Thanks for the kind words; I'll just have to see how things work out with my next nursing program over the next year. As I mentioned earlier in the thread, I failed out of my first program for what essentially amounts to an issue with paperwork/careplans and had possibly the highest numeric GPA out of all the students in my cohort, so I really feel like there's less than a 99% chance of the same issue occurring again.
I failed out about two weeks after the Withdraw-Passing "drop" deadline and had no choice but to take the F. What really ****** me off is that, the very next semester, a girl I know who also failed out of my cohort had gone back to re-take the class, and after taking the math/med dosage test and failing it the maximum number of times (and the last attempt was about two weeks after the drop date), she strolled into the Dean's office and requested that she be able to drop the course with a Withdraw-Passing (despite the fact that the drop deadline had passed two weeks prior). Of course, the Dean decided to cut her some slack and allow her to drop the class without penalty.
This is an example of one of the things I find to be really incredulous about nursing education... when I was taking classes for my first degree, if any of us had failed to meet the requirements for a particular, we failed -- simple as that. But I see that in nursing, the scenario of two students failing to meet the requirements of a particular course can occur, and while you'd expect them both to flunk (and they would in any other type of professional program), it's likely that one of them will be given a second chance, simply because "the faculty likes her better." (Yes, this was, word-for-word, the reasoning I heard from my former classmates).