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  1. CriticalRN

    CRNA School Dismissal for B-

    I agree with this as well. A trend over time instead of one B- would be a better indicator of the student's capabilities. Especially since most programs are three years long now. Life happens and that could certainly affect academic performance on a test that could bottom out your grade. I'm just imagining if someone found out they were pregnant or their spouse died, etc. The amount of stress from that situation in combination with the pressure to have zero slip-ups in school could drive someone off the edge. I've spoken to friends in medical school. They have the option to remediate a test if they do awful on it. I don't know why anesthesia schools have so little hesitation in failing people. Obviously, the program saw something in them when they accepted them. Prior academic and clinical performance was strong and we are all capable of learning here. I hypothesize it aligns with the whole nurses eat their young thing. Nursing culture can be ugly. Saddens me that treating each other poorly is a cornerstone of our profession.
  2. CriticalRN

    CRNA School Dismissal for B-

    Hi Myoglobin, I can reapply. It just sucks because of the lost time and money, but if you really want something you'll go for it, right? In regards to disclosing a dismissal, every application asks you if you have attended another program. You technically have to send in transcripts from every university you have ever attended. Not doing so would be fraudulent if you were found out and your shiny new CRNA degree could be revoked under these conditions. At least that is my understanding. Considering my current luck (laughing, but also crying here), I don't think I would take any chances with that. Thanks for your perspective. You make some really good points.
  3. CriticalRN

    CRNA School Dismissal for B-

    I agree. The policy is there for a reason and I'm not asking for a free hand out. However, this policy should have been more transparent. It's actually a new policy for this program. Historically, students were allowed to get two C's during the course of the program. Some schools still do this or offer academic probation for one semester. Getting a B- in one class due to a bad test is not a great reflection of a student's capabilities. It hurts the student and the school's attrition rate. No one wins. You make a fantastic point about this whole, "just go for it" movement. I cringe a bit now seeing these, how to get into CRNA school with a low GPA or people who had to take the CCRN multiple times but kept trying and stuck with it. That is great and all, but just beware that CRNA school has Chemistry and physics. A lot of straight memorization. Be ready for what you are getting into. It is doable. I don't regret trying. I just regret not going to a school that was more invested in the students than the #s. Give yourself the best possible chance by doing your research.
  4. CriticalRN

    CRNA School Dismissal for B-

    I used US News and World Report to look for top programs. However, knowing what I know now I would not have given this list much consideration. I would choose a school that is invested in helping students succeed. At the end of the day, when you finish school/pass boards it doesn't matter if you graduated from the #1 school or #50, as long as you pass. What you are saying about the SEE Exam preventing people from progressing is awful. I guess I'm at least grateful to have failed out after one semester. I have heard of people making it almost to the end with $200,000 in debt looming over their heads and not finishing. That would be devastating. Hopefully, this post can help other prospective students to know what to be aware of.
  5. CriticalRN

    CRNA School Dismissal for B-

    Generally no. They are in the program handbook, which is given to you at orientation. For me, that was already after quitting my amazing job at a top hospital, moving, signing a lease, paying a deposit/tuition... At that point, you're already in. No, they would not work with me. I was not the only student this happened to either. Sorry, I'm not disclosing the name of the school. After this whole thing happened though, I reached out to/looked up almost 20 of the top programs and asked about their grading policies. Some of the program coordinators were really rude, which surprised me (Maybe a red flag for those programs). Some said they regularly dismiss students for this reason. Hurray? Some program coordinators were really amazing and helpful/more transparent (schools I should have been applying to). In hindsight, I would have done this before applying to schools, but I did not even know it was a thing I needed to be concerned with.
  6. CriticalRN

    CRNA School Dismissal for B-

    Thank you for your response and congratulations on becoming a CRNA. WOW!, 86% is a tough cut off. I think it is interesting that the grading policies differ so much between schools. I reached out to 20 of the top programs to compare grading policies and WOW!, there were MAJOR differences in their responses. I understand the purpose of the rigor, but also find it interesting because even medical students are not held to this high of a standard. Learning is a process. Stakes are high in anesthesia school with these grading policies, zero forgiveness, and the amount of looming debt accumulated. I don't think that the cut throat approach is the most conducive to learning, but maybe culturally that is the way anesthesia school is. I wish there was more transparency about this topic. I would have taken this into consideration when deciding which school I went to.
  7. CriticalRN

    Current Nursing Student - Just Got DUI

    I agree with RN1965, ADN. Keep this to yourself for now. Vent to a family member. Do not share with others in the program. I'm so sorry that happened to you. Sounds very unfair. Hang in there. Get legal help. Good luck.
  8. CriticalRN

    CRNA School Dismissal for B-

    Yes, I did that. I tried everything to pull my grade back up. There was no remediation offered. They even made it difficult to go back and review the questions I got wrong for that one test. Every test grade was rounded down throughout the course. So 82.9% was 82%. I was basically told it was a lockstep program and there was nothing I could do if I didn't hit the 83% by the end of the semester.
  9. CriticalRN

    CRNA School Dismissal for B-

    I have spent the past several years preparing myself for CRNA school. I was super excited when I was finally accepted and I spent a big chunk of change on tuition and relocation. However, during the first semester, I had a bad test early that was worth a huge part of our grade (I did better moving forward after tweaking my study habits), but it was not enough to pull my grade up above the required 83%. I received a B- in the course, which ultimately led to my dismissal from the program. My overall GPA for the semester was 3.8. I had 4 A's and the B-. Apparently, this is failing in CRNA school. Has anyone else ever heard of this? I've done some research and found that many schools offer academic probation for one semester or do not have as strict of a grading policy. I feel defeated and I'm not sure where to go from here. I did seek help early on but was only given study advice. Tutoring was not offered and it seemed that seeking help was frowned upon. I've never struggled academically before. I'm not a genius, but hard work and studying have always paid off for me. Until now. I wonder if I should bother applying to another CRNA program? I know my odds are decreased now. Or just stay a nurse. (FNP has never appealed to me personally) I wish I had waited and gone to a different program, because this seems ridiculous. I'm back at the bedside now and I just want something more and can't think of any other progression within nursing that I would rather have than being a CRNA. Any advice or insight would be appreciated. Thanks.
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