Should I follow my heart and start school as a nurse? *Not a fast learner and stupid!

Students Pre-Nursing

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Hi,

New member here!

I decided to become a LVN here in Texas (same as LPN in Florida)

My mothers a LPN, and even though she is struggling with bills and such, I know nurses make awesome money, and work seems to come easy and I can afford to live on my own! I am 21 years old! I went to college when we use to live in Florida, I did pretty good, but failed due to my home life that is stressful and not uplifting. I had two math classes (basic math) that I failed because I never showed up for the test. I knew I was going to fail, me and math don't mix well, because I fail a lot. My major then was RN, two years later I still didn't finish school due to good old math, the school I had said I had to pass a math class before any other classes would open for me.

My mother said she would go to sign me up.......I am 21 and in order to get goverment help to pay for my classes for low income families my mom have to sign me up or I have to be 25 years old, or married. She laughed and said lets see when you fail this what new excuse will you have? She always talks about me living with her forever!

My school years in middle school were running.......I learned nothing, but to run. My school was ghetto, and the kids didn't like my shy ways and well I learned nothing. So I am even more behind!!!!!!

TO THE POINT:

I know how to add, I know how to solve time tables........but I have been slowly trying to learn the lower numbers like 3-12 times table by memory, because in order to do division I need to know the basics by memory,and yes I don't know how to do divison : ( I never learned to because I knew I would mess up anyway.

I know I would make a awesome nurse, I care about others and never rush with people ect.

But I am suppose to sign up this Aug. but my math skills are so low...........to be a LVN/LPN you need mad math skills..........can I learn fast enough? SHould I give up and live with my mother? Why is my mind slow with math??

Any advice?:cry:

DO NOT GIVE UP!! If it's what you want to do...do it! A lot of people are crappy at math, myself included! I frickin hate math, lol! But it's something that has to be learned for nursing school. Don't let your hate for math stop you from going to school and making it on your own. Living with mom I'm sure is fun....but eventually you're going to have to get out there and do your own thing. I'm not sure about the LPN program...but at my school they have math tutors and the second I feel that I need help will be the second I'll be knocking on their door! So please.....don't give up!

Natny23

24 Posts

If you want it do it! I had to start at the lowest math the college I go to offered, but I am now 2 classes in and have gotten nothing but A's. I never did well in math in high school and was super scared to start math in college but I'm doing fine. All I can say is give it a shot!:up:

Pre-Student22

11 Posts

DO NOT GIVE UP!! If it's what you want to do...do it! A lot of people are crappy at math, myself included! I frickin hate math, lol! But it's something that has to be learned for nursing school. Don't let your hate for math stop you from going to school and making it on your own. Living with mom I'm sure is fun....but eventually you're going to have to get out there and do your own thing. I'm not sure about the LPN program...but at my school they have math tutors and the second I feel that I need help will be the second I'll be knocking on their door! So please.....don't give up!

: ) Tons of fun with mother, but your right I shouldn't give up, just highly nervous since my math skills are too basic and I saw a list of things we would have to learn like dose size ect. and the math.....just jaw dropping!

I am not sure if they have tutors there,but hopefully the teacher will be understanding!

Pre-Student22

11 Posts

If you want it do it! I had to start at the lowest math the college I go to offered, but I am now 2 classes in and have gotten nothing but A's. I never did well in math in high school and was super scared to start math in college but I'm doing fine. All I can say is give it a shot!:up:

Nothing but A's?

I should put fear aside, tonight I am studying my butt off. Just worried about if my mind can keep up with me, I need more faith.

daniedi77

112 Posts

Look, you are not alone. Look to see if your school offers developmental math courses. Those classes go all the way back to the beginning. Don't be ashamed, not everybody is a math person, myself included. I had taken almost 110 crdit hours before I finally took college algrbra. The first thing is to change your attitude. If you go in there with a negative attitude you will fail before you start, make friends with "math". Second, sit in the front of the class and ask questions like crazy. If you don't understand, ask for help because as i'm sure you are aware math builds on a foundation, if you miss something in between you will be lost later. STAY POSITIVE!!!!!! You can do it!!!!

llg, PhD, RN

13,469 Posts

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development.

I think you should address the math issue before you start nursing school. Trying to do both at the same time may be overwhelming and you may be setting yourself up for failure by trying both at the same time. Check with your school to see if they have some sort of math class or math tutoring to help you. You might also check with a local community college. They may have a class for people who need some special help with math. Your local high school may offer some adult education for people in your situation. You might want to check with them.

Good luck to you. There is probably help out there for people who have special needs somewhere in your area. You just need to find it. Once you improve your math skills, you will be able to tackle nursing school with a lot of confidence and with a good chance of success.

prmenrs, RN

4,565 Posts

Specializes in NICU, Infection Control.

I agree w/llg. Most Community Colleges have an office to help folks w/learning disabilities. They can help you diagnose if you have a learning disability related to math, and develop a plan to help you deal w/it. I suspect that is the problem.

Try to find one @ the community college nearest to you, and meet w/them before you go any further.

FutureNurseMG

23 Posts

I think it's all about how much heart you put into it. Been to college for 2 years before I quit, 2.5 gpa... went back last semester for nursing & been making straigt A's ever since. My daughter now is my biggest motivation. Find what is gonna make you push yourself to the max.

tempest

50 Posts

Specializes in Psych.

Your school should have a tutor service free of charge. Spend some time there it will help.

Specializes in Float Pool, acute care, management/leadership.

Give yourself some more credit :) If you enter a class thinking that you are already going to do poorly, then you have already failed in more ways than one. Just persevere and keep on pushing through. Try developing a good relationship with an instructor or a mentor to help keep you motivated along the way. If it weren't for some of my favorite high school teachers, college professors, and even classmates...I don't think I ever would have made it through college.

Definitely follow your heart. :nuke: Remember, I bet you'd be surprised to find that so many students have probably be in your shoes before.

nurse12b

158 Posts

Specializes in MED SURG.

I started out with developmental classes in college because I never had someone who really explaind it well to me. I hated that I had to take that class, but the teacher I had was awsome she really went slow to where I could do it I had alot of problems with fraction and now I can do them. I was extremly nervous about college algebra and I passed with a B and I never have to take it again.:yeah: I am not a math person at all. I am in Texas too. What school are you going to go too?

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