Recently I got hired at a hospital nearby as a CNA, which is wonderful because I'm taking this year off (2013) from nursing school and I do want more clinical experience. I felt that I wasn't getting enough clinical experience, and I did need a break from school, so this is ideal for me.
However, there's this one nursing instructor that I had who gave me a grade that wasn't particularly great, and I have been in the process of appealing that grade. But it was pretty clear that we didn't personally like each other either. All in all, it should be fine because I reasoned that I wouldn't have to see her or deal with her again.
Here's the problem: One of my friends that I talked to said that this instructor works as an RN on the exact same unit
in which I was hired. What an awful coincidence! I hope that she doesn't work the same shifts and times that I do, but in case she does, then I think I'd feel uncomfortable.
I'm a bit worried that if she does find out I'm working in that unit, she'll go and tell the other nurses (including my new manager) about me and the bad grade she'd given me. I don't want that to happen and for others to know how I did in that class, or for her to possibly gossip about me.
Do I have any sort of legal protection when it comes to grades and academic records? Obviously I wouldn't go around discussing all my grades with any of my co-workers, but I don't want to feel like I'm in a threatened and fearful work environment. What should I do?