This past fall, a good friend of my came through a nursing program to where the students in their last level of the ADN program had issues/complaints with the two new instructors who never and I do mean never ever taught in a classroom before, much less written any type of application tests. But because they had a master degree as well as good friends with the head instructor of the level is how they got the job to teach in a level that goes by so fast.
The students did as they were told to do, from Level 1 to the last level, Level 4, when any of the students have any kind of issues, complaints, or problems with any tests, instructors etc. . ., go to the instructor that you are having the problem(s) with; if that instructor does not do anything to fix the problem, then you go to the head instructor and so forth. They even went as far as the Dean of Instructors [which they were told to go to]. They were told by the Dean of Instructor that he and the vice president of the college would contact them. A week went by, nothing. So my friend took it upon herself to contact anyone that would listen, that would help get their issues listened to as well as resolved outside of the college. WHY? Because of the time frame, the semester was ticking on down and too many students were failing. She contacted her representatives of her state. Well it took the representatives of her state to write a letter to the President of the college before he or the vice president would take time to listen to the students of their last level. Before the head instructor and the chairperson of the nursing department would do anything to compensate them for the exams that they had to take from the two new instructors.
Because she did that, the college took revenge upon my friend. HOW? There was a hurricane make-up clinical day that she missed due to sickness. But not only did she missed this particular day, so did a guy in her clinical rotation missed it as well. Six days before the final exam [the exam that can pass you or fail you and consist of material from exam 1 to exam 7 and other important material], her clinical instructor told her "By order of the Vice-President of the college, you have to make up this missed clinical day before taking your final exam." She pleaded with her clinical instructor and even the chairperson of the nursing department to allow her to make up the clinical day the day after the final exam. She told them how she needed the time frame to study and prepare for this final and how her fellow classmates were given that time frame. But they would not allow it.
The day she arrived at school to make up this clinical day, the guy was not there. In fact nothing was ever said to him.
Due to my friend having to leave [at 1:00 pm] on the day that she was making up the clinical day that she missed, she never did get finished with not only the paperwork that her clinical instructor had for her to do, but also the other three instructors of this last level, because she had to leave to pick her daughter up who got sick. And the paper that everything was written on for her to do, they had for her to leave at 5:00 pm that day. Nine straight hours of paperwork for a make up clinical day.
She arrived on the day of the final exam to take it, even though she knew that she was not fully prepare to do.
WHY? Because of their actions, they took valuable time from her.
So as she sat down at her desk, as well as her fellow classmates, her clinical instructor asked her to come to her office and to bring her pencil. So she got up, and went to her office. Her clinical instructor told her, "By order of the vice president of the college, you are not allow to take your final exam until you finish this paperwork." She explained to her that she is there to take her final exam, an exam that can pass or fail her. But that did not matter. Not only did her clinical instructor emphasized to her six days before the final the importance of her making up this clinical day, but that it was more important then taking or studying for the final exam.
She pleaded with her clinical instructor to allow her to finish the paper work after the final. But the instructor would not allow it, because, "This order comes from the Vice-President of the college. And what he says goes." So she follow the instructor to a room and sat there doing the paperwork while her fellow classmates and even the guy that missed the same clinical day that she missed, take their final exam. The exam that they had 6 to 8 days to study and prepare for.
[At 1:00 pm] the head instructor of the level came into the room and said to my friend, "Stop where you are at and come take your final exam."
Because of the actions that these people took towards my friend, she did not succeed the program, the last level of the ADN program. And not only that, they took points from her through exams and a quiz that she took from two weeks on up to three months prior to the day that she found out she did not successfully succeed the course, the program. And when she asked why were they taken points from her, the answer was "Sorry, but we miscalculated."
So now my friend is sitting at home, waiting and praying that the people that she has contacted will be successful with helping her to get what they took from her [RN Degree, pin, and any information she will need for state boards].
You see, even though my friend was not prepared enough for the final exam, she knew deep within her heart that she was going to pass. But because they made sure before she took her final exam, even on the final exam day, that she would be too upset to be able to focus and to concentrate as well as to pull from memory what she had studied to answer the questions.
If my friend calculated correctly, she only needed 1.9 to 2 points to successfully succeed the program. And she would be preparing for state boards.
Yes, my friend has contacted several lawyers. Even the Attorney General and this is what the ones who would allow her to verbally explained to them over the phone would tell her:
"You do have a case, but I do not handle that type of law."
"By law, we would represent the college before we would you."
"My office is too far to handle your case."
"You need to go through the chain of commands of your college."
"By law we would represent the college and enlieu of that, it would be unethical to advise you. Find a private attorney and meet with the board."
That's just it, to this date, my friend cannot find a lawyer to represent her, to plead her case. And that is why she once again sought the help of her representatives. And yes, she has asked each one that she contacted to prove what she has said was the truth.
As of today, she has not heard anything. So she does not know if they have investigated what she has told them or what. She does not know what she should do. She does not know if she should contact them, asking for an update or leave it along and go to another college to get her RN Degree.
So my friends, from reading, does my friend have a case? If so, do you know of a lawyer that she can contact that will plead her case, that will help her? Or who else is there that could help her?
Jan 3, '03
There are always three sides to every story -- in this case your friends, the college's, and somewhere in between. You don't know the whole story. Don't believe everything you hear -- perhaps the other student DID make up the clinical. Also, when your friend was required to make up the clinical day (which are most likely 8+ hours -- so why is she upset if she had "9" hours of paperwork?) she should have made arrangements for her daughter. Whether she believes it is fair or not, I can't imagine any school which would allow a student to leave early on a clinical MAKE-UP day.
Although there are unfair instructors around, I've heard nursing students absolutely trash instructors who had very high (yes, and realistic!) expections for students -- who required their students to give 100%. Your friend is looking to regain what she perceives was "taken" from her -- her degree, pin, etc. -- she cannot reclaim what she has not earned. She has not earned
her degree -- she did not pass. Perhaps she would not have passed if she had the entire time to study -- who knows. Rather than using this as a learning experience regarding maturity and responsibility, she is blaming others for her failure. They are not to blame. Unsupportive, perhaps -- perhaps not. But she's missed the entire point. She owns her actions or lack of actions. She should either repeat the semester or change schools. Either way, she should do more introspection, get over her anger, and focus on her goal -- to become an RN. She went overboard -- she'd be lucky if they'd readmit her. Just my 2 cents. Sue
Last edit by susanmary on Jan 3, '03