Dog and Pony Show --A Nursing School Rant!! - page 3

incomplete...i can deal with having an "i" on my transcript ---until the "incredible disappearing hesi scores" can be located. i know that i passed with or without that grade. i was prepared for... Read More

  1. by   P_RN
    Evolve

    These tests and HESI are now run by Elsevier as of Jan 2006. I wager you are not the only students to get shafted. Do you have a credit card you could put your tuition on? Contact the school and I'd contact the University's highest financial officer and the state secretary of state. You are caught between a very hard place and a very expensive rock. Rock their boat and don't let them win.
  2. by   Shamira Aizza
    Academic malpractice.

    Get a lawyer...get the other students involved. Not sure what it takes to constitute a class-action, but no school wants that kind of litigation and publicity.

    Good luck.
  3. by   mauxtav8r
    the good news ~~ when this kinda thing (irrational, infuriating, life-changing) happens when you are a nurse, you'll be emotionally prepped for it.

    Hang in there. This is out of line.
  4. by   nuberianne_RN
    Ok Ohmygosh take a breath....Say it with me...Woosah, Woosah. Feel better now? No? I don't blame you. I am furious for you!! Don't let your anger get the better of you and jeopardize your future. You have hope because there is no way that a school can drop 45 students out of a program because they cannot find their test scores.

    Please draft a letter explaining the events of your situation. It is very important that you only state facts and not point the blame. For example, I would state that I spoke with the dean of the nursing department who stated that she could not do anything about the situation. I would not state that she sounded very cold or refused to help. Please, please, please stress that you could not have avoided the situation due to the fact that this test was administered by the school and you were not permitted to print your test scores. Get proof of payment and include a copy of it in your letter. Remember to state that you will be one year behind if you are not allowed to stay enrolled in class. Also state that your family is dependent on you financially and needs for you to start working after you graduate.

    Mail a copy to the President, dean of academic affairs, dean of nursing department, director of financial aid, registrar, bursar, and anyone else you can think of. Yes this may seem dramatic, but I'm sorry this is very negligent behavior from the school. Even if the nursing department resolves this, others need to be involved to ensure that this does not happen again. Get the letter in the mail tomorrow!!
  5. by   Ohmygosh
    Thanks for all the responses...and I will definitely persue some of the suggestions. However, I feel that because of "other circumstances" that occured at my school a few semesters back-(I was not involved)- it pays to stay far below the radar aeb: the students who made waves are no longer a part of my class. Because of these "other circumstances" my class as a whole has been affected - we are considered "trouble makers" and as one of the administrators told us one day --"Your class has been delightfully challenging." --Just in case you didn't break the code --that means my class is veiwed as being a pain in the arse. ---Everyone chant with me---4 more months --4 more months!!
  6. by   S.T.A.C.E.Y
    Quote from Ohmygosh
    It pays to stay far below the radar
    I agree 100%! There have been several times during school when I have wanted to say something, but have known that its better for my own good to keep my mouth shut. Profs talk, and no one wants to be labeled by the staff as the student who caused waves for their co-workers. Plus, you just know that for profs/instructors who have been working at the school forever (10-20 yrs) nothing is going to change.

    I'm with you: 4 more months, 4 more months, 4 MORE MONTHS!!!
  7. by   nuberianne_RN
    Quote from ohmygosh
    thanks for all the responses...and i will definitely persue some of the suggestions. however, i feel that because of "other circumstances" that occured at my school a few semesters back-(i was not involved)- it pays to stay far below the radar aeb: the students who made waves are no longer a part of my class. because of these "other circumstances" my class as a whole has been affected - we are considered "trouble makers" and as one of the administrators told us one day --"your class has been delightfully challenging." --just in case you didn't break the code --that means my class is veiwed as being a pain in the arse. ---everyone chant with me---4 more months --4 more months!!
    you said that you do not have financial aid according to the letter you received so you will not be able to attend school. what do you have to lose by fighting for right to stay in class? i honestly don't understand.
  8. by   Ohmygosh
    What do I have to lose...It is my belief (hopes/dreams/prayers) that since this situation involves the majority rather than the minority-- something will be done to grant an extension of some kind until this mess is straightened out. If things do get straightened out and I have overstepped my boundaries --then I could be flunked in my last semester. I know this sounds paranoid--but I tell you --I have seen some strange things happen. I would not have believed it myself if I had not witnessed it.
    Last edit by Ohmygosh on Dec 27, '06 : Reason: added content
  9. by   MrsJCP
    Don't let the faculty/administrators discourage you. You make your own destiny in nursing school. A group of us were looked at as big time trouble makers because we wanted to participate in a medical mission trip. Granted on our own time with our own money! The college told us "No! No!". We went anyway. Come to find out they college was setting up the same type of deal and were frustrated that we got things in order and working long before they could. Putting that experience on my resume, and having that time to be part of a healthcare team before working has opened my eyes and doors.
  10. by   outcomesfirst
    4 more months, 4 more months, 4 more months....
    Trust your instincts. Drama by you or your classmates will not help. Threats will hurt you.
    Calmly work with financial aid and whoever to straighten this out, they will, just be patient. You will get your classes and finish on schedule.
    4 more months, 4 more months, 4 more months......
    When asked in the future (and you will be) about good schools, smile slightly and do not recommend your school. When the alumni come looking for a donation, do not respond. Karma is a ........
    4 more months, 4 more months, 4 more months.............
  11. by   erichRN
    I am soooooooooo glad that I do not have to go to nursing school any more. Just reading makes me shiver. But it would be a good idea to inform your legislator (the ones who provide the money to run the school) of your difficulties. Of course, I speak from this side of NCLEX.
  12. by   Jules A
    Quote from Shamira Aizza
    Academic malpractice.
    Get a lawyer...get the other students involved. Not sure what it takes to constitute a class-action, but no school wants that kind of litigation and publicity.Good luck.
    This is the second person that suggested suing.

    That wouldn't be the avenue I'd take and I'm not sure what exactly you would be suing for but interesting you feel that is the first step. If my class could have gotten a payoff for every disorganized thing our program did we wouldn't have to get nursing jobs we'd be rich. lol.

    FWIW I agree 100% with staying under the radar. It was a snaffu for heaven's sake. Stressful of course but not the end of the world. Just hang in there, do what they tell you to do and make it though! Best wishes for a stress free rest of your holiday break. Jules
  13. by   Ohmygosh
    Quote from Jules A
    This is the second person that suggested suing.

    That wouldn't be the avenue I'd take and I'm not sure what exactly you would be suing for but interesting you feel that is the first step. If my class could have gotten a payoff for every disorganized thing our program did we wouldn't have to get nursing jobs we'd be rich. lol.
    I do appreciate all the responses, however contacting an attorney or trying to sue is way way down at the bottom of the list of things to do.

    Now that the initial shock has worn off (a little) -- After assessing the situation (hey thats a nursing thing--I did learn something) I believe my priority is to remain calm--contact financial aid in person on the 3rd and work with them to find a solution to the problem. If I have to contact other school officials I will do that also. I hope that the school will be able to offer a tuition extension for those of us involved, at which point in time financial aid may be reestablished.

    If that plan fails --then I have two teenage boys for sale! (fairly cheap) LOL --Please place bids here!!

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