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by jermy21 jermy21 (New Member) New Member

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Hi, everyone, I been using allnurses for awhile, but finally decided to create an account. I recently got 3 rejection letters from programs that I applied to. There's 2 more programs I'm still waiting for, but I'm not feeling too strongly about getting accepted by them. I live in the Bay Area, so I applied around the area. (Oakland, SJ, Fremont, Santa Cruz)  I understand that's probably one of the reasons why I got rejected, since the Bay Area is very competitive. My science GPA is also low. (Anatomy-B, Physio-B, Micro-C) Along with my overall GPA 2.9. Teas: 78.7% I been volunteering at a hospital since November and they offered a job as an NA due to my work ethics. I'm planning on working there very soon and once I figure out my schedule with that;  I'm planning on getting certified as an NA. I'm very depressed about my grades in science and feel like they are the main reason why I'm not getting accepted. Nursing is something that I really want to do. I'm also planning on applying all over California (North and South) the next time around and hopefully I get in next time. I just feel very stuck and need advice/guidance on what I should next. Thank you everyone!
 

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You're definitely not alone! I was rejected this past spring from all 5 CSUs I applied to, now I'm trying some local ADN programs. It really sucks, and it makes me feel really poorly about myself, but I try to remind myself that I have a lot of options! Unfortunately the low GPA really is going to hurt you, but if you can get experience that really will help you out. I know that if I don't get in this fall I'm going to have to go get some experience, or I might try to look at my options out of state. Being rejected so much really tears down self esteem but just keep in mind that there's plenty of us in the same boat as you. Don't give up hope!

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@mariexo8 Thank you for your response. I really hope you get in the next go around! Yeah I was thinking the same thing about getting experience, in the mean time as well. Hopefully that'll boost my chance for next time. I'm just worried that it may not be enough, so i'm trying to find out if there's anything else I could do to better my chances. I really appreciate you taking your time out to respond. 
 

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If possible, try retaking those core sciences. It will depend on the specific program requirements as to whether they will accept the second attempt grades, so make sure you look for those programs that will! 

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Hi there 🙂

First of all, let me start by saying that rejection letters DO NOT define you as a person nor as a student. If nursing is truly what you want to do, you will find a way!

Take it from me, I know what it’s like to be rejected. I have a bachelor’s in a totally different degree (long story about that but this post is about you!) and am finding my way back to nursing.

My best suggestion? Beef up your prerequisites or whatever it is that your choice of nursing schools are requiring from you. Currently, I am in the process of trying to enroll in online A&P I & II and to have them done by Sept 1. With that being said, this time around, I’m not accepting anything less than an A for myself. I’m also retaking the TEAS to make myself a more competitive applicant. 

I know you feel discouraged and that’s absolutely normal. But do not let these letters define you, let them MOTIVATE you!

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ThatChickOmi has 1 years experience.

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I got in the first time I applied to my ADN program but I also had to retake my one of my A&Ps and Chemistry prior because I only had a C+ and the other class I had been quite some time since I had taken it and it wasn't good anymore. I took them both at the same time I got an A in both. My TEAS I got 85.3, so going in I had a better chance than I would have had I not retaken. You'll get in. Good luck!

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ThatChickOmi has 1 years experience.

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If it helps you feel any better I got a C+ in Microbiology.

It's part of the first semester of the program, but I was strongly advised to take it before starting. That was easily the hardest I ever worked for a C+. I took it the summer before I applied, 5 week hybrid course. It was hardcore. The professor has quite the reputation for being very difficult. I'm just glad I got it over with because I would have been hurting if I took it along with Nursing 101.

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If it makes you feel better, I am currently waitlisted from the program I applied to with a 4.0 and all but one of my pre-reqs done! 

They tell you it will be competitive, but this is on a whole other level..

I wish you all the best, try to focus on the season of life that you are in right now, and know that there are many more people struggling to get in, just like you. 

We will all make it there, in our own time. 

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Yeah I am just frustrated and feel stuck. I just want to continue progressing by getting into a school and work. However I just need to be patient and focus on what I can do now to better my chances for the next sign up. I'm still waiting on the NA job at the hospital that I am volunteering at and will retake Microbiology for the Fall. Thank you for the support and motivation everyone. Hopefully I will get in the next time around. 🏋️‍♂️

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Keep fighting and pushing forward. Good luck on getting the NA job! 

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On 4/24/2019 at 7:13 AM, bxw06182 said:

If it makes you feel better, I am currently waitlisted from the program I applied to with a 4.0 and all but one of my pre-reqs done! 

They tell you it will be competitive, but this is on a whole other level..

I wish you all the best, try to focus on the season of life that you are in right now, and know that there are many more people struggling to get in, just like you. 

We will all make it there, in our own time. 

im not sure if this will make him feel any better, i feel worse reading this lmao

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I just want to let you know that you can do this, I failed Pre-Calc and General Chemistry.

And that forced me to completely change how I studied. If you don't use flashcards, or if you're not constantly writing things in your notebook, then please do so. Or make any slight changes to your studying habits and resources! Active recall is KEY.

Nursing is hard, that's why schools want to see you get good grades in pre-reqs, because you will need to be able to pass nursing classes which require a lot more work.

Most California schools only allow one re-take I believe, so def try to improve on Microbiology, and talk to counselors!

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