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  1. ericlavin67

    Feel I was wrongfully dismissed

    Hi fellow nurses, I have not been on this form in quite some time. However, I would like to inform everyone after being dismissed from school for bad grades I filed an appeal and was let back in seven months later. During that time I moved back to LA, (my hometown), and I met my future wife and the mother of my child that is due in April, 2018 (everything happens for reason, I really believe that). Also as an update, I am excited to say that I graduated on a high note last week. I studied very hard and I received an 1100 score on my schools exit HESI. I recently moved back home to LA and am preparing to take the NCLEX after the new year and start working ASAP. I have to say this has been a very arduous road for me, however this story has a happy ending. I gave this everything I had. The lesson folks, is if someone wants something bad enough they will do whatever it takes to make it happen. If I could do it so can you. I am living proof!
  2. ericlavin67

    Feel I was wrongfully dismissed

    Here is the latest: I filed an appeal to the University of Miami a-bsn and was let go 7 months ago for not passing 2 courses. They gave me disability serves but did not accommodate me with them. I spoke with the Dean in person and was still dismissed. I came back to California and have been looking for work. It has been tough to find anything. During this time I spoke with an ombudsman. I also wrote a letter to the Committee that they either let me finish up at a slower pace or pay me my money back. The decision was made and sent to my school email on June 29th, 2017. However, they did not regard the fact that my school email was closed and I could not see it. As of yesterday, I sent out an email to the ombudsman and she notified me of the email. I then contacted the main office and they resent it to my normal email. The letter said they are giving me one more chance to complete everything (I would be able to continue from where I left off with finishing up the last 1/3. Where as if I go to another school I have to start all over in a 2 year). They are going to make it slower for me. The breakdown is 7 unit class med surg 2 fall. Then 7 units the next semester. Summer off and then 12 units the last semester with a final hesi to leave the school and graduate. If I was in the normal A-bsn program like before the breakdown is 15 units the first semester, 21 units the second, and 19 units the third with a final hesi. I have many concerns: 1. being that I have to pick up and move back to Miami. 2. That it is going to take a year and a half that I am not working and school all said and done is going to be $150 grand between living expenses and tuition and that is including $20,000 from my undergrad. (I already owe 80,000 and feel like crying all the time). 3. Even if I try for a loan at Sallie Mae they will want a consigner which no one will sign for me. (I think it is possible to earn it back because in Los Angeles nurses seem to be paid pretty well. The avg is about $85000 a year). 4. I have been out of school for 7 months and am a bit rusty on everything. 5. I have a serious relationship now and it is going to put a ridiculous amount of stress on the relationship (This is important to me because I am 37 and would like to have a family). School starts in 1 week and I just found this out so everything is super rushed. I would like to hear what others would do in this situation. Would you walk at this point or keep trying? I don't know what my other options are. Is it absurd to get myself into this type of debt for a second degree as a bsn. My first degree is a psych degree.
  3. ericlavin67

    Feel I was wrongfully dismissed

    Here is the latest: I filed an appeal to the university of Miami a-bsn and was let go 7 months ago for not passing 2 courses. They gave me disability serves but did not accommodate me with them. I spoke with the Dean in person and was dismissed. I came back to California and have been looking for work. It has been tough to find anything. During this time I spoke with an ombudsman. I also wrote a letter to the Committee that they either let me finish up at a slower pace or pay me money back. I did not think they would let me back in. The decision was made and sent to my school email on June 29th, 2017. However, they did not regard the fact that my school email was closed and I could not see it. As of yesterday, I sent out an email to the ombudsman and she notified me of the email. I then contacted the main office and they resent it to my normal email. The letter said they are giving me one more chance to complete everything. They are going to make it slower for me. The breakdown is 7 unit class med surg 2 fall. Then 7 units the next semester. Summer off and then 12 units the last semester with a final hesi to leave the school and graduate. If I was in the normal A-bsn program like before the breakdown is 15 units the first semester, 21 units the second, and 19 units the third with a final hesi. I have many concerns 1 being that I have to pick up and move back to Miami. That it is going to take a year and a half that I am not working and school all said and done is going to be $150 grand between living expenses and tuition and that is including $20,000 from my undergrad. I already owe 80,000 and feel like crying all the time. Even if I try for a loan at Sallie Mae they will want a consigner which no one will sign for me. I think it is possible to earn it back because in Los Angeles nurses seem to be paid pretty well. The avg is about $85000 a year. I have been out of school for 7 months and am a bit rusty on everything. I have a serious relationship now and it is going to put a ridiculous amount of stress on the relationship. This is important to me because I am 37 and would like to have a family. School starts in 1 week and I just found this out so everything is super rushed. I would like to hear what others would do in this situation. Would you walk at this point or keep trying? I don't know what my other options are. Is it absurd to get myself into this type of debt for a second degree as a bsn. My first degree is a psych degree.
  4. ericlavin67

    Feel I was wrongfully dismissed

    Thank you for your reply. Keep in touch to tell me what happens.
  5. ericlavin67

    Feel I was wrongfully dismissed

    Thank You!
  6. ericlavin67

    Feel I was wrongfully dismissed

    llg I appreciate your comments. I believe everything happens for a reason. It is a shame that I did not take the time to research myself and my learning style prior to starting. I am partly to blame and I take some of the responsibility. Before applying, I was working full time and taking prereqs slowly. I was receiving A's in all my classes and got a bit cocky. However, this program was something else. I never worked so hard in my life at anything (no sleep, no extracurriculars, no life). I guess that is the price you pay for a 12 month program. I don't like to speak bad about anyone or anything. Nevertheless, I state what I see for myself. Out of 80 students 55 to 60 students graduated. I heard this is common and some schools it is about half (survival of the fittest). School is a business and my school wants to keep a 98% NCLEX rate so they make it very tough to pass. It is just hard for me to believe that no classes transfer even though my school is one of the top in the nation.
  7. ericlavin67

    Feel I was wrongfully dismissed

    It partly is a nursing question because I am asking if there is any schools that would take some of the credits or if i have to start all over. I have done some research and it seems as if nothing counts and I would have to start from square one.
  8. ericlavin67

    Feel I was wrongfully dismissed

    Thank you for your input. However, I applied for disability services not in conjunction with starting. I submitted my paperwork when I was first accepted which was a month prior to starting. I don't understand your comment about "maybes". My paperwork clearly states I have kerataconus and ADD. The disabilities office also clearly states on their paperwork that I get a note taker, time and a half, a distraction reduced environment, and a reader. The only thing I received was time and a half. llg is correct this is less about nursing and more about legality. As for your comment about real life situations I agree with you. That is why I do not foresee myself working on a hospital unit or in er. Something quieter suites me like a smaller clinic. It is also tough to compair school to real world application but I do appreciate your honesty.
  9. ericlavin67

    Feel I was wrongfully dismissed

    Hi all, last year I was accepted to a nursing school across the country. I am 35 and wanted to finish. The program is an accelerated program. 12 months to be exact. I filed for disability services one month before school began in January. The first semester I had a number of incidences occur just like other students. First semester was 19 units. My mom had a stroke and my roomate situation was a hostile relationship to say the least. I did not end up receiving the accommodations until a month and a half of school and had already taken numerous tests. I passed everything but pharmacology. The next semester I took just pharm and passed the Hesi with a 96 percentile and a 98 in the class. When I started the next semester we were taking 21 units. I passed everything and did pretty well, however, I did not pass med surg 2 by 5 questions. The rule at my school is if you get anything under 75 it is a fail. 2 fails and your out is the policy. Now here is the kicker they said on my disability papers I am to get a note taker, a reader for tests, a reduced distraction zone for tests. I never got the note taker, didn't get a reader, and for my med surg 2 Hesi I was put in a hallway with three distracting rooms next to it with students and facilty going in and out. They did give me the time and a half. I spoke to the dean she stated that it is my responsibility to wear a noise canceling head set. I did wear a noise cancelling headset. She also stated how she is now going to speak to the committee about having any student with disabilities sign a waiver of discretion that it is up to them to take this very rigorous academic journey. My question is why did they not do this for me. Anyhow, I had 5 classes left. I owe $70,000 and lost a year of my life. I don't think anything transfers and I have a dismissal on my record. I feel I have been wronged and set up to fail. Any suggestions? By the way my disability is ADD and kerataconus.
  10. ericlavin67

    Admitted to A-BSN UM university but can't get loans?

    schools stop taking prereqs after a certain time and I am one of those candidates that will have to start retaking things. Not willing to do that. I mean it is a good suggestion. I am currently in a second bachelors for speech pathology but was going to take a leave of absence. Another option is stay in that as a back up and apply to local state schools. The state schools are less expensive I just don't want to give up my spot at Miami. I worked my *** off to get in. The other route is not a sure thing. Again I like that it is a year program and I am done. If I continue speech pathology that is one year of undergrad and I can start as an assistant earning $56,000 a year and then go to grad school which is another 2 years. No telling if I will get straight in to grad school either with gre and impacted schools. Seems long being that I am 35. So far I have three A's in the program though.
  11. ericlavin67

    Admitted to A-BSN UM university but can't get loans?

    Thank you everyone for your wonderful advice! I was able to get a loan from Sallie Mae for the first semester, as of Wednesday. The program is one year (not even 12 months for a BSN). I am 35 years old so I thought this was a great option because I want to just get it done. I don't think community college is a smart move because in California they are extremely impacted and can take a few years to get in, not to mention that most of them are two years upon graduation with an AA (most hospitals will not accept an AA anymore). As some of you stated it is very intense and I will not be able to work, due to the time constraints. However, I am worried about repaying the loans because after everything is said and done I will owe about $75,000 with tuition and living expenses. I also want to go further to become an NP. Hopefully in a year, I can find an employer willing to help me out with the tuition. I will start looking for scholarships for this program as of now and with a little luck will score some of them. Something I didn't realize, for all of you just starting out, getting into a great school is just the beginning of fighting the battle. After being accepted you need to figure out how to finance your education. Schools are businesses, they don't care if you can pay or not because there is someone right behind you willing to take your seat.
  12. ericlavin67

    Admitted to A-BSN UM university but can't get loans?

    Where did you find the scholarships that offer that high of an amount? How long did it take to receive?
  13. ericlavin67

    Admitted to A-BSN UM university but can't get loans?

    Look for a job to work for five minutes? I start my program in a month!
  14. ericlavin67

    Admitted to A-BSN UM university but can't get loans?

    education is is ridiculously expensive these days :Emoticon-Devil:
  15. ericlavin67

    Admitted to A-BSN UM university but can't get loans?

    I have $25,000 from my first bachelors. But because my program is a year they can only give us $18, 625 for the whole year. I also heard that is was up to $57,000. I am not sure why I am getting short changed.
  16. Hi Everyone, I was admitted to University of Miami School of Nursing ABSN program. It starts Jan 5th 2016 and ends Dec 16, 2016. I live in California and am dying to go. However, it is my second bachelors degree, therefore, I am not able to get any grants. I have to pay all loans which I am okay with. I have contacted two banks and they both have denied me because I recently stopped working and have no income as quolateral. It seems that my only other option at this point that I know is to obtain a cosigner which is not a possibility at this time. I would appreciate any advice from anyone. I have come so far and will not give up especially for such a ridiculous reason as this.
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