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Lessons Learned - Choose Your School Wisely

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I wanted to share some insight and knowledge I've learned since beginning my nursing program in 2010. I'm sharing this story so that other nursing students can be better prepared when choosing a school. Do your homework so you don't have to withdraw 4 weeks prior to graduation. You are reading page 2 of Lessons Learned - Choose Your School Wisely. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

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So you wasted all that time and money and got NOTHING?

Why not just take the *******' English class and then graduate?

This makes no sense to me.... like there's a lot more to the story that we haven't been told.

I would have taken the stupid class and been done with it. If only an English class stood between me and my goal!

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Dazglue has 8 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, RN.

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And was it a remedial English? All English classes don't transfer, and depending on how long it has been, the entire English course may have changed and is no longer accepted.

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I would have just taken that English class! There is no way in heck that I would have spent all my time and money on my goals and just quit! If you get in another nursing program they may require that you take that English class when you could have taken it then and been done with it! Some thing you just have to suck up!

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Wrench Party has 3 years experience and specializes in Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgical.

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Shell out a few hundred bucks for the English class at a local community college. Make sure it transferred.

Graduate. Sit NCLEX, get on with life.

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BuckyBadgerRN has 4 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in HH, Peds, Rehab, Clinical.

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To decry an entire schools nursing programs based on the difficulties you faced seems a bit harsh. While I feel for you in regards to the missed English class, it seems like an easy fix: swallow your pride and take the damn class!

You had certain difficulties, to be sure, with your personal tribulations ie: divorce, single parenting, health issues, but I think maybe you'd be surprised that many others face those same hurdles--I can think of 2 from my nursing class alone.

I get the impression that you were a familiar face in the Dean's office when something didn't go your way. Appealing the math? That is a absolute clinical failure for at least one person a year in my school. Missing too many clincal hours? That will cause a student to fail a clinical here too. I get the feeling that you may have left a bad taste in the mouth of the powers that be at your particular college.

Again, my thoughts are to put on your big girl panties, kick the snot out of that English class and be done with it!

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onepowerfullady is a LPN and specializes in Hospice Care, Med/Surg.

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Sounds like a lot of broke back camels out there.... Someone should take em out of their misery! I can't believe you quit for one English class! Now you are going to pay out of your pocket for nursing school all over again?

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lifelearningrn has 4 years experience as a RN and specializes in School Nursing.

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I'm with the others- it's absolutely insane to allow a crappy English class ruin all the work you've put in up to this point. I'm sure the school would have let you walk as long as you agreed to knock out that course over the summer. Most community colleges offer it in a min-semester where in 2-3 weeks you could have knocked it out and had your diploma by mid-summer and ready for the NCLEX by early fall.

All I can say is "What the HECK were you thinking?"

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Stephalump has 2 years experience and specializes in Forensic Psych.

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You fought to the death to stay in nursing school when you obviously broke policy rules, and then you quit because an English class didn't transfer??? People have transfer problems all the time, and most people would just retake the darn class...

If it was your only class, you probably could have registered for a 3 week session and walked with your class! I understand you had probably reached some sort of breaking point, but I doubt the nursing program cares if you stay or not. The only person you're going to hurt by dropping out is yourself and the people in your life who helped you get so close.

Oh well. Maybe you can get your head on straight and be readmitted some day. My mother-in-law had trouble her first time around, dropped out, and went back 5 years later. She was just pinned last week...one of the 68 people that survived out of the initial 135. :-)

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Waah waah waah.Oh, and if you decide to take the English class, pay particular attention to the possessive apostrophe for the camel's sake!

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To say I am NEW to this is an understatement! This is my first message EVER to an online group such as this. I read all the posts about this issue and wanted to add my 2 cents worth.

First Trailblazer, I am really sorry. I hate everything that has happened to you. To struggle with so many personal issues at one time in addition to NURSING SCHOOL?? TOO MUCH! I am serious Trailblazer; that is too much for any person to try and handle while attending a program as tough as nursing school. The requirements for school are simply too rigid when you are dissolving your marriage, having serious, PAINFUL surgery, as well as trying to find a place to live! Anyone would lose it trying to deal with that AND SCHOOL.

Secondly, use this time to figure things out. Since you quit school, I am sure there is no way you could go back at this time anyway. You have probably missed too many clinical rotations and class requirements. I think you should take some time to simply sort through your life. I have RARELY ever shared this with anyone, much less typed in online, but I missed too many clinical days four weeks before my graduation. I was DEVASTATED! I begged and pleaded with the college, but the rules are the rules and I was kicked out of the nursing program. When it finally sank in, I would NOT be graduating with my class, I fell in a deep depression. But, after the drama was over, I realized I had no one to blame but me. I was working full-time as a LPN on weekends and in the evenings and attending nursing school during the day. The years of no sleep and exhaustion got to me..I simply broke. How I broke a month before graduation..I HAVE NO IDEA, but I did. After the misery faded, I decided to use the time to save money, work more, and was able to attend the next year (having only one semester until graduation) without working and graduated without any problems. The hardest part? Walking back in that college one year later, facing the same instructors and graduating without really knowing anyone (my friends graduated the year before, hard to make good friends in one semester). But..I DID IT and YOU CAN TOO! Use this time to your advantage. Research your English class and see what other nursing schools require. Unfortunately, in my area, my clinical courses did not transfer exactly which meant if I transferred to another school, one semester became anywhere from 2 to 4 semesters. I simply could not do that so I held my head high (tried to anyway) and went back to my school. The next year I graduated. I can assure you, never has an employer or anyone else commented on what YEAR I graduated: RN is RN, no matter what year its obtained.

Always remember: You have the knowledge to do this! Do you know how many young students study as hard as they can, work at it day and night, but are simply unable to master the information? Its just TOO HARD! You are not one of them Trailblazer..THAT IS A BIG DEAL!! You know you have what it takes to do this, embrace that knowledge!

Lastly, and I cannot stress this enough, make peace (eventually) with whats happened and let the experience change you. Yes, I am older now (40's) and that happened when I was in my 20's, but it did change me. Before, I had always been hard-nosed. If you were smart, you graduated; if you were "not smart"", you didn't. I realized after that happened to me things weren't so "black and white". In my case, exhaustion and over-confidence did me in. I learned I couldn't always talk myself out of every problem and that there were DIRE consequences to poor decisions. I also learned who my TRUE friends are and who was just "along for the ride".

Take care of yourself and use your time wisely. I really hope all works out for you.

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ixchel specializes in critical care.

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I can't wrap my mind around being 4 weeks from finishing nursing classes and dropping out. Mind = BLOWN. Most schools even offer English during the shortened summer terms. You could possibly have even walked the stage with your fellow classmates. I know at my school if you're short by 1-2 classes, they let you participate in commencement if you are pre-registered in those classes for summer session.But seriously...... 4 more weeks. *smh* English is easy! Go get your seat back and finish the semester for cripes' sake. God knows you've got fight in you. Can you imagine 5 years from now looking back on this decision and knowing you blew it all on something that can easily be fixed? Yeah, it sucks. I'd be ******, too. But dude....suck it up and get done with school or else you just wasted a ridiculous amount of time and money for absolutely nothing.

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brillohead has 5 years experience as a ADN, RN and specializes in Cardio-Pulmonary; Med-Surg; Private Duty.

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Not to mention, you could probably CLEP out of the English requirement like I'm doing. A $90 test and an hour of my time is the equivalent of a four-credit course at my school.

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