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  1. tonyl1234

    Failed for Clinical-but no proof

    First off, you cannot fail because you "seem disinterested." You also cannot fail because your instructor's opinion. It has to be measurable. Academic dishonesty does also apply to the teachers. Just remember, one basic rule that applies to your entire adult existence: If it's not documented or recorded, it never happened. There's some good left in there. Your school is still regulated by the BON. You can get them involved. Even though there's no incident reports, there should still be something documented. Also, you're not the staff nurse / CNA. While you do have responsibilities to your patients, when the one pulled her pants down, where was the nurse or aide? Giving nonstop supervision for an entire shift is just not realistic. You're going to have to leave the patient to chart, go to the bathroom, whatever. You SHOULD tell someone you're leaving so they can keep an eye out, but ultimately, the responsibility to these patients falls on their assigned nurse and aide. I'd look into transferring schools. This won't end until you're failed out of school and potentially with something being reported that can end your dream of nursing. Even if you have to start over, it's worth getting away from how high of a risk your school is. And always make sure you chart everything and report everything. You're the student, you're going to take the fall before the hospital staff or your teacher do.
  2. tonyl1234

    Nursing School Forces Retake of Passed Courses

    You have a nursing program handbook or anything that we can look at? We can't really help you without knowing the policy in full. Also, like other people said, reach out to the BON. They can give you the best answers.
  3. tonyl1234

    Grades in ADN class

    Because of how minimal most nursing programs are on grading, without all the fluff to bring your grade up, you're pretty much always 1 test away from failing, even if you currently have an A. If something happens and you have to miss a test and the reason doesn't allow makeups with your school's policy, you failed. Anyway: Cs ARE common in nursing schools. There's been threads about it on this site, and a ton of nurses talking about them getting Cs in school. Getting C's in prereqs also isn't necessarily a death sentence. I got a C in some of mine, I'm in a program that has a relatively low acceptance rate with a very high first time NCLEX pass rate. Don't rely on anecdotal stories to decide your chances. But also, don't be comfortable with a C. If you tried to get an A but only got a C, you'll be fine through school. But if your goal was to only get that minimum grade to pass, you'll fail somewhere.
  4. tonyl1234

    Advice would be appreciated :)

    Pass those classes then apply and see how it goes. Not every school is going to deny you because you failed a prereq but then passed it at some point. Something that can help you a lot is to take all of your non-nursing classes. Spend a year and completely knock all of that out. Even though you failed your anatomy and chemistry classes, getting those other classes out of the way actually shows them a different student than last time. Only retaking those two classes doesn't tell them much. Taking those 2 classes plus these other classes that you'll need for a BSN tells them that you're applying yourself and that you're serious, and that you're capable of finishing and passing the program. Just be aware of whatever school you're applying to's policy. Some only look at your highest grade, some only look at your first grade at that school, but some only look at your first grade anywhere. Make sure they're not going to still be looking at your prereqs as an F after you go back and pass them. Make sure you're only applying to schools that are going to look at the passing grade. And if there's an interview or an essay where part of it is talking about your education, even though losing motivation isn't your fault, make it your fault. Own it and explain what changes you've made to keep that motivation. Show them that you have a plan on how to succeed. Think of this like a job/business interview/advertisement. You need to sell yourself to them to be accepted into their program. Put as much on your side as you can. And for your herniated disc, tons of nurses have gone through it and still work. It's going to depend your individual case. But as long as you're not a high risk of injury if you work safely, your doctor will probably clear you on your physical. Before going through all of this, you can even ask him about it at your next check-up visit, and he can give you a pretty good idea. Just don't be stupid. Use your aide. That's still their patient while you're in clinical (which is why I HATE schools that want us to stand in the hall and answer call lights, there's ALWAYS something to learn about your patient and their care and how what you're learning in your classes applies to it, and that's what you're there for, not to be an aide and give free labor). If the aide is busy, get another student or your teacher. Any lifting or moving that's an injury risk to you, get help. You should be doing that even if you don't already have a back injury.
  5. tonyl1234

    Do employers look at new grad grades?

    Any hospital that requires a minimum GPA, you probably don't want to work there. They're literally putting the weight of who they hire on how well they take written tests. If I'm in the hospital, I don't want a nurse who knows everything she has to do to take care of me, I want a nurse who does everything she has to do to take care of me.
  6. tonyl1234

    Dismissed From Nursing School, Not Sure What To Do Now

    And also don't limit yourself. An ACEN accreditation on graduation only matters if a particular hospital or BSN program that you want to go to requires it. To give an idea, Mayo Clinic, kind a a huge deal in healthcare... doesn't. As far as I've seen, no state requires these accreditations for licensure by endorsement (don't confuse ACEN/CCNE accreditation with "an accredited nursing school"). So to Mayo Clinic, that ACEN accredited logo on your school's website doesn't mean a single thing. To the apparently super competitive state of California's BON, to test or get licensed by endorsement, they couldn't care less if your school had that accreditation, they care that you passed the NCLEX and have a valid license. But DEFINITELY make sure that they're, at a minimum, regionally accredited. Some states don't require that to be approved to sit for NCLEX, and it can be extremely hard to transfer credits to a bachelor's or master's program without it (you usually technically can, but any general education classes might have to be retaken). Basically, regional accreditation tends to mean that it's a legitimate school.
  7. Good luck, let us know how it goes. And just remember, and anyone applying to schools reading this. The average GPA that gets accepted to these schools is just the average. Mathematically, people have to be getting accepted below that average for it to be possible. The average can't be equal to or below the lowest number. Don't forget lesson 1 of your statistics class where you went over mean, median, and mode. Without all 3, the average really doesn't tell you anything. Out of all those people, how many were only at a 2.5 or 3.0?
  8. tonyl1234

    Thinking of dropping out

    You have a lot more to go, I'd give it the chance. If you got through one semester, you can get through all of them, just focus and study. For having someone's life in your hands, if you don't want something like that, be an occupational nurse, or work in a CVS giving flu shots. Or be a school nurse. You don't have to do nursing where there's a realistic chance of someone dying. But by the time you get through school, you'll probably be way more confident.
  9. tonyl1234

    Sexually harassed during clinicals by a male nurse

    She said to speak up, all I did was tell men to do it too, and that it doesn't necessarily have to be a womn inappropriately trying to have sex with you. The ONLY inappropriate response was your response attacking me. You're putting a sexual bias in a thread about sexual harassment, seriously? Sorry I told men to speak up. From now on, I'll make sure that if I'm ever sexually harassed, to just keep it to myself and never report it. And your post that was clearly made to instigate after my post was edited, says a lot.
  10. tonyl1234

    Sexually harassed during clinicals by a male nurse

    It's hard. And when we step up and say anything, there's already a constant bias against us in this industry. This thread, is proof of that. Fortunately, most people in healthcare respect male nurses as nurses. But the bullying, the harassment, it's a constant uphill battle for tons of us, especially if we're we aren't exactly what most women call hot. I'd check out the male nurse/student forums and get an idea of how much negativity there is towards male nurses, students, and aides, and how many situations these people are left walking on eggshells just to do their job. Your story is unfortunately way too common
  11. tonyl1234

    Should I Go Right Into Psychiatric Nursing?

    There's no such thing as being "stuck" in psych. Do what you think you want to do, and if you don't like it, you'll find other jobs
  12. tonyl1234

    Sexually harassed during clinicals by a male nurse

    Go away and grow up. All I did was point out how you're acting, derailing the entire thread because you're mad that a man told men to also follow the advice given as the entire point to this thread. It's ironic that in a thread about sexual harassment, that you're trying to silence the man because you just don't want our problems here, this is a women's only speak up about sexual harassment thread, no men allowed. Once again, READ THE ORIGINAL POST. She is NOT looking for sympathy, her story was an example. The entire point of this thread is about speaking up against being sexually harassed, which is evident by her exact quote at the end of the post saying to speak up if you're sexually harassed.. I'm sorry that I'm not victimizing the OP. You notice that its YOU who has a problem with what I said, not her, right? Notice how she's not the one that has a problem with what I said? She's actually very silent. Stop accusing me of minimizing her experience, because I'm not. But fine, just like the point of my post, I'll go away, because you're being an exact example of what I was talking about. You won't have to see me in these forums anymore, because as a man, I'm clearly not welcome here to you.
  13. tonyl1234

    Sexually harassed during clinicals by a male nurse

    The point of her thread was speak up about sexual harassment. I'm not minimizing her issue because the thread is not about her issue. Her issue is an example. She's not looking for our sympathy about her experience. This is a thread about speaking up about sexual harassment and nothing more. I'm not minimizing women.
  14. tonyl1234

    Sexually harassed during clinicals by a male nurse

    It's not hijacking her post. Seriously, read the last sentence of her post. She didn't come here looking for sympathy. She used her story to make a point: SPEAK UP Please do not become a nurse until you change your attitude. What are you going to do if you're in a workshop on sexual harassment and a girl tells her story, and then a guy says "I was sexually harassed too?" You gonna tell him to sit down and stop minimizing her story and if he wants to talk, organize a workshop for men? Seriously, you're going to show a sexual bias in a thread about sexual harassment?
  15. tonyl1234

    Why do [some] nursing students fail?

    As long as it takes to know enough about it that you feel confident with it. For some people, that's a couple hours every night. For me, that's maybe 8 hours this entire semester split between 3 classes. We're all different. It all depends on you and how well you learn, and how confident you are in yourself.