Anyone failed nursing school and went back and was successful? - page 2

I've been out of nursing school for almost a year now. I was dismissed for failing two of my classes by less than one point in second semester. Since I have been out, I've been studying everything. I... Read More

  1. by   Cynthia104
    I failed by one question on my dosage calculation test and was dismissed from the program. I have applied to various RN programs with no success, it's been a years so far and I feel discourage at times but believe that this is my purpose in life, which is what is keeping me going. So now I'm in the process of getting into LVN school and after that i want to take the Indiana State University Online program, God willing. Sometimes you have to take a different route to get to where you want to go.
  2. by   OutlawNurse86
    Experience as a LVN has been a big help to me. During LVN school, experience as a PCT was the same help. Being in a work environment, seeing, and doing these things gives you a major advantage. Find a good crew to work with who will teach you (the right way).
  3. by   Cryst2_rn
    I left a 4 yr nursing college due to finances. Went on to a community college and failed out (needed 76% to pass I had a 74.5). Became depressed, gave up on college. I'd always thought I was smart in school, but college was my down fall. My mom refused to allow me to slip into depression and failure, she paid cash for 3 comm. college courses. Made me go. I looked up a nursing school I was interested in, (It was a nursing/allied health university,. It had an ASN program with an option to continue on to obtain a BSN and MSN). I went to the community college, took Biomedical ethics, English Comp II and Algebra. I MADE "A's" IN ALL THREE CLASSES. My confidence went THROUGH the roof. I couldn't believe I wasn't dumb after all. I could actually pass a college course with more than a C -all I had to do was realize HOW to apply myself. Well, I applied to the ASN program at that Nursing/Allied health course, and made As and Bs, got my ASN, failed boards, took boards again, PASSED, continued on in BSN courses at the college and to this day, I've been an RN for 5 yrs, I've had my Bachelors degree for the last 3.
    My mom enrolled into my school and she and I obtained our Bachelors together. She graduated Magna Cum Laude. She's been a RN for almost 20 some-odd years now.
    DEFINETLY GO BACK. It's nothing but time and preseverence. Times gonna pass anyway. You might as well pass the time by achieving your goal!!!
  4. by   retiredarmynp
    Yes, I am one who believe in second chances. If you want to be a nurse apply to a school that is not so fast paced. Like one nurse said, you can go to a ADN program, get a good mentor or someone that has completed a program. If you have problems you can always email me. I don't mind helping any Best of luck to you.
  5. by   blessed2bfree
    Thank you guys. I really needed the encouragement.
  6. by   lilldaye
    Thank you
  7. by   SharonNNP-BC
    Yes indeed I am a nursing school flunky! I failed my 2nd med surg clinical portion! But I knew in my heart of hearts that I wanted to be a nurse, so I went back a year later (a lot more humble and scared). Much like you, I used the year to review course contents and brush up on my skills. I wish I could say that I graduated cum laude (i didn't), but I did meet some of the best friends a girl could ever have. Plus the year I was supposed to graduate, jobs were tight in our region. a lot of nurses struggled to find one and most ended up in areas that were not the area they wanted to be. When I graduated, I got a position in a great unit (where I stilll am today), working with just the population that I had dreamed of (in the NICU). That was 13 years ago. Since then, I have been nominated for nurse of the year, and I went back to school and recieved my masters degree. I am now a neonatal nurse practitioner, a job I probably never would have reached for, had I not failed out of nursing school.
    So hold your head up high, and keep working toward your goals :-)
    A tip for writing the letter (most schools want a letter to be submitted for re entry candidate), talk about how the failure has made your realize even more how much you want to be a nurse. Tell them about the studying that you have been doing since you have been out of school. Highlight what is going to change if you are accepted back into the program, give them a plan on how you are planning for success (be it extra skills lab practice or more structured studying). Also be sure to work with your instructors, before you get into trouble. If you don't understand something go to office hours to have it clarified. Finally try to do as many NCLEX type questions as you can, get the books that have the rationale for the answer. Most instructors try to gear their test like the NCLEX ones. Often test questions have answers which are all correct, but you must be able to pick the most correct or highest prioity, the rationale will help you with this. GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS
  8. by   feelingbetter
    YES.. I did.. I started writing this post under "feel like a loser" a year and a half latter.. I am "feeling better" I graduated, pass the boards and by the Grace of God.. I have a job!! The school was relunctant to take me back but we agreed I should be evaluated for learning disability.. I have adult ADD.. On medications and grateful that I failed(never thought I would say that). DO NOT EVER GIVE UP!
  9. by   KathytherenalRN
    YES I failed two classes in the same semester and they say statistically that those that have to repeat do not pass the 2nd time.... we'll I beat those odds. What I did was I sat in the front row, focused on everything the instructors had to say. I seeked out my instructors at least once every two weeks, I let them know I was in this 100% and asked for their assistance when I did not understand something or when I did not get the big picture of the lecture. I did NOT just ignore something when I didn't understand. I used my tape recorder and typed out the lectures and studied my notes and focused on what I did not understand over and over again. I lived and breathed it. I did pass the second time around but not by much. I believe with good support and the willingness to put everything you got into it, you can pass too! Believe in yourself and go for it..... Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. All the best.
  10. by   INLPN93
    I had to sit out and wait after a D in Anatomy pre-req in LPN school, I had to re-take it but was promised by the Head of Nursing for LPNs that upon passing I could start Nursing classes in the fall.
    It stunk but I learned that studying is important and that some subjects need more time spent on them to learn it.
    I however did not give up. I wanted to be a nurse.

    Don't give up! Good Luck!
  11. by   TennesseeSN
    My failure in nursing is still haunting me and I exited the program almost 4 years ago. I wish I could say differently.

    I struggled initially with fundamentals, but did well in pharmacology because it was more black and white to me. I had As in all of my pre-requisite courses. I passed fundamentals after some intense review and studying. I did poorly on the first two exams, but did quite well on the last two exams and the final. It took some getting used to to be able to answer those types of questions, but it definitely boosted my confidence once I got the hang of them. I wasn't cocky by any means, but it reaffirmed for me that this was the place I needed to be and it encouraged me to progress.

    I then went into my second semester which was the first of two in a sequence of Med Surg classes and I had to take a concurrent Maternal OB class with it. I was happy and doing well for the first part of the semester. I got good reviews in clinicals and my previous test scores were low As and mostly Bs.

    Then my breast cancer metastasized. What previously had been poking, prodding, and lots of doctors appointments quickly became a whirlwind of chemotherapy, radiation, and misery. I was trying to be strong and persist. I wanted so badly for a happy ending to all of this and to be able to persevere. In the years just prior to nursing school, I lost my mother at 43 due to a heart attack and my infant son to SIDS. I went through a divorce that was nasty and felt incredibly defeating. I had 2 children to take care of and with my mother gone, not much help. I didn't expect help. I didn't want help. I didn't want pity or to make excuses. I wanted to pick myself up like I had so many times before and make a success story out of what happened. I wanted to be an inspiration to my children and to provide a better life for them than being a medical secretary could.

    The chemo proved to be too much and, yet, I stubbornly persisted. I ended up with a 74.5 in that Med Surg class and a 74.92 in the Maternal OB class. I was required to have a 75 to pass and the program didn't round. I performed poorly on the last few exams in each class that I studied as much as I could given the circumstances and still made it to every clinical despite being sick-and performed well in them. I took some of those exams with a trash can sitting next to me to vomit in. That should have been my red flag to withdraw and come back when I had more social support and was healthier.

    What breaks my heart is that I felt I had hit my groove since I got through an initial struggle of adapting to the nursing testing format that only other nursing students can empathize with. Once I got used to it and got my head around it, I performed well. It was particularly hard for me, also, that I was so close. After all, I was only eight hundreths of a point away from passing the Maternal OB class. I missed the patients I had cared for in clinicals almost immediately. I had "anticipatory grieving" from not being able to return to them. :P

    I appealed to the Dean to retake the final since I was quite ill during it. I had gotten sick during tests before, but this test was weighted quite a bit more and I was sick not once but at least 4 or 5 times during the exam. I was in so much pain that I was struggling not to cry--due to the pain. Not the pressure of the test. I had taken painkillers, but a lot less than I needed since I thought I would be in too much of a mental fog to do well otherwise. I was on all of one Vicodin, so that wasn't really an excuse and I'm not trying to make one. I had accepted the idea of repeating Med Surg and I even thought it was for the best. I knew it was important to have that information well saturated into my brain. I knew I needed rest and to get healthier before I tried again. I would have welcomed the break.

    I was turned down for my appeal. The dean's 2 sentence response to my lengthy letter and medical records proving my situation included "we don't round because statistically those who are that close do not go on to perform well in subsequent semesters. You have two unsatisfactory grades in the program and will be ineligible for readmission." I e-mailed back that I felt that I was under extraordinary circumstances and, yes, I should have exercised better judgement in knowing my limitations by not taking those exams sick or not progressing with the course at all. I know I had the blame for this, but I didn't want to give up on my dreams without a fight or at least another chance later. I argued with her logic by including clinical reviews that sincerely had comments such as "very good," "intuitive and organized," and "outstanding rapport with patients." These reviews were signed by her colleagues that she had known for years who had supervised me. I argued further by stating that while students who were barely failing might not make good candidates for reentry, I had done quite well on the first few exams. I had a 86 and a 90 in Maternal OB prior to the last 2 exams and the final which was weighted as a 1/3 of the grade. Yes, I did that poorly to pull my average down that far. My overall grade was still very close overall as i previously mentioned.

    My response was a letter from the dean reiterating that I would not be allowed reentry into the program at any point in the future due to my 2 Ds. I researched other programs in my area and they all stated within their handbooks and admissions literature that they would not admit a student who had more than one failure (technically a D, not a F, but still a failure) in either their program or any other nursing program. I wondered if that might still hold true if I got an LPN and attempted to bridge over to a RN at a later time. Perhaps it wasn't possible to readmit to a RN in the Knoxville area with 2 Ds, but I had done enough research perusing several other schools and reading through these forums and others like it to know that some schools allow it. Some students have successfully done it.

    I was scared of attempting LPN school due to not knowing the future of my health at the time, so I changed my major to Psychology and graduated on the Dean's List a year and a half later with a Bachelor's degree. I loved my undergraduate course work, but I haven't been able to find much of a job with it. I can't find secretarial work much less case manager or psychiatric tech positions that would be related to my degree field. I work in a computer tech support job. That pays a lot less than it sounds. I made less than $10/hour. I've tried to get jobs in that field as well in a better paying position with no luck so far. I have good references and a good work history.

    I still question returning to nursing as a LPN. I know it would put my family in a less scary position financially, but that's not why I would be doing it. I miss the science of it as geeky as that sounds and the interaction with patients. I honestly don't have the stamina for more school right now. After a year and a half of being free of cancer, it recently returned last fall. I'm coping with that the best that I can. I show up to work sick and tired because I'm afraid we'll be homeless if I don't. My condition isn't chronic or disabling enough--as in I'm still able to go to work--to get SSI. What bothers me almost equally as much is that I feel like such a failure and that I gave up on my dreams. It's often at least vaguely with me.

    If my long story accomplishes anything for any of you, please know that you are in good company. Part of my detail was cathartic, but I hope that it also serves to illustrate just how heartbroken and close I once was. You are not stupid, you are not a failure, and perseverance often wins out. My heart and prayers truly go out to you. I've been in that depressed state where I know you are. Failing myself due to my own stubbornness coupled with extenuating circumstances hasn't felt half as bad as feeling like I failed my children and our future. It's very difficult not to be hard on yourself, I know. I'm quite good at it. Ultimately, though, my kids are healthy, happy, and well fed. So what if we can't afford vacations or a house? They have what they need. They're beautiful and full of laughter. I'm lucky to have them.

    Please do it. Persevere. Go back. Give it your all. When you succeed, come back here and post about it and know that you will have inspired so many others to do the same. Good luck.
  12. by   congee1212
    wish you luck
  13. by   jmqphd
    I failed a student last semester. She was clinically not safe, her grades in theory were in the basement. She came back this semester and is doing great! No one will be happier to see her walk across the stage and get her degree than I will.

    I cannot say the same for other students. Four students this past semester, had previously failed one or more courses. Out of 27 in the class, these four failed again. Most of them doing OK in the clinical area but couldn't pass an exam if their lives depended upon it.

    We will be working closely tutoring these four if they re-enroll. What sort of help will you be getting?