I have been hearing many stories lately about how nursing instructors/nursing programs
are being asked to lower the "scales" to pass more students directly due to the nursing shortage.
Has anyone else heard of this? If so, what is your take on this subject?
Nov 13, '02
Originally posted by Susy K
To a point I agree with Val; ultimately, a student has to pass the NCLEX, regardless on whether or not their school lowered standards. However, anyone can be taught to pass a test, in my opinion.
So I wouldn't doubt if some schools are lowering standards. Hell, the NCLEX standards itself may be lowered. I would not be shocked.
To a point, I agree with Suzy too...
Here is a way they could lower standards: we have a lot of pass/fails testing in clinicals. If these were relaxed, I think a lot more students would be graduating. And sometimes the students who do well in theory are the ones failing out of clinicals... (knocking on wood!)
EDITED to add: I forgot the part that to a point I agreed with Suzy on (duh)... I am not sure that anyone could be taught to pass the test though unless they actually had that all around basic nursing knowledge.
Last edit by Vsummer1 on Nov 13, '02
Nov 14, '02
Originally posted by NMAguiar
Here is the ultimate story about the conflict between community colleges' "admit everyone" philosophy and the need to maintain high nursing admittance standages.
The story can be found here.
As admittance was "dumbed down" more students failed the program because the program itself was not "dumbed down". It shows that many students get in d/t lesser standards, and many more are failing out. It is the same at my college, we have already lost 1/6th of our original class, in the first semester. They took more students this semester than ever before. Most of those students who failed out plan to attend next semester, or are going for LPN. One quit right at the beginning, stating that nursing just wasn't what they figured it was.
On another note regarding how much harder it was 10 years ago... a local copy house has the notes from 10 years ago (1992). The dates on the notes are right there, and I can use them for my program today. They had it EASIER because I can also see the objectives included in those notes. While many are the same, ours have many additional objectives showing an increase, not decrease, in what we need to know. I WISH I could only be tested on only the information required back then!
Last edit by Vsummer1 on Nov 14, '02