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Not Allowed to Return to School - Can I Finish at Excelsior?

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by ladybugnurse9072b ladybugnurse9072b (New Member) New Member

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I am a nursing student in the state of Tennessee. Right now I am not allowed to return to school because I failed O.B. lab and lecture, and prior to this, the first semister I failed Health Assessement, and Pharm. My husband went to Iraq on short notice for 1 1/2 and I just couldn't seem to get a grasp, on anything. My instructor told me that in the state of Tennessee you cannot make 2 D's in nursing classes and clinicals and continue your education. I have over 150 credits because I changed my major due to the gossip of our P.A. program losing it's accredition. Six months later, the P.A. program no longer exsisted. Could someone please tell how I can further my education. Is it possible for me to go through excelsior to finish my education? Your response would be greatly apperciated. Nursing is all I'm good at.

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do you have any children? Are you able to transfer to another school in another state?

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We don't have any children but we can't afford to move to another state. I am going to check with a school in KY tomorrow because we live prettey close to the border. Thank you so much for your response. I have been very depressed and not able to talk about this but I have to do something. I apperciate your advice.

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Thank you so much for your response. Our program is a year old. We have had 3 deans and right now our dean is a 29yr old with a phD in microbiology. I was lucky if she returned my phone calls and I have tried to talk to her.

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I see no reason why you would not be able to finish with Excelsior, unless you are not an LPN (or one of the other acceptable healthcare workers) or are in the category of not having finished at least 50% of an RN program. Go to their website http://www.excelsior.edu and contact a counselor if you are interested. Please remember that they are changing their curriculum on Oct. 1, so you want to enroll before then, if you decide to go through them. Good luck.

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Right now I am not allowed to continue my education because I got 2 D's in nursing courses. I was told that in the state of Tennessee, I live in Paris, you cannot continue your education if you faild 2 nursing classes. Is it possible for me to go through excelsior to finish my education? Your response would be greatly apperciated.

I would check with the BON for specifics in this case. Since they made that determination and you would be using credits that you have earned there towards your license, you may have issues with them in the future. You may not be able to get a license in your state, so I would check with them first. Completing another program does not guarantee you a license there if not all of your training meets their requirements.

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Before you do anything, check with your Board of Nursing and see what they say. If your instructor told you that your state has a law about this, then trying anything around it does not guarantee that you will get a license from them.

And always direct to the source for questions like this, they are the only ones that can make that determination. They are the ones with the final authority, no one else.

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I would talk to the dean. I'm sure a hardship exception can be made if they are willing.

And I hope your husband is safe!

Hardship exemptions do not cover in a situation like this. And if it is a ruling of the state, then there is not a thing that they school can do.

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Thank you for your response. I have made every attempt to speak with the director of the nursing program, but she has made it clear that she cannot help me. I plan on speaking with my employer tomorrow about Excelsior because I am doing a nurse intership and I hope and believe that I will be able to keep it. If I don't obtain a licinse in the state of Tennessee, can't I apply for one?

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P_RN has 30 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ORTHOPAEDICS-CERTIFIED SINCE 89.

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Ladybug, I don't understand quite what you believe about receiving a license. You can ONLY receive a license once you pass the national test NCLEX and you can only apply for nclex once you receive the degree/diploma from your nursing program. I did receive on D in college which at the time was passing (barely) but it was in Chemistry 300 and not in a Nursing course. I haven't had contact with Excelsior but several years back Graceland University told me that in special circumstances a D can be ruled sufficient de[ending on the number grade it would equal. It's up to you to do this investigating. There may be a forgiveness clause, or a time period after which you could reapply. Investigate thoroughly though and make sure what you hear is the truth.

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