@Nurse SMS - you are the one who needs humbling. You know nothing about me or my background, and yet you made quite a few incorrect assumptions. No, I did not "sleep a lot". And no, my job was not a cop-out. It was a very stressful and demanding position, but in a field that would have been very beneficial to me once I had an RN. Your post is rude, judgmental and unhelpful. I hope this is not how you treat your patients and colleagues, smh.
To the others, thank you very much for your replies! My appeal was denied. I failed by 0.2 points and was dismissed from the school. I don't think it is fair, but it is what it is. I went into that program with a Bachelor's in physics and a 3.7 GPA, but this was harder. I did well on my clinicals, studied very hard and was able to grasp the concepts, but the NCLEX-style questions killed me. Aside from that full-time job, I have a medical condition that flared-up unexpectedly and a death in the family. Things got tricky, but I was still able to focus and prioritize my school work. The person who reviewed my petition at the school said that "lots of people go through that and do OK". I felt like saying "I am not lots of people", but I bit my tongue, thanked them for their help and walked away. I suspect she didn't even read my medical paperwork. Four years, tons of effort and thousands of dollars later, I came out empty. My two options are either start from scratch or give up on nursing altogether.