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Failed Nursing School

I just failed nursing school, as several of you have also posted at the age of 57. I really wanted to become a nurse for many reasons that I will not go into at present. I had a rocky start in a master's level nursing program and then had an injury which impacted my clinicals (with only three semesters left). I had all As and Bs, but since I was on probation from the first semester, which I retook, I was dismissed.

As a result of the dismissal, I am seeking employment and am trying to get into another program. I know that I am older, but really want to become a nurse.

Does anyone have any suggestions?



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3 Responses to “Failed Nursing School”

  1. Diane Says:

    Dear EO,

    Do not quit and do not let your age defer you. I am now 60 yrs. old and just passed the nclex. It took me 9 years to complete all the prerequisites and the nursing program and I am damn proud of it. I would suggest enrolling in a different nursing program and start over. You have gained alot of knowledge not to able to use it. The economy will get worse before it gets better. Nurses have always been paid well. Don’t use your age as an excuse not to achieve your goal!
    Sincerely, Diane

  2. Chris Says:

    this is a good string. I failed the LPN to RN program, not once, but twice. I know exactly what I did both times. I am still beating myself up pretty good. But, success does not come without failure. For me, I am still trying to figure out what to do. I cant reapply for a year and then I will have to take tests to start where I left off, or start all over. I am thinking of going to another school because somehow I dont feel comfortable with this school. Nursing is very demanding and even political. You must act like a nurse all the time in school or your instructors will think you dont really want it. And if they see that, you are in trouble. I think we all have bad days…………even quarters ! So, I will say this, GO BACK if thats what will make life easier for you. Keep in mind that nursing is demanding: long hours, night shifts, short staff, not to mention the fatique of standing on your feet all day. I am 53, and now am looking for a private duty LPN job. Good luck and hang in there.

  3. shirley Says:

    I failed nursing school twice over some paperwork. Even though my grades were in the 90%. 5 years of my life wasted, not even an LPN yet. If the teachers are out to get you, there is no hope. I got the paperwork right toward the end of the semester, but they said it was too late. What a waste.

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