certain teachers seemed to be trying their best to flunk students. Explanations were cloudy, test questions were poorly written, and instructors were treating those of us in middle age as though we were 18. I know that I certainly had good critical thinking skills at this point in my life. We started out as a class of 94, and there were 30 of us left at the end of the program. Lest you think I bear a grudge because I finally met an educational program I couldn't master, I was number one in my class.
From my experience, a successful clinical experience requires that the student be on time, be prepared, and be safe.
Being prepared means that you know and understand the meds you are to give, why they are being given, and expected response. This is your responsibility entirely.
You should also know what is expected of you in the clinical. Both you and your instructor share responsibility for this.
Sitting for the LPN exam sounds like a good idea. The classes you have passed should have prepared you for that. Then you can enter a transitional program for LPN to RN which takes about a year. Many of the students who flunked out early in the program I attended went on to a 1 year LPN program and then directly into the transitional program. Most of them are successful RN's today.