Quote from FatherOfStudentBS
I can't believe that anyone that has a reasonable of intelligence can't master clinicals.
I was in your corner, Dad, until this last remark. That's like me saying, "Anyone with half a brain can be an engineer." Wouldn't you find that a little insulting?
Not everyone is cut out to be a nurse. Some very smart people are not good at the clinical aspects of nursing. Nursing requires "book smarts," but it also requires a lot of other things, too -- and a lot of students who do well in one aspect of nursing (e.g. classroom skills) struggle with mastering some of the other aspects (e.g. clinical skills). More mentors/instructors would be nice, but it would also increase the costs of nursing education dramatically. Most students are not willing or able to pay much more than they do now. Doubling or tripling the number of faculty would be very expensive.
I truly hope that your daughter gets her act together and passes this clinical. If not, I hope that you can support her efforts to analyze what she did wrong so that she can make a good decision about what to do next. It's usually very difficult (if not impossible) to transfer nursing credits from one school to the other. She may be able to do that and start as a junior at a new school, but maybe not. If she starts a new school, she may need to repeat some classes -- IF -- she can get accepted. Some schools simply do not accept students who have flunked out of another school.
Be prepared for the possibility that her best option -- assuming she still wants to be a nurse -- might be to simply wait the year and return to her current school. If that's the case, she should use the time wisely. Perhaps she could take a nursing assistant course and work in a hospital or nursing home to get more comfortable in the clinical arena -- and earn some money in the process. She might also decide to take some courses so that she can lighten her academic load when she starts up with nursing school again. Or she might choose to take some courses that will give her a 2nd major or minor when she graduates, one that would give her an alternative career path should a nursing career not work out for her.
I am sure that this is a very stressful time for your daughter (as were my college clinicals) and it's nice to see your efforts to support her through it. Unfortunately, you may not be able to "fix" this for her -- and may have to simply support her through this challenging time in her life.
llg, PhD, RN-BC