I'm in my third block of LPN school, there are 5 blocks to complete.
We started out with 26 students and have lost 9 so far. The reasons they failed are:
Dropped due to private issues (1)
Failed drug test (1)
Failed first blocks finals (1)
Failed second blocks finals (5)
Too many absences (1)
Make a promise that you will never be late and never miss school or clinical, because people who are late and miss school don't make it.
Study hard and sleep every night. Forget about partying, or the laundry or whatever else you might do during the week - just study and go to school.. You'll have days off on the weekend, don't relax during schooltime.
During clinicals, do your absolute best. Be cheerful, be helpful, and look for work to do. Act professional and your teachers will notice, as will prospective future employers. Act like an idiot and they will notice that, too. (Dancing, innapropriate language, bad attitude, frequent disapearances and/or smoke breaks - you think you can get away with it - think again.)
Oh, and forget about other nursing students being your friends. I am different from most of the other students, so I see and hear them all talking about each other during breaks. They all talk about each other, and and believe me : they'll talk about you when you turn your back, too. And the first time you miss your allotment of days, they'll all be there taking notes to make sure you're out of the program. It's very cut-throat. It's as if these people think they get a bonus when someone else gets the boot.
I never enjoy seeing anyone cut from the program. I wish we would/could all make it.