Yes, I was within 5 days of graduation. The program had to be reprinted to remove my name for the pinning ceremony. I had to cancel graduation party and plane & hotel reservations for several out-of-town family members.
NUR 230 is Leadership Management Trends. We had to write a final paper on a patient from my internship. I had a wonderful preceptor from the hospital that helped me formulate an assessment, compile 5 nursing diagnoses, identify interventions and expected outcomes. The paper was also proof read by an English tutor provided by our school. APA format was correct. I also had a student from my class review my paper to get their opinion. My instructor failed my paper because she did not agree with my nursing diagnoses and interventions.
My preceptor wrote a wonderful letter of recommendation for my skills presented during my internship. However, because my instructor failed my final paper I failed the class.
I asked for a grade review from the director of nursing. She sided with the professor. I also spoke to the director of our grievance department and he told me I could file a grievance but chance was slim that the grievance committee (members of the college) would side with the instructor.
I have spoke to my state's Board of Nursing education specialist. She was no help.
At this point I have 2 options. 1) To apply back to the same college next spring, go through fingerprinting, background check and write a letter to the director as to why I failed the first class and what I plan to change in order to pass the second time. The director has the option, based on faculty opinion, to allow me the chance to re-take the class and graduate next May 2013. 2) To apply and get accepted into another college's nursing program
, get my name on waitlist and retake NUR 230 (5 credits). All the colleges I have contacted require the student to take at least 15 credit hours at their school to graduate through their ADN program.
To date, I have successfully completed and passed 23 credit hours of prerequisite classes and 52 credit hours of nursing classes during the last 4 semesters. I was enrolled in a 2 year ADN program at a local community college. The total cost was approximately $16,000.00 and doesn't include daycare expenses for my children for the past 3 years.
Is there more to my story? Yes, especially after I found out I was not graduating! However, the above is an accurate and truthful summary of what actually happened. I am still struggling to believe it myself.
I really need to figure the best route to take to finish and get my RN license. I am not going to give up 3 years of my (and my families) life.
Any specific ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.