Burned out from trying anymore

  1. Well, some of you might recognize my profile from the Atomic Stig. I took the HESI today. Scored a 92% in A&P, 86% in reading comprehension and grammar, and a 76% in math. Minimum passing score for each section is a 75%. I most likely won't get in because I can't get high enough scores. I feel like I've wasted too much time. I honestly wonder if nursing is for me. I don't see any future opportunity in nursing, using my GI bill for nursing therefore forfeit its use. I wanted to look into nursing Spring 2011. I finally got a place to call my own in 2014 of Spring and enrolled in a community college for pre-reqs. Now, almost 4 years later and almost 30 years old with no 401K or retirement, I'm burned out and I feel like I'm just wasting my time.

    I'm starting to see UNLV is raising the cut-off more and more. I don't think I can do this. I've wasted so much time, put so much effort and just to apply at another school that is further away and have to take another entrance exam (TEAS) that is harder than the HESI exam? **** this. I live right down the street from UNLV. They have a huge budget, enormous campus, their logos and mascott are EVERYWHERE and now I have to see that ******** everywhere I go? I ******* HATE UNLV.

    I tried to find as much difficult problems as I could to do the best I could and I feel like I'm wasting my ******* time.

    If I apply at NSC, I'll have to take another pre-req (Patho), I don't know if it's offered during the summer time, if it is, hopefully it's not rushed like an 4-6 week course, this school is more expensive than the community college I went to but less than UNLV by a little. I'm not even thinking about how worse nursing school could be because I'm not even in nursing school yet and that's what I'm trying to get into.

    NSC cares more about grades and less about the TEAS. I think they care about you getting at least a 58% on the TEAS or a 60%, I can't remember.....

    I don't think it's human nature to give up...
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    About Beldar_the_Cenobite, CNA

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  3. by   ItsThatJenGirl
    I'm sorry you didn't do as well as you'd hoped to. Your scores aren't bad though - and the one area you struggled, you still did better than the minimum. It would be short sighted, IMO to quit over that. No school only looks at one thing. It's usually a combination of several things like your GPA, any volunteer work, your scores, essay, etc.

    The TEAS test was a little more difficult than the HESI, but it's not due the content being harder, it's due to the way the questions are worded.

    My advice is to apply to UNLV, study for and take the TEAS test and take Patho where you can. It's always good to have a back up plan.

    And none of your time has been wasted, unless you give up now.
  4. by   Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Quote from ItsThatJenGirl
    I'm sorry you didn't do as well as you'd hoped to. Your scores aren't bad though - and the one area you struggled, you still did better than the minimum. It would be short sighted, IMO to quit over that. No school only looks at one thing. It's usually a combination of several things like your GPA, any volunteer work, your scores, essay, etc.

    The TEAS test was a little more difficult than the HESI, but it's not due the content being harder, it's due to the way the questions are worded.

    My advice is to apply to UNLV, study for and take the TEAS test and take Patho where you can. It's always good to have a back up plan.

    And none of your time has been wasted, unless you give up now.
    Thanks. I was hoping I would have made it not knowing there were surprises in the math section of the test that I haven't seen in a LONG time and were not covered in the study guide I was using. I've been in school for 4 years and I'm tired of it already. About a year ago, I thought of taking patho right around this time after I finished the remainder of my pre-reqs. I decided later in the year that it was too overwhelming and expensive. Yeah, I should have gone with the original plan. Everything would have been a smooth, continuous flow.

    Now, I have to get with a counselor, look into when i can take it, and wait even longer from applying.

    I'm just so tired of nursing. I'm still going to apply for NSC (TEAS). If I apply at UNLV, I'll get one attempt left. They only give you 2 attempts. I've been trying to get ahold of counselors at NSC, but that's proving to being difficult as well.
  5. by   Futurern2bebri
    You should still try to apply to UNLV. You never know. Maybe you'll get in. Also try for NSC and CSN. Why not? I think it is worth a shot if you want to be a RN.
  6. by   Daisy4RN
    You said you "most likely won't get in". You never know until you try!! I think that you sound overwhelmed right now, I would just try first, and then if it doesn't work just figure out a plan B. Nursing school, and nursing is very hard work. I would think about it and decide if that is what you really want or if there is something else that would make you just as happy (you can probably use your schooling for something else so its not wasted). If you decide that nursing is for you then just keep pluggin along and do the best you can. I am sorry that you are having a hard time right now and I hope it works for you! BTW 30yo might sound old to you but its still young, you have a lot of time!
  7. by   EMTPJean
    You can't worry about not getting in without applying. You never know, you may get accepted.
  8. by   Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Quote from EMTPJean
    You can't worry about not getting in without applying. You never know, you may get accepted.
    I've decided to keep trying. I don't know how reliable the ATI TEAS book is compared to the Elsevier HESI A2 book as far as everything you need to pass the test. I bought many different kinds of HESI A2 books and didn't read them all (actually got really good deals on them from other students). I only focused mainly on the Elsevier one because they write the test, not mometrix or McGRawhill.

    Now, I'm taking the TEAS test and I'm hoping that the ATI TEAS study guide (5th vers.) will be all I need. Plus, maybe some apps.

    UNLV only gives you two attempts for their program. I've already used one. It costs $107 for their test. NSC, from my understanding, gives you as many attempts* as you want for the TEAS. It's $113* (That's how much the TEAS is for CSN's program). I would rather feel confident that I have another chance at getting into a program, than feeling like **** and giving up. I'll be talking to a NSC counselor this coming week hopefully to get more info.

    *Not accurate.
  9. by   Futurern2bebri
    I heard that there is a 3 month waiting period in between TEAS test takes. But I heard recently that they got away from that. not sure how accurate it is. I heard HESI was the hardest of the tests so hopefully you'll pass the TEAS no problem. When I got into the program it was the kaplan and it was tough but i don't have anything else to compare it too. If you take the TEAS exam that covers the entrance exam for both NSC and CSN. So try both. CSN accepts the most in the valley but i heard it is getting tougher to get in because of changes around the valley. Wish you the best.
  10. by   Neats
    OK do not mean to be rude here but...
    If you want something bad enough you will try every which way to accomplish your goal(s). I had to leave my family and go to nursing school out of state to reach my goal for nursing school. I was not going to wait 2 years on a list.
    You have options and I encourage you to really think about your goals and how much are you willing to give up for them for a period of time. There are a lot of great nursing schools out there in small out of the way places that will take students with your scores you just have to research, find and apply. Lakeview College of Nursing is one of those schools, their teachers are great and they take a variety of students. I find that he passing rate dose not matter to me (when I went there the passing rate was in the high 90's) what matter is what you put into studying, learning, and hands on training. When you have all your pre-reqs does it really matter where you want to go as long as it is regionally accredited and the instructors are decent/competent ?
  11. by   Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Quote from Futurern2bebri
    I heard that there is a 3 month waiting period in between TEAS test takes. But I heard recently that they got away from that. not sure how accurate it is. I heard HESI was the hardest of the tests so hopefully you'll pass the TEAS no problem. When I got into the program it was the kaplan and it was tough but i don't have anything else to compare it too. If you take the TEAS exam that covers the entrance exam for both NSC and CSN. So try both. CSN accepts the most in the valley but i heard it is getting tougher to get in because of changes around the valley. Wish you the best.
    Thank you. You're the first person I've ever heard say the HESI is harder. I was talking to a NSC counselor at CSN Cheyenne yesterday and he said he's heard a mix of things that the TEAS is easier than the HESI or the HESI is easier than the TEAS. I think the study guide book is pretty nice for the TEAS as in what they cover compared to the Elsevier that UNLV recommends. I hope you're right about the TEAS being easier than the HESI. The counselor says that if I can get into Patho this summer and pass it with a really good grade and do well on the TEAS for NSC program, that I would be considered for the program. I guess based off his reaction to my grades, I'm the 1% of applicants as of right now. The Patho grade and the TEAS will say something else. So, that gives me a lot of hope that I'm on the right track and that there's still another chance.
  12. by   Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Quote from Neats
    OK do not mean to be rude here but...
    If you want something bad enough you will try every which way to accomplish your goal(s). I had to leave my family and go to nursing school out of state to reach my goal for nursing school. I was not going to wait 2 years on a list.
    You have options and I encourage you to really think about your goals and how much are you willing to give up for them for a period of time. There are a lot of great nursing schools out there in small out of the way places that will take students with your scores you just have to research, find and apply. Lakeview College of Nursing is one of those schools, their teachers are great and they take a variety of students. I find that he passing rate dose not matter to me (when I went there the passing rate was in the high 90's) what matter is what you put into studying, learning, and hands on training. When you have all your pre-reqs does it really matter where you want to go as long as it is regionally accredited and the instructors are decent/competent ?
    The one thing I'm afraid of doing going out of state is having to redo classes. I don't want to redo ANY of my classes. I'm trying to graduate my associates and get my degree. I think schools won't be as hard on your if you have your degree than if you didn't when it comes to re-satisfying classes for their program. Not to mention I'm close to being in deep debt to the point where i'll have to work to pay my own way. I have my GI bill which I think expires in the year 2025. I've been trying to hurry up and use it for nursing school since 2011 after getting out of the military. I'm very tired of this redundant pushback.

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