Help! I failed nursing school in March and I still feel horrible

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I’m in California, I’m sure you know how hard it is to get into nursing school here. My GPA wasn’t great so I got lucky to get into a community college program by lottery selection, no way I would get in merit-based schools! The first 8 weeks we were studying to pass the clinical checkoffs before we could get to clinical, If we failed a skill twice, we were out of the program.

I did good in school, I was one of the top scoring people on all our tests. So the 2 day clinical check offs came after 8 weeks, the first day I passed, the second day I failed on the sterile wound dressing (common skill a lot of people failed their first time) And the second and final time I retested that skill with a really intimidating teacher watching me. I was put into a tiny and crowded corner of the room and once I had my sterile gloves on (you can’t touch anything with sterile technique) I was so cramped next to a curtain, I couldn’t move it beforehand because there was literally another person taking a test right next to me on other side of curtain.

After I put sterile gloves on that dam curtain touched my gloves, so I automatically moved it away for a split second (by instinct) and she told me you’re out, I said OK and my friends all expected me to pass they were like woah you’re out? But you were the highest scoring in the class? I said well that dam curtain got me, they said ya I saw that retesting corner and it was REALLY tight. So basically I made that stupid mistake for a split second and I got kicked out. I feel so stupid for letting the pressure get to me. I knew better than that!

A little background on the school, the administration was VERY rude. The teacher I had was known to be crazy rude and unprofessional, (been teaching there for years, shes notorious) she made some people cry in class. I was going to have her for my clinical too! I guess knowing that was coming also factored into me kind of not wanting to go to that school anymore … so I guess it was all of it combined. The sleepless nights, the crazy pressure we were under, the pressure of knowing that after this was done this lady is my clinical instructor as well! (Also one of my friends she was nice to. My friend failed a skill once, did the second skill with that teacher. The teacher stopped my friend in the middle of the skill and said “you don’t have to finish it, you passed!” Which I think is very unfair, but who am I. LOL what’s the point of reporting it now…

Now I applied to other community colleges but if I don’t get in I’ll just go to private school, which is ganna cost me a lot of course. I feel SO bad that I let such an opportunity go. I hear a lot of schools have rude teachers and not the best community but people stick it out. 😞 On one hand I’m happy I left that terrible program but I just feel like a failure that I will have to pay so much for private school…IDK what to do I feel so numb inside

faithjohn

faithjohn

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Cookie, is it possible that your clinical instructor reads these sites? You might want to be careful with your information based on your past posts. With that said, I'd file a complaint and appeal. I think it was a little harsh of your instructor to do that. 

cookie123d, CNA

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11 hours ago, faithjohn said:

Cookie, is it possible that your clinical instructor reads these sites? You might want to be careful with your information based on your past posts. With that said, I'd file a complaint and appeal. I think it was a little harsh of your instructor to do that. 

Nah, whats the point, people have been complaining about her for years and shes still there. Plus honestly even if I were to win the complaint and go back to the school and have her as my teacher again LOL no thanks. I don't need that much drama

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